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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...
Young growers sought to showcase skills
Young growers sought to showcase skills
Growers from the BOP, Waikato & Northland invited to compete Horticultural competition to find BOP’s best young talent Future horticulture leaders to be challenged Do you know a talented young fruit or vegetable grower? Applications are now being accepted from across...
The sky’s the limit: Thirty Eight Elizabeth and Elizabeth Towers unveiled
The sky’s the limit: Thirty Eight Elizabeth and Elizabeth Towers unveiled
Monday, 30 November 2020: Thirty Eight Elizabeth was the name on everyone’s lips as the branding for the much-anticipated $200 million Farmers Tauranga Development was unveiled at a breakfast event in Tauranga. The destination, including the new Farmers flagship store and other select retail...
Further education with Fruition Horticulture
Further education with Fruition Horticulture
Information from Fruition Horticulture (BOP) Ltd (Nov 2020)   He Turanga Mo Te Mahi – Foundation for Employment in Horticulture (Level 2) He Tūranga Mō Te Mahi is a 16-week programme available to youth aged 16-19 years, who are not engaged in education or employment...
Sharing knowledge and experience to develop business leaders
Sharing knowledge and experience to develop business leaders
Conceptualised and brought to life by Veros founder and director, Peter Williams, My Development successfully connects staff at Veros with business mentors from the community – enabling discussions with a focus on the personal development of the participant. Peter has recently opened the door...
Instep Principals’ Day Out showcasing regional innovation
Instep Principals’ Day Out showcasing regional innovation
Instep has partnered with some leading WBOP businesses to host our local secondary school principals for another epic Principals’ Day Out. This year’s theme was easy to choose given the far-reaching impact of Covid-19; innovation – and especially the importance of utilising the...
Post-earthquake strategies prove successful against pandemic disruption 
Post-earthquake strategies prove successful against pandemic disruption 
Recently, an expansion occurred bringing Velocity to sunny Tauranga. Founding Partner Graham Goodisson started Velocity Financial nearly 20 years ago in Wellington. Velocity brought a people-focused and holistic service offering to the Bay alongside the contingency plan that kept business stable...
The buzz about Harris Tate
The buzz about Harris Tate
Harris Tate is not just any old law firm.  They are the proud hosts of two beehives, which are located on-site at their Brown Street office.  Alan Tate, one of Harris Tate’s founding partners, supplies the hives and uses honey from his own hives to share with Harris Tate...
Bay of Plenty post-harvest facility prepares for Stage 4 expansion
Bay of Plenty post-harvest facility prepares for Stage 4 expansion
Confidence in the kiwifruit industry’s export growth is fuelling Mount Pack & Cool’s plans to charge ahead with new investment in innovation and increased packing and storage capacity at its 6.5ha site at the Tauriko Business Estate. In January, the privately-owned company will...
Step up to management with new Level 6 Diploma in Horticulture Production
Step up to management with new Level 6 Diploma in Horticulture Production
An exciting new programme is available for people working in horticulture to advance their careers and take on management roles. The New Zealand Diploma in Horticulture Production is a Level 6 NZQA-accredited course available online and nationwide through Fruition Horticulture. The fees-free...
Reserve Bank breakfast briefing summary
Reserve Bank breakfast briefing summary
Priority One was pleased to host Yuong Ha, Chief Economist and Head of Economics at The Reserve Bank of New Zealand last week. Yuong shared the current outlook on New Zealand’s economic activity and discussed the bank's role in stimulating economic recovery. Yuong explained the context...
Social bonds in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic
Social bonds in demand amid Covid-19 pandemic
The Global Market for Social Bonds Social bonds are a rapidly growing part of the international investment market, allowing investors to help fund projects with positive social outcomes. These include affordable housing, infrastructure, education, and health care. They are part of the wider...
Ramp It Up! Connecting youth with vocational pathways
Ramp It Up! Connecting youth with vocational pathways
How many of us have ended up where we planned when we were 16 years old? It is easy to take for granted our unexpected and often eventful path to a meaningful career especially with the amount of information, opportunities, and networks currently available. However, with this increase in choice...
Innovation – It’s in our DNA
Innovation – It’s in our DNA
Inspiring rangatahi towards tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship is what Ko Maui Hangarau (KMH) is all about. KMH is a high-powered summit featuring some of the best Māori Tech Innovators and Entrepreneurs from around Aotearoa, New Zealand. Beginning its life as part of Tauranga’s...
Zane leads the way into trades
Zane leads the way into trades
As this year’s handover breakfast, Instep Young Leaders announced their plans for 2021 to close the final handover event, Papamoa College’s Zane Gibbs drew the biggest applause of the bunch. Zane is taking up a building apprenticeship locally with NAS Construction. In a group...
Changing of the guard: Young Leaders' Handover Breakfast
Changing of the guard: Young Leaders' Handover Breakfast
The 2020 Instep Young Leaders' Forum has been brought to a close with Priority One hosting the final Handover Breakfast, welcoming new leaders aboard for 2021 while farewelling those departing their schools for new adventures. The students were introduced to a design-thinking activity...
Decades of opportunities: Bay of Plenty Regional Council provides practical learning to students
Decades of opportunities: Bay of Plenty Regional Council provides practical learning to students
For nearly 30 summers Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council has provided an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their potential future career as part of its Summer Experience Programme. It’s a popular programme. With just 32 positions available for 2020/21, there were...
Meet the talented judging panel of YiA 2020
Meet the talented judging panel of YiA 2020
Dr Rosie Bosworth, Vaughan Fergusson, Melissa Woods, and Alex McCall generously gave their time to judge the 10th Young Innovator Awards. Their efforts were greatly appreciated amongst all involved including students, stakeholders, and attendees. We caught up with each of the judges to hear...
Award winners of YiA 2020
Award winners of YiA 2020
Intermediate Innovator Patience, Noah Ball, Aquinas College Year 8 student Noah Ball developed a contactless pairing system for doctors and patients, allowing medical practices to be notified when patients had arrived for an appointment under lockdown conditions. The system of having patients...
10 YiAs!
10 YiAs!
The 10th edition of the Young Innovator Awards has gone down as one of the best after the competition pivoted to enable online participation during the nation’s first COVID-19 lockdown. Themed Students Against COVID-19 , what has usually been a three-month jog became a five-week sprint as...
PCTI: The manufacturing process through project-based learning
PCTI: The manufacturing process through project-based learning
This year marks the fourth year for Pacific Coast Technical Institute’s Manufacturing Trades Academy. The programme is delivered to students from local secondary schools including Waihi, Te Puke, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Girls’ and Boys’ College. The focus of the Academy is to...
An environmentally aware distillery and its connection to New Zealand nature
An environmentally aware distillery and its connection to New Zealand nature
Simply Pure is a locally based distillery who have connected their products to the nature of New Zealand. Two products – Black Robin Rare Gin and Blue Duck Rare Vodka – are named giving tribute to two New Zealand birds. Simply Pure proudly declare their policies to be sustainable and to...
The buzz around kombucha
The buzz around kombucha
Good Buzz Kombucha was founded by Alex and Amber Campbell and their three children back in 2014, in Wellington. Amber began making Kombucha for Alex after he gave up alcohol 10 years ago. After multiple requests from friends for more kombucha, they decided to go all in and start a family...
Local entrepreneur makes Rad Food
Local entrepreneur makes Rad Food
Hannah was only 21 years old when she started her entrepreneurial journey in the Bay of Plenty with Real Rad Food. She had been inspired by her part-time role at a café whilst studying geography at the University of Auckland. Hannah’s Instagram page was filled with drool-worthy yet...
Tauranga business riding post-COVID wave
Tauranga business riding post-COVID wave
Tauranga-based social media agency Likeable Lab has significantly increased in size after the acquisition of Hamilton agency LeadSocial.   This comes after a challenging few months which saw Likeable Lab lose a large percentage of its revenue in the first week of the nationwide...
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard jobs over coming months
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard jobs over coming months
  14,500 people required to prepare BOP orchards for the 2021 harvest Kiwi job seekers encouraged to work on kiwifruit orchards over coming month Over 14,500 people will be required on kiwifruit orchards across the Bay of Plenty over the coming summer months to prepare...
"You've never seen the coastal Bay of Plenty like this before"
A new marketing campaign for the Coastal Bay of Plenty has launched, aimed at showcasing the depth of experiences on offer and to show "we are more than just beaches." Developed by Tourism Bay of Plenty, the campaign entices New Zealanders to discover the significant cultural stories and...
City Art Walk
City Art Walk
Tauranga’s city centre is jam packed with an array of public artworks. From tidal stairs, to famous pooches, and some of the best street art in the country. Grab the kids, your best friend or nana, it’s time to discover some of the stories and meanings behind the art in the city! CITY...
Kiwifruit industry offers more free training
Kiwifruit industry offers more free training
  Potential employees get insight into summer season kiwifruit orchard jobs Opportunity for further training in kiwifruit jobs New Zealanders encouraged to join booming industry   A new NZKGI-led, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) funded initiative is about...
Instep - Beca Engineering Day
Instep - Beca Engineering Day
Instep saw 65 WBOP students attend the annual Beca Engineering Day. Students heard from Engineers from a wide range of specialities and did activities to test their skills. The students also had a tour of the University of Waikato – Tauranga building where the students learnt about the...
NZ’s largest mixed-use development on-track for 2021 completion
NZ’s largest mixed-use development on-track for 2021 completion
The biggest private development outside of Auckland, the $200 million Farmers Tauranga Development is due to be completed in late 2021, with 97 high-end apartments and 23 luxury townhouses to go on the market. “As with many industries across New Zealand, we have experienced significant...
Page Macrae Engineering - Female Engineering Success
Page Macrae Engineering - Female Engineering Success
Page Macrae Engineering are proud to highlight one of its female engineering apprentices.    My name is Manaea Anderson. I am 20 years old, born and raised in Te Teko, but now living in Tauranga. My interest in engineering began last year at the New...
Training the workforce of tomorrow
Training the workforce of tomorrow
Page Macrae Engineering is well-known for its engineering prowess with a portfolio of diverse clients from around the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand and globally. What is less known, is the extent the team go to ensuring there is a steady stream of well-trained and...
Future of Work
Future of Work
One of the many hats that Priority One wears is enabling Tauranga moana to be future-focussed. In a nutshell, we’re looking ahead 10, 20, 30 years (and beyond) to ensure our workforce will meet labour demand. Alex Barrett is Priority One’s Future of Work Advisor, she works alongside...
Global reach from Tauranga for Beca
Global reach from Tauranga for Beca
One of Asia-Pacific’s largest professional services consultancies is quietly creating and designing innovative projects for global clients – all from downtown Tauranga. This year, Beca celebrates its centenary year. Employing 3,500 people globally, with around 280 people in Tauranga,...
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