NZKGI is part of the SmartGrowth Strategic Partners Forum (SPF) which was formed at the inception of SmartGrowth in 2004. It maintains a broad overview and draws on diverse expertise.
SmartGrowth sets the strategic vision and direction for the growth and development of the Western Bay, on key issues across the spectrum of social, environmental, economic and cultural objectives. SmartGrowth is a mechanism to harness the collective impact of local government, iwi, business, central Government agencies, key industries and the community.
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. It 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:
The Bay of Plenty Growth Study Opportunities Report released in May 2015, has identified a number of opportunities that can leverage the underlying strengths of the Bay of Plenty region and enable it to perform to its potential. One of the key strengths identified in the study for the Bay of Plenty is the kiwifruit industry. Read the study here [PDF 5.6MB]
NZKGI is involved in the Regional Growth Study and is part of a horticultural action plan as an outcome of the study. Below outlines the areas NZKGI are involved in developing for the region:
Over 80% of kiwifruit in New Zealand is grown in the Bay of Plenty region. For this reason, NZKGI maintains a close relationship with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
In particular, NZKGI maintains a close focus on three areas;
NZKGI also works with other Councils as required to respond to changes that may impact kiwifruit growers. This activity is often undertaken in conjunction with Horticulture NZ who have a key focus on resource management issues across the country.