Tauranga has been a hive of activity lately – I know because I'm lucky enough to be invited to various events and business openings in Tauranga. And recently there has been several.
I don't think this comes as a surprise as we see our population increasing and the drive in local economy.
Figures released by Statistics New Zealand show the Bay saw a 7.7 per cent increase in GDP for the year to March, followed by six per cent in Auckland and 4.8 per cent in Otago. The national increase was 4.1 per cent.
These figures make the Bay of Plenty the strongest performing regional economy. There is a great vibe here in Tauranga and the Bay, and we've seen a huge number of new businesses start here or relocate to Tauranga.
Tauranga has become a place that people want to move to, not just for our lifestyle, but as a place to work and do business.
One opening I was invited to was the new downtown campus for Stellaris Private Training Establishment. The organisation was established in 2005 and since then it has built a reputation as a provider of quality Governance Education. The PTE specialises in business qualifications including the Diploma in Business and Strategy Level 7 and the Certificate in Governance Level 7, which is in the process of being upgraded to a Diploma at the request of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
It is great to see so many positive aspects of Tauranga and the range of services and opportunities on offer here. Also, I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Easter.