In late 2014 the Mayoral Forum commissioned this Strategy project.
The Forum quite specifically stated that it was looking for a high-level
integrated strategy that would unify the regional development effort,
and in so doing, get a better grip on regional levers for economic and
social development. It wanted a clear statement of the problems and of
It was well aware that much work had been done in the past on plans
and strategies to move the region forward, but none, in its view, had
focused sufficiently on a unified effort across all sectors (public,
private and community) and considering not just economic, social or
people-type issues in isolation – but all of these together.
Many of the stakeholders spoken to during the preparation of this
Strategy also noted that plans in the past had not been sufficiently
bold, and were in some cases, insufficiently resourced. They urged that
any strategy should be ambitious but realistic.
With a primary focus on increasing population, the strategy calls for
bold yet practical action to build a stronger, brighter future.
Download the Southland Regional Development Strategy.
Action PlanDownload the Action Plan.