Project Kōkiri is the Nelson Tasman economic development collaboration setup to navigate and mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an action and insights orientated taskforce backed by Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Mana Whenua, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Regional Development Agency and the regionally based government agencies.
The collaboration was formed during lockdown and developed the Nelson Tasman Economic Response & Regeneration Action Plan which was released in June 2020. That plan focused on the response pathway for the region in navigating the immediate challenges that COVID-19 presented and ensuring our region was ‘match fit’ for the economic headwinds that the country is facing.
The defining purpose of the collaboration was to ensure that the region had a well organised and coordinated response across all agencies and stakeholders that could compliment the health and social responses being undertaken.