taupō economic strengthening.
Synergine’s engagement with Taupō District Council began in early 2017 with a brief to provide an economic strategy for the district as the Council moved towards refreshing their Long-Term Plan. Over time, the engagement grew as a result of Synergine’s holistic thinking to encompass the social, environmental and cultural aspects of Taupō's growth and to produce a region wide strategy.
Throughout the process, Synergine had significant engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, in particular Synergine forged a strong relationship with the local iwi, Tuwharetoa. The culmination of this engagement was a hui which took place in Turangi and was the first time that all four arms of the iwi had met together.
Through this engagement, Synergine identified key catalyst projects which were designed specifically to unlock the potential in the region through targeted investment. These catalyst projects were informed by in-depth stakeholder interviews, analysis of existing Taupō District Council documents, reviews of existing infrastructure, and the economic trends of the region.