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New role to guide Maori economic development across the Bay

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Fostering the Bay of Plenty's Maori economy by unlocking the potential of the emerging Maori workforce is a key focus of Awhina August's new role as Kaihautu Ohanga Maori -
Bay of Plenty Maori economic development navigator.

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October news update

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy October, and we hope your year is great so far. Here’s a few updates from us:

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New Career LinkUp system aims to better connect students to local jobs

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Ensuring secondary school students in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are better connected to the range of career options available and to local employment opportunities is the key aim of a new career service being part-funded through Toi-EDA by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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Māori youth key to lifting regional prosperity

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Growing the wider Bay of Plenty’s prosperity by empowering Māori youth through education and skills is a key focus of a collaborative approach between the Bay of Plenty’s Tertiary Intentions Strategy (TIS), Bay of Connections and He Mauri Ohooho, the region’s Māori economic development plan.

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Bay of Plenty targets geothermal growth with new position

Thursday, August 31, 2017


An ambitious target to create 400 jobs attributed to direct use geothermal projects by 2025 will be helped by the development of a new role, aimed at removing barriers and speeding up investment in the geothermal industry.

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August news update

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Announcement of Geothermal funding

The geothermal action stream received a significant boost this week, with the Government announcing $150,000 towards the establishment of a geothermal business development lead.

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Study to explore water use for BOP economic growth

Friday, July 14, 2017

A grant of up to $50,000 from the Irrigation Acceleration Fund will see economic growth opportunities for the Bay of Plenty identified through a water study focussed on effective water use and sustainable options for development in the region.

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Refreshed Action Plan to drive economic growth in Bay

Thursday, June 29, 2017


An ambitious economic development plan which has already seen investment in the Opotiki sea farm and harbour development, increased Maori knowledge of direct use geothermal and unused land turned to kiwifruit orchards, has established its next areas of focus.
The refreshed Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan, which has 38 news actions and 46 actions removed, was unveiled in front of more than 120 stakeholders today at the 2017 Annual Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Programme Forum.

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June news update

Monday, June 19, 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to change the date of the 2017 Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Programme Forum. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

The forum will now take place from 10am-1.30pm on Friday 14 July, 2017 at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua.

For catering and seating purposes, please reserve your place for the new event, even if you already did so for the previous date.

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May news update

Monday, June 19, 2017

Kia Ora,

It’s May already and with plenty happening so far this year, it’s timely to update you on the work Bay of Connections has been doing and some key events in the next month.

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