News & Events

Seminar on EU NZ Free Trade Agreement
25 September 2018

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting an event where Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade negotiators will present on a European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement and other current and prospective trade negotiations.  There will be an opportunity for attendees to provide input to the MFAT team.  This session will run from 7.30-9.30am on Tuesday 25 September at Club Mount Maunganui, Kawaka St, Mt Maunganui and there is no charge to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

MacDiarmid Science to Industry and Beyond!
25 September 2018

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Priority One are jointly hosting this special event as part of MacDiarmid Institute's annual regional lecture series.  It will feature the institute’s Deputy Director for Stakeholder Engagement, Dr Franck Natali, and MacDiarmid alumnus, Dr Manmeet Kaur, who will speak about how science, and particularly high-tech research in materials science, can grow the economy and wealth for New Zealand.  This event is being held from 7.30am-9am on Tuesday 25 September at Chamber of Commerce, Chapel St, Tauranga.  It costs $25 for Priority One and Chamber members to attend and $35 for non-members.  A light breakfast will be served.  Click here for further information and to register.

LinkT Coffee Tasting @ Excelso
25 September 2018

The next event for the Chamber of Commerce LinkT young professionals network will be coffee 101 – an introduction to coffee.  Hosted by Excelso Coffee Roasters, attendees will see how coffee is roasted and then take part in a coffee tasting session.  This event is being held from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Tuesday 25 September at 112 Third Ave, Tauranga and costs $25 to attend.  Click here to register (note numbers are limited).

Go Global 2018
27 September 2018

The annual one-day ExportNZ conference, Go Global, will provide a stellar line up of exporter speakers who will share the secrets of their success.  This includes the life changing R&D innovation behind Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s $1 billion story; the global expansion of Bay company Robotics Plus; and Sistema’s journey from a garage to a multinational exporter with millions of customers.  There will also be sessions on investor funding, government priorities, trade trends and navigating the geopolitical landscape, as well as opportunities to make connections with top exporters, innovative thinkers and government influencers.  For further information and to register, visit

How to be Mortgage Free and Retirement Ready in 10 Years or Less
27 September 2018

Over the last 10 years, enableMe has helped hundreds of Kiwis get rid of their mortgages and set themselves up for a bright financial future.  In these seminars enableMe founder, Hannah McQueen, shares her insights into the financial behaviours holding people back and how it’s possible to achieve financial freedom within 10 years.  There are two sessions being held on Thursday 27 September:  from 12.30-1.30pm OR from 5.30-6.30pm on Thursday 27 September 2018 at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Chapel St, Tauranga.  It costs $15 for one person to attend and $20 for two people.  For further information, visit for the afternoon session and for the evening session.

Women in Business
27 September 2018

Starting out in business can be a little challenging, so Women in Business has been established to support the process and add value to those entering new ventures.  They are hosting an event on 27 September which will feature three successful local business owners and entrepreneurs that will talk about what it takes to own a thriving business, including providing marketing tips and general business guidance  There will also be opportunities to network and make valuable connections.  This event is being held from 5.40pm-8.30pm on Thursday 27 September at the Papamoa Community Centre and costs $50 per person to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

The Marcomms Movement in the Bay
27 September 2018

For decades, PR and marketing have worked closely together to achieve business objectives.  But with shifts in customer expectations, communications tactics and new media channels, the lines between them have become increasingly hazy.  Here in the Bay, PRINZ would like to start the conversation around their commonality – great communication.  If you’re passionate about great communications, join PRINZ for this unique Q&A with marketing guru (and CEO of King St Advertising) Chris Williams, broadcasting heavy hitter Jana Rangooni (Radio Broadcasting Association CEO), and NZME newsroom authority Sonya Bateson (Head of News, Bay of Plenty Times).  This event is open to the general public and is being held from 5.30pm-7pm on Thursday 27 September at Toi Ohomai’s campus on Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.

Getting to Grips with the Amazon Juggernaut
16 October 2018

As the Amazon juggernaut rolls on, how do New Zealand brand owners take advantage of the beast?  ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a 90 minute high-impact session on what is happening with Amazon Australia and its impact on businesses.  Facilitated by Hamish Conway of Sell Global, it will also look at how New Zealand brands are building six-to-seven-figure new sales channels on Amazon inside of 18 months.  This seminar will run from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday 16 October at KPMG, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.

Critical elements of Maori and iwi governance
18 October 2018

Strong growth is predicted for New Zealand’s Māori economy, with new opportunities continually developing.  At this event you will hear first-hand perspectives from leading Māori directors that are involved in this dynamic and evolving economy.  It will include a panel discussion on the critical elements of Māori and iwi governance led by Dr Wayne Beilby with guest panellists Whaimutu Dewes, chair of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Ana Morrison, executive director at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, and Anthony Ririnui, head of Māori operations for ASB.  This event is being held from 12pm–2pm on Thursday 18 October 2018 at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $40 for Institute of Directors members and $50 for non-members to attend.   For further information and to register, visit

BWN Networking Lunch
19 October 2018

Facilitated by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, this Business Women's Network event is being held to support the development of networks and connections.  Table seating will be allocated to ensure you meet new people and a BWN committee member will be at your table to promote a lively and interesting discussion while you enjoy lunch.  If you're a new business person to the area or an existing business owner looking to make new connections, BWN encourages you to attend.  This event is being held from 12pm-1.30pm on Friday 19 October at Tauranga Club, Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $25 for Chamber members to attend and $35 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Agile Tauranga / 18
26 October 2018

Agile is quickly becoming a regular part of our vernacular, with more organisations embracing it to cope with today's customer-driven marketplace.  Agile enables organisations to master continuous change so they flourish in a world that is increasingly volatile, complex and ambiguous.  How prepared is your organisation and, more importantly, how prepared are you in your role?  Agile Tauranga 2018 will cover these topics and more, enabling you to connect with those excited about the power of Agile from a national and international perspective.  This conference is being held from 9am-4pm on Friday 26 October 2018 at ASB Arena in Tauranga.  Early bird tickets are on sale until 7 October at $109 per person.  For further information and to register, visit

LinkT - Young Read Woudberg Awards and Ball
27 October 2018

This is the awards night for young professionals in Tauranga and the Western Bay, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce LinkT group.  This year's dress theme is Love Boat and the hosts are Jay and Anna Reeves.  The ball is being held from 6pm-11.30pm on Saturday 27 October at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Pt, Tauranga and costs $110 per person to attend.  To register to attend, email Anne Pankhurst on

South East Asia Market Readiness Programme
30 October 2018

Is your business engaged with any of the South East Asian markets or are you considering a strategy that may include one of these markets?  ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a one day programme that will provide businesses with the mind-set, assessment tools and strategising  preparation work needed for engaging in South East Asian markets.  The programme will also cover cultural aspects and opportunities to network with other business people.  There is no fee to participate in the programme so you are encouraged to bring your colleagues along.  It is being held from 9am-3.30pm on Tuesday 30 October at the Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.