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Employment & Economy

A story of what happens when secondary agricultural based industry moves away from its district of production with centralisation and what occurs when those jobs are not replaced despite a substantive pivot to tourism to address the jobs gap.


An overall declining job market since 2006 has reduced employment opportunities and narrowed the spectrum of available jobs across the Ruapehu District, specifically in Taumarunui with the closure of the railyards, meat works and milk processing plant.

A nationwide trend towards centralisation of services and offshore manufacturing has also compounded this issue.

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