Bishop to host public meeting on Technology Valley

Hutt Valley news
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, will host a special public meeting on 16 May on turning the Hutt Valley into “Technology Valley”.

“We have a fantastic opportunity in the Hutt to build on our strengths and turn our city into a place where science, technology and high value manufacturing drive economic growth, new jobs and higher wages for Hutt residents.

“I’m really keen to raise the profile of the technology sector in the Hutt. I suspect very few people in the Hutt, let alone Wellington and the rest of New Zealand, would know that over 3,900 people across more than 825 Lower Hutt businesses are employed full-time in the high-tech sector, that the sector generates $473 million in GDP already, and Lower Hutt has the fourth largest number of people in NZ employed in medium high-tech manufacturing.

“We’re also the home of institutions like Callaghan Innovation (the government’s hi-tech HQ), the Open Polytechnic, and WelTEC. We have an agile and skilled workforce, good transport links, and plenty of land for development.

“The meeting will be held at the Mind Lab in Petone, a highly appropriate venue. The Mind Lab is a hub for innovation and digital technology for children and teachers alike. It is initiatives like the Mind Lab that we need more of in the Hutt to make Technology Valley a reality.”

“At the meeting we’ll be talking about some of the brilliant technology businesses we have in the Hutt, such as TIN 200 companies Fraser Engineering, Pertronic Industries, and Wedgelock Equipment, but also smaller companies like ASPEQ, Kaynemaile, Layer3, Sanpro, Stansborough, Dry Homes NZ, and many more.

“The meeting nicely complement the Council’s upcoming STEMM Festival, and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace will be one of the speakers at the event, along with Technology Valley chair Cr Chris Milne.

“I’m also keen to hear from the community about how we take the concept of ‘Technology Valley’ forward. I’m passionate about growing the Hutt economy, and I’ve got my own ideas – but I’m keen to hear from the community about how we can get people behind the concept (particularly young people), raise our profile nationally and internationally, and celebrate our success.  What steps do we need to take to drive Technology Valley?”

“I see my role as being a very public champion for “Technology Valley” and working with the Council and inside government to make the concept a reality.

Hoardings advertising the meeting are up now around the Hutt Valley.

Meeting details:

Public Meeting on Technology Valley

Monday 16 May, 7pm

The Mind Lab by Unitec, 25 Victoria St Petone