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June news update

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.

Regional Aquaculture Organisation biosecurity workshop

More than 30 aquaculture industry representatives and stakeholders attended a biosecurity workshop in Tauranga on Tuesday.

Hosted by the Bay of Connection’s Regional Aquaculture Organisation, and in partnership with Waikato University, and Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the workshop provided a forum for discussion and education on important biosecurity matters affecting this region, and neighbouring regions including:

Fanworm – its biology and risks to aquaculture, surveillance and avoiding infestations

Central Government update from the Ministry for Primary Industries

An opportunity to feed directly into the review of the Regional Pest Management Plan. As noted at the workshop, industry feedback and comments are welcome and important, so if you wish to contribute, please email

$100,000 grant for Whakatane District Council

Whakatāne District Council has received $100,000 in the second and final round of Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

The funding will be used towards the construction of toilet facilities in Murupara, and the upgrade of the existing toilet and carpark facilities at Eivers Park, Te Teko.

The increased volume of visitors travelling between Rotorua and the Eastern Bay of Plenty, as well as to the Urewera National Park, will benefit from this latest round of grant funding.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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