New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty sets out stall for economic growth
In a bid to tackle enduring recession, New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty is heavily promoting new business development and skilled migrants are being encouraged to contribute their skills, optimism and positivity on the path to economic growth. Anglo Pacific, the UK’s largest shipper of personal and household effects to New Zealand, is lending its support to the campaign.
Jason Diggs, Anglo Pacific’s Sales Director, says, “We’re working in close collaboration with Priority One, an economic development organisation in the Bay of Plenty. It was established over a decade ago with the sole purpose of building a vibrant economy that attracts and retains talented people and the businesses that need them. British people still represent the majority nationality of migrants arriving in this North Island hotspot, around a fifth of the total, and we continually pass interested parties to Priority One via the job seeker service on our website. We know they’ll fall in love with the Bay of Plenty’s bounty of beaches and culture as well as its irresistible way of life.”
To the west of the Bay of Plenty, a wide stretch of 259km of open coastline, lies the city of Tauranga. Ranked fifth largest amongst New Zealand cities with a population of 115,000, it’s one of the nation’s fastest growing urban areas and most desirable places to live and work. 50% of new arrivals to Tauranga are young professionals aged between 25 and 45, drawn by the promise of an active recreational lifestyle and the high-end bars, restaurants and fashion stores that dot the waterfront metropolis. British migrants integrate easily and quickly.
Richard May of Orica Chemicals, a company with operations in the Bay of Plenty and working with Priority One, says, “Tauranga is a city that warmly welcomes people from all parts of the world and it doesn't take long to build up a good network of friends from work, schools or sporting and cultural clubs. The 2,250 hours of sunshine a year compared with 1,500 in the UK, coupled with the beautiful walkways and stunning beaches are there to be enjoyed by everyone. The work scene is varied, provides opportunities to challenge yourself in a number of different industries and encourages you to make positive contributions on a daily basis. The outdoor lifestyle makes you feel very connected to the environment and I couldn't imagine a better lifestyle anywhere in the world."
Strong growth is forecast for Tauranga and many new commercial and residential developments are underway with houses competitively priced in comparison to New Zealand's main metropolitan centres. Government and public organisations continue to invest in building infrastructure (Tauranga’s roads are 60% less congested than Auckland’s) and there are numerous research and development opportunities. Education is of high quality with ten secondary schools, a polytechnic and university presence and a new tertiary and research campus in the pipeline. The area is also well-served with public and private healthcare.
Many innovative, high value, export-focused businesses are thriving in the Tauranga region – in particular in the fields of ICT, distribution and logistics, horticulture, specialized manufacturing, marine refit and boat building. Port of Tauranga is New Zealand’s largest and most efficient international commercial shipping port and in the world’s top ten. More highly skilled staff are required to fuel these businesses. If you’re interested to see what career opportunities the Bay of Plenty has to offer, register your CV online, for free, with Anglo Pacific's job finder service. Visit anglopacific.co.uk/jobs_abroad.htm and they will connect your skills with specialist recruiters. For removals enquiries visit anglopacific.co.uk.