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.”Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post