News & Events

Breakfast Connect in Tauranga CBD - Pronto Websites
27 June 2018

The next Small Business Tauranga Breakfast Connect meeting in Tauranga’s city centre is being hosted by Pronto Websites.  A division of media marketing company Bravesight, Pronto Websites works with small business owners that have WordPress websites, taking care of hosting, security maintenance and updates.  Their maintenance plans include graphic design, support and development as well, so it’s easy to know what changes to your website will cost.  Breakfast Connect is for business people that are new to the city or existing business owners looking for support and better visibility.  This event is being held from 7.30-8.45am on Wednesday 27 June at 4/117 Willow Street, Tauranga.  It costs $15 for Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Tauranga or Downtown Tauranga members to attend and $25 for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

IoD workshop on culture and ethics - with Dr Bev Edlin
28 June 2018

Today’s boards are under increasing scrutiny from stakeholders and shareholders to ensure that they are creating ethical behaviours.  Focusing on ethics goes beyond compliance – it’s about good risk management.  The impact of social media means that a breach in ethics can spread quickly and cause significant damage.  Dr Bev Edlin, chair of the Bay of Plenty branch of Institute of Directors, will be facilitating a workshop on what matters in terms of ethical behaviours and a healthy culture, and why they are critical to long-term success.  It will be held from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday 28 June 2018 at Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St, Rotorua and costs $30 for IoD members and $40 for non-members to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

BWN Lunch - Dealing with bullying & sexual harassment in the workplace
28 June 2018

Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace is a topical issue at the moment and it is something that can affect everyone.  The next Business Women’s Network lunch event will feature Gail Page from Positive Pathways, who will talk about harassment in the workplace and how to empower yourself to deal with bullies.  This event is being held from 12pm-1.30pm on Thursday 28 June at The Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $30 for Chamber members to attend and $40 for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

Free public lecture: STEAM Without the Hot Air
2 July 2018

The guest speaker at the University of Waikato’s next free public lecture in Tauranga is the university’s Dean of Engineering, Professor Mark Dyer, who will explore the changing face of engineering education.  With the advent of the digital age, the redesign of education for engineers becomes even more important.  They now need to be educated to be coders, gamers and thinkers, not passive learners.  Mark will also draw on his own career experience, which has seen him promote creativity and innovation alongside the traditional technical engineering disciplines.  The lecture will be held from 6-7pm on Monday 2 July at Trinity Wharf Tauranga on Dive Crescent.  This is a free lecture, however registrations are essential at

Family Trusts 101
5 July 2018

Family trusts can be a highly effective mechanism to protect assets, create tax flexibility and provide for inheritance and succession of family and business assets.  However, there will be some changes to legislation with the proposed enactment of the new Trusts Bill.  This seminar is suited to those that do not currently have a family trust but are considering the merits of one or those that would like a refresher.  This event is being held from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 5 July at Ingham Mora’s offices, 60 Durham Street, Tauranga and costs $20 pp to attend, with all proceeds donated to Graeme Dingle Foundation.  For further information and to register, visit

ITx 2018 - New Zealands conference of IT
11 July 2018

ITx is New Zealand's mega technology conference, delivered in a collaboration between 13 tech organisations and industry bodies and focusing on innovation, technology and education.  It will bring together IT professionals, decision-makers, leaders and academics, with the 150 talks and presentations from New Zealand and international experts providing lots of opportunities to learn and network.  ITx 2018 is being held from 11-13 July at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington and early bird tickets cost from $395.  For further information and to register, visit

MoPed's Winter Do with Mount Ruapehu
26 July 2018

Moped (Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty) is a group of passionate marketing people that have a desire to be connected and inspired with other creatives while living and working in the Bay.  Moped’s July event will feature Ruapehu Lifts marketing manager, Matt McIvor, who will talk about social media strategy, digital marketing, rebranding and the success of the Winter Olympics.  There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of the Tauranga Art Gallery’s current exhibitions.  This event is being held from 5pm on Thursday 26 July at Tauranga Art Gallery on Wharf St, Tauranga and costs $30 per person to attend, which includes refreshments by Broken Shed and canapes.  For further information and to register for this event, visit