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The new Labour-NZ First coali­tion has ear­marked re­gional de­vel­op­ment as a pri­or­ity and that should put small-town and ru­ral ar­eas front and cen­tre.

Mod­ern economies naturally drift to metropoli­tan cen­tres so what is this gov­ern­ment go­ing to do to re­verse some of that pres­sure on pop­u­la­tion and re­sources?

Too many times we have seen the more densely pop­u­lated parts of our coun­try take the lion’s share of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment be­cause some al­go­rithm ap­plied by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency or Ki­wiRail shows the most ben­e­fit would come from in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture in those ar­eas.

If we fol­low this course, the re­gions will al­ways wither while the cities put them­selves un­der more pres­sure.

The Gov­ern­ment needs to care­fully an­a­lyse what the prov­inces can do well and make sure they are ad­e­quately re­sourced to give them a boost in those en­deav­ours.

There are in­dus­tries other than agri­cul­ture that can thrive in the re­gions thanks to the con­nec­tiv­ity avail­able th­ese days.

Make the most of our as­sets and shape a brighter fu­ture for the re­gions.

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