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Govt invests a further $3m to tackle Eastern Bay of Plenty youth unemployment

Friday, August 3, 2018

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

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July news update

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kia ora,

It has been a busy six months for Bay of Connections. Since the announcement of the Provincial Growth Fund earlier this year, we’ve been working hard to ensure the wider Bay of Plenty is in the best possible position to benefit from opportunities provided by the fund.

Planning is also underway for the Bay of Connections Yearly Forum, to be held in Rotorua on 3 August, while work has also commenced on the review of the Bay of Connections strategy.

I’d also like to take this public opportunity to thank Fiona McTavish, who has stepped down from her role as the Bay of Connections Management Group Chair, following her appointment as Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana. Fiona made an immense contribution to Bay of Connections and she is set to do the same in her new role. Jacky James has agreed to take on an acting role as Management Group Chair for the next few months, and is already doing an outstanding job.

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Women get ready to take the wheel

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


The group, which has just completed the 19-week course, represent half of the graduates, the highest number of females the course has had at any one time.

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Driver cadetship proposal welcomed by industry

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Driver cadetship proposal welcomed by industry

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Bay of Plenty seaweed could boost athletes

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Athletes could soon be turning to Bay of Plenty seaweed to give them a protein boost, thanks to revolutionary work being carried out in Tauranga.

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Rangatahi Māori gather in Tauranga for youth summit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

See the full Te Karere video here

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Bay of Plenty to seek share of $1b fund

Friday, February 23, 2018

2017 12 07 BOC Yearly Report Presentation Shane Jones

The wider Bay of Plenty region, its economy and its people stand to significantly benefit from the launch of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), says the Chairman of the Bay of Connections regional growth strategy, Doug Leeder.

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Provincial Growth Fund boost to regions

Friday, February 23, 2018

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Fletcher Tabuteau has congratulated Minister Jones on launching the Provincial Growth Fund in Gisborne today.

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Future focus on Upper North Island logistics

Friday, February 23, 2018

The future of the upper North Island ports, including whether Ports of Auckland should be relocated, will be considered as part of a wider transport and logistics strategy, Associate Minister of Transport Shane Jones has today announced.
Cabinet has approved a programme of work to develop a comprehensive Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy to ensure our supply chain is fit-for-purpose in the long term.

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