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April Update

Welcome to our second update for the year. It's been a great start to 2016, with the Action Plan Leads meeting on 1 March showcasing work already underway.

We have created a one page Action Plan update outlining sector work underway and upcoming milestones which will be updated every two months. Please feel free to share this amongst your networks.

Coming Up

11 May - Action Lead Meeting - venue TBC
6 July - Annual Forum - Whakatane

Update on 2016 so far

Maintaining the momentum on the Regional Growth Programme and the wider Bay of Connections framework remains a key focus for 2016.

  • Aquaculture sector meeting #2 - April 12, Tauranga - Opotiki Harbour Development project is progressing with different work streams underway.
  • Freight Logistics Action Group (FLAG) meeting #2 - April 12, Tauranga - The focus of the meeting was on transport in a changing climate with a presentation from European Motors Distributors general manager Dean Sheed on future changes in transport fuel.
  • Bay of Connections Governance Group meeting - April 19, Rotorua

Forestry Conference – Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction

This one-day conference will showcase the use of engineered timber internationally and timber use changes in New Zealand. The value of wood will also be explored from different angles, including both emotive and economic responses to engineered timber buildings.

International speakers from Australia, Canada and the UK will share their experiences and learnings with topics including architectural, engineering and construction aspects of engineered timber buildings. For more information, please click here.

Regional Growth Study Forum – Save the date

Date: Wednesday 6 July
Location: Mataatua Marae, Whakatane
Details: The two-hour forum will provide an update on the progress of the Regional Growth Study actions, and an overview of activities in the wider Bay of Connections portfolio
RSVP: An official invitation with further details will be sent in May

Note: Please pencil the forum into your diary now. This is an open invitation and we encourage you to share this with your own contacts who could be interested in being involved with the Bay of Connections and/or the Regional Growth Programme.

Afforestation Grants Scheme - Applications open

Applications to the Afforestation Grants Scheme are now open until 8 June.

The programme is designed to help establish 15,000 hectares of new forest plantations between 2015 and 2020, to improve land-use productivity and regional economic development.

Find out more and apply here.

RFP: Seeking an Agribusiness Action Lead

Bay of Connections is seeking an Action Lead for the Agribusiness component of the Action Plan, to work alongside the other Action Leads and Bay of Connections sector strategy co-ordinators.

For more information please click here to see the supporting Action Plan and if you have further questions please contact Cheryl Lewis.

To apply, please contact

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The Bay of Connections strongly values your input. We wish to thank those who contributed to the success of 2015 and welcome your involvement in 2016.

The Bay of Connections has an open door policy and we welcome all questions and enquiries. You can contact us at

Bay of Connections portfolio manager, Cheryl Lewis.

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