Says: “Top of South Island economy is in good shape”

New Zealand government assuages economic Covid-19 worries

Industry leaders and government ministers say the economic outlook in the top of the south Island is okay, despite the perennial problem of seasonal worker shortages and the Covid-19 worries, as peak harvest looms for grapes and other fruit crops.

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Minister of Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor were in Nelson today to hear from businesses, industry and councils about the impact that the Covid-19 coronavirus was having on them.

Twyford said feedback from today's meetings showed the region was in good shape with a strong and diverse economy. "We wanted to find out about how Covid-19 is affecting the economy, and how the region is prepared for what could be a significant economic downturn. What I take away is that the region is in good shape, the economy strong, well diversified, with diverse markets, some products have had increased demand."

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