News & Events

Breakfast Connect in Greerton - Custom Cartons
18 October 2017

The host for the next Breakfast Connect meeting in Greerton is Custom Cartons, who have been making cardboard boxes for manufacturers, distributors and retailers throughout New Zealand since 1997.  Come along to learn more about the wonderful world of cartons and cardboard products, and take a tour of the factory.  There will also be great networking opportunities and a prize draw, as well as a chance to deliver a 30 second introduction to your business.  This event will be of interest to business people who are new to the city or those who would like to enhance the visibility of their business.  It is being held from 7am-8.30am on Wednesday 18 October at Custom Cartons, 6/12 Maleme Street, Greerton.  For further information and to register, visit

BWN Lunch with Chief Tasting Office at Winefriend
18 October 2017

The Business Women’s Network is hosting a light lunch with Yvonne Lorkin, the Chief Tasting Officer at Winefriend.  Whether you leave the supermarket with the same old thing you always get, or panic and take a total punt, most of us could use some help connecting with wines we will truly love.  Yvonne’s role is to taste thousands of wines each year and she is happy to share her discoveries.  This event is being held from 12pm-1.30pm on Wednesday 18 October at Craigs Investment Partners, 158 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  For further information and to register, visit

Export Breakfast - Creating a Winning Culture
19 October 2017

The third and final E.A.T (Export. Associate. Talk) Breakfast for 2017 will be looking at how exporting businesses create a winning culture.  Three inspiring business leaders will talk about how their companies developed a clear strong culture, making their companies attractive places to work, stimulating business success and creating a give: give relationship that resonated with their staff.  Speakers include Tania Hyde from Beca and Greg Edmonds from Air New Zealand Cargo, with the third speaker still to be confirmed.  This event is being held from 7am-9.30am on Thursday 19 October at Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga.  It is hosted by ExportNZ Bay of Plenty and sponsored by University of Waikato.  For further information and to register, visit

Directorships of early stage companies
25 October 2017

On behalf of Angel Association of New Zealand, Enterprise Angels is presenting a one-day governance course designed for those that want to learn more about the challenges and rewards of governance in angel backed companies.  Being a director of an early stage / angel backed company can be more challenging than established company directorships.  Angel investors promise company founders their money and their time, so joining the board is a powerful way to contribute to their success.  This course is being held from 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 28 October in Tauranga and costs $304.35+GST to attend.  For further information and to register, visit

BA5 - Eagle Ridge Lodge
1 November 2017

The next Chamber of Commerce Business After Five is being held at Eagle Ridge Lodge at Ohauiti, in the hills above Tauranga.  The secluded setting and panoramic views offer an exclusive corporate events venue, with two options to cater for up to 250 people.  This includes gala dinners, cocktail functions, product launches, conferences, meetings, team building sessions or corporate retreats.  Attendees will meet the people behind the passion and hear about the changes they have made in the last 18 months turning Bella Vista into Eagle Ridge.  There will also be an opportunity to network with other business people and the chance to enter a business card draw to win a night's accommodation for two at the Eagle Ridge Lodge.  The event runs from 5.15pm-7pm on Wednesday 1 November.  It is free for Chamber of Commerce members and costs $20 for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

Priority One Annual General Meeting
1 November 2017

Priority One’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui.  The meeting will run from 4.00pm until 5.30pm, followed by refreshments and networking.  This invitation is open to local business people, civic and educational representatives and their colleagues.  To register, email by 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 October.

Attracting Global Talent
3 November 2017

Are you struggling to find the skilled workers you need to grow your business?  More than ever before, businesses are using innovative recruitment methods and leveraging their competitive advantages to gain access to global talent they need to run their business.  Priority One and ExportNZ Bay of Plenty are partnering to host a free seminar outlining the different options available to engage the best talent in your team.  The session will cover traditional recruitment methods, what you need to know when recruiting in international markets, the use of forensic executive searches, understanding your employer brand and ensuring it reflects your business, and options for bringing in skilled migrants from overseas.  The workshop runs from 7.15am until 9.30am on Friday 3 November and is free for Priority One and ExportNZ Bay of Plenty members.  For further information and to register, visit

Business Women's Network Networking Lunch
9 November 2017

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women's Network is hosting a networking lunch at the Tauranga Club, overlooking Tauranga Harbour.  Table seating will be allocated to ensure attendees will meet new people and a BWN committee member will be at each table to promote a lively and interesting discussion.  This is your chance to network, meet new people and be inspired by others.  The event runs from 12pm-1.30pm on Thursday 9 November at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  For further information and to register, visit

Westpac Tauranga Business Awards 2017
10 November 2017

The Westpac Tauranga Business Awards 2017 black tie gala dinner is being held from 5.45pm until 11.55pm on Friday 10 November at ASB Baypark.  Get glammed up and come along to celebrate the Bay's best and brightest businesses and people and enjoy a memorable evening.  Tickets are on sale individually or in tables of eight or ten.  For further information, visit

Developing your Export Plan
15 November 2017

NZ Trade & Enterprise is holding their Export Essentials workshops in Hamilton to save businesses having to travel to Auckland to take part.  If there is sufficient interest, consideration will be given to holding them in Tauranga in future.  ‘Developing Your Export Plan’ takes place over two full days on Wednesday 15 November and Wednesday 29 November.  Attendees will discover the key steps to successful exporting, be taught how to express a unique value proposition, develop market selection methods and find out about value chain analysis. For further information and to book a place, visit

Better Exporting: Routes and Channels to Market
15 November 2017

Understanding your options using different routes and channels to get your products or services into offshore markets can be very confusing.  Using the right method to get to market is crucial and depends on whether you sell on-line, through distributors or agents, via another manufacturer, or across a mix of different channels.  This seminar is hosted by ExportNZ Bay of Plenty and will help attendees understand all of the options to effectively get their products or services to market and support their global expansion.  It is being held from 7.30am-9.30am on Wednesday 15 November at KPMG, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It is free to attend for members of ExportNZ or EMA, and costs $55+GST for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit

Export Masterclass #3: Identifying your Routes to Market
22 November 2017

Have you ever wondered which of the many channels to market are the most optimal for your business to use in order to drive sales and reach the end consumer?  This half-day workshop dives deep into the topic of identifying your routes to market, using a multi-channel approach to sales that provides the customer with a seamless shopping experience, no matter the channel they are buying from.  Hosted by ExportNZ and BNZ Partners, it is being held from 8.30am until 12pm on Wednesday 22 November at BNZ Partners, 639 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $110+GST for ExportNZ or EMA members and $220+GST for non-members.  For further information and to register, visit