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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...
Dale Carnegie – class of 2020
Dale Carnegie – class of 2020
Instep has partnered with Dale Carnegie and the Acorn Foundation to provide a life-changing opportunity for youth to broaden their boundaries and abilities. The three day ‘Skills for Success’ course was recently completed by students from each of the 11 WBOP secondary schools and...
Cycleway provides safer commute
Cycleway provides safer commute
The Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway provides 19 km of off-road paths connecting Omokoroa and Te Puna into Tauranga’s existing urban cycleway network. The route is made up of 25 sections of new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections – and once completed it will...
Luxury motor yachts in demand
Luxury motor yachts in demand
Amongst the myriad of marine specialists in the Western Bay of Plenty is one which generally flies under the radar, unless you’re in the market for a luxury yacht or catamaran. Tauranga-based Pachoud Yachts is New Zealand’s leading builder of luxury motor yachts, specialising in...
Regional Skills Leadership Group
Regional Skills Leadership Group
Greg Simmonds, Priority One’s Chief Operating Officer, is one of 12 Bay of Plenty appointed members of a new government initiative to better manage changing skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities and to support the recovery of local labour markets. “I’m excited...
Vessel Works Marine Precinct
Vessel Works Marine Precinct
The Vessel Works Marine Precinct is New Zealand's newest and premier facility for refit and maintenance of commercial and recreational vessels, boasting New Zealand's largest capacity mobile vessel hoist (the 350 tonne Hikinui), deep water access and 6,300 sqm of hardstand. Located just 5...
Busy season ahead for Super Yacht Coatings
Busy season ahead for Super Yacht Coatings
Sitting in pride of place in the Tauranga Marine Precinct is vessel painting company, Super Yacht Coatings. Back in February the company laid the foundations for its new 1,300 sqm refit shed which will include fully protected spray and refit facilities as well as office space. The project, due for...
Resilience of Bay of Plenty exporters shines through
Resilience of Bay of Plenty exporters shines through
Guest writer, Joanna Hall, Regional Manager ExportNZ – Bay of Plenty, shares with us an update on the local export sector. Exporters for the most part are quite resilient as a group, and this has served them well through COVID-19 and will play a big part in their future development. In the...
Tauranga City Council Annual Plan consultation
Tauranga City Council Annual Plan consultation
Tauranga City Council are currently consulting on their Annual Plan, a delayed process due to COVID-19.  The part that will interest most businesses is the planned increases to commercial rates. There are three components to the proposed increase: 1.    The overall rate...
6 Signs of an Economic Recovery
6 Signs of an Economic Recovery
What should an economic recovery look like? Follow these 6 economic indicators for signs of a recovery: 1.    Employment It’s difficult to talk about an economy in recovery if people aren’t getting back to work. There are such things as ‘jobless recoveries’,...
An opportunity to build a stronger, more resilient and inclusive economy 
An opportunity to build a stronger, more resilient and inclusive economy 
This week’s move down to Alert Level 3 sees more of our economy able to get back to work, albeit differently than before. It’s been great to see the flux of people and businesses prepared to support one another through what remains a tough operating environment. Many businesses...
Winstone Wallboards to bring manufacturing and distribution to Tauranga
Winstone Wallboards to bring manufacturing and distribution to Tauranga
Priority One and Tauranga City Council welcomed today’s announcement by Fletcher Building that it will be relocating its Auckland-based Winstone Wallboards manufacturing and distribution operation to Tauranga. The new state-of-the-art plasterboard facility presents a circa $400 million...
Busy Tauranga road 15th Ave to see roading improvements
Busy Tauranga road 15th Ave to see roading improvements
Major changes are coming to 15th Ave from next week as Tauranga City Council aims to improve traffic flows on one of the city's major arterial routes.  Works include adding traffic lights at the road's intersection with Burrows St, creating a bus and T3 lane, closing the exit from...
Finalists announced in Bay Hospitality Awards
Finalists announced in Bay Hospitality Awards
Finalists have been announced in the Bay Hospitality awards.  The competition includes all areas in the region, aside from Rotorua which has its own dedicated awards, and showcases the top-notch dining establishments in the region as voted by the hospitality...
Kopurererua Valley track and Matawa Pā Bridge officially open
Kopurererua Valley track and Matawa Pā Bridge officially open
After months of waiting, people can now enjoy the newly opened Kopurererua Valley Reserve cycling and walking path and the Matarawa Pā Bridge over SH36.  The NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council announced today the opening of the two transport projects in a written...
The Kollective exceeds its own expectations
The Kollective exceeds its own expectations
Tauranga's new collaborative workspace for not-for-profit community services has already surpassed its own predictions of success less than a year since it opened.  This month, Dame Patsy Reddy will attend The Kollective's official opening.  In October, the building on 17th Ave...
Primary ITO recognition confirmed by Minister
Primary ITO recognition confirmed by Minister
Primary ITO has received the Minister of Education's seal of approval to continue its work as an industry training organisation.  Under the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act, ITOs apply for "recognition" every five years, undergoing a thorough check by central agencies...
Bay of Plenty region's finest home builds announced
Bay of Plenty region's finest home builds announced
A Whakamārama home in Tauranga has been recognised as the "standout winner" of the Supreme Award at this year's regional House of the Year competition.  The home took out the top award for the region with the best new build in the Bay of Plenty Central...
Moochi returns to the Mount with new store
Moochi returns to the Mount with new store
With the opening of the moochi main store in the Mount, it is back to where it all started for Moochi husband and wife team Chris and Kellie Taylor, who started the popular fashion brand in Mount Maunganui almost 20 years...
New free festival announced to celebrate Bay of Plenty volunteers
New free festival announced to celebrate Bay of Plenty volunteers
A new free festival celebrating the significant contribution volunteers make to the community will be held at the Historic Village this year.  Volfest is being organised by Volunteering Bay of Plenty to showcase all of the opportunities that exist in the volunteer sector on November...
Free school buses for all Tauranga students in year-long trial
Free school buses for all Tauranga students in year-long trial
School buses will be free for students in Tauranga from January as part of a year-long trial aimed at helping alleviate the city's congestion and affordability for parents.  Bay of Plenty Regional Council will fund the year's trial of a city-wide free school bus fare scheme for...
Primary sector drives increase in May exports
Primary sector drives increase in May exports
Exports remained at high levels in May, driven by increases in primary sector exports including dairy, fruit, and fish says Stats NZ.  In May 2019, the value of total goods exports rose $455 million from May 2018 to reach $5.8 billion.  Exports of dairy products led the rise in exports,...
Orca in Tauranga Harbour
Orca in Tauranga Harbour
Kayaking in Tauranga Harbour turned into a “very cool” sight for a handful of people on Sunday.  Cosmo Goode and his mate Jack were out in their kayaks at 4.50pm, when they were joined by a pod of orca at the entrance of the...
$1m funding for Kulim Park redevelopment
$1m funding for Kulim Park redevelopment
The Project, Services and Operations Committee voted unanimously to support an additional $1m for the Kulim Park redevelopment on June 18.  The funding would come from historic development contributions, which are fees used to fund the infrastructure required as the result of the growth of...
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