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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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$30 million kiwifruit partnership brings regional economic opportunities to life

Friday, April 28, 2017

Last week’s announcement of a $30 million Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard investment partnership will help bring some of the region’s significant economic growth potential to life, says Quayside Holdings Ltd chief executive officer, Scott Hamilton.

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March news update

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kia ora,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported Bay of Connections last year.

We capped off 2016 with the launch of the Yearly Report, and a visit from Minister Nathan Guy, which was a great opportunity to share the latest updates in this area. Minister Guy is the Minister for Primary Industries, and a key Minister for the Government’s Regional Growth Programme.

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BOP manuka industry gaining golden ground

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Bay of Plenty’s manuka honey industry has made significant progress this year, with the establishment of an advocacy group tasked with leading future growth. The Bay of Plenty is one of the first regions in the country to start implementing a manuka strategy.

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$158,000 BOP visitor economy funding announcement

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A funding announcement that is set to better equip the wider Bay of Plenty region for increased visitors, has been made by government at the release of the 2016 Bay of Connections Yearly Report in Tauranga today.

The government will contribute $79,000 towards the visitor economy project, with another $79,000 contributed by the Bay of Plenty region.

The project is part of the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan, which is overseen by Bay of Connections, to develop four sub-regional tourism strategies – Western Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupō – a regional strategy and a set of agreed regional priorities.

Bay of Connections Chairman Doug Leeder says the visitor economy has been identified as a sector that has the potential for significant growth across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

“A key focus in the Action Plan is the development of a collaborative regional tourism framework to support growth of the visitor economy to $2.5 billion by 2030.

“This is an ambitious – but realistic – target which can only be achieved through coordinated and aligned efforts.

“This is the first time the Bay of Plenty visitor economy sector has worked together in this way, and a steering group has been established with Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs), Economic Development Agencies (EDAs), and councils to support its progression.”

Visitor Economy workstream lead, Tania Bui says a number of workshops were held throughout the region to determine the scope and agreed approach.

“It’s important to emphasise that this is not about a joint marketing of the region – it’s about a combined effort to ready the wider Bay of Plenty to capitalise on New Zealand’s tourism growth.

“In particular, it’s about how the region is able to maximise the potential opportunities, created in some part by some of the constraints we are seeing elsewhere around the country in terms of capacity and infrastructure.

“Bay of Plenty visitor numbers are going to continue to increase, and we need to ensure that we’re ready for them with the right infrastructure, policies and assets, so they can stay longer in our region.

“It has been hugely beneficial and rewarding to connect the right people and approach. Knowing that the outcomes will supported by industry, iwi, RTOs, EDAs, and central and local government, makes the next phase easier to progress.”

Mr Leeder says the funding announcement is a significant milestone for the region, the tourism industry and for Bay of Connections.

“It’s the cherry on top of what has been a hugely successful year,” he says.

“The Bay of Plenty Action Plan commenced its implementation phase in 2016, which has seen the wider region and central government align activities and work towards a common goal, more than ever before.

“It’s imperative that we continue to build on, and maintain, this connectedness going into 2017 and what will be Bay of Connections’ first full decade of operation.

“The benefits of a growing economy have a positive impact on everyone in our region – from industries and businesses, right through to communities and individuals.

“With a more prosperous region comes a greater chance of better social and economic benefits, where we all stand to win.

“With nine years of work now under its belt, Bay of Connections is well and truly in a position to play its part in helping to build a more prosperous region.”

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Toi-EDA changing of the guard

Monday, September 19, 2016

Toi EDA, the eastern Bay of Plenty’s economic development agency, welcomed a number of new faces to the board table at a recent meeting.

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September Update

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kia ora and welcome to our September update.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Study Forum in July. We had a turnout of 150 people with great insights for our Action Leads, as the implementation of the Action Plan progresses.

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