Tertiary Education Advocacy
The relationship between higher levels of education and increased indicators of social and economic well-being are clear, as is the relationship between investment in research and development and improvements in business productivity. A focus on enhanced tertiary education and research provision is a priority for producing our future labour force and supporting business and industry growth and profitability. Importantly for the local economy, a strong tertiary education sector will assist in retaining young people in the sub-region. It will also position Tauranga and the Western Bay as a tertiary destination of choice in niche fields, attracting skilled people and the innovative, knowledge-based businesses that need them.