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.

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Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan


Te Pae Tawhiti - Māori Economic Development Strategy


Action Plan Progress Dashboards

January - February 2017 Progress Update
February - March 2017 Progress Update
April - May 2017 Progress Update

Media Releases and Documents

Water on-farm workshops touring region
Water Reticulation Workshops July 2017
$1.27 million announced for regional tourism infrastructure projects
Te Pae Tawhiti Māori Economic Development Strategy to be launched
Accelerate25 Prospects Report January 2016
Release: Stock Water Reticulation benefits to be presented
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

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

Lead Team Biographies