Who's Involved

Economic Development Agencies

Bay of Connections
Contact Information:
Jacky James
Bay of Connections Communications
P:  021 577 871
Cheryl Lewis
Bay of Connections Portfolio Manager
P:  021 224 1371

Bay of Connections is the regional growth strategy for the wider Bay of Plenty, with a vision of creating a prosperous region supported by sustainable sectors.

It is simple and aspirational, with the aim of establishing and implementing sector-based strategies that generate job growth.

At the heart of the strategy are the philosophies of collaboration and connectedness. Through working together and connecting the right people, places, businesses, organisation and industries, the benefits from within and into the region are boundless.

Bay of Connections covers the wider Bay of Plenty, including Taupo, Rotorua and Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty



Bay of Plenty Regional Council Offices

5 Quay Street

PO Box 349

Whakatane 3158


John Galbraith


E: john.galbraith@xtra.co.nz

David Turner


E: David@sequallumber.co.nz 

W:  www.toi-eda.co.nz

Toi-EDA, the Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Trust, has as its base philosophy the whakatauaki: Tini o Toi – kia tipu, kia puawai  - To create, grow and blossom the myriads of Toi.

With this vision in mind, Toi-EDA works to deliver an Economic Development Strategy that generates sustainable employment across the Eastern Bay of Plenty through sector based growth.

Goals are focussed on cultivating and supporting initiatives that promote and improve the economic, environmental, cultural and social well being of the Eastern Bay community.  These goals and projects link through to represent the Eastern Bay in wider economic development and planning strategies and initiatives that are consistent with the Regional Growth Strategy.

Toi-EDA is supported by the Whakatāne, Ōpōtiki and Kawerau District Councils and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council which gives a collective and sound base to work from.

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