Toi EDA, the eastern Bay of Plenty’s economic development agency, recently held its first meeting
with a number of new faces at the board table.
Toi trustee, John Galbraith, said that the changing of the guard on the Board was a reflection of
recent changes in the agency and the foundation councils moving forwards with a strong sense of
shared understanding and ownership.
“The Toi EDA board members are a dedicated group with unique skills to help drive sustainable and
coordinated development in the region. Their skillsets and the work they have done over the past
few years has genuinely benefited the eastern bay. A number of trustees decided that it is a good
time to step down and hand over the Toi EDA reins to new faces. Others are continuing on and will
ensure there is continuity in the work the agency is doing.
“On behalf of Toi, I’d like to thank the leaving board members Rob Tait, Ajay Anand and Deanne
Butler for their contribution to Toi over recent years,” said Mr Galbraith.
There was a very strong response to the public call for new trustees with many high-caliber
applicants. Following that process, council-appointed trustees are now Michael Barnett, Chief
Executive Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Paula Thompson, Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor,
David Turner, Managing Director of Sequel Lumber, Mark Law, owner of Frontier Helicopters, and
John Galbraith, business consultant.
“These board members bring a wealth of knowledge to the agency and the perspective we need to
best place our region for growth across the board – tourism, primary industries, aquaculture,
research and new opportunities,” Mr Galbraith said.
At the meeting, the three mayors articulated their visions for the eastern Bay and the synergies
between the districts. The agency also discussed the coming advertisement for a general manager
position to lead the day-to-day management of agency operations.
“It was great to hear enthusiasm about the opportunities for the eastern Bay over the coming few
years noting that in addition to the existing local projects, more have been identified through the
Regional Growth Study. It is an exciting time to be living and working in the eastern Bay!” Mr