Government regional development committee to visit Blenheim businesses

Workers processing mussels at Kono in Riverlands, Blenheim.
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Workers processing mussels at Kono in Riverlands, Blenheim.

The Government's regional development caucus committee will visit Blenheim on Wednesday. 

New Plymouth MP Johnathan Young, Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie and Chris Bishop, a list MP based in Lower Hutt, with meet a number of industry big-hitters.

The committee will be greeted by Marlborough District Council's smart business officer Jane Tito, before getting a tour of Timberlink where work has started on a $10 million investment programme at the sawmill, which will create up to 50 jobs over the next five years.

It will be followed by a workplace tour at Wither Hills winery and a presentation by Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens.

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The committee will get a tour of CarbonScape which uses microwaves to turn wood waste from forestry into a high-value product and a tour of premium New Zealand food and beverage company Kono.

The day concludes with an overview of aquaculture in Marlborough provided by the Marine Farming Association.

A spokesperson for Smith said the committee did regional visits to support opportunities in industry as well as policy development within the party.

"New Zealand's economy is made up of diverse regions, each specialising in diverse activities depending on its natural resources, infrastructure and people. While they differ each region has the potential to attract further investment, raise incomes and increase employment opportunities."

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 - The Marlborough Express

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