What a quarter it has been here in Tairawhiti Gisborne.

The latest ASB Bank Regional Economic Scorecard placed Tairawhiti as the third fastest growing region for the March 2019 quarter, up from 13th place previously, topping nationwide stats on building consent issuance and annual house price growth.

As the region’s economic development agency via the Eastland Community Trust, for Activate Tairawhiti it has been fantastic to see continued good performances in our primary sector, continued strong log prices and a lift in tourism and real estate activity.

We’ve provided support to these sectors with our Export Essentials workshop well attended, resulting in a cluster of exporters and potential exporters now working to grow their capabilities.

A sell-out Lean Workshop also provided business owners and managers the tools to increase productivity and performance, and we’re continuing to support our growing tech entrepreneur sector with initiatives like Tairawhiti Startup Weekend and Tairawhiti Gibsorne Techweek.

Startup saw 10 teams and more than 60 people take business ideas to commercial reality in the space of 54 hours. New start-up Carloads showed a game-breaking approach to solving the labour shortage in our horticultural sector, with the potential to scale nationally.

Next was Techweek, the second time the region has taken part. Up from 12 events last year to 17, covering everything from holograms to robots, we are proud to see the potential of Techweek as a key regional enabler — and the region’s buy-in too.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise opened Techweek with Hack Tairawhiti. As part of Hack, eight Maori and local businesses combined with local tech talent and national and international expertise to solve real business problems. Over 90 people participated from as far afield as Silicon Valley. The attention this event received, for both its second and first renditions, bodes well for a bright tech future here.

The region held New Zealand’s first Circular Economy conference at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae. This event demonstrated the region’s commitment to development that balances economic, social and environmental outcomes — and to turn away from contributing to the climate change crisis.

It is possible to change the way we use our resources to prosper and reduce our carbon emissions — they’re not mutually exclusive — but the sooner we start taking proactive measures, the less overwhelming are the challenges that we face.
We want to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy in-region, and already businesses here are thinking ahead of the market in terms of how to grow value, with smarter use of existing resources that better take in to account the environmental and social costs of production.

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A great tool in helping make this happen is Activate’s Economic Investigation and Research Fund, and we are seeing an increased uptake for this.

The region is continuing to show fantastic job opportunities across our business community and at all levels of skill. We’re working with employers, schools, tertiary education providers and central government to support our young talent to take up these opportunities to reach their full potential.

Our Licence to Work initiative began its 2019 work experience programme this week, with 44 students spending time with 41 employers, gaining valuable work experience to inform their future career decisions. One of our team this week also visited one of last year’s graduates Hunter Shields — who is now six months into an apprenticeship at Universal Engineering — which only affirmed what we already knew, we are on to a winner with Licence to Work.

We’re participating in the Ministry of Education’s Year 8 Skills and Careers Festival taking place on June 19 at the Gisborne Showgrounds. Over 20 businesses will showcase their industries to 500 students looking for opportunities and pathways, and to learn about the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in the workplace.

Support in the youth space continues, via the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce Young Enterprise Scheme. Five teams competed in the recent “Pitch” event, where they presented their business opportunity to a panel of judges. Each show real potential to compete in the open market and the teams are well placed at this stage of the scheme.

Activate Tairawhiti is supporting businesses to continue their recent good performance and to tackle the challenges they face through access to advisory services and expertise. Our business growth advisers facilitate the Business Mentor NZ programme along with a suite of resources and expertise that has seen over $200,000 in grant funding provided to over 120 businesses. Get in touch if you think we can help you or your business, that’s what we are here for.

  • Steve Breen is the general manager of economic development for Activate Tairawhiti.
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What a quarter it has been here in Tairawhiti Gisborne.

The latest ASB Bank Regional Economic Scorecard placed Tairawhiti as the third fastest growing region for the March 2019 quarter, up from 13th place previously, topping nationwide stats on building consent issuance and annual house price growth.

As the region’s economic development agency via the Eastland Community Trust, for Activate Tairawhiti it has been fantastic to see continued good performances in our primary sector, continued strong log prices and a lift in tourism and real estate activity.

We’ve provided support to these sectors with our Export Essentials workshop well attended, resulting in a cluster of exporters and potential exporters now working to grow their capabilities.

A sell-out Lean Workshop also provided business owners and managers the tools to increase productivity and performance, and we’re continuing to support our growing tech entrepreneur sector with initiatives like Tairawhiti Startup Weekend and Tairawhiti Gibsorne Techweek.

Startup saw 10 teams and more than 60 people take business ideas to commercial reality in the space of 54 hours. New start-up Carloads showed a game-breaking approach to solving the labour shortage in our horticultural sector, with the potential to scale nationally.

Next was Techweek, the second time the region has taken part. Up from 12 events last year to 17, covering everything from holograms to robots, we are proud to see the potential of Techweek as a key regional enabler — and the region’s buy-in too.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise opened Techweek with Hack Tairawhiti. As part of Hack, eight Maori and local businesses combined with local tech talent and national and international expertise to solve real business problems. Over 90 people participated from as far afield as Silicon Valley. The attention this event received, for both its second and first renditions, bodes well for a bright tech future here.

The region held New Zealand’s first Circular Economy conference at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae. This event demonstrated the region’s commitment to development that balances economic, social and environmental outcomes — and to turn away from contributing to the climate change crisis.

It is possible to change the way we use our resources to prosper and reduce our carbon emissions — they’re not mutually exclusive — but the sooner we start taking proactive measures, the less overwhelming are the challenges that we face.
We want to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy in-region, and already businesses here are thinking ahead of the market in terms of how to grow value, with smarter use of existing resources that better take in to account the environmental and social costs of production.

A great tool in helping make this happen is Activate’s Economic Investigation and Research Fund, and we are seeing an increased uptake for this.

The region is continuing to show fantastic job opportunities across our business community and at all levels of skill. We’re working with employers, schools, tertiary education providers and central government to support our young talent to take up these opportunities to reach their full potential.

Our Licence to Work initiative began its 2019 work experience programme this week, with 44 students spending time with 41 employers, gaining valuable work experience to inform their future career decisions. One of our team this week also visited one of last year’s graduates Hunter Shields — who is now six months into an apprenticeship at Universal Engineering — which only affirmed what we already knew, we are on to a winner with Licence to Work.

We’re participating in the Ministry of Education’s Year 8 Skills and Careers Festival taking place on June 19 at the Gisborne Showgrounds. Over 20 businesses will showcase their industries to 500 students looking for opportunities and pathways, and to learn about the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in the workplace.

Support in the youth space continues, via the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce Young Enterprise Scheme. Five teams competed in the recent “Pitch” event, where they presented their business opportunity to a panel of judges. Each show real potential to compete in the open market and the teams are well placed at this stage of the scheme.

Activate Tairawhiti is supporting businesses to continue their recent good performance and to tackle the challenges they face through access to advisory services and expertise. Our business growth advisers facilitate the Business Mentor NZ programme along with a suite of resources and expertise that has seen over $200,000 in grant funding provided to over 120 businesses. Get in touch if you think we can help you or your business, that’s what we are here for.

  • Steve Breen is the general manager of economic development for Activate Tairawhiti.
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