News & Events

Te Ata - Bay of Plenty Film forum
5 May 2018

Bay of Plenty Film’s vision is for the creation of a sustainable screen media industry in the Bay of Plenty.  They are hosting a one-day film forum during May to look at the growth potential of the local film industry, including exploring our strengths as a community, creating shared pathways forward and finding inspiration from others.  The programme for the day includes keynote addresses from industry leaders, workshops, panels and strategic discussions.  There will also be a celebration of the Bay’s best short films on the big screen.  This event is being held from 8am until 9pm on Saturday 5 May at Ōtamarākau Marae, 2655 State Highway 2, Te Puke and costs $55 for adults and $40 for students to attend.  To register for this forum, visit

Public Lecture - Run Faster and Prevent Injury
7 May 2018

The next University of Waikato free public lecture in Tauranga will look at the most recent scientific evidence on running and its direct application to enhance training and performance.  The guest speaker is Dr Kim Hébert-Losier, a senior lecturer in health sport and human performance at the University of Waikato in Tauranga and founding member of the team at the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance.  The lecture is being hosted in association with The Running Clinic.  It is being held from 5.30pm on Monday 7 May at Trinity Wharf, Dive Cr, Tauranga.  There is no charge to attend but registrations to are essential.

Business Women's Network Behind the Scenes at Hammon Diamond Jeweller
9 May 2018

Established 70 years ago in Gisborne, Hammon Diamond Jeweller’s is an iconic jewellery boutique based in the heart of Tauranga's city centre.  They showcase diamonds and fine jewellery, including leading watch brands.  The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network will get a chance to peek behind the scenes of the business at an event that runs from 5.15pm to 7pm on Wednesday 9 May at 16 Grey Street, Tauranga.  It also provides a great opportunity to meet and network with other local business women.  For further information and to register, visit

Breakfast Connect with NOW
9 May 2018

The next Breakfast Connect meeting in Tauranga’s city centre will be hosted at NOW NZ Ltd - Tauranga's newest phone and broadband provider.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the NOW team. find out what makes them different from other telecoms firms and enjoy some informal networking over a light breakfast.  Breakfast Connect is for business people that are new to the city or existing businesses that are looking for support and better visibility.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9am on Wednesday 9 May at 116 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $15 for Tauranga Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Tauranga members to attend and $25 for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

Better Exporting: Managing Export Risk
9 May 2018

Expanding business in international markets is greatly aided by the timely and careful navigation of your finance options.  Guest speakers Kylie Boyd, partner at Sharp Tudhope Lawyers, and Barry Squires, previously head of international trade and supply chain for Westpac Bank, will cover key points for any business looking to trade internationally.  This will include ensuring payment in overseas markets, financing international plans, managing the financial process and risk when expanding internationally, and trading in different currencies.  This event is being held from 7am until 9am on Thursday 9 May at KPMG, Level 2, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It is free for ExportNZ/EMA members to attend and costs $55+GST for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit


ITx 2018 - New Zealand's conference of IT
11 May 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.  This three-day conference runs from 11-13 July and is being held at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington.  Early bird tickets are now on sale from $395 for a one day pass.  For further information and to register, visit

For the Greater Good - Mapping the Social Sector
14 May 2018

SociaLink and members of the social sector in the Western Bay of Plenty are hosting a summit that will look at the value of the social sector.  This follows the completion of an extensive project that has mapped all organisations that deliver services to support the social sector across the sub-region, including the nature and depth of work undertaken.  The summit is being opened by Labour list MP, Jan Tinetti, and will include workshops to discuss the findings and how the research can be used to support the social sector.  This summit is being held from 10am until 4pm on Monday 14 May at the Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga.  There is no charge to attend but registrations are essential.  For further information and to register, visit

Introduction to Finance in Governance with Paul Manning
16 May 2018

Paul Manning, a partner at BDO Tauranga, will be the guest speaker at an Institute of Directors event in Taupo in May.  The session will be of interest to those new to governance or who would like a better understanding of the financials of business at a governance level.  It will cover financial reporting requirements, solvency matters, understanding the financial section of board reports, and director versus management obligations with finances and reporting.  This event is being held from 12.30pm-2pm on Wednesday 16 May at Motutaiko Room, Suncourt Hotel, 14 Northcroft St, Taupo and costs $35 for IoD members and $45 for non-members to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

10 Billion Mouths
23 May 2018

World-leading dairy and horticultural industries have established New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of fine food.  The country’s collaborative agricultural ecosystem is now shifting its focus to the development of sustainable ways to feed the world.  Will the future of food production rely on robots and data, or will we see a global consumer shift toward alternative proteins?  Join the discussion at 10 Billion Mouths - one of only three headline events being hosted across the country as part of Techweek’18.  It is being held from 8am until 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 May at ASB Arena, Baypark.  General admission costs $295, with the student rate $95.  For further information and to register, visit

Unlocking Regional Growth Through Innovation
24 May 2018

Industry sector, academic and economic thought leaders will be coming to Tauranga in May for a half-day event that will look at the role innovation can play to drive regional growth in New Zealand.  ‘Unlocking Regional Growth Through Innovation’ will look at how regional New Zealand competes in the world, including innovation in the global market, IP protection, dynamic capabilities – the main theory of strategy, and successful models of business incubation.  Key areas of focus will be innovation in sectors such as agriculture, Maori business, smart specialisation and technology, and high value tourism.  There will also be breakout sessions and a moderated panel discussion.  This event will be held from 8.30am until 1pm on Thursday 24 May at Mills Reef Winery, Moffat Rd, Tauranga.  Entry is free for Priority One members and costs $45+GST for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

Business Women's Network Networking Lunch
25 May 2018

The first Business Women’s Network facilitated networking lunch for the year will be held from 12-1.30pm on Friday 25 May at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  This event is for those that are already members of the BWN as well as people that are keen to make new connections through the networks.  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.  For further information and to register, visit

ASB Lunch - Leadership in Business
30 May 2018

Nicki McClintock, ASB manager of coaching and development, is the guest speaker at a lunch event being hosted by Institute of Directors in Rotorua.  Nicki will talk about what makes a leader different to a manager and will look at research that explores what winning companies are doing to close the gap between their top and bottom performers.  This event is being held from 12.30pm-2pm on Wednesday 30 May at Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St, Rotorua and costs $35 for IoD members and $45 for non-members to attend.  For further information and to register for this event, visit

Breakfast event focuses on immigration policies
30 May 2018

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is hosting Iain Lees-Galloway at a breakfast meeting at the end of May.  Mr Lees-Galloway is the Member of Parliament for Palmerston North and currently Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Immigration and ACC.  He will talk about the government’s immigration policies and how they apply to business, particularly in an area that relies heavily on an immigrant especially sectors such as the kiwifruit industry that rely heavily on immigrant labour.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9am on Wednesday 30 May at Trinity Wharf Hotel, Dive Cr, Tauranga and costs $55 for Chamber members and $65 for non-members to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

How changes to employment legislation will impact your business
30 May 2018

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, will be in Tauranga at the end of May to speak at an informal session for employers hosted by EMA.  Topics for discussion include minimum wage increases, changes to immigration policy, paid parental leave, equal pay and pay equity, fair pay agreements and 90-day trial periods.  This session will be held from 10am until 11.30am on Wednesday 30 May at Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka St, Mt Maunganui.  It is complimentary to EMA & ExportNZ Members.  For further information and to register, visit