News & Events
The Bay of Plenty region continues to grow and expand – but what and who are the key drivers behind this economic growth? Nigel Tutt, Chief Executive of Priority One, will discuss his perspective on our key growth drivers as well as the strategy behind Priority One’s economic activity and innovation platforms to increase the region’s prosperity and liveability. In addition, Jaine Lovell-Gadd, GM of City Transformation for Tauranga City Council, will provide an update on city transformation projects and a look into the future to see what it might hold for the city. This lunchtime event is being held from 12pm-2pm on Friday 2 June 2017 at the Tauranga Club, Level 5, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. For further information and to register, visit http://mailchi.mp/propertynz/property-council-nz-news_may?e=c272150960.
In New Zealand, Vodafone is the leading mobile provider covering 98.5% of New Zealand, with more than 2.3 million mobile customers. This Business After 5 event, hosted by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, will provide an opportunity for you to meet the Vodafone team at their new location at 575 Cameron Road. It is being held from 5.15pm-7pm on Wednesday 7 June. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1154&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
Sustainable Business Network, Tauranga City Council and Adding Sustainable Value are partnering to host Smart Business in the Western Bay, which will cover the following topics relating to sustainability that will be of interest to local businesses:
- Launch of SBN’s Smart Office Guide
- Adding Sustainable Value – smart business strategy course
- Million Metres Streams – the first waterway resto4ration project in the Bay
- Environmental Strategy for Businesses – launched by Tauranga City Council
- Insider tips to creating a winning entry in the 2017 NZI SBN Awards.
This event is being held from 5pm-7pm on Thursday 8 June 2017 at Sharp Tudhope, 152 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. There is no charge but registrations are essential at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/smart-business-in-the-western-bay-tickets-34557494396.
The third in the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce’s Brainy Lunch sessions will look at the benefits of an ageing workforce and provide tips on how to connect with this increasingly valuable demographic. Hosted by Cubro, guest speakers include Ciska Vogelzang, an organisational psychologist with a special interest in the ageing workforce, and Kate Ross, owner and founder of Wise Ones - a new website that connects the wise to the workforce. This event is being held from 12 noon until 2pm on Tuesday 13 June at Cubro, 149 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko. For further information and to register for this event, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1159&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The Business Women’s Network will be taking a look behind the scenes at the House of Science, at an event being held from 5.15pm-7pm on Tuesday 13 June. The founder and national CEO of the Science Charitable Trust, Chris Duggan, will show how this unique organisation that was established in Tauranga in 2014 is going from strength to strength. There will even be the opportunity to do some cool science experiments. For further information and to register for this event, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1150&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The next Small Business Tauranga event in the city centre is hosted by HR specialists and recruiters, Talent ID, and sponsored by Stratus Blue. Come along and enjoy a light breakfast and meet with other business owners and managers that are new to the city. There will also be an opportunity to promote your business through a 30 second elevator pitch. This event is being held from 7am-8.30am on Wednesday 14 June at Talent ID’s offices, Suite 2, 117 Willow Street, Tauranga. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1165&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The Institute of Directors is hosting an evening with Hon Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, who will be sharing his experiences of being part of the National-led government. Simon is also Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Transport, Minister for Communications, Associate Minister of Finance and Leader of the House. This event is being held from 5.30pm–7.30pm on Wednesday 14 June 2017 at the Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga. For further information and to register for this event, visit https://www.iod.org.nz/Branches-and-events/Bay-of-Plenty-Branch.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce a City Leaders’ Lunch is a chance to hear from some of the region's most influential people. This year the guest speakers are Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, Leader of the House, and Minister of Economic Development, Communication and Transport; Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless; and fairly new Chief Executive of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Dr Leon Fourie. They will talk about opportunities and challenges for Tauranga’s fast-growing economy and the future of tertiary education in the Bay. This event is being held from 12 noon until 2pm on Friday 16 June at the Trinity Wharf. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1151&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 90 minute workshop to help businesses that are considering entering this year’s Westpac Tauranga Business Awards. Attendees will hear about the benefits of entering the awards and be provided with insights on how to complete the entry form. This event is free to attend and is being held from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 20 June at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1166&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is hosting a networking lunch so people can make new contacts, rekindle old connections and get updated on what is going on in the local business environment. The event is being held from 12pm-1.30pm on Wednesday 21 June at Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Dr, Tauranga. The profits from the lunch will go towards the Women’s Refuge as an acknowledgement to Dr Ang Jury for her contribution to the recent 2017 Regional Business Women’s Conference. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1153&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The 2017 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards will be presented at a carnival-themed gala event on Friday 23 June 2017 at ASB Baypark, Mount Manganui. Tickets are available for tables of 10 or individually. This event is being held from 6pm on Friday 23 June at the Stadium Lounge, ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui and the theme is carnival or party/black tie. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bopexportnzawards.org.nz/buy-tickets.
Priority One’s ICT Cluster is partnering with Vodafone and NZ Police to host the first in a series of informal networking events focusing on innovation through technology. Being held from 5.30pm-7.00pm on Thursday 29 June in Ignition, 29 Grey Street, Tauranga, the topic for this event is ‘Delivering frontline solutions to the NZ Police through innovation and collaboration.’ Guest speakers include Lynda Burch, previously Mobility Programme Manager for NZ Police and currently manager of Tauranga City Council’s Co-Design and Innovation Lab; Karl Wright-St Clair from NZ Police; and Andrew Hitchfield from Vodafone. This event is free of charge, with refreshments sponsored by Vodafone, however registrations are essential to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Priority One, LinkT young professionals are hosting their next event at Trustpower’s iconic new head office building in Durham Street. Trustpower is one of the country's leading power retailers and one of region's largest employers. They have a state of the art working environment and a workforce of over 500 people. Join Emily Beaton, Community Relations Representative, and Jessica Bevin, Senior Advisor of Strategy and Regulation, to hear about their interesting and challenging careers to date. This event runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday 29 June. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1160&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The next Chamber of Commerce BA5 event is being hosted by Beca. Some regions are now using the "smart cities" approach to accelerate the development of their services, engage citizens, and improve both quality of life and the environment. The origins of the approach are around the availability of new technology, however lessons learnt show that technology alone won't bring the necessary vibrancy, wellbeing and social and economic outcomes that a “smart cities” approach can. Matt Ensor, the global “smart cities” leader for Beca will explain the approach, what's happening around the world, and include some examples of what could be relevant for the Western Bay of Plenty. This event runs from 5.15pm-7pm and is being held at 32 Harington Street. Tauranga. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1174&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The Business Women’s Network is hosting an event with Sara Lunam, Corporate Services Manager of the Port of Tauranga. Sara is involved across the business from human resources to providing assistance on operational and commercial matters. Her role includes the company's health and safety, risk management, industrial relations and human resources, ensuring the Port continues to attract top calibre staff. Sara will be sharing the experiences, learnings and challenges she has faced in her role as well as the opportunities she sees that lie ahead. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1155&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The Regional Business Market has a programme of speakers and workshops running throughout the day, as well as vendors showcasing their products and services. It starts in the morning with breakfast and the morning market, followed by lunch and the afternoon market – so you can come to just one session or stay the whole day. It runs from 7am-12pm and then from 12pm-5pm on Friday 7 July at ASB Baypark, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. For further information, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1177&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
ANZ is inviting business people to join them at a free workshop they are hosting that will empower you with the knowledge on the best way of marketing your products or services on the internet. The workshop will cover how Google ranks websites, tips on making your website more attractive to search engines and customers, how social media works and email marketing strategies. This event is part of Regional Business Market and is being held from 2.30-pm-4.30pm at ASB Baypark on Friday 7 July. For further information, visit https://bizhub.anz.co.nz/ and log on in the right hand corner of the website.
The Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand is holding a one day masterclass in Tauranga for executive assistants and administrative support professionals who are keen to learn the secrets of high performance administrative teams. “Be the Ultimate Assistant” is the gold standard for professional development specifically designed for administrative support staff which empowers assistants in both the soft and hard skills needed for the highly-evolving and demanding role in today's complicated workplace. The one day programme includes is split into two segments comprising:
- “Be the Ultimate Assistant: Be Ready for the Future” with Bonnie Low-Kramen
- “Timesaving (and jaw-dropping) Microsoft productivity tips” with Vickie Sokol Evans
For further information and to register, visit https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/event?id=161.
The next seminar in SmartGrowth’s ‘Smart Talk, Future Thinking’ series will feature economist Shamubeel Eaqub, who will discuss the current housing challenge. There will also be a panel discussion about the future of housing in the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region. This event is being held from 3pm-4.30pm on Tuesday 11 July at the suites at ASB Arena. There is no charge to attend, but attendees need to register at http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1176&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal. This event is supported by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Bay of Plenty branch of the Property Council New Zealand, and Priority One.
American food and agribusiness guru, Roland Fumasi, is one of the keynote speakers for Horticulture Conference 2017, which will run from 12-14 July at ASB Baypark. Roland is internationally renowned for his work with Rabobank's RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group, which has provided him with a good understanding of the consumer-led market that growers are providing for. Other speakers will cover future disruptors and managing issues such as Worksafe investigations, compliance and biosecurity at the border. There will also be trade displays and field trips that will be focusing on local companies doing innovative things in the horticulture sector. For further information, visit http://www.confer.co.nz/hortnz2017/.
Small Business Tauranga is a forum to help people new to the city meet others and link in with business networks. The next session is being hosted by Sierra Café at 525 Cameron Road, Tauranga. A light breakfast will be served and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet people and promote your business. This event runs from 7.30am-9.00am on Wednesday 12 July. For further information, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1184&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The next ‘Behind the Scenes’ event facilitated by Business Women’s Network will visit Guthrie Bowron, Tauranga, to hear about one woman's journey into the world of interior and exterior decorating products. Shelley Varnam will showcase paints and flooring, drapes and wallpapers, and show how than can transform homes and businesses. This is also a great opportunity to meet other local women in business. This event is being held from 5.15pm-7pm on Tuesday 25 July at 325 Cameron Road, Tauranga. For further information, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1175&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The LINKT young professionals group, supported by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Priority One, is hosting a social quiz night for their next event at the Crown & Badger in Tauranga’s city centre. Teams of four to six need to register to take part in this event, which runs from 5.10pm-8pm on Wednesday 26 July. There will be great entertainment, delicious platters of food and great prizes for the winning teams. For further information, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1185&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
Property management company, Quinovic Tauranga, is the host for the next Small Business Tauranga Breakfast Connect event, to be held in Tauranga’s city centre. Owners Cliff and Juli Tolley have used their own experiences as property investors in both the US and New Zealand to enhance their service delivery through Quinovic Tauranga. This event provides an opportunity for those new to Tauranga to meet with other local business owners, enjoy a light breakfast and provide a 30-second introduction to their business. It is being held from 7.30am-9am on Wednesday 26 July at the Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1190&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
If it’s time to take your business to the next level, come along to hear Marisa Fong, co-founder of The Madison Group and Victoria Dixon, Westpac’s Senior Manager of Digital Ventures talk first-hand how a SME become a publicly listed company in only a few years and the new global tech trends that will be key to success in 2017 and beyond. The Westpac Business Growth Grants are an initiative to help upcoming Kiwi businesses reach their potential. If your business or one you know has a plan to grow, then a Westpac Business Growth Grant could help you reach your goal. This free event is open to all business owners in the Bay. It runs from 8am-9.30am on Friday 28 July. For further information, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1180&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.