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.