Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan


The Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy is a partnership between the three local Councils (Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa) and the Regional Council and aligns with the current Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS). The aim of the WRS is to build a resilient, diverse economy – one that retains and creates jobs (especially high value jobs), supports the growth of high value companies and improves the region’s position in relation to the national GDP and national employment.

The Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy also aligns with work being undertaken to develop a wider Wellington Regional Investment Plan, which HenleyHutchings is also supporting (see separate case study).

The work on the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy plan is governed by a Steering Group, comprising senior representatives of each of the local authorities, the Regional Council and Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). The Steering Group is chaired by Steve Maharey.