News & Events

What's the future for cash in New Zealand?
19 July 2019

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Reserve Bank team at an event that will bring together the views and insights of different groups of people on the changing role and future of cash.  The bank is concerned that if cash becomes less accepted and available as a means of payment, then New Zealanders who are already left out of the banking or digital worlds may be severely disadvantaged.  At the very least they believe that New Zealand should be making conscious decisions about the future of cash so that we can be prepared for future innovations.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9am on Friday 19 July at the Chamber of Commerce, Bay Central, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga.  Attendance is complimentary and a light breakfast will be served.  Click here for further information and to register.

Workshop: New tools to navigate an uncertain future
19 July 2019

How do you justify investment in innovation to prepare your business for an unknown future?  The University of Waikato is hosting a workshop where cutting-edge approaches to business decision making under uncertainty will be presented.  There will also be an opportunity to explore the potential for a new research programme focused on developing new tools for business.  Workshop facilitator, Professor Tim Coltman, says “We have heard from businesses across the region that they are looking for better tools to make decisions when faced with high uncertainty and change.  But there really isn’t anything robust around.  So we see there is a great opportunity for companies to learn from each other and for the university to develop a research programme that can enhance business competitiveness by enabling better decisions.”  This breakfast event will take place from 7.30am until 9.30am on Friday 19 July at the University of Waikato’s new campus in Durham St.  It is free to attend, but registrations to deborah.begbie@waikato.ac.nz are essential.

Managing your Intangible Assets
23 July 2019

Paul Adams, CEO for EverEdge Global, and Katherine Evans, general counsel for Zespri, are the guest speakers at this Institute of Directors event.  Intangible assets (including data, content, software, brands, confidential information and designs), are the most important assets companies own, accounting for more than 87% of all company value.  Directors should understand the value and impact of all assets and liabilities under their stewardship to ensure ROI is achieved and risks are managed.  This session will cover what intangible assets are and how they create value, how you can identify them and use them to generate competitive advantages, five types of intangible asset risk and the questions you should be asking as board members.  This event is being held from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 July at Tauranga Club, Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $35 for IoD members and $50 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

LinkT Young Professionals - Beats by Bingo
23 July 2019

LinkT – the networking group for young professionals facilitated by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce – is hosting an innovative musical bingo event.  Beats by Bingo is New Zealand's best musical bingo show, hosted by passionate and talented DJ’s.  Leave all your preconceptions of bingo at the door, as this is not your average bingo night.  Instead of numbers on your bingo cards, there are song titles.  Beats by Bingo is taking place from 6-8pm on Tuesday 23 July at the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club at Sulphur Point.  Teams of six cost $240, teams of four cost $160 and individuals can register for $40.  There will be lots of prizes and each table gets a platter of nibbles.  Click here for further information and to register.

EU NZ Free Trade Agreement and other trade negotiations
24 July 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a free event to provide an update from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on negotiations for a European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement and other trade negotiations.  Attendees will find out what the FTA means for New Zealand, progress with negotiations and what other trade agreements are under negotiation or consideration.  There will also be opportunities to ask questions, share your views and hear what others are thinking.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9.30am on Wednesday 24 July at the Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  It is open to both members and non-members of ExportNZ/EMA and there is no charge to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Breakfast Connect at Financial Independence
24 July 2019

The next Small Business Tauranga Breakfast Connect networking event will hosted by Financial Independence on The Strand.  Financial Independence offers financial advice tailored to individual needs.  They find out what is happening in your life or your business and then offer the best solutions to protect your financial circumstances.  From there, they can help you work through the proposal to come to a place that suits you financially and emotionally.  Small Business Tauranga is an initiative of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce that helps business people new to the city to connect with others and provides more visibility for those already based here.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 8.30am at Financial Independence’s offices, Level 3, 51 The Strand, Tauranga and a light breakfast will be provided.  It costs $20 for Chamber or SBT members to attend and $30 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

MoPed with Paul Hansen of SwipedOn
25 July 2019

 

At the next Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty (MoPed) meeting, Paul Hansen from SwipedOn will share the global success story of the company.  Paul heads up all marketing and brand activities at SwipedOn, a company that is leading the way in digital office space transformations by helping businesses reinvent how they welcome their visitors.  As well as the tech startup journey, Paul will talk about digital customer acquisition, including their foray into programmatic advertising, going global from day one, business health metrics and social responsibility.  This event is being held from 5pm on Thursday 25 July at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs $30 to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Unlock your R&D Potential with Student Grants
30 July 2019

Working with students can be a great way to get some fresh thinking and capability into your company.  At this free event, hosted by Callaghan Innovation in partnership with University of Waikato, you will find out how student grants can give you access to science, engineering, computer science and business students – or new graduates – who can work on projects for your company.  It will also include options for fully and partially-funded student placements and other support.  This event is being held from 4pm until 6pm on Tuesday 30 July, which the venue determined according to registration numbers.  Click here for further information and to register.

The Art of Delegation
7 August 2019

“Don’t worry - I’ll do it myself!”  Have you ever heard yourself say that?  Certified ICC Coach, Andrew Miller, has developed a one day workshop for business owners and leaders who need to achieve results through the effective use of their teams.  If you want to improve the way you delegate and empower those around you, then this day is for you.  It will cover what your current delegation level is, how you can find more time, how you can shift your mindset towards delegating, learning how to get close to people to help them grow and the practical steps of a delegation process.  This workshop is being held from 9.00am until 4pm on Wednesday 7 August at Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Dr, Mount Maunganui and costs $450+GST to attend  For further information and to register, email hana@ilume.co.nz.

BA5 at Duncan & Ebbett
7 August 2019

The next Chamber of Commerce Business After Five event is being hosted by Duncan and Ebbett, offering new and pre-owned vehicle sales, genuine parts and factory trained technicians.  At this event you will get the chance to meet the Duncan and Ebbett team and see two very exciting new models to the Jaguar line-up – including Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle.  There will also be plenty of opportunities to network.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 7 August at 115 Hewletts Rd, Mount Maunganui.  It is free for Chamber members to attend and costs $20 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Better Exporting Meetup
7 August 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Exporting Meet Up event, comprising a roundtable discussion between exporters in a relaxed and interactive environment.  The speakers for this event are Peter Swan and Bruce Ennis from Page Macrae Engineering, who will share how the company is succeeding globally through the application of best practice across all elements of their international growth strategy.  This event is only open to those in exporting businesses and there are a limited number of places available.  It is being held from 4pm-5.30pm on Wednesday 7 August at the Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  It is complimentary for Export/EMA members to attend and costs $55 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Export Excelerator
9 August 2019

Held in Auckland, Export Excelerator is a half-day peer-led event designed to boost your knowledge, help you make new and meaningful connections, and come away with fresh ideas to grow your global business.  It is open to senior business executives and their teams who are exporting or have aspirations to export.  It will provide the views of experts from varying perspectives that will produce new thinking that challenges existing best practices.  There will also be breakout sessions focusing on the risk/reward balance that is inherent in doing business internationally.  This event is being held from 7:15am until 12pm on Friday 9 August at 145 Khyber Pass Rd,Grafton, Auckland.  It costs $295+GST for Export/EMA members to attend and $590+GST for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Business Behind the Scenes at Lysaght Consultants
13 August 2019

The next Business Women’s Network ‘Behind the Scenes’ event will be hosted by Lysaght Consultants, a Tauranga firm that specialises in land surveying, civil engineering, land development and planning.  They are an energetic team of 25, committed helping their clients unlock the potential in their land.  They enthusiastically tackle all projects that come their way, and pride themselves on their people, their projects and their partnerships.  Join Fiona Lysaght, Director of People and Culture, and the rest of the female component of the team to find out what they do and take a tour of their collaborative workspace.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Tuesday 13 August at 19 Totara St, Mount Maunganui and costs $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Breakfast Connect at Flooring Room
21 August 2019

The next Small Business Tauranga Breakfast Connect networking event will hosted by the Flooring Room, who pride themselves on providing the best possible value and service, combined with three generations of flooring experience and knowledge.  A small family business, they have an outstanding team dedicated to providing the highest quality carpet and flooring and the technical expertise to ensure each finished floor is absolutely perfect.  Small Business Tauranga is an initiative of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce that helps business people new to the city to connect with others and provides more visibility for those already based here.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 8.30am on Wednesday 21 August at 132 Eleventh Ave a and a light breakfast will be served.  It costs $20 for Chamber or SBT members to attend and $30 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Institute of Directors Annual Awards Dinner
22 August 2019

Bill Osborne, ex All Black and current president of the NZ Rugby Union, is the guest speaker at the Bay of Plenty Institute of Directors Annual Awards dinner.  Bill will be connecting his rugby and governance experiences to speak on “Governance in our National Game” following which the winner of the Emerging Director Award for 2019 will be announced.  The dinner is being held from 6pm until 9.30pm on Thursday 22 August at Trinity Wharf Tauranga.  It costs $100 for Institute of Directors members to attend, $125 for non-members and tables of 10 can be booked by emailing bop.branch@iod.org.nz.  Click here for further information and to register.

Export Essentials Workshop
28 August 2019

Developed by NZ Trade & Enterprise in partnership with experienced private sector facilitators, the Export Essentials Workshops will give you the tools and confidence to select the right export market, channel, and partner - and help you understand the pathway to export success.  This will include identifying the best international growth opportunities for your business, decreasing the risk of market entry, identifying the right partners, avoiding costly mistakes and embedding the learnings into your business.  The workshops take place over two days, spread two weeks apart, so you can use what you learn from day one.  There is also a complimentary 90 minute post-workshop individual session with KPMG to identify the areas to work on.  These workshops are being held on Wednesday 28 August and 11 September in Rotorua (venue to be advised).  It costs $500 + GST for the first attendee and $250 + GST for the second from the same organisation.  Click here for further information and to register.

Start-Up Weekend Tauranga 2019
30 August 2019

Tauranga Startup Weekend is back, running from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September as part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation.  This year’s theme is ‘sustainable development goals’, framed by the United Nations and providing a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.  This includes providing tools to address the global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice.  Tauranga Startup Weekend is organised by a team of local volunteers keen to make change happen.  It will be hosted at Basestation at 148 Durham St, Tauranga as part of the global Techstars Startup Weekend family - active in over 150 countries - in partnership with Google for Startups.  Click here for further information and to register.