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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,...
Ara Rau – Pathways to Work
Ara Rau – Pathways to Work
Earlier this year, Priority One was successful in partnering with Government to create a community-led skills and employment hub. Named Ara Rau – Pathways to Work, the hub is a one-stop shop where people of all ages and stages can obtain all the information they need regarding employment,...
Ōpōtiki aquaculture investment update
Ōpōtiki aquaculture investment update
A little further south-east of our rohe is the small coastal town of Ōpōtiki (9,720 population) – a town which has been in much need of some TLC.   At the end of February, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced the Provincial Growth Fund would be investing $79.7...
Opportunity for NZ Tech companies to explore opportunities in South Korea
Opportunity for NZ Tech companies to explore opportunities in South Korea
The Kiwi Chamber in South Korea have been running a programme over several years to connect the world-class technology ecosystems of NZ and Korea.  Through this initiative NZ exporters have been able to develop and strengthen their market position in Korea by acquiring new customers, forging...
Changing lives and businesses
Changing lives and businesses
In 2018, Accenture Research in the US released a report[1] that left many business leaders scratching their heads. The research into disability practices and financial performance found that businesses utilising best practices for employing and supporting people with disabilities outperformed their...
Regional Aquaculture Strategy update
Regional Aquaculture Strategy update
Established in 2009, the Regional Aquaculture Organisation (RAO) was established to implement the Bay of Plenty Aquaculture Strategy, the first Bay of Connections sector strategy. An updated strategy was developed in 2018. Supported by Bay of Connections, the collaborative group has gone from...
Algal bloom offers lucrative potential
Algal bloom offers lucrative potential
Established in December 2011, the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station is now somewhat of a mainstay at Sulphur Point, expanding its footprint to meet the growing demand for environmental monitoring, teaching and coastal and marine research. The most recent addition to the...
Marine Discovery Tour
Marine Discovery Tour
Priority One and Toi Kai Rawa have partnered to deliver Māori STEAM discovery tours across the wider Bay of Plenty. Last Friday a group of 30 rangatahi Māori gathered at the Tauranga Fish and Dive Club to explore some of the many opportunities available to them in the Aquamarine Primary...
Toi Moana Summer Experience- Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Toi Moana Summer Experience- Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Toi Moana Summer Experience- Bay of Plenty Regional Council Our Toi Moana Summer Experience Programme (previously our Summer Student Programme) has been successfully running for 29 years, because we believe the best place to learn is on the job. This year we acknowledge the impact COVID-19 has had...
Drones testing water quality at popular beaches
Drones testing water quality at popular beaches
Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP), a New-Zealand-wide engineering and environmental consultancy with its roots in Tauranga, has recently been sending out its waterproof drones to test the water quality of Auckland’s beaches. PDP’s drones offer a safer and cheaper alternative to...
Climate change: How the kiwifruit industry is responding
Climate change: How the kiwifruit industry is responding
Climate change is impacting how kiwifruit are grown as well as supply chains and consumer expectations around the world. Carol Ward, Zespri Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer and newly elected member of the Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board, explains that Zespri is committed to...
Bayfair Shopping Centre
Bayfair Shopping Centre
Bayfair Shopping Centre has been raising the bar for sustainability in commerce and the community for the better part of a decade. Its three key environmental impact areas (energy, water, waste) are proactively managed through collaboration and education to create an understanding that small...
TAIAO Project
TAIAO Project
The TAIAO (Time-Evolving Data Science / Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science) Project is a $13 million environmental data science programme funded by MBIE. The programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury, Beca and...
Innovation transforms port logistics supply chain
Innovation transforms port logistics supply chain
Tauranga-headquartered port logistics company ISO Limited, continues its investment in world-leading technology to transform the safety and efficiency of its port logistics supply chain, with the addition of four mobile harbour cranes at its operation in Mount Maunganui for use on the Mount...
Monthly Economic Monitor - August
Monthly Economic Monitor - August
Last month we showed a relatively solid return to business as usual. New information for the quarter ended June 2020 confirms the same, with a drop of only 1% in GDP, which is very heartening under difficult circumstances. While most of the statistics you’ll see in this report are relatively...
Summary of available employer support initiatives
Summary of available employer support initiatives
Regional Apprenticeships Initiative Wage subsidies and funding available for pastoral care if you are a business looking to take on less than ten new apprentices. Māori Trades and Training Fund Funding available for trainee wages, pastoral care and administration costs if you are a Māori...
Ko Maui Hangarau
Ko Maui Hangarau
Ko te tino whainga o tēnei kaupapa, kia tūwhera ngā mata rangatahi ki ngā āheinga o te ao Hangarau, o te ao Auaha, o te ao Matihiko, o te ao Pakihi. Tokomaha ngā kaikōrero Māori i tū ki te atamira ki te kawe i a rātou kōrero. Ko Nikora Ngaropo, Hiria Te Rangi, Clayton Low, Dan Walker,...
WNT Ventures launches Fund 3
WNT Ventures launches Fund 3
New Zealand’s deep tech sector is growing – and growing fast – and while the economic impact of COVID-19 presents some challenges, Tauranga-based venture capital firm and technology incubator, WNT Ventures, believes there is still significant opportunity to build excellent...
Quayside passes $100m in regional investment assets
Quayside passes $100m in regional investment assets
Quayside Holdings, the commercial investment arm of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, is well known for its majority holding in our regional jewel, the Port of Tauranga. Lesser known is the impact of the endowment style investment assets that Quayside operates outside of its Port...
Second fund on horizon after successful first run
Second fund on horizon after successful first run
Tauranga’s private capital investors, Oriens Capital, is considering raising its second fund after a successful four years investing in New Zealand businesses, actively helping them succeed in their chosen markets.  Oriens Capital was established in 2016 with the help of local investor...
Greater interest in impact investing to drive social and environmental change
Greater interest in impact investing to drive social and environmental change
Purpose Capital, New Zealand’s largest impact investment fund, is attracting increasing interest from high-profile organisations and individuals who are looking to drive social and environmental change and aid in the country’s recovery from COVID-19. The Tauranga-based fund launched...
BOP Angel Investment set to weather the COVID-19 storm
BOP Angel Investment set to weather the COVID-19 storm
Tauranga-based Enterprise Angels investors are looking to support exciting new ventures and high-impact projects that will contribute to New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery. Bill Murphy, Enterprise Angels founder and Executive Chairman, says if the previous financial crisis of 2008 is anything...
Priority One Business Breakfast - Meet the Future
Priority One Business Breakfast - Meet the Future
On Wednesday 29th July Priority One, in partnership with the University of Waikato, hosted a business breakfast titled Meet the Future. Priority One members, representatives from the 11 Western Bay of Plenty secondary schools and tertiary providers were on the guest list. The theme Meet the...
Young Leaders reflect on privilege
Young Leaders reflect on privilege
The University of Waikato in Tauranga has hosted the latest Instep Young Leaders Forum breakfast, introducing the students to the field of Environmental Psychology. Associate Professor Taciano Milfont – a global leader in the field - explained that Environmental Psychology seeks to utilise...
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