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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...
Focus on affordable homes
Focus on affordable homes
Classic Builders is the second-largest, privately owned, residential construction company in New Zealand, with its headquarters based in the Bay of Plenty for nearly 25 years.  After a “brutal” five weeks of lockdown, work has more or less returned to normal for...
Ideal time for trades training
Ideal time for trades training
Now is the ideal time to consider a career in the construction industry, according to Ella Dunlop, Priority One’s Vocational Coordinator. The Government’s investment into trades training makes it is a strong career option for school leavers or those considering a change. Ella says many...
Optimistic about the future
Optimistic about the future
There is no denying that COVID has changed the landscape, but Generation Homes Tauranga Managing Director, Lyndon Marshall, remains optimistic about the future outlook – so much so he has taken on staff since lockdown. This week marks 12 years since Lyndon bought into the business and he...
Reinventing customer service
Reinventing customer service
Trimax Mowing Systems is a local business well known for winning export and innovation awards for their range of mowing products. The company is better known to its customers for its outstanding focus on customer support. That customer focus saw the team expand their New Zealand operations in the...
PlantTech Research Institute
PlantTech Research Institute
If you thought Artificial Intelligence (AI) was something for the movies, you can think again. Nestled in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD are a team of researchers who are utilising the power of AI to create transformative solutions that are revolutionising our horticulture sector. PlantTech...
A complete digital solution
A complete digital solution
Ballance Agri-Nutrients invests in an extensive program of regional and national insights research to make sure they understand and address the current and future needs of their customers. This work also helps them to deliver a leading customer experience. Understanding how they are performing in...
Global HR leader at Amazon and Microsoft, now living in Tauranga
Global HR leader at Amazon and Microsoft, now living in Tauranga
John Olsen spent 7 years at Amazon in a number of roles including being the Global HR leader for Amazon’s fulfilment, delivery operations, and customer service. He also led HR at Amazon for high growth products such Alexa and Kindle. Prior to Amazon John spent 7 years working as a Global HR...
Economic Monitor July 2020
Economic Monitor July 2020
Welcome to the first edition of our monthly Economic Monitor which we hope will provide you with useful insights into how the Western Bay’s economy is tracking. In this edition we’ve focused on key indicators that help us understand the impacts of COVID-19 and the factors that will...
Innovation with Instep: Ten years of YiA
Innovation with Instep: Ten years of YiA
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the world famous in the Western Bay Young Innovator Awards. Since 2010, over 3,000 students from across our 11 local secondary schools have entered their creative solutions to real-world problems, developing their innovation skills to thrive in a rapidly...
Bluelab - Innovating
Bluelab - Innovating
We caught up with Bluelab’s Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Jono Jones, to talk us through the recent brand update and their new purpose: the art of growing for a healthier world. With a head office based in Tauranga, Bluelab is a multiple award-winning market leader, designing,...
Digital solution signs the deal
Digital solution signs the deal
It was an exciting day for the Page Macrae Port Equipment team as two newly completed dust-controlled hoppers were loaded onto a specialist heavy load ship to begin their four week journey to Taiwan. Under construction since October 2019, the two hoppers were completed and passed the Factory...
Innovation in Conservation
Innovation in Conservation
Local environmental tech start-up, ECT (Environment & Conservation Technologies Ltd), is tracking for a busy year ahead with several new developments in the conservation and biosecurity space. The company is already hitting international headlines with their automated pest killing devices and...
Tauranga Moana Ferry
Tauranga Moana Ferry
During the past 12 months Priority One, the Economic Development Agency for the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region, has led a collaborative process between Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency to understand...
Kiwi ingenuity ‘silent’ adventure
Kiwi ingenuity ‘silent’ adventure
In early 2014, Kiwis Daryl Neal and Anthony Clyde saw a gap in the market for a new category of ‘utility electric vehicle’ (UEV) after 10 years in the industry. The concept was a 2-wheel drive electric, lightweight, utility vehicle – simply, a vehicle that would transform the way...
Tauranga-based Kiwi Bus Builders tackle carbon emission reduction
Tauranga-based Kiwi Bus Builders tackle carbon emission reduction
Kiwi Bus Builders aren’t letting a global pandemic slow them down and are gearing up operations to fulfil a contract which will see more electric vehicle (EV) buses take to the busy streets of our capital. Thirty-one double decker EVs built by the Kiwi Bus Builders team will help...
Instep Young Leaders inform youth engagement strategy
Instep Young Leaders inform youth engagement strategy
Instep Young Leaders from secondary schools around the Western Bay of Plenty came together last week at a breakfast hosted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, at the newly opened Regional House. The Young Leaders spoke with Councillors Jane Nees and Stacey Rose – along with other Council...
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