Accelerate25 Regional Growth

In July 2015, Central Government, in consultation with Horizons and district and city councils, commissioned a Regional Growth Study which identified a number of opportunities and key enablers to help realise our Region’s economic potential. The implementation programme from this study is known as Accelerate25.

The aim of Accelerate25 is to grow our regional prosperity between now and 2025.  Business, iwi, local and central government have been working over the past year to create an Action Plan to unlock the opportunities.  

To succeed, Accelerate25 will need the whole Region behind it. The programme is about realising a short and long-term vision for a prosperous, strong and vibrant Manawatū-Whanganui Region. To find out more about Accelerate25, register to receive our monthly newsletter below or contact us at or via Twitter @Accelerate_25.

Upcoming Events

AgriFood Investment week this year includes two Accelerate25 water reticulation seminars being held at Central Districts Field Days. Please pre-register your interest over here.

The AgTech Hackathon is another initiative being run as part of AgriFood Investment week connecting smart farmers with smarter on-farm solutions. Click the link to find out more.

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Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan


Te Pae Tawhiti - Māori Economic Development Strategy


Media Releases and Documents

Te Pae Tawhiti Māori Economic Development Strategy to be launched
Accelerate25 Prospects Report January 2016
Release: Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan progressing well
Release: Region welcomes ultra-fast broadband announcement
Release: Economic Action Plan for Growing Prosperity in the Manawatu-Whanganui Region launched
Release: New FoodHQ Partnership to Unlock Multi-National Opportunities

Nine Opportunities

Each of these opportunities have a project team formed specifically to pursue them.

Four Enablers

Agencies (Such as MBIE, MPI & TPK) work with the Programme Director and members of project teams to unlock these activities, which will enable opportunities to advance.

Meet the Lead Team

From left to right: Pahia Turia, Michael Eden, Grant Smith, Tim Myers, Malcolm Inglis, Mavis Mullins, Di Grennell, Bruce Gordon, Michael McCartney, Sir Mason Durie.

To read about the members of the Lead Team, please click the download button below.

Lead Team Biographies