INSIDE – ROUGH ROAD TO RECOVERY
Welcome to our digital New Year issue of Bay of Plenty Business News.
As noted in our cover story headline, generally the New Zealand – and the Bay of Plenty – economy has recovered more strongly than might have been expected when we were in the depths of Covid-19 lockdowns.
Bay businesses are feeling rather more optimistic than many expected and business leaders point to promising signs of improvement in 2021. Regionally we have some strong economic fundamentals.
But – as we describe in our latest issue – there are still a number of worrying factors that could put the brakes on a full revival.
In addition, as predicted in our latest editorial, the government has gone ahead with its unprecedented (for the region), decision, to effectively sack the Tauranga City Council.
It can be argued that the councillors largely brought their demise on their own heads. And a number of business observers have welcomed the move. But it does put us in uncharted territory and adds a further layer of complexity to what will undoubtedly be a difficult 2021.
We wish all our readers a happy and prosperous 2021 and thank you for your support over the past year. We remain dedicated to bringing you insightful news coverage of the Bay business sector in the year to come.
David Porter, Editor