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Bay of Connections November Update
19 December 2017
Bay of Connections November Update
It has been a big year for the Bay of Connections, culminating in the launch of our Yearly Report and associated ten year celebrations last week.
A big thank you to all those who have played a role in shaping the Bay of Connections this year, and also over the decade we have been in existence. It’s thanks to the strong support and collaboration across the region – and different sectors – that has allowed us to achieve what we have.
Throughout 2017 in particular, the strength of the connections built over the past 10 years have become even more visible, and the essential foundations developed over the past decade are now showing us tangible results.
I’d also like to thank everyone who attended last week’s Yearly Report launch. It was great to have so many people share in our achievements and we were particularly thrilled to welcome Regional Development Minister, Hon. Shane Jones to the event.
If you haven’t already seen it, a copy of our Yearly Report is now available here
Visit from Shane Jones
As well as speaking at the Yearly Report launch, we also showcased several other projects to Minister Jones while he was in the region.  He visited the Tauranga Harbour Marine Precinct, which is an example of a multi-funder economic development project, as well as receiving an update on Plantech and a visit to Kawerau to discuss the potential container terminal.
Andrea Blair appointed to new role 
 We are delighted to announce geothermal expert Andrea Blair has been appointed to the role of Geothermal Business Development Lead. Bay of Connections, the New Zealand Geothermal Association and the Government – through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – have contributed a total of $300,000 over two years to stimulate demand and investment utilising the region’s geothermal resources.
Andrea has already set some initial targets for the region, including a number of new geothermal initiatives to be established across the region in the next two years, each creating significant new job opportunities. 
Kawerau Container Terminal moves step closer
The development of a Kawerau Container Terminal has taken another step forward, with the announcement of the terminal’s preferred operator – international port logistics company, ISO Ltd.
This project was identified as a significant growth opportunity for the town, as well as for the wider region, and its feasibility was supported through the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Economic Action Plan.
Bay of Connections supported the initial research project into the viability of the potential container terminal. The research confirmed significant savings to industry and an improvement in supply chain efficiency to market.
The announcement is extremely positive news for Kawerau, but will have a significant flow on effect for the wider region. It is extremely exciting to see the project progress to the next stage. 
Westpac Tauranga Business Awards
Congratulations to Te Puke Gymsport Incorporated, who won the Bay of Connections-sponsored Social Enterprise Award at the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards.
Tertiary Intentions Strategy
A key focus of the last meeting was around the Bay of Plenty Regional Labour Market report, conducted by the University of Waikato. Members of the leadership team have been asked to provide feedback on the report. Awhina August also presented on He Rangatahi He Anamata – Long Term Maori Youth strategy for the Bay of Plenty.
Upcoming events
  • Tuesday February 13 – RAO
  • February 20 – FLAG
  • Monday February 26 – Management Group and Action Leads
  • Wednesday March 7 – Governance Group 
Happy Holidays 
Once again, a big thank you to all those who have contributed to the Bay of Connections this year. Have a fantastic festive season and a well-deserved break, as 2018 is shaping up to be another big year. 
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Bay of Connections portfolio manager, Cheryl Lewis.