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Great Things Grow Here is an economic development platform for Hawke’s Bay. It is a vehicle that businesses and organisations can use to promote our region as the best place to do business, work and live.

There have been some very big economic wins right across our region, especially over the last 12 months, and so it is the perfect time to capitalise on those successes.

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule is very proud and pleased to have the backing of all the sister councils and the owners and managers of many of our successful business ventures, as the Great Things Grow Here brand platform is taken another step forward.

“We all want the same outcome: Growth for our region and improved living standards for all of our people, and Great Things Grow Here is a vehicle to promote the region and achieve that.

“The new website we are celebrating the launch of tonight is one more step in the development of Great Things Grow Here and the positive uptake we have seen over the last six months.”

When Hawke’s Bay businesses engage in trade discussions, anywhere in New Zealand or across the world, an important facet is the “back story””.

“Increasingly people want to know where their food comes from, how it has been grown; what its provenance is.

“Specialist food buyers and chefs from across the world visit Hawke’s Bay regularly. That back story is very important to them.”

Three Michelin star chefs visiting Hawke’s Bat about four years ago (at the invitation of Beef and Lamb NZ) were adamant that the story behind our produce, the space it has to grow, the purity of the water, the lack of smog, is  very important to buyers, chefs and the eating public across the world.

GTGH paints a picture of our beautiful region and its climate, and the importance of it, particularly to our horticulture, viticulture and agriculture.

Practical points

Who can use the Great Things Grow Here economic platform?

                Registered ‘brand champions’ across the region

Who can access the Great Things Grow Here website?

                Anyone; it is a public platform

What does one have to do to become a brand champion?

                Register on-line via the website

Who can have material posted up onto the website?

                By approval; use the contacts on the website

Heaps of good news

Whether it’s horticulture, wine making, the agriculture sector, technology-based businesses, transport-based organisations or manufacturing, there are good news stories to be found everywhere in Hawke’s Bay.

The pip fruit sector is expecting this year’s apple crop to be up more than 10 per cent on last year – and that is a conservative estimate based on the half way point in the industry’s sales period.

The wine business in the region has more than come of age with almost daily news of more awards won and deals signed across the world.

At the Hawke’s Bay Airport, management is very excited to crack the 500,000 passenger count for the first time – however final numbers will not be known until after the end of the company’s financial year on June 30. Chief executive Nick Story is expecting record revenue, and says the airport has paid its shareholders (Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and Government) record dividends over the 12 months.

At Napier Port, the cargo tonnage continues to rise. In the last financial year the Port handled 416,714 containerised tonnes of imports and exports (20 foot containers); up more than five per cent on the previous year.

Tourism is up, with Statistics New Zealand figures showing and increase in international visitor nights of nearly 22 per cent in February on the same month the previous year.

In the student visa category the number of applications for international study visas listing Hawke’s Bay as the destination is up by 26 per cent on the same period last year.

Check out the site: Great Things Grow Here

4 October 2017

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