Southland Murihiku is made up of rural and urban communities, all intertwined but contributing to the unique make up of our region. Over time we have seen the interdependent relationship of these communities and as the region embraces future change and opportunities, we need to consider the impact on our communities and people. Vibrant urban centres are important to attract people to live, work and visit our region.
Beyond 2025 Southland will work with each Council and all four papatipu runaka to understand their individual approaches and aspirations for their communities, reflected in their planning and approaches. We will then make sure that these important components are looked at together to form a regional perspective.
That our region has key vibrant urban centres that play a key role in attracting people to live, work and visit while also providing key services and amenities for our rural communities.
As the region embraces future change and opportunities, there is an understanding of the interdependence of the region’s urban and rural communities as well as our multi-cultural communities and mana whenua.
Understand the pressures facing all of our communities including the volunteer sector, alongside our regional and economic aspirations.
Ensure regional alignment of various community and social research and stocktakes which assess the needs of local communities and our people, and associated services.
Connection with other Workstreams:
The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams:
Skilled Workforce Development
To ensure a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing workforce and skills needs in Southland Murihiku.Read more
Digital Connectivity and Data
To gain an understanding of the key issues and areas of the region that have underperforming connectivity and coverage and suggest pathways for improvement.Read more
Retention and Attraction
Attract and retain people to the region by actively promoting Southland Murihiku as an attractive and vibrant place for people to live, work and play.Read more
To ensure that the primary sector, in particular agriculture, continues to be the driving force of the Southland Murihiku economy and the backbone of the New Zealand economy.Read more