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September Update

Kia ora and welcome to our September update.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bay of Connections and Regional Growth Study Forum in July. We had a turnout of 150 people with great insights for our Action Leads, as the implementation of the Action Plan progresses.

More Regional Growth Studies launched

Hawke’s Bay (East Coast) and Manawatū - Wanganui have both just launched their Regional Growth Studies. While the Bay of Plenty was the second region to take off, our region is advancing well in terms of the progress made – a result of the willingness, commitment and hard work from everyone involved. There are a number of similarities across the regions and we’ll act on opportunities to work together as they arise.


Funding announcements

Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund

A new Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund of $12 million over four years was announced in the 2016 Budget. This fund supports small infrastructure projects that deliver facilities for visitors, enhance the visitor experience and help communities maximise their tourism growth potential.

Applications for the Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund are now open and close 15 September, 2016. Read more here.

Tourism Growth Partnership

The Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) provides $8 million per year to support innovative projects that will create new tourism opportunities. A recent change to the TGP means half of the annual $8 million fund will now be targeted to projects that boost tourism and tourism jobs specifically in the regions.

The Tourism Growth Partnership ‘Regional Stream’ will offer regional operators more opportunity to reap the benefits of growth in the sector, with co-funding support from government.

More information and funding applications will be made available in September. Please email if you would like to be notified of development or read more here.

Sustainable Farming Fund

Applications for the Sustainable Farming Fund are now open and will close on 8 September.

The Sustainable Farming Fund supports 'communities of interest' to do applied research and extension projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity.

Applicants can apply for up to $200,000 a year for a maximum of three years. Read more here.

Recent meeting updates

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the key developments discussed at our recent meetings:

RGS Action Lead meeting – Monday 8 August

A Manuka Group has been established and two meetings have been held. The group is still open to more memberships, particularly from Maori land owners. If you’re interested, please contact Warwick Murray on

A Changing Perceptions of Engineered Timber for Construction forum was held during May and was well attended with 140 delegates, all of whom were the right people to bridge the gap between engineered timber market entry.

Governance Group meeting

Financial analyst, Michael Sutton, presented his mid-market report on the regional economic activity in the $10m-$200m firm bracket to the Governance Group on August 17

Get more information

The Bay of Connections values your input and welcomes all questions and enquiries.

Please contact

Bay of Connections portfolio manager, Cheryl Lewis.


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