Award celebrates school-business collaboration


The Chamber of Commerce is keen to hear about Eastern BoP schools and businesses that create learning opportunities and work experiences for students.
They’re promoting a new Business Practice Award sponsored by Toi-EDA. It’s the “LinkUp EBoP - Connecting Rangatahi, Education and the World of Work Award.”

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Last FEW Days Left for EBoP Secondary Students to share their voice re: the world of work!


In their aim to help ignite aspirations and local employment for Eastern Bay of Plenty young people, LinkUp EBoP’s calling out for input from students about;
1. What types of work they would like to know more on
2. How they would like best to find out about world of work resources and opportunities

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Igniting youth aspirations and employment


The Eastern Bay is on the cusp of accelerating economic growth and a wide range of job opportunities. Making sure that rangatahi are aware of this, and they’re gaining relevant skills and knowledge is a key focus for Toi EDA LinkUp. “One essential is the soft skills that employers are calling out for. Things like being positive and willing to learn, good communication and teamwork” says Cindy Lee, LinkUp Co-ordinator.

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Connecting rangatahi, education and the world of work


Connecting rangatahi, education and the world of work is the mission of LinkUp Eastern Bay of Plenty which Toi EDA launched recently. “The Vital Signs Report strongly reinforced what the local community told us last year” says Barbara MacLennan, Toi EDA’s Workforce Development Manager. “More connections between schools and industry are essential. Rangatahi and young people need lots of opportunities to linkup with a wide variety of work while they’re still at school. This informs their own aspirations and their visions for the future.”

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Youth are ‘licensed to work’

20/12/2017 The Youth Employability Programme is the answer to the often-raised concern by local employers that young people lack the ‘soft skills’ to get and keep a job. And judging by the full house of facilitators attending a recent two day training session, the programme is set to be stand-out success for eastern Bay students.  Read More

Youth Employability Skills a big focus for Career LinkUp in 2018


The recent License to Work Facilitator Training session held at Te Whare Wananga ā Awanuiarangi attracted a ‘full house’ of educators and employers according to Barbara MacLennan, Workforce Project Manager for Toi EDA. “We’re keen to support this programme in secondary and tertiary education in the Eastern Bay, as we constantly get feedback from employers about rangatahi lacking the soft skills for employment.”

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Maori Governance and leadership Development Programme

15/10/2017 Registrations are now open for the 2017-18 Maori Governance and Leadership Development Programme.  Read More

New Career LinkUp system aims to better connect students to local jobs


Ensuring secondary school students in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are better connected to the range of career options available and to local employment opportunities is the key aim of a new career service being part-funded through Toi-EDA by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  

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Eastern BoP Economic Development Agency welcomes investment in youth to employment

12/07/2017 Recent announcements by the Prime Minister and colleagues recognise that each community and region is best placed to codesign and tailor programmes to engage with and support youth into jobs. Read More

Growth across the board in Eastern Bay

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Toi EDA General Manager Wanted

09/09/2016 Toi EDA is seeking a General Manager, link to advertisement below, click Read more for Job description.

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Audit Report

09/09/2016 Signed-Audit
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Toi-EDA Trustees Wanted

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Toi-EDA Annual Report

Issued in August 2015 Toi-EDA-Annual-Report.PDF
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Mayors Focused on Future


A regional sense of collaboration and shared focus is the result of a fresh agreement between the Economic Development Agency (Toi EDA) and the Councils of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne said following a meeting in Whakatane last week.

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Exciting year ahead as developments continue


Welcome to 2016. Last year was a big one for the Bay of Connections, with significant developments on both the Regional Growth Study and the wider Bay of Connections sector strategies.

2016 is set to be another exciting year which will help cement the foundation for the future. We look forward to working alongside you.

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Interest high as Opotiki starts procurement process for harbour entrance


Opotiki District Council has started the formal procurement process with a call for Statements of Interest and Ability (SIA) for design and construction of the Opotiki Harbour.

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Education and Training pathways for the Eastern BoP jobs


Spend some moments this summer planning YOUR next steps towards local jobs! Some industries are already calling out for more workers both at entry level, and also for higher paid and skilled jobs.

Below is a Poster about education and training available in Opotiki in 2016. It highlights learning opportunities for employment in industries where there are workforce shortages locally right now, as well as other great options available to get started on. Remember too, there's big construction projects planned locally and regionally, and new jobs emerging in marine and aquaculture industries in our wonderful Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Also on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January come and join us along with many more to the Pop-up Shop - Jobs, Education Training, 10am to 4pm, at 98 Church Street , Opotiki. There will be presentations, giveaways, and many more ideas to get you up and going on your new career path.


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Tertiary Intentions Strategy leadership group seeking applications


The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy (2014-19) was developed last year following extensive community consultation and aims to enhance the contribution of the tertiary education sectors to social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing across the wider Bay of Plenty region.

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Bay of Connections yearly report launched


After a year of significant economic action and achievement, Bay of Connections launched its Yearly Report in Tauranga on Monday (November 30). As well as the work on the Regional Growth Study and Economic Action Plan, the six business-as-usual Bay of Connections strategies have also progressed positively throughout the year.

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Briefings about the Workforce Development Project in December


Toi-EDA is leading a workforce planning project to maximise employment opportunities for local people in two key growth industries in the Eastern Bay - kiwifruit and aquaculture. Industry leaders will talk about their plans and we’ll outline the workforce project aimed at strengthening connections between these industries and training providers, schools, local agencies and communities, to create pathways into jobs.

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Agency congratulates Ōpōtiki


Toi-EDA executive chair John Galbraith is pleased to add his congratulations to Ōpōtiki on the news that central government is coming on board with the harbour development project.


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Bay of Plenty action plan completed


The Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study draft action plan is now complete and is with government officials and ministers, before its official launch in the region on October 29.

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Agencies unite to maximise economic growth in Bay (1)


The recent Regional Growth Study Forum in the Eastern Bay has highlighted significant economic development opportunities for the region.

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Bay of Plenty action plan under way


Work on the Bay of Plenty action plan is well under way, with stakeholders across the region and the government engaged in developing key actions in each of the nine priority sectors.

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Stakeholder workshop priorities


Five well-attended workshops were held throughout the region last month, providing local stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute to the development of the region’s action plan for economic growth.

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New Chair appointed for Toi-EDA board


John Galbraith has been appointed the new Board Chair for the Eastern Bay Economic Development Agency (Toi-EDA), replacing the Honourable Sir Michael Cullen.

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Regional growth workshops generate good insight


Welcome to the latest Bay of Plenty Growth Study update. It has been a busy couple of weeks, with a great deal of momentum gained across the region as we work through the Action Plan phase.

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Planning under way for regional workshops


It has been another busy fortnight for the Regional Growth Study (RGS) with the Action Plan Governance Group meeting for the first time yesterday, and planning under way for the upcoming regional workshops.


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Requests for proposals released for Industry Expert roles


As you may be aware, the Bay of Connections strategies are reviewed and updated approximately every three years to ensure they remain relevant in the changing environment.

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Regional Growth Study News Update #1


Welcome to the first fortnightly update on the Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study and the development of its supporting Action Plan.



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Indicator results show Eastern Bay employment on rise


Latest figures show the Eastern Bay’s economy is continuing its positive direction.

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Report highlights value of tourism to Eastern Bay


If recent Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) figures are anything to go by, the total number of visitors to the Eastern Bay in 2014 will have been higher than commercial accommodation monitor results indicated, according to a recent report commissioned by Toi-EDA for the Eastern Bay councils.

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Appointment of Michael Barnett to Toi EDA Board


The Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency, Toi-EDA, is pleased to announce that Michael Barnett will join the Toi-EDA Board as the representative of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce.

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Comment on Air New Zealand withdrawal from Whakatane


The Air New Zealand decision to withdraw services from Whakatāne Airport from April 2015 could be bad news for the Eastern Bay economy and would potentially have a significant negative impact on the future economic development of the region, according to the Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency, Toi-EDA.

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Economic monitoring report


A recently released report from Toi EDA indicates a positive outlook in the economic environment facing the eastern Bay in the longer term with a return to positive economic growth in the next few years.

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Strategic plan and new trustees


At its meeting on 25 June, the Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Trust (Toi-EDA) adopted its work plan for the coming year and welcomed two new trustees.

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Grow Eastern Bay


The Grow Eastern Bay Business and Economic Development Forum took place on December 3rd at the Awakeri Events Centre.  Approximately 100 business and community representatives attended the event.   The aim of the forum was to gather information and ideas from sector representatives to input into the Eastern Bay Business and Economic Development Strategy.   

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