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July 2019 news update

Tēnā koutou,

Since our May News Update we have continued to progress the “new” regional development framework – which we’ve nicknamed Bay of Connections 2.0.

The focus of 2.0 is twofold:
Genuine value-add support for sub-regions and their priorities and projects
A regional lens to cross-cutting opportunities and challenges, for example, the Māori economy, infrastructure and a low carbon, circular economy

BOPRC have formally approved the new framework, which includes the establishment of an independent Leadership Group who will guide and advise the regional development effort.


After seeking expressions of interest from across the region, we are now in the process of finalising this group.

Previous Governance Group member – and international geothermal expert, Andy Blair, has been appointed as the interim Chair of the Leadership Group. This is for a 12 month period, in order to provide a bridge between the old and the new, and ensure the vision for Bay of Connections 2.0 can be enacted.

We will continue to keep you updated as things progress.

Nga mihi

Introducing Rebecca Roe – Programme Manager, Regional Economic Development

We have recently appointed Rebecca Roe as the new Programme Manager for Regional Economic Development.

Rebecca has recently returned to the Western Bay of Plenty from Wellington, where she was working for the Ministry of Social Development in a workforce development role.


"I am thrilled to be back in the region and I’m looking forward to creating meaningful relationships with experts that will help support the priorities of the Bay of Connections.”

Rebecca brings a wealth of valuable insights and relationships to the Bay of Connections from her time within the Ministry as a Case Manager and Industry Partnerships Advisor.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing/Marketing Management as well as a Graduate Diploma in Political Science and Government and is progressing in a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Policy.

SWEP ignites curiosity amongst teens at Career Expo’s

The Sector Workforce Engagement Programme (SWEP) managed to focus the attention of thousands of Bay of Plenty high school students on a career in freight transport at the recent Tauranga and Rotorua Career Expo’s.

A lack of visibility for road transport careers and supporting pathways in schools was the motivation for the Expo presence.

With the help of the Bay of Connections Freight and Logistics Action Group (FLAG), a first class experience was created – putting students behind the wheel of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Fonterra- supplied 8x4 training tanker.

Following a quick safety induction, briefing and under the instruction of the driver trainers, students got to experience the controls and even drive backwards and forwards in a sectioned off area of the expo carpark.

The experience generated a large amount of interest for students – literally putting them in the driving seat for making career decisions.


Upcoming events


18-19 September - New Zealand Aquaculture Conference in Blenheim
30 Oct – 1 Nov - Economic Development New Zealand 2019 Conference

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