Chapter 8

Harnessing learning and innovation opportunities

Harnessing learning and innovation opportunities - Manukau

People will be encouraged in enterprise and business growth to help drive local economic prosperity.

Learning and innovation are seen as cornerstones of changing how Manukau functions. The building blocks are already here, with more participation in early childhood education and a rapidly increasing tertiary presence.

We’ll work with Auckland Unlimited and The Southern Initiative with a focus on empowering people in community, social, iwi and Pasifika enterprise. We’ll also harness growth sectors such as health, food and environmental tech, as well as advanced manufacturing.

This move will include:

  • A network between learning centres, so that people have a pathway from early childhood to further education and training, and on to employment.
  • The Southern Initiative’s local enterprise and innovation initiatives, including the Makerhood, plus Māori and Pasifika trades and training programmes.
  • The Manukau Innovation Neighbourhood – engaging large-scale local employers to grow local innovation and talent.
  • The Te Haa multi-purpose innovation centre.
  • Developing a technology hub for MIT’s trades and engineering schools that will be used by more than 1,200 students and deliver more high-value jobs to the community.