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Read the latest news and updates regarding the Bay of Connections Regional Development Strategy, its actions plans, initiatives and people.

Forestry Policy Announcements Welcomed by Bay of Connections

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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The Bay of Connections has welcomed Labour’s policy announcements to support the industry’s journey “from volume to value” meaning the sector is high on their agenda. Labour’s policy announcement includes initiatives such as tax deferrals in the form of accelerated depreciation to enc...

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High hopes with BOP Māori economic development strategy

Monday, March 17, 2014
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Linking Bay of Plenty's Maori economic growth with its Maori wellbeing is the vision of He Mauri Ohooho, New Zealand's first regionally co-ordinated Maori economic development strategy. Read NZ Herald article below: NZ Herald: Monday Mar 17, 2014

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Ōpōtiki’s Harbour Redevelopment images spark imagination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Photo simulations of Ōpōtiki’s Harbour Redevelopment Project have sparked the imagination of the local community and reignited discussion of the benefits that the redevelopment would bring to the town. Produced by Isthmus Consultants, the photo imagery brings to life the harbour structures ...

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Launch of BOP Māori economic strategy first of its kind

Thursday, February 20, 2014
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New Zealand’s first regionally coordinated Māori Economic Development Strategy was officially launched in the Bay of Plenty today after two years of development and the input of more than 200 iwi and Māori business representatives. The strategy, He Mauri Ohooho, has been developed under the...

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Role Changes for Bay of Connections

Friday, February 14, 2014
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The New Year has brought with it a changing at the helm for the Bay of Connections Governance Group, with a new chair and applications being sought for a new Maori Business representative. John Cronin recently stepped down as chair, with Bay of Plenty Regional Council chair Doug Leeder now fill...

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Bay of Connections sets new jobs target for 2025

Friday, January 17, 2014
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The Bay of Connections regional economic development strategy has moved into a new phase of activity in 2013, with clear progress and impacts coming from the various sector strategies, and a defined target for employment growth being set for 2025. The Bay of Connections is the industry-led grow...

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Forestry expert appointed to Bay of Connections

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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Jacob Kajavala, Managing Director of Kajavala Forestry Limited (KFL), has been appointed as the new Eastern Bay of Plenty business representative to the Bay of Connections Governance Group. Established in 2008, the Bay of Connections is the industry-led growth strategy for the wider Bay of Plen...

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Bay of Plenty's forestry industry set to gain from China forum

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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A high-powered forum held in China last week has the potential to benefit the wider Bay of Plenty's forestry industry as it seeks to position itself for increased trade with the republic. The region's forestry sector was represented at the last week's inaugural New Zealand China Partnership Fo...

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Sevens Rugby strategy aims for economic development

Monday, April 15, 2013
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The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Bay of Connections have joined forces on a strategy to establish the region as the international home of Sevens rugby development. The potential economic benefits for the region from Sevens Rugby are significant and the region has already secured the national ...

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Sustainable aquaculture industry a real opportunity for BOP

Monday, March 25, 2013
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The potential use of geothermal energy for aquaculture will be further explored by the group tasked with supporting the development of the industry in the wider Bay of Plenty. Investigating the possible use of geothermal energy sources is one of several opportunities the Bay of Connections Reg...

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