Another month goes by and we’re already halfway through what has been a very busy 2016 for the team here in Northland.
One of the highlights of the past month has been a site visit to Rangatahi Inc, an initiative by charter school Te Kapehu Whetu with an ambition to unlock rangatahi (youth) entrepreneurship in Te Tai Tokerau. It was pleasing to meet and thank them personally for their co-operation and support in the Maori cultural photoshoot we completed. The team worked in conjunction with the Whangarei District Council to produce a series of images that will be used to promote the region and attract international visitors to Northland. The best part of meeting these students was gaining a sense of their self-confidence, self-belief and achievement gained from participating in the photoshoot and what it meant to them.
The Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan has made significant progress since its launch in February, we will report on progress over the next couple of months.
The Regional Promotions and Tourism team along with 13 Northland businesses attended the four-day annual tourism tradeshow TRENZ 2016; New Zealand’s largest annual tourism industry event held in Rotorua. The team did an excellent job hosting a number of international agents and buyers in Northland prior to, and following the event. The team also attended the Convene 2016 conference in Auckland which showcases function, meeting, event facilities and services from across the North Island to buyers from New Zealand and Australia.
Our Business, Innovation and Growth team have been busy with the new Start-up Café programme across the region helping those with business ideas or looking for a sounding board for innovative ideas to move to the next step.
In this month’s viewpoint I discuss the success of the TRENZ event, the boom in the tourism industry for New Zealand and what that continued growth means for Northland.
David Wilson, CEO, Northland Inc
Northland's Regional Economic Development Agency