Representatives from the region’s four councils met with the executive team and took a tour of NZ Mānuka Group’s Whakatane facility recently. The visit was part of a wider initiative to explore and make recommendations on opportunities for the councils and businesses in the eastern Bay of Plenty.
The Eastern Bay of Plenty Joint Committee (EBOPJC) is a collaboration between Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Kawerau District Council, Opotiki District Council and Whakatane District Council. Setting out to explore and make recommendations on strategic collaborative initiatives between the councils, chief executives, mayors and councillors from all four councils recently conducted a tour of a range of businesses in the area.
During their visit to NZ Manuka Group, the 27 participants heard a presentation by Chief Executive Officer, Karl Gradon, including the vision and strategic plans for the business. This was followed by a short tour of the factory where visitors were able to observe the honey processing, laboratory facilities and general operations.
The chairman, mayors, CEOs and councillors who make up the EBOPJC all responded positively to their visit to NZ Mānuka Group. Findings and outcomes from the tour are currently being reviewed in order to identify key initiatives for all four regional councils to collaborate strategically.
Speaking after the visit, Whakatāne Mayor Tony Bonne said the EBOPJC members were very impressed with the facility. “NZ Mānuka Group is clearly focusing on high quality and value products for which there is a growing demand around the world,” he said. “I believe there is huge potential for further growth in the Eastern Bay’s Mānuka industry and all of the area’s councils are keen to play their part in that development.”