Local Economic Development

Updated for 2019

We’ve built a focused local policy on economic development issues that will provide jobs, support local enterprises, and revitalise our run-down town centres.

What we’ve done:

  • Run the Big Ideas for Mt Roskill Town Centre campaign, bringing together over 400 ideas from the community gathered online, in sessions with local school children, by postcard, and at a public meeting attended by 110+ locals. This led to the Revive Roskill Town Centre vision.
  • Secured resources for streetscape improvements at the Mt Roskill town centre, construction now underway
  • Developed the first ever Local Economic Development Action Plan for Puketāpapa(from p97 at this link)
  • Invested in efforts to build a local business association through developing marketing initiatives they could take over, contracting Dominion Road Business Association to run local seminars and a newsletter, supporting the establishment of a network of small town centre hubs.
  • Supported the Living Wage, which will put more money into the pockets of local people to spend in our community. All Auckland Council direct employees are now paid at least the Living Wage.
  • Fostered local young people into training and apprenticeships, in particular through Youth Connections and large Council projects such as Te Auaunga Project in Wesley.
  • Supported local social enterprise initiatives for alternative employment pathways, in particular through funding Akina to mentor new entrepreneurs
  • Funded Young Enterprise Scheme in local high schools.

    What’s next:

  • Using the forthcoming Mt Roskill Area Planning process to develop integrated high quality town centre plans for Stoddard Rd and Three Kings
  • Implementing our Revive Roskill Town Centre vision to bring “Big Roskill” back to life over the next five to ten years
  • Review the 2015 Local Economic Development Action Plan (link above) with a view to tackling the difficult problem of building an effective local business association in particular, so that there is a voice for local businesses in Puketāpapa and a way for them to work together on common issues such as safety.
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