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Fieldays 2018

Hawke's Bay is going to Fieldays 2018 to showcase the region's agribusiness success...

8 January 2018

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Effective Leadership Programme

A collaborative learning environment for leaders of Hawke’s Bay businesses to build their influence and have a positive impact on business performance.

3 January 2018

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Industry events set to inspire students

Providing meaningful industry experiences is the driving force behind a series of events designed to engage and inspire students.

14 December 2017

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Progress on HB Innovation Park

Progress has been made on Action 2.10, and now multiple options have been developed for consideration in conducting a feasibility study for a Hawke’s Bay Innovation Park.

12 December 2017

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Rocket Lab ready to launch again!

Rocket Lab says it will attempt a launch of its second Electron vehicle "Still Testing" today.

11 December 2017

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Air curtain improving water quality

The latest water monitoring results show the air curtain being trailed in Waikōpiro Lake at Tūtira this summer continues to work well.

7 December 2017

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Owner Operator Programme

Want to get a business plan, get a business mentor and get results? Here's a way to gain access to the tools and help you need to drive progress and create positive change in your business...

6 December 2017

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Matariki - the people making it happen

Meet Wairoa-born Shayne Walker, a proactive supporter of Matariki - HBREDS.

5 December 2017

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New chief executive for Wairoa council

A new leader has been found to take over the helm at the Wairoa District Council.

5 December 2017

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Tourism benefits from co-operation

The people behind some of Hawke's Bay's biggest events are working together to boost tourism by creating new region-wide events.

28 November 2017

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Positive progress - Action 7.4

Positive progress continues on Action 7.4 with Hawke’s Bay Tourism, Council events staff and event managers from around the region working collaboratively to ensure a vibrant and economically beneficial event schedule is in place.

27 November 2017

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Urgent transport summit on hold

An "urgent" roading summit to tackle roading issues in regional New Zealand will not happen within the first 100 days of the new Government.

22 November 2017

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Meet Shari Tidswell...

Shari Tidswell is the Intersector Development Manager at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Originally from Gisborne, Shari has lived and worked all over New Zealand and now Hawke's Bay is home.

16 November 2017

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Second rocket launch coming soon!

Rocket Lab is preparing to send its next rocket into space, this time with payloads...

15 November 2017

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Meet Jenny Brown...

Innovation Specialist Jenny Brown is the Regional Business Partner for Callaghan Innovation. Her Matariki focus is on Work Area 5, to promote greater innovation, productivity and agility. From a practical perspective, Jenny's work centres around Action 5.6, to ensure sustained funding for productivity and innovation development programmes to meet the needs of businesses in Hawke’s Bay.

11 November 2017

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Meet Gerard Quinn...

Matariki Programme Manager Gerard Quinn hails from Central Hawke's Bay. His impressive background in economic development around the country is now being put to good use around our region. Find out more about this high flyer...

8 November 2017

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Driving Success – Te Atakura Huata-Harawira

Being an unlicenced driver can be a very expensive exercise. Fines for no warrant, registration or licence soon add up, as Te Atakura Huata-Harawira discovered some years back. With almost $2,000 owing, Te Atakura realised she would be far better off investing in becoming a qualified driver than paying back fines, so the Flaxmere mother-of-four made up her mind to get her licence...

6 November 2017

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High flyer joins Matariki as Programme Manager

Central Hawke’s Bay-based businessman Gerard Quinn has been appointed the interim Programme Manager for Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy (HBREDS) following Dr Alister King’s departure last month...

1 November 2017

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Untapped potential in Maori Tourism

Hawke’s Bay is widely recognised as a premium tourist destination and progress being made on Action 7.2 of the region’s economic development strategy not only supports this status but also aims to further enhance the region’s reputation nationally and internationally. Project Lead and experienced tourism operator Toro Waaka says a focus on career paths for local people – not just on helping them get a job – should be the long-term focus for everyone involved in the tourism industry.

30 October 2017

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New actions to increase primary sector workforce

New opportunities aimed at improving access to employment in the primary sector will be considered for incorporation into Matariki, Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan...

26 October 2017

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Primary industry training hub feasibility study

An investigation into the feasibility of a joint venture primary industry training hub in Hawke’s Bay has now been completed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the lead for Action 2.8. As a result, MPI recommends that a training hub for primary industries is not pursued for the Hawke’s Bay region as there is not a clear mandate for this proposal from local stakeholders...

24 October 2017

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Meet Monique Davidson - Chief Executive CHBDC

The youngest Chief Executive in local government, Monique Davidson is enjoying the fresh challenge of life in Central Hawke's Bay...

19 October 2017

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Collaboration to benefit EIT and University of Waikato

EIT and the University of Waikato are to work more collaboratively, undertaking joint research initiatives and creating more opportunities for study. The two institutions recently signed a deed of co-operation as a framework for providing Hawke's Bay students with a seamless and collaborative tertiary network with enhanced opportunities to access tertiary education...

19 October 2017

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Rocket Lab announces second test

Rockets will soon be blasting off from northern Hawke's Bay again, after Rocket Lab announced its second test-launch window.

10 October 2017

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Matariki Programme manager takes up new role

After almost a year in his role, Dr Alister King has resigned as Programme Manager for Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy (HBREDS). Dr King has now elected to pursue an export opportunity in the commercial sector.

6 October 2017

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Matariki Update: Action 5.7

Hawke’s Bay is a burgeoning ‘tech hub’ and progress being made on Action 5.7 of the region’s economic development strategy supports this direction...

27 September 2017

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Fixing Coastal Hazards Comes at a Cost

It’s time to discuss how we fund the fixes for coastal hazard risks between Clifton and Tangoio...

25 September 2017

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Packing Line Independence

A collaborative effort to move 10 long-term solo parent beneficiaries back into the workforce has been a great success...

7 September 2017

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Aquarium Expansion Planned

Plans to make the National Aquarium an unforgettable experience have been unveiled, supported by Weta Workshop and Air New Zealand. Napier City Council shared further details of its plan to expand the aquarium on Marine Parade in Napier which will generate jobs, grow the local economy and contribute to marine science research, education and conservation. The expansion will cost a total of $45m, with a $7m investment from NCC over three years and the balance sought through a mix of public and private investment.

28 August 2017

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Driver's licence - passport to employment

Increasing the number of people with a driver's licence is a pragmatic way to help improve pathways to and through employment. So it's not surprising that increasing the number of licenced drivers is an important action in Matariki - Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Develop Strategy (HBREDS), a long-term plan to grow jobs across the region, increase household incomes and raise Hawke's Bay economic performance into the top quarter of New Zealand regions.

28 August 2017

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Māori business success celebrated in video series

A Māori video series called Māia which aims to inspire rangatahi Māori (youth) to reach big with their dreams features two successful Napier businesses. Owners and staff from the CBD’s Hapī Café – Clean Kai Co-Op and Aroha and Friends in Ahuriri shared their career success stories in the seven-part video series released last week by the Tertiary Education Commission.

22 August 2017

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Training partnership for local job-seekers a success

After 30 years on a benefit, Carol Te Nahu now has a job thanks to a new private/public training partnership for local job-seekers.

16 August 2017

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Co-working gaining in popularity

Co-working is gaining in popularity in the Bay, with a wide range of businesses and people co-located in shared spaces.

14 August 2017

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Former CHB boss heading to Wairoa

From leading one Hawke's Bay council to another, John Freeman has been appointed as Wairoa District Council's acting chief executive.

13 August 2017

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Matariki tourism plan takes flight

A year after the launch of the Hawke’s Bay economic development action plan (Matariki), the people behind it say Gisborne will benefit from Wairoa’s location, straddling two regional action plan areas.

2 August 2017

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Regional propsperity actions underway

The biggest plan for regional prosperity is off to a good start but its long-term governance is yet to be finalised...

1 August 2017

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New Ngati Kahungunu GM - Chrissie Hape

Ngāti Kahungunu's new general manager Chrissie Hape has her roots firmly set in Hawke's Bay, being born and bred in Hastings.

1 August 2017

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Progressive plan for prosperity marks first anniversary

Matariki, Hawke’s Bay’s progressive plan for regional prosperity, is gaining momentum.

Launched a year ago this week (on 27 July 2016) Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy (HBREDS) was the result of collaborative efforts by businesses, Iwi, councils and government agencies to produce a plan aimed at diversifying and growing the region’s economy by increasing jobs and household incomes.

25 July 2017

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Matariki joins Great Things Grow Here as a brand champion

Great Things Grow Here is an economic development platform for Hawke’s Bay. It is a way for businesses and organisations to promote our region as the best place to do business, work and live. Now Matariki has become a Brand Champion along with many others - together we will work to make Hawke's Bay the most innovative and productive region in New Zealand!

20 July 2017

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Business in Bay brilliant

The drive to make Hawke’s Bay the country’s most innovative region has not slowed a year on from the kick-off of an inspired Government-supported plan. Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy was launched last year, with the aim of ensuring: ‘Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke's Bay economy’.

19 July 2017

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Share of $50m injection for youth employment strategy welcome news for Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay is set to directly benefit from a $50 million cash injection announced by the Government on Wednesday to help at-risk young people into employment or training.

The region shares a slice of the investment along with three other regions including Northland, the Eastern Bay of Plenty and East Coast over a four year period. Each region has been targeted by the Government as having a higher proportion of young people at risk of long-term unemployment. The investment into Hawke’s Bay supports the already extensive action plan being delivered under ‘Matariki’ - the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS).

17 July 2017

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Programme Manager for Matariki

Hawke’s Bay-born Dr Alister King has returned to the region to take up a role as Programme Manager for Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy (HBREDS). Based at the Hawke’s Bay Business Hub in Napier, Dr King’s decades of varied work experience and tertiary study have equipped him well for the newly-established position which oversees implementation of Matariki’s action plan. The Matariki action plan is the culmination of over two years of consultation with a large number of regional stakeholder groups including Iwi, Councils, central Government, business leaders and the local community.

24 May 2017

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Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi
Ngāti Pāhauwera Development Trust
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
Central Hawke's Bay Distric Council
Hastings Distric Council
Napier City Council
Wairoa District Council
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Hawke's Bay District Health Board
Hawke's Bay Tourism
Businsess Hawke's Bay
Eastern Institute of Technology
Great Things Grow Here
New Zealand Government


Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

‘Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke's Bay economy.’

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