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Great stuff happening in New Zealand media
Great stuff happening in New Zealand media
Last Friday, the CEO and owner of Stuff, Sinead Boucher presented at Trinity Wharf Tauranga for over 50 of our members. Sinead took over the ownership of Stuff in May 2020, during the height of the global pandemic, for just $1.  Throughout the presentation, Sinead had a warm presence...
Young Leaders getting on board with public transport planning
Young Leaders getting on board with public transport planning
Bay of Plenty Regional Council was delighted to host the Instep Young Leaders' Forum this month, which brought together thirty local secondary students to discuss public transport in Tauranga and the Western Bay. Regional Council was seeking student feedback to help improve the bus network and...
Hotel Armitage invests to bring business to the Bay
Hotel Armitage invests to bring business to the Bay
Tauranga’s Hotel Armitage has revamped and renovated its conference centre in a bid to “bring business to the Bay”, said Nicolas Caffardo, Prime Hotels Group General Manager. More than $200,000 has been spent upgrading the hotel’s two large conference facilities to include...
Attracting the best ‘tech talent’ to the Bay
Attracting the best ‘tech talent’ to the Bay
With our nationwide unemployment rate sitting at 4.9% for the December quarter, well below where many predicted, a range of employers across the Western Bay of Plenty are facing challenges getting the right people into jobs. It’s something that’s being felt particularly in the Tech...
yia! internship insight!
yia! internship insight!
Noah Bell of Aquinas College found out about yia! through his school and “decided to give it a shot over lockdown to see if my ideas could be put to use". Little did he know that later in the year he’d be the yia! 2020 intermediate winner. Noah was thrilled and shocked when he...
Farmer Autovillage leads the electric charge in the Bay of Plenty
Farmer Autovillage leads the electric charge in the Bay of Plenty
The future of electric vehicle rapid-charging has already become reality at Farmer Autovillage with the installation of the very first 175kW DC fast charger in the Bay of Plenty. Installed with co-funding from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF), which is administered by EECA...
Looking for an impactful opportunity where you can make a difference in our community?
Looking for an impactful opportunity where you can make a difference in our community?
Submitted by The Acorn Foundation: The Acorn Foundation is looking for a full-time Marketing superstar to join our small and busy team. A recent staff change to a new role and the foundation’s very rapid growth have led to this opening. Acorn is a community foundation based...
yia registrations are officially open for 2021!
yia registrations are officially open for 2021!
Young Innovator Awards (yia) 2021 registrations are officially open for 2021! The 2021 Launch went off in true yia fashion with a room full of passionate people ready to get behind our rangatahi. Things are looking a little different this year for yia with the launch of our new brand. This...
Tertiary enrolments rise 15 per cent at Toi Ohomai across the Bay of Plenty
Tertiary enrolments rise 15 per cent at Toi Ohomai across the Bay of Plenty
Enrolments are rising across the region's tertiary institutes causing some to create extra classes to accommodate demand. But the Tertiary Education Union believe more staff were needed to help the ever-growing student numbers. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology had 5250 enrolled...
Navigating opportunity in the space of flexible working, digital transformation and people wellness
Navigating opportunity in the space of flexible working, digital transformation and people wellness
When it comes to exploring the space of flexible working, it is fascinating to see the focus on the structure of time; exploring an optimum ‘flexible workweek split’ is a common focus for employers. Yet at the crux of all workplace performance analysis, is the need to be looking at the...
Young Leaders have their say on Hello Future District
Young Leaders have their say on Hello Future District
This month saw the launch of 2021’s Instep Young Leaders' Forum. Following a two day noho, students were invited by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to Te Puke for a breakfast event. Alongside delicious food, the breakfast included a rundown on how local government...
Canstaff recruitment office opens in Tauranga, helping to fill the gaps for both employers and employees
Canstaff recruitment office opens in Tauranga, helping to fill the gaps for both employers and employees
Local recruitment and labour-hire specialist Canstaff has opened a new office in Mt Maunganui, focusing on getting local people into work in the construction, manufacturing and logistics sectors.  Canstaff Sales Manager, Mark Greenstreet, saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between...
Driving program supports young people on the road
Driving program supports young people on the road
A life-changing Blue Light programme that supports young people to get their driver’s licence is appealing for more volunteers to help get them driving safely on the road. A driver's licence is something most of us take for granted. However, for many, there are barriers to obtaining a...
Free career guidance sessions coming to New Zealanders
Free career guidance sessions coming to New Zealanders
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has partnered with Ara Rau – Pathways to Work to hold one-to-one sessions twice a week from Wednesday, 17th March 2021and will continue through to the end of June, at Ara Rau’s employment hub in Tauranga CBD. TEC is funding a free career advice...
Supporting Future Leaders in the Western Bay
Supporting Future Leaders in the Western Bay
Selected students from our 11 WBOP secondary schools gathered at Whareroa Marae, Mt Maunganui for a 2-day noho to kick off the 2021 Instep Young Leaders’ Forum this week. After opening with a full pōwhiri  - attended by school staff representatives, local council elected members and...
The Aviator Experience – from Tauranga to the world
The Aviator Experience – from Tauranga to the world
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly a military fast jet or a World War II fighter? The Aviator Experience is the first military flight simulator company in NZ and is based right here in Tauranga. The immersive virtual reality experience allows users to pretend to be Chuck Yeager,...
Call goes out for kiwifruit pickers and packers
Call goes out for kiwifruit pickers and packers
The first kiwifruit will be picked off the vines this week and growers across the country anticipate needing around 23,000 workers for the harvest. The harvest runs through till June and is expected to produce even more than last year’s record of 157 million trays of Green and Gold. New...
Dale Carnegie and the changes in training
Dale Carnegie and the changes in training
2020 completely flipped nearly every industry on its side. It required us as a professional training company to step back and assess how we’d be able to continue to best serve our customers under new circumstances. The pandemic fueled a digital transformation for our company and changed our...
Implications for TECT on Trustpower strategic review
Implications for TECT on Trustpower strategic review
On 28 January 2021, Trustpower announced they would undertake a strategic review of their retail business, including a potential sale. Whilst no decision on whether to sell the business has yet been made by Trustpower, their decision to review the business has implications for the Tauranga Energy...
Property and community leaders strive for the betterment of Tauranga
Property and community leaders strive for the betterment of Tauranga
Following a collective concern from Tauranga businesses, property and community leaders launched Tauranga’s own Urban Task Force (UTF). The incorporated society plans to provide strong leadership, advocacy, and positive change for the betterment of the community. In short, UTF’s...
Proud local company creating ideas that change everything
Proud local company creating ideas that change everything
The day before something is a breakthrough, to most people it’s a crazy idea. Not to Virtuo, it is where they operate on a daily basis. Virtuo is a genuine Bay of Plenty innovation company, that works on special projects of high importance for many brands, both here in New Zealand and...
Design Thinking for Business Impact
Design Thinking for Business Impact
In a world where we are continually told to come armed with solutions, a short course being offered in the Bay of Plenty is encouraging participants to come with problems and no preconceived ideas of how to solve them. The short course, Design Thinking for Business Impact, is being offered by the...
New Chair for Priority One
New Chair for Priority One
Ex Trustpower Senior Executive, Simon Clarke has been appointed as the new Chair of Priority One. Clarke was appointed by the Priority One Board post its AGM in December and takes over from Brett Hewlett. “I’m really excited to be taking over as Chair from Brett who has done such a...
Appointment of commission to Tauranga City Council
Appointment of commission to Tauranga City Council
The transfer of power at the Tauranga City Council occurred on Wednesday, 9 February 2021. The public-elected councillors now have no official responsibility and can no longer act in their roles. Appointed by the Government, a four-person commission has replaced the remaining public-elected...
Secondary school careers staff collaborate for change
Secondary school careers staff collaborate for change
As the world transforms from traditional organisational structures to modern structures - characterised by fewer boundaries and focusing more on collaboration – there are challenges seen arise from this structural change. Not surprisingly, New Zealand is facing similar changes and our schools...
Oriens Capital partners with Hamilton based IVS Group
Oriens Capital partners with Hamilton based IVS Group
The Oriens Capital Private Equity Fund LP has agreed to an unconditional investment transaction into Hamilton based IVS Group Holdings (IVS). The transaction will see Oriens Capital partner with IVS Group’s founder, Peter Webb, and his family interests. Peter will remain CEO of the Group...
Sure to see success in employment relations
Sure to see success in employment relations
Founded in 2011 by British-born Edward Mallett, Employsure began its journey. Early in 2010, Mallett had moved to Australia from the UK with his family, after turning his back on a lucrative career as an employment relations barrister. Frustrated by an outdated model that charged high legal fees...
Ara Rau launches into 2021
Ara Rau launches into 2021
Ara Rau officially launched their skills and employment hub to the public on the 18th November 2020. With the support of many local MPs, businesses, and community service providers, it was a great way to kick off an exciting community-led initiative. Once the hub was open for business, Jay and...
Backing the Bay – 120 reasons to celebrate
Backing the Bay – 120 reasons to celebrate
As one of Bay of Plenty’s largest and most accomplished law firms, Holland Beckett Law have had many reasons to celebrate in their 83-year tenure. None more than surviving a near-disaster during March April 2020 Lockdown Level 4.  As COVID-19 slammed the brakes on the nation...
Veros appoints new shareholding partners
Veros appoints new shareholding partners
Veros closed out 2020 by announcing the appointment of two new standout shareholding partners, Adele Hadfield and Paul Spurdle, who join the leadership team at Veros. The appointments build on the depth and unique skill set of the team at Veros as the company increases its capability across the...
Priority One Annual General Meeting
Priority One Annual General Meeting
Priority One’s Annual General Meeting. was held on Monday 14th of December. We took this meeting as an opportunity to present a strategy to create better economic prosperity in this region.  We can do this by creating more value through a focus on building our innovation ecosystem, and...
Brett-xit
Brett-xit
At the Priority One Annual General Meeting, we farewelled our Chair, Brett Hewlett.  After 5 years at the helm, Brett has decided not to stand again for re-election.  Brett has been an inspirational Chair for Priority One, lending substantial commercial expertise and showing a keen...
Change and success through kaitiakitanga
Change and success through kaitiakitanga
As a collective, Tūhono Whenua Horticulture aims to grow leadership, capability, and support services for Māori across the horticulture industry. Their latest project Ka Matau, Ka Ora, led by Stacey Mareroa-Roberts, has demonstrated that systems change with action. “The project followed a...
Toi Ohomai offers distribution cadetship
Toi Ohomai offers distribution cadetship
With the aim of supporting Bay of Plenty’s local logistics industry, Toi Ohomai is offering a version of its New Zealand Certificate in Distribution (Level 3) course, specifically to those already working in the industry. The distribution cadetship is designed for students who have recently...
STEM HQ hosts final month of hands-on science fun
STEM HQ hosts final month of hands-on science fun
New Zealand’s budding scientists are being encouraged not to miss out on free, festive, family-friendly STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activity, with the STEM HQ Discovery Centre in Tauranga set to finish its season this month (December).   Whether...
The game-changing splint for newborns
The game-changing splint for newborns
One of the many R&D projects that MWDesign are involved with, is the Pepi Splint. The Pepi Splint came about when Waikato Hospital NICU approached MWDesign after a traumatic event occurred with a premature baby. Most babies who are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit require a peripheral...
Proposed partnership to boost research in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry
Proposed partnership to boost research in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry
Zespri and Plant & Food Research aim to extend New Zealand’s position as the world’s most innovative and successful kiwifruit exporter. A new proposal has been announced by Zespri and Plant & Food Research (PFR) to improve the New Zealand kiwifruit industry’s new cultivar...
Instep: Deputy Principals build local business relationships
Instep: Deputy Principals build local business relationships
Supporting recent government initiatives aimed at promoting vocational pathways, Instep recently launched its first Deputy Principals’ Day Out. Focussed on the diverse and connected Western Bay of Plenty employment ecosystem, we welcomed secondary school senior leaders to visit four local...
Tauranga-based software goes global
Tauranga-based software goes global
Founded in 2013 by Hadleigh Ford, SwipedOn has seen substantial growth in its seven years; from a side project while Hadleigh worked in the marine industry, to being acquired by a listed company, now with 40 employees located globally. While working on superyachts, Hadleigh realised the need for a...
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