News & Events

JUNE NEWSLETTER
JUNE NEWSLETTER
28 June 2018

Young Innovator Awards help develop smart skills for our future workforce

June saw the Western Bay of Plenty's budding young innovators finalising their 'innovations' for the 2018 Young Innovator Awards competition.  YiA is a great initiative for local...
MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
31 May 2018

Spotlight shines on Tauranga for Techweek'18 innovation events

Last week saw the annual Techweek festival being held across New Zealand, and it was really pleasing to have a number of excellent events taking place in this region.   The most prominent...
APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER
30 April 2018

Strong, bold leadership from local authorities required to support economic growth

We were kept busy during April preparing submissions to local authority long term plans.  This is when the three councils covering the Western Bay sub-region prepare their budgets for the next...
MARCH NEWSLETTER
MARCH NEWSLETTER
27 March 2018

Tauranga tops the country on all key measures of economic growth

Last month I wrote enthusiastically about the Bay's robust growth, reflected in a range of key indicators.  Since then economic analysts, Infometrics, have released their growth statistics...
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
26 February 2018

Bay's robust economy reflected in range of key indicators

Recently I've read about what 2018 will herald for the business community and the economy in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.  I've been surprised at some relatively negative...
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
20 December 2017

Closing the year in a good economic position, with exciting prospects for the region in 2018

As we look back on 2017, it’s obvious that this year has been a great one for our regional economy.  Businesses in Tauranga and the Western Bay have been thriving on the back of favourable...
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
29 November 2017

Priority One's vision for a unique, bold, innovative and future focused region

More people are bypassing Auckland and heading for attractive coastal cities like Tauranga and rural towns such as Te Puke and Katikati.  Aucklanders are also selling up, cashing and moving for...
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
31 October 2017

What are our expectations for the region with the change of government?

We have noted with interest the new government’s position and policies from an economic perspective.  It certainly raises the questions of what do these mean for the region and what should...
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
29 September 2017

Business focused strategy to underpin sustainable economic growth

We’ve recently taken the opportunity to refresh our economic development strategy at Priority One.  It’s really important that we ensure our organisational strategy is in line with...
AUGUST NEWSLETTER
AUGUST NEWSLETTER
31 August 2017

Tauranga city abuzz during week of innovation

August saw the inaugural Groundswell event held - Tauranga's festival of innovation.  Priority One was proud to put on this event and we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest...
JULY NEWSLETTER
JULY NEWSLETTER
31 July 2017

Unique industry collaboration drives establishment of new high-tech research institute in the Bay

By now you’ll probably have heard that the government recently approved our proposal for a new regional research Institute to be based in the Western Bay sub-region.  This is an absolute...
JUNE NEWSLETTER
JUNE NEWSLETTER
30 June 2017

Bay shines as culture of collaboration drives innovation

One of the first things I noticed when I started working for Priority One was the strong culture of collaboration that exists in the Western Bay sub-region.  The ethos of trust and working...
MAY NEWSLETTER
MAY NEWSLETTER
31 May 2017

Business leaders confident but attracting skills a barrier to growth

As a business member-based economic development agency – a unique model in New Zealand – it’s essential that Priority One’s work is aligned to the needs and aspirations of...
APRIL NEWSLETTER
APRIL NEWSLETTER
28 April 2017

Maori economy critical to the future success of the Bay

Sometimes we get asked about the Māori economy and economic development in this area.  People are interested in this; Māori are major stakeholders and contributors to economic growth in the...
MARCH NEWSLETTER
MARCH NEWSLETTER
30 March 2017

Encouraging signs for the regional economy

March saw the release of a new batch of annual statistics - generally these make great reading for the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region. There are a couple of areas that I'd like to...
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
28 February 2017

Maximising business growth through technology

I hope that the festive season has treated you well and that you are on track for a successful 2017. I've recently had a number of discussions around digital change - what it is, how it happens...
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
20 December 2016

Region's competitive advantages bring Bay expat home to Tauranga

As you might be aware, I have recently started working at Priority One.  Like many others, I've moved to the Bay of Plenty from Auckland, although I was lucky enough to have been born and...
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER
30 November 2016

STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB MARKET CATALYSTS FOR NEW BUSINESS

Building a great city and region requires aspirational leadership and a clarity of vision that inspires people to act on the potential they see.  Last month Priority One launched its...
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