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October news update

Happy October, and we hope your year is great so far. Here’s a few updates from us:

Focus on empowering Māori youth

Growing the wider Bay of Plenty’s prosperity by empowering Māori youth through education and skills is a key focus of a collaborative approach between the Bay of Plenty’s Tertiary Intentions Strategy (TIS), Bay of Connections and He Mauri Ohooho, the region’s Māori economic development plan.

The TIS and HMO partners have successfully secured funding for a resource to advance He Rangatahi, He Anamata – a call to action that encourages collaboration across the Bay’s industry, education sector and Māori organisations to improve skill and income levels for Māori youth.

The Kaihautu Ōhanga Maori (Bay of Plenty Māori Economic Development Navigator), has been funded in partnership between Bay of Connections, the region-wide economic development strategy, Te Puni Kokiri and Priority One.

He Mauri Ohooho co-lead, Te Horipo Karaitiana says the new position will enable better coordination of regional initiatives and help ensure successful outcomes for Māori youth.

Two education and skills examples to improve higher skilled job opportunities for Māori youth have also been developed, the Kiwi Leaders programme, run by Te Awanui Huka Pak and Priority One’s Instep with Māori plan.


Geothermal Business Development Lead – Requests for Proposal

We sent out Requests for Proposals for the Geothermal Business Development Lead position last week.

You may remember from our last newsletter we announced the Government had given $150,000 towards the establishment of the role. The new position will deliver on the Te Toi Moana Economic (Geothermal) Action Plan, with the main objective of stimulating demand for geothermal heat resources.

The RFP closes October 17. For more details click here.

Regional Growth Programme update

The Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study identifies a range of short to mid-term opportunities that could assist in increasing investment, employment and incomes across the region.

The August update is now available here.

Yearly report launch

We are currently preparing the Bay of Connections 2017 Yearly Report, which will be presented at the Yearly Forum on December 7 at ASB Baypark in Tauranga.

We look forward to sharing more details of the event with you once we have them sorted, but in the meantime put 7 December into your diary.

Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Rotorua Drycleaners & Apparelmaster for their win in the Bay of Connections Excellence in Sustainable Practices category of the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.

The judges said Rotorua Drycleaners understood and embraced sustainability in all aspects of their operation, and commended them for the holistic approach they took to sustainability.

Bay of Connections was proud to support the business awards this year, and recognise those with the best sustainable practices in Rotorua.


Farewell Tania

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Tania Bui, our action lead for Visitor Economy, who is moving to Auckland. Tania has made a significant contribution to the Bay of Connections Regional Growth Study.

Andrew Wilson, who has been involved with the development of the Visitor Economy strategy, will replace Tania. Having Andrew step in will ensure we lose no momentum and we can carry on business as usual.


Upcoming events

1 Nov - Bay of Connections Governance Group Meeting (Tauranga)
14 Nov - Bay of Connections Management and Action Lead Meetings (Rotorua)
7 Dec - Bay of Connections Launch of Yearly Report (Tauranga)


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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