"The world of innovation is huge and growing. There is no bad idea and by putting your idea out there, you never know where it might lead and what doors could open for you in the future." - Ella Waterreus, YiA Student

"Innovation is more than economic growth – it’s about progress and change in everything we do. In a world where the only constant is change, innovation is a critical mindset. Tauranga’s exciting future will be built on a wave of innovation - innovation in our schools, businesses and communities. " - Jono Jones, Chief Product and Innovation Officer, Blue Lab

SOL is a programme of workshops about leading and managing innovation for students doing summer projects with companies in the region.  The programme helps companies provide professional development for students and aims to give them an awesome learning experience.  The programme is free, and is coordinated and sponsored by Priority One.

Collaborating with Callaghan Innovation and HortNZ, a guide was built for students who are working in Tauranga and the Western Bay over the summer. This is designed to help companies support students who aren’t from the region, covering topics like student accommodation, professional and career development opportunities, and social activities and events. For more information on this contact Shane Stuart.

Priority One supports and coordinates Design Thinking and Innovation BOP, which meets every month to share ideas, expertise and experience.  We welcome anyone and everyone who is interested in innovation, design thinking, user insight, social initiatives, business design and anything in between.  If you’re new to the region, or looking to build your networks, this is a great group to connect with.

Priority One is partnering with the University of Waikato to develop new opportunities for professional development in Tauranga and the Western Bay.  These are unique in New Zealand, having been designed for and with industry, with our first course in Design Thinking launched in 2020.

Cutting-edge Research

Priority One is focused on supporting development of distinctive, world class science in our region.  We are a long-term supporter of the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station. This facility is delivering major new science capability in the region, focusing on economic, environmental and cultural opportunities relating to our harbour, coast and ocean waters.  They have particular expertise in seaweed aquaculture and biotechnologies.

Leveraging our regional strengths in horticulture, Priority One worked with the University of Waikato and a consortium of eight local businesses to establish the PlantTech Research Institute in Tauranga.  This is a unique initiative, at the interface of science and industry, focused on bringing cutting Artificial Intelligence research to horticulture and premium plant-based value chains.