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May update

Welcome to our May update. The year is progressing quickly and there are a number of updates and upcoming milestones that we wanted to keep you up to date with.

Coming Up:

Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction

26 May, 2016. Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua.

A one-day conference showcasing the use of engineered timber internationally and exploring changes in timber use in New Zealand. International speakers from Australia, Canada and the UK will be attending.

This is a collaborative conference and builders, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and developers are encouraged to attend.

This conference is an important first step towards one of the opportunities identified in the Forestry Action Plan that is part of the BOP Regional Growth Programme.

Click here for more information.

Apiculture National Conference

19-21 June, 2016. Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

Theme: Bee Business - science : health : trade
Gather information, learn more about the industry and attend New Zealand’s largest apiculture trade exhibition.

Manuka honey feature heavily in the RGS Action Plan, not only in Agribusiness but also in Māori Land Utilisation and Education.

Click here for more information.

Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Study Forum

6 July, 2016. Mataatua Marae, Whakatane.

A three-hour forum to provide an update on the progress of Bay of Connections and the Regional Growth Study.

Provisional schedule:

10am: Arrive, morning tea
10:30am: Official start, presentations
1pm: Finish, light lunch

An official invitation will be sent later this month. Please pencil this date into your diary now and we encourage you to share this open invitation with your contacts.

He Mauri Ohooho Update:

The Taiohi Discovery Tour was delivered in March, providing secondary students with a look into New Zealand’s Primary Industries.

A youth forum is scheduled for late June in Tauranga. This will be open to rangatahi between the ages of 18-30 and aims to develop awareness of economic and social problems, establish dialogue and build relationships. If you would like to be involved, please email

Both dairy and horticulture cluster projects have been initiated with confirmation and project plans expected by June. The dairy cluster is implemented in partnership with Dairy NZ, focused in the Whakatōhea/ Opōtiki region, while the horticulture cluster is partnered with Tūhono Whenua Horticulture and is being developed in Te Puke.

Recent Meetings

Management group meeting #4 – 6 May
Action Leads meeting #2 – 12 May. See updated Action Plan summary here.

Upcoming Meetings

Freight Logistics Action Group – 7 June, Mount Maunganui
Forestry and Wood Action Group – 19 May, Rotorua

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