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Opportunities for Opotiki regional economy to be shared
1 November 2018
Opportunities for Opotiki regional economy to be shared
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.​