Economic Development Strategy

Our District. Our Future.

Waimate District Economic Development Strategy


The Waimate District Council is in the process of creating ‘Our District. Our Future. Waimate District Economic Development Strategy’ to:

  • identify the strengths of Waimate District’s economy
  • identify opportunities to retain and attract businesses and jobs
  • identify opportunities to increase visitors to the district
  • identify the challenges that may impact on the district’s future growth
  • identify key initiatives and develop priority action plans
  • provide a strategic planning framework to guide the growth of our district for the next 10 years.

Council is developing the strategy in partnership with Wellington-based consultants Allen + Clarke. The strategy will be based on consultation with local businesses and the community through a series of facilitated workshops, a survey and one to one conversations with a small number of key stakeholders from various sectors. Once drafted, the strategy will be available for public consultation.

The strategy will also work towards achieving Council’s vision for the Waimate District which is “Leading our communities towards a diverse, thriving and sustainable district.

How can you get involved?

The strategy will impact on each and every one of us. We know there are a lot of people who have a passion for our district and we would like to hear from you.


Council held a series of interactive workshops for members of the community and those involved in business to share their views and ideas and contribute to the strategy. The evening workshops were held at the Waimate Event Centre on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March 2017. We thank everyone who participated in this process and appreciate the feedback received.

Engagement Feedback

The purpose of engagement for Our District. Our Future. Waimate District Economic Development Strategy was to seek input from the community to inform the development of the strategy.

An initial round of public engagement took place in March and April 2017 with the assistance of Wellington-based consultants Allen + Clarke.  Allen + Clarke engaged with over 100 people throughout the Waimate District via the following methods:

  • A public survey
  • Three workshops – two for members of the public and one for Council elected members/leadership
  • A small number of confidential one to one conversations with key stakeholders from various sectors.

Feedback from the survey and workshops has been collated and is now available.

One Page Engagement Summary

Initial Engagement Feedback Document

Media Release

Printed copies of the Initial Engagement Feedback document (35 pages) are available from the Waimate District Council reception desk or by contacting

If you would like to comment on the feedback received please email