News & Events

Groundswell - the Bay's inaugural innovation festival
7 August 2017

The inaugural Groundswell festival of innovation will showcase how people and businesses in the Bay are leading the way through innovation.  The week-long series of events will reinforce the culture of innovation that is fundamental to our region’s future as a centre of excellence on a regional and international level and its ability to attract skilled talent, organisations and investment.  Groundswell will bring together new and established events, thought leaders, businesses and organisations with a common goal to encourage collaboration, conversations and connections.  There will be presentations, workshops, networking events, open days, exhibitions and forums.  Groundswell is being held from 7-13 August 2017 and is being organised by Priority One with support from Callaghan Innovation, Bay of Connections and innovators and groups across the Bay of Plenty community.  Be among the first to know when the schedule and tickets for the event are released by signing up to

Innovation seen through the eyes of athletes, astronauts and pirates
10 August 2017

What’s it like to design a cushion for Nike Air, or work on the Mars space mission, or create a children’s storybook about a pirate that can test whether a child can see?  You can find out about these things and more at this year’s YiA Innovation Forum, hosted by Priority One.  The line-up of speakers includes ex-NASA aerospace engineer and current Silicon Valley CEO, Sinead O’Sullivan; Nike’s innovation developer and ex Tauranga Boys’ College student, Wade Flanagan;  and brand innovation guru and managing director of TBWA Group, Catherine Harris.  The YiA Forum is being held from 7am-9.30am on Thursday 10 August at Classic Flyers.  There are only 100 tickets available, so visit to purchase tickets.

State of the Economy: hear from the Reserve Bank
15 August 2017

Save this date to hear from the government-owned Reserve Bank of New Zealand on the New Zealand economy and monetary matters.  The event is being held from 8am-10am on Tuesday 15 August at ASB Baypark, Mount Maunganui.  Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.  To register for this event, email

Tarnished Frocks & Divas presents Zoetica - life, passion, bravery
30 August 2017

Held every two years, five performances of the iconic Tarnished Frocks and Divas will take place from 30 August until 2 September at ASB Baypark.  The performances celebrate women and feature models and performers who are all aged 40 or over – many who have never modelled, sung or acted in public before. This year’s theme is Zoetica, signalling life, passion and bravery, will focus on fabulous fashion designs inspired by the 1980s – a time when women were entering the corporate world with their shoulder pads and big hair.  To book tickets, visit