The target of the external relations portfolio is to build on community and local government relationships whilst being the advocate for kiwifruit growers on wider issues such as health and safety and resource management.

BOP Tertiary Intentions Strategy

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy provides a collective vision, strategy and desired actions for tertiary education and research delivery in the Bay of Plenty and Taupo, which is closely aligned with local industry and the community including New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers. The Tertiary Intentions Strategy is funded by a range of local agencies and has the objectives of:

  • Increasing tertiary education (vocational, professional, academic, and research) participation and attainment for people within our communities, particularly Maori; developing a highly educated, entrepreneurial and skilled workforce that grows the prosperity of the Bay of Plenty.
  • Increasing research and generating knowledge to enable innovation that fosters business growth community development.
  • Harnessing talent, skills, knowledge and networks to support sustainable, social, cultural, economic and environmental development across the region.