Strategies & Programmes
The Economic Wellbeing Strategy is Marlborough's vision for a thriving economy balanced with a flourishing environment and vibrant communities. It was created in collaboration with industry sectors, Marlborough Regional Skills and Leadership Group, investors, entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors.
A refresh of the 2022 plan, led by the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) to provide a strong regional voice on workforce issues.
A long-term economic development strategy for the Top of the South, incorporating the Marlborough and Nelson-Tasman Districts and led by Wakatū Incorporation.
The Marlborough Destination Management Plan seeks to layout a clear and collaborative future path forward for the local community and visitor industry.
Our region is currently collaborating on the following programmes.
Smart + Connected is an innovative economic and community development approach that fosters connections, influences how the Marlborough District Council works with industries and communities, harnesses people and industries’ strengths, and promotes partnership.
There are several Smart + Connected Industry Groups established which provide support and opportunities for collaboration.
The Labour and Skills Industry Group’s role is to connect relevant organisations from the private sector, central government departments, RSLG, industry training organisations and the education sector, to develop and implement potential strategies to address Marlborough's rising labour and skills shortage.
The Aquaculture Industry Group is primarily member-driven. Its Value and Innovation Working Group facilitates industry research and innovation, value addition and diversification. The Harmony Working Group is engaged in community consultation, the promotion of seafood consumption and the management of the industry's social and environmental footprint.
The Forest & Wood Processing Industry Group has a Steering Group and two Working Groups. The Working Group focus is on developing a positive industry reputation and domestic value addition. It includes industry representatives, local landowners, transportation providers, the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Roads and Port Marlborough.
The Aerospace Industry Group’s shared priorities are low emission leadership, unlocking the potential of Marlborough Airport, lifting awareness of Marlborough as Aerospace training hub and celebrating the region’s unique aviation visitor experiences. A number of collaborative opportunities have been identified and are being worked on.
Smart + Connected is just one great example of how Marlborough’s business community collaborates to support and challenge each other to aspire for better outcomes for the region.
These programmes are under development:
- Smart + Connected Marlborough Circular Wine Group
- Marlborough Food Collective
The following initiatives are also key in the region:
- Te Hoiere/Pelorus Catchment Restoration Project
- Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards
- Marlborough TechWeek