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The pace of residential and commercial development in Tauranga is outstripping both Auckland and Christchurch, with ongoing demand that needs to be met.

A vast farmland not so many years ago, The Lakes residential development in Tauriko and nearby retail and business hubs are now almost at capacity.  

As we need to look at other areas of the Bay for expansion, mooted projects such as Rangiuru Business Park are a great option for accommodating the increasing demand for commercial hubs.

Nestled between the rail and the Eastern Link, the proposed location is ideal as a key industrial hub as it can be utilised by Tauranga Port and as a base for the horticultural processing cluster.

The development would bring an estimated 3000-4000 jobs into the area.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones travelled to Tauranga last week to meet with key representatives from local councils, NZTA, Quayside, Priority One and KiwiRail to discuss the benefits of such a development.

While more work needs to be done on the project, there is clearly an increasing need for developments like this.

The regions are the powerhouse of the country’s economy, and NZ First believes that developments such as Rangiuru are essential to continued, regional economic growth and prosperity.

I hope to see more plans like this come to fruition, boosting the local economy.

Clayton Mitchell
New Zealand First MP