Based on consents for new dwellings, the Waikato district is now the third fastest-growing district in New Zealand.
The area’s population is expected to grow from approximately 71,000 to 103,000, during the next 28 years. Waikato District Mayor, Allan Sanson, says the Council is working to attract new business to the district, in the interest of balanced growth and the provision of local employment opportunities.
Latest figures show the Waikato district attracted 183 new businesses and nearly 1,000 new jobs in the year to March 2016. Open Country Dairy, New Zealand’s second largest dairy processor, has announced it will be building a new plant at Horotiu. In addition, US-based global company, Cobb-Vantress, has revealed plans to establish a $58 million poultry farm and hatchery near Huntly, with chicks expected onsite by mid 2018. It’s hoped both developments will provide a good number of jobs for Waikato locals.
Mayor Sanson says the Council is also focused on providing facilities and resources that will support vibrant and resilient communities, and on involving the community in decisions affecting the future of the district. he adds, “We also committed more than $750,000 in grants to 160 community groups throughout the district, to enable our communities to come together to meet some of their own needs.”