The Bay continues to power on in regional rankings

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Todd Muller, MP for the Bay of Plenty has welcomed the ASB regional economic survey which confirms the Bay as the top performing region again - for the 4th quarter in a row.

The independent survey assesses regional strength through population growth, employment growth, housing construction and price movement and both retail and car sales. 

“It wasn’t that long ago we were happy with a top 5 rating amongst New Zealand’s 16 regions. With this report we have achieved number 1 nationwide for  4 quarters,” said Mr Muller.

“We are definitely the place to be in NZ. It’s the growth in employment that really pleases me with our annual growth in employment at 5.7 per cent.

“It’s one thing to be a magnet for talent which we clearly are, quite another to match that with decent jobs. As a community we are doing that in spades at the moment and long may that continue.

“Kiwifruit and horticulture more generally are noted as the underpinning industries which was reinforced when the Regional Caucus Committee visited last week. 

“Our industry is booming and with significant developments coming on stream there will be a demand for thousands of more jobs in kiwifruit alone over the next few years,” said Mr Muller.


Media contact: Shannon Stewart (04) 817 9431