In March 2017, UNISA released The Upper North Island Story [PDF, 1.5 MB] which is about growth and change and how important the connections between the regions and cities of the Upper North Island are to the ongoing success of New Zealand.

It identifies the need for collaborative investment and planning to tackle increasing pressure on housing, infrastructure, natural resources, skilled labour and transport system.

It also outlines population and economic growth projections to 2033 and identifies key challenges and opportunities that Upper North Island communities will face as a result of projected changes. UNISA partners will is now working together to tackle shared challenges and maximise opportunities through collaborative investment, planning and advocacy work.