Central Hawke’s Bay – From the Mayor

Export oriented and dynamic

Alex WalkerCentral Hawke’s Bay is an integral part of an integrated, export oriented and dynamic Hawke’s Bay economy. 
The District offers a relaxed rural, family-friendly lifestyle, open spaces, a network of welcoming rural towns and villages, excellent community facilities, affordable housing and great transport links to the rapidly expanding Napier Port, Hawke’s Bay Airport, and the provincial cities of Palmerston North, Hastings and Napier.
The District’s economy is based on its traditional strengths of sheep meat and beef cattle, with related food processing facilities and emerging niche activities and investment opportunities in horticulture, sheep and goat dairy and viticulture and in agribusiness support services.  These niche activities will only grow in the future as Central Hawke’s Bay develops new water storage facilities and young, entrepreneurial farmers and investors take up emerging opportunities to diversify the local economy.
The District therefore offers multiple opportunities for new investment and for starting and operating businesses.  With recently developed mobile rural broadband infrastructure and the promise of future fibre connectivity, entrepreneurs are increasingly able to call Central Hawke’s Bay home and to create digitally plat-formed businesses that serve national and international markets.
There has been a mini real estate boom in Central Hawke’s Bay over the last two years, as many young families, investors and retirees realise the opportunities that exist in the District.  Nearly half the property sales have involved purchasers from outside Hawke’s Bay.  This has led to an injection of new ideas and new thinking in the District.
There is a substantial and growing tourism sector in Central Hawke’s Bay ($26m in 2016), based on events such as the Spring Fling, on our cycling and walking trails and on the beach related activities of the summer season.
There is a welcoming attitude to business in Central Hawke’s Bay.  Under fresh, new leadership, CHB District Council is leading a community engaged process to develop a vision for the District that builds on our current strengths and ensures a thriving community into the future.  We are continuously improving our business systems to deliver investors and businesses the services and support they require when they come to us.
The District has much to offer residents, visitors, businesses and investors, and we want to engage broadly and deeply with people outside the region to help create an even greater future for our people and our businesses.

Alex Walker
Mayor – Central Hawke’s Bay District Council


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