News: 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.

Earlier this year, Toi EDA resolved to continue operating under its existing trust deed with a vision to deliver an economic development strategy that generates sustainable employment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

At a high level this means the Trust has twin goals: to support and develop key sectors in the Eastern Bay economy in order to grow employment and wealth; and to represent the Eastern Bay in wider economic development planning strategies and initiatives.

Toi EDA will be funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Ōpōtiki District Council, and Kawerau District Council. While each of these councils have strong development initiatives in their own areas, they recognise a value in taking a wider approach and pooling resources to benefit the whole sub-region.

Whakatāne District Council will continue to be actively involved in Toi-EDA meetings and will participate in funding on a case-by-case basis.

Ōpōtiki Mayor John Forbes and Kawerau Mayor, Malcolm Campbell, were both impressed with the ambitious work plan and the calibre of the new trustees.

“The work plan for the coming year includes continuing support for the Ōpōtiki aquaculture and harbour development which is of course important to my District. But it is great to be part of the Trust that also actively supports Kawerau Industrial Symbiosis and the implementation of the BOP logistics strategy.  I can see the benefit of both these projects to the whole Eastern Bay and I value the work of Toi EDA to encourage collaboration to make both projects a success. 

“There are some solid and effective actions for the coming year and I look forward to the difference Toi EDA will make,” Mr Forbes said.

Further actions for the coming year include working with iwi and hapu towards the implementation of the BOP Maori Economic development strategy, He Mauri Ohooho, on the basis that Maori economic development will become one of the largest contributors to economic growth in the Eastern bay.

Toi EDA also represents the Eastern Bay on the current Tertiary Action Plan, and the upcoming (central government-led) Regional Growth Study.

Kawerau Mayor, Malcolm Campbell noted the benefits that Toi EDA’s wider focus provided.

“The Regional Growth Study will be a prime opportunity to ensure that our big growth opportunities in the region are presented on the national stage. It is about providing a united voice on a larger stage and that is something that benefits all of us.

“I am also very impressed with the high calibre of trustees serving on the Board. New trustees are Ajay Anand, Chief Executive of Horizon Energy and Craig Thompson, Managing Director of OPAC. They bring a wealth of experience to the table and I look forward to working with them further over the coming year,” Mr Campbell said.