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.

Centres of Innovation

PlantTech Regional Research Institute

PlantTech Regional Research Institute

Priority One and the University of Waikato partnered with a consortium of eight local businesses to secure $8.4m in investment from the ...
WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures

WNT Ventures is an incubator that invests into IP-rich technologies developed within New Zealand universities, Crown Research Institutes ...
Design Thinking BOP

Design Thinking BOP

‘Design thinking’ is a process that's transforming how leaders are creatively solving business challenges.  ...
Enterprise Angels

Enterprise Angels

Priority One is a strategic partner, funder, and has board representation on the Tauranga branch of Enterprise Angels – a ...

Summer Student Programmes

Project Ignite

Project Ignite

Top students from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and University of Waikato spend the summer holidays in Priority One’s Ignition ...
Summer Innovation Lab

Summer Innovation Lab

The second year of collaborative project between Priority One and the University of Waikato that focused on innovation in areas of ...
Bay of Plenty Clinical School Summer Programme

Bay of Plenty Clinical School Summer Programme

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board Clinical School Summer Programme provides an opportunity for Auckland and Otago University medical ...

Groundswell Festival of Innovation

Groundswell Festival of Innovation

Groundswell Festival of Innovation

Priority One leads the annual Groundswell festival of innovation, which creates a week-long series of events to showcase how people and ...
YiA Innovation Forum

YiA Innovation Forum

Each year Priority One’s Instep programme partners with local innovative businesses to host an innovation forum in conjunction with ...
Young Innovator Awards

Young Innovator Awards

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

Startup Weekend Tauranga

Startup Weekend Tauranga is a 54-hour event for budding technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Participants collaborate and ...

Growth of Industry Aligned Research

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 ...
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 ...

Ignition Coworking Space

Ignition Coworking Space

Ignition Coworking Space

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

Tauranga City Centre

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 ...
Heart of the City

Heart of the City

Tauranga City Council’s ‘heart of the city’ project will see a major investment and transformation in the city centre ...
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.  ...

Tertiary Education & 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 ...

Talent Attraction

Wish You Were Working Here

Wish You Were Working Here

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

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 ...

Canvas Careers Showcase

Canvas Careers Showcase

Canvas Careers Showcase

Canvas Careers Showcase is an annual event organised by Priority One and Rotary of Tauranga to showcase the diverse and exciting range of ...

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 ...
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 ...

Maori Economic Development

Māori Economic Development

Māori Economic Development

Facilitating Connections Across the Māori Economy The Kaihautu Ōhanga Māori will work with existing networks, consultants and sector ...

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, ...

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture Strategy

Arts & Culture Strategy

Arts and cultural experiences are a vital part of our wellbeing, our identity and the fabric of life in Tauranga and the Western Bay.  ...

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

Sponsorships

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

There are some great reasons why you should be based in Tauranga

Tauranga - a great location!

Tauranga - a great location!

If you’re considering relocating your business to Tauranga or exploring investment opportunities, you’ve come to the right ...
It's about profit, people, place and potential

It's about profit, people, place and potential

Tauranga offers businesses many benefits that ultimately translate into increased profits.  This includes commercial property that is ...
Get connected to local networks

Get connected to local networks

One of our unique assets is the strength of collaboration among local business and community networks, enabling you to meet like-minded ...
How Priority One can help!

How Priority One can help!

Priority One can work alongside you every step of the way if you are thinking of establishing or relocating a business to the Tauranga ...

Western Bay International Strategy

Western Bay International Strategy

Western Bay International Strategy

Building and developing our international connections will make the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region more competitive and economically ...
Education Tauranga

Education Tauranga

Priority One works closely with Education New Zealand to grow the value of international students to Tauranga and the Western Bay of ...
ExportNZ Bay of Plenty

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty

Priority One works closely with ExportNZ Bay of Plenty to support local businesses operating in international markets.  ExportNZ Bay ...
Tourism Bay of Plenty

Tourism Bay of Plenty

Priority One works with Tourism Bay of Plenty to support the attraction of international visitors.  Tourism Bay of Plenty is also an ...
Migrant Investors

Migrant Investors

A key element in the implementation of the Western Bay of Plenty International Strategy is to expand the region’s pool of ...
Western Bay of Plenty Regional Partnership Agreement

Western Bay of Plenty Regional Partnership Agreement

Skilled migrants play an important role in the transfer of knowledge and skills supporting innovation and growth, as well as addressing the ...

Bay of Plenty Regional Film Office

Bay of Plenty Regional Film Office

Bay of Plenty Regional Film Office

Priority One supported an initiative by Bay of Plenty Film to establish a regional film office in the Western Bay of Plenty ...