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The Bay Goes Circular - Whakatane
1 November 2018
 Thursday 1st November from 4.00 - 6.30pm at Lightning Hub, Whakatane.
 
The Sustainable Business Network runs a Circular Economy Accelerator project that aims to speed up the move to a circular economy in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty is increasingly becoming a focus area, so we will talk about some of those exciting developments at our Whakatane event. 
 
  • Scion will discuss their circular/bio-economy initiatives, including an interesting development at their Rotorua campus. 
  • 3R Group imagines a world without waste. They’ll explain how they combine imagination and science to repurpose waste, using product stewardship programmes to accelerate the circular economy. 
  • Simply Jute will describe their journey to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
  • Local business Ake Innovation will talk about their initiatives around land utilisation, waste minimisation, and the circular economy.
Plus there’s a short workshop for people to share their thinking, along with complimentary drinks and nibbles. 
 
Please register here: $15 SBN members / $25 non-members
 
 
Find out more about RockCorp
1 November 2018
Tauranga City Council Mayor Brownless is hosting a presentation on the global volunteer project "Rock Corp".
 
Please RSVP directly to Maree King at Tauranga City to attend.
 
Opportunities for regional economy to be shared
6 November 2018
​​Ōpōtiki residents have the chance tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November) to hear first-hand about the economic development opportunities that could transform their district and the entire Eastern Bay of Plenty.
 
David Cunliffe, partner in Stakeholder Strategies, will be presenting the outcomes of a report that recommends four major projects located in Ōpōtiki, on the Coast, Whakatāne and Kawerau.
 
Ōpōtiki Mayor John Forbes says the Eastern Bay Economic Development report has been a collaborative effort across the region's three district councils and regional council, initiated by MP Kiri Allan and supported by Sir Michael Cullen.
 
"Council received the finished report at its meeting last week. Councillors felt that the bright future it paints for Ōpōtiki – and our eastern Bay neighbours, was worthy of sharing with the community via a public meeting," Mayor Forbes adds.
 
"A strong outcome of the report is that a harbour development would create opportunities for industries, in particular aquaculture, that could transform the eastern Bay of Plenty. We believe the report presents government with a comprehensive picture of the opportunities that are worthy of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.   I encourage anyone with an interest in the future of our district to attend the presentation."​
 
The gathering will be held at the Memorial Park Pavilion, Albert Street, Ōpōtiki, starting with morning tea at 10am.​
COBOP Steering Group Meeting
9 November 2018
The Great Coast Clean-up needs you
10 November 2018

Waste-Zero-Whakatāne is teaming up with KG Kayaks and the Department of Conservation to bring The Great Coast Clean-Up to our region on Saturday, 10 November.

The purpose of the event is to remove as much plastic, rubbish and waste as possible from our coastal environment, from Matatā in the Whakatāne District to Ōpape in the Ōpōtiki District. There will also be a kayak and SUP board clean-up of Ōhiwa Harbour (meeting at the boat ramp on Ōhiwa Loop Road at 8:30 am).

To get involved in this collective effort, contact Kenny McCracken on 027 2724073 or email kgkayaks@gmail.com. 

If you'd like more information about The Great Coast Clean-Up, or you’d like to connect with the Waste-Zero-Whakatāne community group, find them on Facebook or email kimua@whakatane.govt.nz. 

The Bay Goes Circular - Rotorua
15 November 2018

The Sustainable Business Network runs a Circular Economy Accelerator project that aims to speed up the move to a circular economy in New Zealand.  The Bay of Plenty is increasingly becoming a focus area, and we will talk about some of those exciting developments at our Rotorua event. 

Registration details to come but please contact Glen Crowther at SBN for further information.

BOP Mayors Triennial Meeting
16 November 2018

For more information contact Carol Peden at Rotorua Lakes Council

Waikato Management School in Tauranga: leading through innovation
20 November 2018
A unique opportunity has been created for managers and executives to help shape the development of tertiary education in our region and we are encouraging local business people to get involved. 
 
Priority One is partnering with the University of Waikato Management School to host a workshop for managers ahead of the launch of the new tertiary campus in 2019.  The workshop will have a practical orientation, including how the Management School can develop world-class offerings that are distinctive in their orientation to solving the challenges faced by the Bay. 
 
This workshop is being held from 7.30am until 9.30am on Tuesday 20 November at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Sulphur Pt, Tauranga. 
 
There is no charge to attend, but registrations are essential to annie@priorityone.co.nz by Thursday 15 November. 
 
A light breakfast will be served.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Police Recruitment Info Night
21 November 2018
Eastern Bay of Plenty Police Recruitment information night at the Lightning HUB,  193 The Strand Whakatane.
 
This will be a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in joining NZ Police to come along and talk to our staff to find out more about the job.
 
NZ Police are looking to recruit people who are compassionate and empathetic, and who want to make a positive difference in their community. 
 
Even if you don’t think you are ready to apply, talk to us about how Police can help you to get ready and how we will support you through the recruitment process.
 
Come along to this night with your friends or family if becoming a Police officer is something you have always wanted to find out more about.
 
Check it out www.chatcops.co.nz and visit Newcops or ChatCops to find answers to your questions.
 
Net Carbon Neutral Towns Workshop: Christchurch
22 November 2018

The way forward to achieving a sustainable future for New Zealand, committing to climate change targets and a zero-carbon future is through collaboration and innovation. There is no easy solution or silver bullet to achieving a net zero carbon economy, which will require investment from both private and public sector, a new emphasis on legislation and support to create an economically productive, but environmentally secure future for our country.

Go here for more information and registration

Net Carbon Neutral Towns Workshop: Christchurch
23 November 2018

The way forward to achieving a sustainable future for New Zealand, committing to climate change targets and a zero-carbon future is through collaboration and innovation. There is no easy solution or silver bullet to achieving a net zero carbon economy, which will require investment from both private and public sector, a new emphasis on legislation and support to create an economically productive, but environmentally secure future for our country.

Go here for more information and registration

BOP Local Government Chief Executives Forum
28 November 2018

Contact Niki Tzirtzilakis at BOPLASS or Charlene Page at Western BOP District Council for further information

The Bay Goes Circular - Tauranga
28 November 2018

The Sustainable Business Network runs a Circular Economy Accelerator project that aims to speed up the move to a circular economy in New Zealand.  The Bay of Plenty is increasingly becoming a focus area, and we will talk about some of those exciting developments at our Tauranga event. 

Registration details to come but please contact Glen Crowther at SBN for further information.