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Consultation Open: Proposed Future Development Strategy for Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District
5 October 2018
Here's a great opportunity to have your say...
How will we manage housing, transport, employment, an ageing population, the environment, and other big issues in the Western Bay of Plenty over the next 30 years as we look to house an extra 66,000 people?
The aim is for sustainable and affordable living and by 2048. That'll mean we need 43,000 more homes and all the support that comes with this growth to meet the needs of an estimated population of 250,000.
The Proposed Future Development Strategy is open for consultation from 5 October to 5 November. 
You can read the full proposed Strategy documents or summaries and access the submission form on the SmartGrowth website.
EU-NZ free trade agreement public session - Wellington
10 October 2018
New Zealand is hosting the second round of negotiations for an EU-NZ free trade agreement in October.  During the negotiations we will be holding a public session with the Chief Negotiators on Wednesday 10 October at 12.30-2pm in Wellington.
Come along to this free event to hear about the EU-NZ free trade agreement negotiations directly from the New Zealand and EU Chief Negotiators.  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.  Registration is essential. 
To register now, please click here.
Successful Ageing Symposium
15 October 2018
The Symposium programme will provide an opportunity to talk about issues that matter.
We will explore the challenges of longevity, and the opportunities that arise as thousands more people seek to live a meaningful purposeful longer life. The programme will also be relevant for those involved in reframing policies and mature business markets, including those delivering health and social services.
For more information and registration go here
Regional Climate Change Collaboration Meeting: ALL AGENCIES
16 October 2018

All agencies.  Contact the COBOP Coordinator for agenda.

Tauranga Youth Development Team AGM
17 October 2018

Please RSVP to 

Greenprint for Whakatane
18 October 2018
An inspiring community initiative: ‘Greenprint for Whakatāne’, will hold a hui on 18 October to bring together like-minded locals who are keen to work together for food sovereignty. Greenprint for Whakatāne launched earlier this year, with the purpose of making Whakatāne a more sustainable, resilient and regenerative place to live.
Greenprint for Whakatāne will be held at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm on Thursday, 18 October. 
For more information, contact:
Whakatāne Ki Mua Coordinator - Rebecca Mackay, or PH: 07 306 0500
New Zealand ShakeOut 2018
18 October 2018
Our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 9:30 am.
ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold - and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area like the Bay of Plenty.
Go to the Shake Out website here
COBOP Leadership Forum Octboer
19 October 2018
Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum - Wellington
19 October 2018

It’s a one-day Forum aimed at social enterprise practitioners, business, intermediaries, not-for-profits, investors, public servants, policy makers, academics, and other whānau interested in learning and connecting around the social enterprise kaupapa.

The Forum as a whole will be delivered in partnership with the Community Energy Network, Environmental Hubs Aotearoa and the Zero Waste Network, combining our one-day social enterprise event and their annual Strengthening Communities Hui on the same week.
SmartGrowth SmartTalk Event
30 October 2018
It's all about education!
Our next SmartTalk event – mark your diaries
Our SmartTalk speaker series focuses on dynamic speakers encouraging and provoking us to think about what sort of future we’d like to see here in the western Bay.
Tony Wagner is a globally recognised voice in education. He’s currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and has held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Email SmartGrowth here if you'd like to attend.