Projects

Priority One’s key focus is on building the sub-region’s competitive advantages in the attraction and retention of high value businesses and the talented workforce those businesses need. We work with a range of public and private sector partners to deliver projects that focus on stimulating innovation and productivity; creating a business environment in which sustainable economic growth can occur; creating vibrant places; attracting a highly skilled workforce; and facilitating the provision of tertiary education, including research and development capability, to create new products and support economic growth.

Growth of Industry Aligned Research

Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy

Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy

Priority One was involved in the development of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy.  Over 150 interviews with representatives from ...
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership

Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership

Priority One works closely with the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership (Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, University of Waikato, Waiariki Institute of ...
Coastal Marine Field Station

Coastal Marine Field Station

The Coastal Marine Field Station was established by the University of Waikato in Tauranga in 2011 with support from Priority One, Bay of Plenty ...
Bay of Plenty Clinical School

Bay of Plenty Clinical School

The Bay of Plenty Clinical School was established by the District Health Board in 2007 and is a crucial element in attracting high quality health ...
Research Commercialisation Capability Building

Research Commercialisation Capability Building

Priority One and the University of Waikato are partnering to support the commercialisation of locally developed IP from entities such as the Coastal ...
New Directions for Regional Innovation

New Directions for Regional Innovation

Priority One has been working with companies and organisations across the region to support the development of two proposals for the establishment of ...

Centres of Innovation

WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures is a technology-focused incubator that invests into IP-rich technologies developed within New Zealand universities, Crown Research ...

Cluster Facilitation

Western Bay of Plenty ICT Cluster

Western Bay of Plenty ICT Cluster

The information and communications technology sector is a key enabler and driver of productivity as well as creating high value revenue opportunities ...
Marketing Professionals BOP Network

Marketing Professionals BOP Network

Priority One is one of the sponsors of the Marketing Professionals BOP network.Inspired by the opportunity to use, share and grow skills honed in NZ ...

Young Innovator Awards

Young Innovator Awards

Young Innovator Awards

The annual ‘Young Innovator Awards’ have been designed to create tomorrow’s innovators through the application of innovative ...

Ignition Co-Working Space

Ignition Co-Working Space

Ignition Co-Working Space

In 2012 Priority One established the Ignition co-working space in Rydal House in Tauranga’s city centre to foster innovation and ...

Enterprise Angels

Enterprise Angels

Enterprise Angels

Priority One provides funding and has board representation to Enterprise Angels Bay of Plenty – a membership-based investment network and the ...

Fostering Innovation Through Events

Come to the Edge : Derek Handley

Come to the Edge : Derek Handley

During February 2015 Priority One hosted internationally renowned New Zealand entrepreneur, Derek Handley, to an event in Tauranga which was attended ...
Innovation Forum

Innovation Forum

Each year Priority One’s Instep programme partners with local innovative businesses to host an innovation forum in conjunction with the annual ...
TEDx Tauranga

TEDx Tauranga

TEDx Tauranga is a very popular event, with hundreds of people taking part each year.  A global phenomenon, TEDx brings together a programme of ...

Infrastructure Advocacy

Infrastructure Advocacy

Infrastructure Advocacy

The development of key infrastructure is critical to economic growth and increased productivity, particularly in an area that is growing as quickly ...

Tauranga City Centre Strategy

Tauranga City Centre Strategy Implementation

Tauranga City Centre Strategy Implementation

Tauranga City Council contracted Priority One to facilitate implementation of the Tauranga City Centre Strategy in 2009 in a partnership with ...
City Centre Tertiary Campus

City Centre Tertiary Campus

Priority One worked with the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership, SmartGrowth, Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty ...
Larger Than Life – Owen Dippie

Larger Than Life – Owen Dippie

The Larger than Life – Owen Dippie project has been a partnership between city businesses, Priority One, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Tourism ...
City Centre Business & Investment Attraction

City Centre Business & Investment Attraction

Although significant progress has been made to encourage investment in the city centre, there is a need to continue to support and promote the area ...
Waterfront Development

Waterfront Development

The city centre waterfront is one of Tauranga’s key civic investments which will define the city centre and stimulate investment and ...

Housing Affordability Forum

Housing Affordability Forum

Housing Affordability Forum

The affordability of housing has a significant impact on the ability to attract businesses and skilled people to the sub-region.  Priority One ...

Export Education

Education Tauranga

Education Tauranga

Priority One has worked closely with Education New Zealand to develop a strategy to grow the value of international students to Tauranga and the ...

High Performance Sports Centre

High Performance Sports Centre

High Performance Sports Centre

Tauranga City Council’s Bay Venues has developed an elite high performance sports centre at Blake Park – the largest high performance gym ...

Tertiary Education Advocacy

Tertiary Education Advocacy

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 ...

House of Science

House of Science

House of Science

The House of Science community outreach facility, based in Tauranga's city centre, was established with funding support from Priority One and the ...

Chinese Community School

Chinese Community School

Chinese Community School

Priority One’s Instep programme supported the establishment of the Chinese Community School at Tauranga Girls’ College, which is helping ...

Population Ageing Demographic

Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group

Population Ageing Technical Advisory Group

In 2002, NZ Treasury said:  “Population ageing has the potential to become the single biggest economic and policy issue of the next 50 ...
Transitioning Business & People Forum

Transitioning Business & People Forum

As the significant cohort of baby boomers start moving into retirement, particularly from 2018, retaining and employing mature workers will be an ...

Western Bay @ Work

Western Bay @ Work

Western Bay @ Work

Western Bay @ Work is an annual community event organised by Priority One and other stakeholders to showcase the diverse and exciting range of career ...

Instep Programme

Instep Programme

Instep Programme

For the local economy to grow, industry requires a workforce that is motivated, innovative and has the right attitude and skills.  Our schools ...

Young Leaders Forum

Young Leaders Forum

Young Leaders Forum

The purpose of the forum is to give young student leaders a voice in the future development of the sub-region, to build a relationship between youth ...

Land Water Culture - Nga tikanga o te wai me te whenua

Land Water Culture - Ngā tikanga o te wai me te whenua

Land Water Culture - Ngā tikanga o te wai me te whenua

Priority One’s Instep programme is working with medium school Te Wharekura o Mauao, the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field ...

Our Place to Shine

Skills Attraction Marketing Campaign

Skills Attraction Marketing Campaign

Priority One is currently reviewing existing skills attraction programmes to ensure that they are effective and align with the needs of key sectors ...
Wish You Were Working Here

Wish You Were Working Here

Keep in touch with job opportunities through the Wish You Were Working Here website... .

Toi Moana - Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study

Toi Moana - Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study

Toi Moana - Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study

The Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study was launched in May 2015, marking a significant development for the future growth of the Bay of Plenty ...

Smart Economy Monitoring & Implementation

Smart Economy Monitoring & Implementation

Smart Economy Monitoring & Implementation

Priority One is contracted by Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council to manage implementation of Smart Economy, the ...

Bay of Connections

Bay of Connections

Bay of Connections

Bay of Connections is the economic development strategy covering the wider Bay of Plenty and is facilitated by the Bay of Plenty Regional ...

SmartGrowth

SmartGrowth

SmartGrowth

Priority One is a partner in the implementation of SmartGrowth, the sub-region’s 50 year spatial plan.  SmartGrowth is a collaboration ...

Core Cities

Core Cities Overview

Core Cities Overview

Local Government New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are leading a project to develop a well-functioning network of ...
Core Cities China Engagement

Core Cities China Engagement

The Core Cities China Engagement project involves the development of a strategy to leverage mayoral relationships in China for economic ...

Smart Arts

Smart Arts

Smart Arts

Smart Arts is the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region’s arts strategy.  It has a strong focus on the use of arts to express ourselves, our ...

Kiwifruit Post Harvest Working Group

Kiwifruit Post Harvest Working Group

Kiwifruit Post Harvest Working Group

Priority One facilitated the establishment of the Kiwifruit Post Harvest Working Group to identify and prioritise issues and industry planning to ...

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

Priority One is regularly approached to support sub-regional business-focused events.  Sponsorships will be considered where events are aligned ...

The Tauranga Business Case

The Tauranga Business Case

The Tauranga Business Case

Priority One supports the creation of an environment that attracts new business and retains those businesses that we already have.  ‘The ...

Investment Attraction & International Relations

Investment Attraction & International Relations

Investment Attraction & International Relations

Building and developing our international connections will make the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region more competitive.  Targeted international ...
Yantai, Shandong Province, China

Yantai, Shandong Province, China

Yantai is Tauranga’s longest sister city relationship, celebrating 30 years of relations in 2016.  It covers an area of 13,000km², ...
Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan

Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan

Hitachi is located in the north eastern part of Ibaraki prefecture.  The city covers an area of 225.55km² and has a population of 190,000 ...
Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

Ansan lies southwest of Seoul and is part of the Seoul National Capital Area.  It is situated on the Yellow Sea coast and has jurisdiction over ...