The number of residents enrolling with local doctors across the Thames-Coromandel region are increasing and economists say this is a sign of a growing population.
The data released from economics consultancy firm Infometrics shows the number of people with a Thames-Coromandel address who enrolled with a local GP increased by 3.1% last year.
The population increase is having a positive impact on goods and services spending across the Thames-Coromandel area, as well as sustaining a robust economy, growing 2.6% for the same quarter.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measuring the total value of goods and services provided shows $1,073 million in the Thames-Coromandel for December 2017-December 2018.
The strength of the economy across the area is supported by strong job creation.
Infometrics senior economist Benje Patterson says the strong job creation has helped, however residents across the area struggle when it comes to productivity.
“A lot of the growth in the economy is being driven by more people working, rather than working smarter, or by a more productive use of resources.
“Think about investing in capability, that’s in terms of staff and the technology they use in the day-to-day functions of the business.”
Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie says the council are discussing how to increase productivity.
"Council signed off on a Productivity Plan in December last year, which is helping Council to focus on high value opportunities to grow out economy.
“The plan outlines how we can partner with central and regional government agencies, local councils, industry, iwi and the community to catalyse a positive change that stretches outside our normal remit as a Council.”
Five targeted workstreams in the council’s productivity plan are:
• Land use
• Land productivity
• Connected journeys - roading, data connectivity, water and air transport
• Destination management and tourism
You can read more about the productivity plan here.