News & Events

2017 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards
23 June 2017

The 2017 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards will be presented at a carnival-themed gala event on Friday 23 June 2017 at ASB Baypark, Mount Manganui.  Tickets are available for tables of 10 or individually.  This event is being held from 6pm on Friday 23 June at the Stadium Lounge, ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui and the theme is carnival or party/black tie.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit

Technology Innovation Event #1
29 June 2017

Priority One’s ICT Cluster is partnering with Vodafone and NZ Police to host the first in a series of informal networking events focusing on innovation through technology.  Being held from 5.30pm-7.00pm on Thursday 29 June in Ignition, 29 Grey Street, Tauranga, the topic for this event is ‘Delivering frontline solutions to the NZ Police through innovation and collaboration.’  Guest speakers include Lynda Burch, previously Mobility Programme Manager for NZ Police and currently manager of Tauranga City Council’s Co-Design and Innovation Lab;  Karl Wright-St Clair from NZ Police;  and Andrew Hitchfield from Vodafone.  This event is free of charge, with refreshments sponsored by Vodafone, however registrations are essential to

LinkT to Business @ Trustpower
29 June 2017

Supported by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Priority One, LinkT young professionals are hosting their next event at Trustpower’s iconic new head office building in Durham Street.  Trustpower is one of the country's leading power retailers and one of region's largest employers.  They have a state of the art working environment and a workforce of over 500 people. Join Emily Beaton, Community Relations Representative, and Jessica Bevin, Senior Advisor of Strategy and Regulation, to hear about their interesting and challenging careers to date.  This event runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday 29 June.  For further information and to register, visit

BA5 at Beca
5 July 2017

The next Chamber of Commerce BA5 event is being hosted by Beca.  Some regions are now using the "smart cities" approach to accelerate the development of their services, engage citizens, and improve both quality of life and the environment.  The origins of the approach are around the availability of new technology, however lessons learnt show that technology alone won't bring the necessary vibrancy, wellbeing and social and economic outcomes that a “smart cities” approach can.  Matt Ensor, the global “smart cities” leader for Beca will explain the approach, what's happening around the world, and include some examples of what could be relevant for the Western Bay of Plenty.  This event runs from 5.15pm-7pm and is being held at 32 Harington Street. Tauranga.  For further information and to register, visit

BWN Lunch with Sara Lunam
6 July 2017

The Business Women’s Network is hosting an event with Sara Lunam, Corporate Services Manager of the Port of Tauranga.  Sara is involved across the business from human resources to providing assistance on operational and commercial matters.  Her role includes the company's health and safety, risk management, industrial relations and human resources, ensuring the Port continues to attract top calibre staff.  Sara will be sharing the experiences, learnings and challenges she has faced in her role as well as the opportunities she sees that lie ahead.  For further information and to register, visit

Be the Ultimate Assistant - one day masterclass
11 July 2017

The Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand is holding a one day masterclass in Tauranga for executive assistants and administrative support professionals who are keen to learn the secrets of high performance administrative teams.  “Be the Ultimate Assistant” is the gold standard for professional development specifically designed for administrative support staff which empowers assistants in both the soft and hard skills needed for the highly-evolving and demanding role in today's complicated workplace.  The one day programme includes is split into two segments comprising:

  • “Be the Ultimate Assistant: Be Ready for the Future” with Bonnie Low-Kramen
  • “Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) Microsoft productivity tips” with Vickie Sokol Evans

For further information and to register, visit