News & Events

Breakfast Connect with Giggle TV
22 August 2018

The next Small Business Tauranga event is being hosted by Giggle TV, which has created an entertainment network that makes people laugh.  They install screens in places where people wait, such as cafes, gyms and food outlets, with a silent loop of G-rated humorous content.  Mike Everard, who owns the Tauranga/Western Bay Giggle TV franchise, will update attendees on what's happening locally and show the benefits of becoming a Giggle TV host.  Small Business Tauranga is an initiative of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce that connects, supports and celebrates small business owners that are new to the city or those that are looking for more visibility.  A light breakfast will be served and there will be opportunities to network with other business owners and managers.  This event is being held from 7-8.30am on Wednesday 22 August at The Chapel Café at 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register. 

Institute of Directors Annual Awards Dinner with Sir Mark Solomon
23 August 2018

The Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors is hosting their Annual Awards Dinner at ASB Baypark.  The guest speaker is Sir Mark Solomon, KNZM, former chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and an active director, including deputy chair of the Canterbury District Health Board.  The evening will include canapes, dinner and drinks and several awards will be presented, including the announcement of the Emerging Director Award 2018.  This event is being held from 6pm-9.30pm on Thursday 23 August 2018.  To register for this event, email Laura Gaveika on bop.branch@iod.org.nz.

Design the City Experiment
27 August 2018

Are you interested in learning some of the design techniques that international brands such as Apple, Nike and Google have identified and use to craft their new innovations?  Design the City Experiment brings people together over the course of a week to address a challenge identified by the city and accelerate a solution through a design thinking process.  Local business leaders practicing design thinking methodologies will share the techniques they have integrated into their businesses.  This event runs from 6.30am–8.30am each morning from Monday 27 August until Friday 2 September and costs $100 per person to take part.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

The Social Innovation Opportunity for Tauranga
27 August 2018

This event will unpack social innovation and its potential to transform our communities.  Local, national and international speakers with tackle some of society’s toughest issues and outline the core principles of social innovation.  It is being held from 9.30am-1.45pm on Monday 27 August at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs $20 to attend.  This event is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Drinks & Discover @ Cucumber
27 August 2018

Technology company, Cucumber, is hosting a series of ‘Drink & Discover’ events as part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  The first two sessions have sold out, however there are still tickets left to the one covering concepts of blockchain technology.  This will run from 4pm-5pm on Friday 31 August at Cucumber’s offices, 78 Second Ave, Tauranga.  There is no charge to attend but you need to register.  For further information and to register for any of these sessions, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Art + Fashion + Tech Exhibition
27 August 2018

Three collaborators from the worlds of art, fashion and technology have come together to develop a curated collection that celebrates the winter season.  The installation ranges from digital animation and motion capture to large scale, immersive painting.  Visitors to the gallery will be able to engage in innovative approaches to painting and the application of digital technology to fabrics, as well as be wowed by five collaborations between renowned fashion houses and well-known artists.  The exhibition is open from 10am-4.30pm from Monday 27 August until Sunday 2 September at the Tauranga Art Gallery and there is no entry fee.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Kickstart Your Business Workshop
28 August 2018

Are you thinking about starting a business or looking for early stage support?  This workshop is for entrepreneurs and business people looking to get clarity around their ideas and gain the support, connections and confidence to take action and go the distance. You will hear stories from entrepreneurs and how they have addressed their challenges, as well as obtain feedback from experts on developing your business idea.  This workshop is being held from 2pm-5pm on Tuesday 28 August at Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach and costs $30 to attend.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

LinkT Craft Beer Tasting
28 August 2018

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce networking group for young professionals - LinkT – is hosting a tasting session that will provide a good introduction to the world of craft beer.  Attendees will enjoy 4 x 150 ml pours of NZ craft beer moving through lagers, pale ales, ipas and dark beers and look at each style, taste the raw ingredients, and gain a few food matching tips.  This event is being held from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 28 August at The Barrel Room, Wharf St, Tauranga and costs $25 to attend.  For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1406&cid=502&wid=1201.

7 Ways to Grow Your Business
29 August 2018

Ingham Mora is hosting a seminar to provide guidance in understanding the mindset required to change a business landscape.  This seminar is targeted at those who are not on track to achieve their desired financial results this year, want to increase profits and improve cashflow, are keen to improve margins or are looking for business growth.  This event is being held from 3.30pm-5.30pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga.  It costs $20 to attend, with all proceeds being donated to the Graeme Dingle Foundation.  For further information and to register, visit https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/7ways.

IoD Lunch: Developing and governing a successful family business
29 August 2018

The guest speaker at the Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors lunch in August is Allan Scott, owner and director of Allan Scott Wines.  He will talk about developing and governing the successful family business which creates Allan Scott Family Winemakers’ award-winning wines and the passion and commitment to excellence that are a huge part of the story.  This event is being held from 12pm-2pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $35 for Institute of Directors members to attend and $45 for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit https://www.iod.org.nz/Branches-and-events/Branch-event/ProductId/5524.

Export Essentials Workshops
29 August 2018

Running a business is hard enough, but successfully growing your business and taking it global can be overwhelming.  NZ Trade & Enterprise is bringing their two day Export Essentials programme to Tauranga to help those new to exporting, or even more experienced exporters, discover the key steps to successfully doing business in international markets.  The workshops will be followed (within a month) by a one-on-one session with an experienced private sector facilitator.  This seminar is being held over two days on 29 August and 2 September 2018 and the venue is yet to be advised.  It costs $500+GST to attend, with a second person from your organisation able to register for $250+GST.  For further information and to register, visit www.nzte.govt.nz/exportessentials.

BWN: Innovating with Your Back to the Wall
29 August 2018

There are times when you plan to innovate and times when you have no choice but to innovate.  The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is hosting a lunch where three trailblazing women will talk about how they have led the way on both fronts.  They will share war-stories and pro-tips on intentional and unintentional innovation.  This event is being held from 1pm-2.30pm on Wednesday 29 August at KPMG, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga and costs $30 to attend.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference 2018
29 August 2018

Tauranga is host to the New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference 2018, being held at ASB Baypark at the end of August.  The conference theme is ‘growing avocados for the world’, representing the exciting opportunity the industry has to expand across an international marketplace.  Guest speakers include Loren Zhao, co-founder of Chinese online fruit retailer, Fruitday.com; Dr Nick Gill, strength and conditioning coach of the All Blacks; and MC and television journalist, Mike McRoberts; as well as international and domestic experts on the global avocado industry.  The conference is being held from 29-31 August and early bird registrations are open until 1 August.  For further information and to register, visit www.avocadoconference.co.nz.

YiA Innovation Forum: Screens, Machines and Virtual Reality Dreams
30 August 2018

At this year’s future-focused YiA Innovation Forum, attendees will hear about the latest in gaming, how robotics is changing farming and how Google is revolutionising global education.  While you enjoy your breakfast, you’ll be transported into the world of three fast-paced and innovative industries that are changing the way we eat, play and learn.  The guest speakers, who are all leading figures in their fields, will share their experiences in paving the way for the future.  The forum will run from 7am-9.30am on Thursday 30 August at Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Dr, Mt Maunganui and costs from $50 per person (Priority One/TECT members) to attend.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Future Art of Fashion
30 August 2018

The future and opportunities for collaboration in art and fashion will be explored in a panel discussing between leading artists and fashion designers, including Rebecca Anderson of Chaos and Harmony and the founders of the fashion House, Maaike.  This session is being held at 5.30pm on Thursday 30 August at Tauranga Art Gallery, Willow St, Tauranga and the entry fee is $10.  Future Art of Fashion is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Love Our Laneways
30 August 2018

What happens when artists and architects take-over a CBD laneway and fill it with art, culture and personality?  Groundswell festival of innovation has partnered with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Tauranga City Council to transform the laneway between 17-29 Grey Street into an exciting space that addresses notions of public and social space, sustainable design and material innovation.  The laneway will be open all day on Thursday 30 August at 17-29 Grey Street, Tauranga and entry is free.  For further information, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

Race to the Future: Giga Factories, Flying Cars and Smart Poles
31 August 2018

Imagine a world where solar, batteries and EV cars and bikes are the norm - it’s just around the corner.  Attendees at this event will hear how new innovations in the cleantech industry, including those from Tesla, PowerSmart and Vector, are closer than we think.  Together with a selection of local cleantech companies, prepare to unpack what this means for the future and how it might look if half of what we have heard is true.  This event is being held from 9am-12pm on Friday 31 August at PowerSmart HQ, 18 Tukorako Dr, Mt Maunganui and costs $50 to attend.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz

Tauranga Startup Weekend: Impact
31 August 2018

This is a 54-hour event that brings budding creatives, designers, developers, marketers, product developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts and members of the community together over a weekend to launch new business ideas.  It culminates with demonstrations and presentations on the ideas on the Sunday evening.  This would be the perfect environment for someone that is looking for feedback on an idea or wants to collaborate with like-minded individuals with specific skill sets to take their idea to the next level.  Tauranga Startup Weekend runs from 6pm on Friday 31 August until 8.30pm on Sunday 2 September at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs from $50 per person to take part.  It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation.  For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.

BWN Behind the Scenes at Crombie Lockwood
12 September 2018

The next Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network event will look behind the scenes at Crombie Lockwood - one of New Zealand's largest insurance broking companies.  Locally established and now owned by NZSE listed Arthur J Gallagher, Crombie Lockwood is internationally owned, nationally resourced and locally endorsed, providing unbiased fire and general, life and health, premium funding and domestic insurance solutions.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 12 September at Level 2, 15-17 Harington St, Tauranga and costs $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

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 https://www.exportnz.org.nz/home/bay-of-plenty.

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 www.goglobal.nz.