Prime Minister presented with Council growth strategy
Adopted on 28 September at the last Council meeting of the previous Council, Hauraki District Council’s new Economic Development Strategy was presented to Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday last week during his visit to Allied Faxi New Zealand Food Company, the District’s new Chinese-owned ice cream factory at Kerepehi.
Re-elected Mayor keen to action
The opportunity to help put Hauraki District Council’s new Economic Development Strategy into action is one of the best things about being re-elected for a fifth term says successful Mayoral candidate John Tregidga.
“One of five main objectives in the new Strategy is to support the New Zealand Business Growth Agenda and New Zealand Inc by attracting international business of scale, such as this, to invest in our district,” said Mayor Tregidga.
Ice cream factory to begin production
Hauraki District Council economic development manager David Fielden said talks with Beijing Allied Faxi Food Company began in July 2013 when the Company approached the Council about establishing a foot print in New Zealand.
In 2014 Allied Faxi New Zealand Food Company began converting the former Kerepehi Cheese Factory into an export-focused ice-cream manufacturing plant. On track to begin production at the end of this year the factory is expected to produce 5 – 10 tonnes of ice-cream per day for the Chinese market and employ around 50, mostly local, people.
Beijing Allied Faxi Food Company also owns ice cream factories in Beijing and Shanghai. General manager William Guo said New Zealand’s reputation as a nice country, with nice people and a producer of high quality milk were factors in the Company’s decision to build its third factory here.
“We’ve received lots of help from the Government and District Council,” he said.
Key replied that the Government was keen to see more investment of this kind in New Zealand.
“This is a great example of adding value in the dairy sector in New Zealand. The value of ice-cream is significantly more than that of milk powder. It’s good for the country. You (Allied Faxi) have marketing expertise and access New Zealand would struggle to replicate on its own,” he said.
Jobs and opportunities
As well as a strong focus on engaging with international markets to secure investment that provides jobs and opportunities for people living in the District, the new Strategy aligns with the Government’s Business Growth Agenda and highlights Council’s intention to treat the business community as a customer by rolling out the red carpet, not the red tape.
Tourism and ultra fast broadband
Encouraging tourism by growing the Hauraki Rail Trail and the facilitation of ultrafast broadband are other areas of focus the country’s leader will be able to read about in his copy of the Council’s new Economic Development Strategy, which we are sure will take pride of place on his bookshelf.
From left HDC chief executive Langley Cavers, councillor Gill Leonard, economic development manager David Fielden, Mayor John Tregidga, PM John Key, economic development committee chair councillor Toby Adams