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Government investment for Ōpōtiki town upgrade and aquaculture to create more than 400 jobs

A $26 million investment into Ōpōtiki will create more than 400 jobs and see the town revitalised and progress made on new aquaculture opportunities.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters made the announcement today, saying 245 jobs will be created through the construction and operation of overdue aquaculture infrastructure in Ōpōtiki.

A further 202 local jobs will be created as a result of club renovations and CBD improvements.

"The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities that the wider region can provide," Mr Peters said.

"Unlocking the long-neglected potential of the provinces and creating hundreds of new jobs in places such as Ōpōtiki, is absolutely essential to our country's recovery from the economic devastation of Covid-19."

The projects announced today are a mixture of Provincial Growth Fund and Infrastructure Reference Group shovel ready projects.

Mr Peters said the investments would enable the people of Ōpōtiki to make progress towards their aspirations and would support thriving communities for years to come.

This Ōpōtiki District Council project will see renovations made to the local golf and rugby club.

Funding will go towards refurbishments such as repositioning walls, replacing toilet and shower facilities, adding storage and upgrading kitchens.

 

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