Monitoring Dashboard - Regenerate Taupo District
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1. Dedicated resources to secure funding sources for critical projects
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Define role scope and funding provision - identify where role is best placed and what external funding channels are available.TDCCompleteIt has been identified that the resource and expertise is available within exsisting TDC and EGLT teams.
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Identify if existing resources can be redeployed to undertake this work.EGLT
TDC
CompleteJessica Sparks (TDC) Economic Development application support, Community Engagement Team (TDC) for sport, recreation and social application support, Enterprise Great Lake Taupo (EGLT) for Business Development application support.
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If no existing resource available, then recruitment to commence.EGLT
TDC
N/AIt has been identified that the resource and expertise is available within exsisting TDC and EGLT teams.
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2. Immediate job creation through conservation
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Work with Ruapehu DC to establish a regional alliance to inform the decision making for the programme funding.DOC
TDC
Work in progressAwaiting information from DoC regarding criteria and process to access funding.
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Support groups already in the pipeline to access the funding, and recruit for the roles.EGLT
Recovery Funding Navigator
Work in progressAwaiting information from DoC regarding criteria and process to access funding.
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Encourage environmental groups to apply for the regional environmental projects fund
and support them with applications if required.
Recovery Funding NavigatorWork in progressAwaiting information from DoC regarding criteria and process to access funding.
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3. Social housing provision for those who need it
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Form a community housing trust who will develop a sustainable ‘social enterprise’ business plan that includes successful registration as an official community housing provider.?Work in progressHui organised for 21 August - hosted by John Ridd. Baytrust approached and briefed. Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust has released housing strategy.
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Assess the options for supporting social housing through mechanisms like land supply, and regulatory and financial tools.TDCNot yet achieved
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Advocate to MSD, Kāinga Ora, TPK and others to ensure sufficient social housing is provided for our most vulnerable.Regenerate Taupo District Governance GroupWork in progressKainga Ora have committed to building X new houses in the Taupo District (John Ridd to confirm number). Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust has released housing strategy.
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Advocate to Kāinga Ora to secure new public/transitional homes constructed in our district.Regenerate Taupo District Governance GroupWork in progressKainga Ora have committed to building X new houses in the Taupo District (John Ridd to confirm number).
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Support local iwi to continue to pursue their papakāinga plans.TDC
TPK
Work in progressTuwharetoa Settlement Trust has released housing strategy.
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4. Supporting our visitor economy
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Identify industry leaders from within the tourism sector who can work collaboratively to ensure an industry leadership voice for advocacy and representation.Barry SearleOn trackHui of accommodation providers hosted at Suncourt on 19 August, which resulted in agreement to form an association.
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Foster collaborative approaches to developing visitor packages, supporting the events sector and joint promotion to ensure Taupō district continues to be a front of mind destination for New Zealanders, particularly during the winter ski season ahead.HUB agenciesOn trackDGLT working alongside Visit Ruapehu and RAL on winter/spring campaign - Cheeky Mid-weeky campaign offering midweek deals involving over 40 operators - currently on hold due to level three lock-down, but poised for a targeted release when appropriate.
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Apply for government support ($700k) to be used to accelerate and boost both destination marketing and management activities in the next 12 months.DGLT
EGLT
CompleteFunding secured and received from MBIE.
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Accelerate the development of ‘Te Ihirangi Destination Management Plan’ in partnership with Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Doc, EGLT and other stakeholders.DGLT
TDC
On trackFunding secured to recruit Destination Management Plan development resources, recruitment to commence in August, Terms of Reference for project and advisory group function developed.
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Investigate the implications of Airbnb type operations and consider if there is a need to review the existing regulatory and rating regime.TDCWork in progressTDC is planning to consider this issue at a workshop to be scheduled for October.
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5. Creating new construction jobs for locals
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Signal the pipeline of significant infrastructure works (as identified through the Annual Plan) and identify the private sector known projects. The shared pipeline list has already started for the CIP applications with our maintenance contractors, those that have similar existing/ recent contracts, and our “pipeline” consultants. These will then be made available to the building/trades/construction sector and training providers to develop defined labour market strategies to ensure workforce is secured.EGLT
TDC
Work in progressAlong with the annual plan, TDC are concurrently delivering the following projects which are predominately Crown funded through successful applications to either the Provincial Growth Fund or Crown Infrastructure Partners. They are: Shared Pathways - $10.6 million Taupo Town Center Transformation - $20.6 million Taupo Airport Redevelopment - $9.2 million Three Waters - $8.3 million
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Communicate TDC’s new policy supporting local contractors through tender weighting widely to the community, and where possible, local contractors and tradies are secured for all small scale (non-tender triggering) work.TDCCompleteSince Covid-19 Taupo District Council have adopted a procurement policy that provides up to 15% additional weighting for local contractors and suppliers. A local economic impact attribute is included in the evaluation giving weight to those services provided from within the local community. The criteria are:
o Your business is locally owned and operated = 15%
o Your business has a local branch (or will open a local branch if successful) = 7.5%
o Your business operates outside of the district = 0%
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Apply to the PGF ‘local hall’ fund for repairs and maintenance grants.TDCCompleteTokelau Hall/Church renovation application submitted to PGF unit; Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board submitted funding to PGF for Marae upgrades
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Work with the private sector and iwi to encourage commitment to longer-term pipeline projects, with a goal to announce at least two projects by year end.EGLTWork in progressEGLT working with private sector and iwi to accelerate pipeline projects.
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Develop and implement a ‘fast track’ process for consenting, including the development of an internal ‘advocate for the applicant’ role to support private developers to navigate the system.TDCCompleteTDC's Development Liaison Team is available to assist applicants traverse the complicated legislative requirements as needed. This is provided as a free service across all projects of various scale and complexity. The team pulls in all regulatory areas including building, planning, health, liquor and engineering to provide a single point of contact for the applicant. The team also works closely with DGLT and EGLT to assist and advocate on behalf of developers and ensuring high value projects are effectively managed.
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Lead a project to provide a venue to house social service agencies previously located at Waiora House.TDCWork in progressCouncil Steering Group has been formed and Project Manager appointed to progress this project
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Establish the TEL Community Fund policy to be responsive to community needs.TDCWork in progressA workshop is being organised with Councillors to progress the development of this policy.
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6. Ensure education and training opportunities exist
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Support Toi Ohomai in fast-tracking the development of the new Tertiary Hub in the Taupō CBDEGLT
TDC
On trackDesign phase underway, EGLT supporting Toi Ohomai to expedite development if possible. CIP application lodged for funding support to bring Phase 2 forward.
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Work with Toi Ohomai and other providers to ensure course provision matches future labour market needs.EGLTOn trackDiscussions underway for 2021 course provision.
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Share the construction project pipeline with employers to encourage them to take on staff and apprentices/interns.EGLT
TDC
Work in progressPipeline identification underway and ongoing conversations are underway with key contractors.
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Support Taupō Pathways to secure additional funding so their services can be expanded to support more young people.EGLTCompleteEGLT supported Taupo Pathways application to PGF. Funding secured and recruitment underway for additional resources.
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Deliver the Careers Expo in July, with a wider focus than just young people attending.EGLT
Taupo Pathways
CompleteSuccessful delivery of Job Expo in late July. High engagement and 300+ attendees.
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Identify volunteering opportunities and match unemployed people with volunteer work to provide work-readiness skill development and valuable social inclusion.?Not yet achievedOwner not yet identified. However, Taupo Pathways (Gaeleen Wilkie) would be interested in supplying the young people to participate in a structured voluntary work scheme to help with their work readiness skills.
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Secure Government funding for the development of an employment and skills hub, with new
resource to:
• Act as a conduit between the newly unemployed, education and training providers and
employers.
• Upskill our workforce and jobseekers with core literacy and numeracy skills; plus other
‘work ready’ skills.
• Increase the service provision of drivers’ licence training (esp. Class 4 and 5), utilising
central government and philanthropic funding to mitigate costs.
• Maximise the uptake of opportunities through the free trades training scheme
EGLTWork in progressEGLT has lodged a funding application to MBIE for this workstream. Outcome pending.
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7. Looking after our most vulnerable
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Monitoring to ensure there is adequate provision of appropriate wrap around support for those with complex needs ie homeless/rough sleepers who present with multiple challenges including mental health issues, addiction issues, etc.Regenerate Taupo District Governance GroupOn trackHomeless/Rough Sleepers that want support are being housed in a motel with wrap around support including addiction services. Visions of a Helping Hand are coordinating this.
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Young people/students are encouraged to provide volunteer hours to support community groups/social services activities.?Not yet achievedOwner not yet identified.
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Consider providing assistance towards dump fees for our local charity shops for the remainder of 2020, to directly support a greater return of shop proceeds to deliver community outcomes and service provision.TDCNot yet achieved
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Develop and launch a community awareness programme, that asks those who have been unaffected (by Covid-19 impacts) to support those who have been. This could generate funds to then be distributed to social service providers/community groups through existing channels (i.e. the Wairoa House Community Grant programme); and/or could involve more practicable outcomes (volunteering, firewood provision for those in need, food bank support, etc.).?Not yet achievedOwner not yet identified.
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Develop and promote ways in which people can seek help (many of those in need may never have had to ask for help before, and could be too proud to ask, so need to offer visible services that are available to them).Joan McBeathOn trackThe initial plan is to create a district wide referral process that allows people who are looking for help to be directed to the appropriate agency. In the first instance this will be via a dedicated email address which has been set up. A range of agencies in the social service, health and business sectors are available for referrals and more are being engaged with. A small team will be in place to process enquiries and this is being put in place now. A key principal of the plan is to not duplicate services and to work alongside other referral points to increase the reach. Promotion of the email address will be undertaken via usual media channels.
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8. Supporting our existing business community to rebound
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Secure additional funding support through advocacy to central government to enable enhanced business support service delivery.EGLT
TDC
Minor issues or delaysPGF application for funding support to EGLT declined. EGLT exploring other options.
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Develop and deliver new programmes that support business owners/managers to explore new business models and adaption opportunities.EGLTOn trackEGLT action plan defined that includes additional support/growth activities. RBPN support/funding increased and 200+ businesses assisted so far with free business support services.
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Partner with Lakes DHB to deliver mental health support services for business owners/ managers throughout all sectors within our district.EGLTOn trackMental Health information provided to business community, working with Lakes DHB on increased support.
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Develop and launch a new employment portal that ensures job seekers are able to identify and access local job opportunities.EGLTCompleteEGLT has launched www.taupo.jobs and is working alongside MSD Work Brokers to streamline process.
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Seek funding support to continue to deliver the ‘Love this Place’ shop local, explore local campaign to support our local businesses.HUB agenciesWork in progress