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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.


People in most areas had job opportunities in primary and service sectors, except Ohura. Waiouru relied on NZDF and small businesses. Tourism was seasonal and diverse, but less valued than in 2020. Ski field issues worried some.

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