Visit by Carole and Jim Anderton
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|Jim Anderton making sure the boulder is not crushing his wife Carole, when she passes underneath.||Getting explanations from Rita, there is so much to say
and so little time. Luckily they decided to come back.
|All that awesome Hokianga sunshine.||Rita explains how we built the big bridge with logs of
|It sounds so fascinating.|
|Back to Wairere
11 August 2004
Minister for Economic,
Industry and Regional Development
Associate Minister of Health
his regional visit to Northland last week, Minister of Economic
Development Jim Anderton found the region in good form.
"It is inspiring to see
that Northland has turned the region's economy around from decline to
steady growth. When I
became Minister of Economic, Regional and Industry Development in 1999
Northland was one of our acute regions.
Its economic growth is now higher than the average for New
Zealand's regions and unemployment is falling.
people of Northland are busy harnessing the positive potential of their
region and with creativity and determination it is paying off.
On my visit I met with many inspiring Northlanders, from
furniture manufacturers to tourism operators, who are working hard to
expand the region's economy,
was particularly impressed with the efforts being made by the people in
the Hokianga to develop their tourism potential.
The Hokianga are taking control of opportunities for development
and promoting the creation of a tourism hub for Opononi, which would
offer guided tourism activities, a cultural centre and retail
visit to the Wairere Boulders was especially enjoyable.
New Zealanders and overseas visitors alike would be impressed to
see these huge boulders, they are a truly impressive sight."
Rita and Felix Schaad have constructed platforms and upgraded
tracks so that visitors can enjoy them.
"It is great to see this sort of 'get up and go' in Northland, and even better that the region and the Labour Progressive government is working in partnership with people to lift economic growth through programmes such as skills training, forestry and wood processing. I look forward to continuing this work with the people of Northland," Jim Anderton said.
Jim Anderton 021 777 680 or 04 471 9591
Joy Gribben 04 471 9172, 027 407 6719
of Carole and Jim Anderton at the Wairere Boulders are available for
media use at the following website:
See the Wairere Boulders here:
More on Hokianga tourism here:
Anderton's speech to launch the Northland Skills Strategy here: