News & Events

Priority One Member Function: impact of the arts and social sector on economic development
6 March 2019

The arts and the social sector are vital components of a strong, vibrant and sustainable economy.  In addition to building and amplifying the success of innovative industries, access to the arts makes a region more attractive to skilled and talented people and the businesses that need them.  In addition, as the local economy continues to grow, agencies within the social sector deliver a wide range of essential services to help ensure no one gets left behind.  Priority One’s first member event for 2019 will be hosted in partnership with SociaLink, Creative Bay of Plenty, The Incubator and The Kollective social agency coworking space to highlight the contribution that these organisations make to the local economy.  Short presentations will be given by each organisation, followed by a tour of The Kollective and The Incubator.  This event is being held from 5pm until 7pm on Wednesday 6 March at The Kollective on 17th Avenue.  If you would like to attend, please email gail@priorityone.co.nz by 28 February.

Institute of Directors AGM and dinner with Neil Quigley, Chair of Reserve Bank
6 March 2019

The Institute of Directors is hosting their AGM on 6 March.  Guest speaker is Professor Neil Quigley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and a Board Member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).   Neil will share his experiences, insights and challenges on the topic of governance and provide an update on the opening of the University’s new campus in Tauranga, including the positive impacts the new facility will have on the Bay of Plenty region.   This event is brought to you with the support of the University of Waikato.  It is being held from 7pm until 9pm on Wednesday 6 March at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $65 for IoD members and $80 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to attend.

Better Exporting Seminar: Incoterms Essentials
7 March 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Exporting Seminar for people wanting to learn about Incoterms and their use.  Incoterms are a set of rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts.  Guest speakers will provide their perspectives on the importance of selecting and correctly using Incoterms when exporting around the globe.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9.30am on Thursday 7 March at KPMG Tauranga, Level 2, 247 Cameron Rd.  It is free for ExportNZ/EMA members to attend and costs $55+GST for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

BWN Networking Lunch
8 March 2019

The Business Women’s Network, facilitated by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a lunch event to celebrate International Women's Day.  Table seating will be allocated to ensure you meet new people and a BWN committee member will be at each table to promote a lively and interesting discussion.  This event is being held from 12pm until 1.30pm on Friday 8 March 2019 at the Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $35 for Chamber of Commerce members and $50 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Better Exporting Meet Up: Spotlight on European Union
12 March 2019

Are you currently exporting to the European Union?  ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Export Meet Up that will discuss negotiations for free trade agreements, EU interests and the experience of others exporting to the EU region.  This session will be held in a round table and interactive format.  Speakers include Peter Saktor from the Delegation of the European Union, Kevin Flint from Oasis Engineering and Greg Jarvis from Bluelab Corporation.  Seats are limited so this event is only open to ExportNZ/EMA members that are involved in exporting.  It is being held from 3.30 until 5.30pm on Tuesday 12 March at Beca, 32 Harington St, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (2 day workshop)
12 March 2019

A recent World Economic Forum report predicts that emotional intelligence will become one of the top 10 skills for employees by 2020.  Learning how to manage your emotions is the first step to effectively connecting and positively influencing others.  Everest People is facilitating this practical and interactive two day workshop, which will equip you with the foundational skills to become more flexible, self-aware and people savvy.  The workshop series is being held from 8.30am until 5pm on 12 & 13 March at Sharp Tudhope’s offices, 152 Devonport Rd, Tauranga, and costs $2,100 + GST to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

What to Expect from Employment Law during 2019
12 March 2019

Significant employment law changes come into force this year and recent Employment Court decisions have made new law which tests the boundaries of what is considered “work”.  The Health and Safety law landscape is also shifting.  Copeland Ashcroft Law is hosting a free seminar for employers who want to understand legal developments and their practical implications.  This seminar is being held from 3pm until 5pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.

Breakfast to Welcome Students to the City Centre
12 March 2019

Mainstreet Tauranga and Priority One are partnering to host a breakfast event to welcome students from the University of Waikato to the city centre.  Breakfast is on us, with breakfast burritos, coffee, smoothies and juice on the menu.  We welcome all those working in the city centre and elsewhere to join us on this auspicious occasion, ahead of the University of Waikato campus opening.  The event will be held by the waterfront, with breakfast available any time from 7.30am until 9am.  The Breeze and More FM will be broadcasting from the event, a massive gaming simulator will be on site and DropIt will be providing activities and giveaways.  To register for this event, click here and enter "hello!" as the password.  We look forward to seeing you there!

BA5 at Crombie Lockwood
13 March 2019

The next Tauranga Chamber of Commerce business after five (BA5) event will be hosted by Crombie Lockwood, one of New Zealand's largest insurance broking companies.  Locally established and owned by NZSE listed Arthur J Gallagher, Crombie Lockwood is internationally owned, nationally resourced and locally endorsed.  Come along to find out more about what they do and their commitment to the local economy, and check out their brand new offices.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 13 March at Level 2, 15-17 Harington St, Tauranga.  It is free for Chamber of Commerce members to attend and costs $20 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

LinkT Late Summer Kewpie Harbour Cruise
15 March 2019

LinkT, the group for young professionals facilitated by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, is hosting its first event of 2019 on the water!  The late summer cruise will depart from the dock on The Strand opposite Starbucks at 5pm on Friday 15 March, returning to the same spot by 8.30pm.  There will be a barbecue and refreshments on board as well as lots of opportunities to network with your peers.  Tickets cost $45 per person.  Click here for further information and to register.

City Leaders Lunch 2019
15 March 2019

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce’s annual City Leaders Lunch is a highlight on the business calendar.  This year guest speakers are Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga and Leader of the Opposition, Greg Brownless, Mayor of Tauranga and Professor Alister Jones from University of Waikato.  The event is being held from 12pm until 2pm on Friday 15 March at Trinity Wharf, Dive Cr, Tauranga.  It costs $60 for Chamber members to attend, $75 for non-members and $600 for a table of 10.  Click here for further information and to register.

Inclusive Growth Summit
19 March 2019

New Zealand’s first inclusive growth summit is being held in Wellington next month to explore how we can put shared prosperity at the heart of economic and social policy-making.  Inclusive growth has gained global traction in recent years as international communities struggle to deal with rising inequality.  The summit is being hosted by RSA ANZ, a growing community that is actively working to drive social change in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, in partnership with Economic Development New Zealand and the Local Government Think Tank.  This summit is being held on 19 March at Te Wharewaka Tapere Function Centre in Wellington and costs $500+GST per person to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Breakfast Connect at Fashion Island
27 March 2019

Breakfast Connect is a regular networking group for business people new to the city or existing business owners looking for support or better visibility.  It is run by Small Business Tauranga under the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce umbrella.  The next event at Papamoa is being hosted by Fashion Island, which has undergone major redevelopment works, including a food precinct, since it was purchased by Cotton On Group in 2016.  This event is being held from 7am until 8.30am at Blackberry Café, 42 Gravatt Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $15 for Chamber of Commerce members to attend and $25 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Thriving with Diverse Customers
27 March 2019

According to Maya Angelou, customers may forget what you've said but they never forget how you made them feel.  Helping customers to meet their needs is the basis of great customer service, but you need to know what their needs are first - and they can be diverse.  This workshop will give you the practical tools and confidence to provide excellent customer service to a diverse range of customers.  It has been specifically tailored for small business owners, team leaders and anyone in a customer service role who would like to take their skills to the next level.  It is being held from 9am until 12.30pm on Wednesday 27 March at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and costs $120 for Chamber members to attend and $170 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

IoD Event: Managing your Intangible Assets
28 March 2019

Intangible assets (including data, content, software, brands, confidential information and designs) are among 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.  Guest speaker at this event is Paul Adams, CEO of EverEdge Global, who will look at the importance of identifying, valuing and managing intangible assets and associate risks and ensure they consistently perform well to give your organisation a competitive advantage.  This event is being held from 12pm until 2pm on Thursday 28 March at Tonic Bar, 1029 Tutanekai St, Rotorua.  It costs $40 for IoD members and $55 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Your impact in the workplace and the impact of others on you
1 April 2019

Mandy Lacy Consulting is running a series of two-day professional development workshops throughout 2019 that will focus on experiential learning so participants can find out more about the impact they have on themselves and others in the workplace and better understand how others impact on them.  Focusing on professional and personal development, the workshops use transactional analysis as a basis for understanding behaviour and solving problems.  For each workshop, the first day focuses on the topic in a learning environment, while the second day is for people that want to integrate their learning through practice and reflection.  The full programme of topics covered and registration details can be found at https://www.mandylacyconsulting.nz/copy-of-events.

Better Exporting Meetup
9 April 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Exporting Meetup where speakers will share how they are succeeding globally through the application of best practice across all elements of their international growth strategy.  To help facilitate the valuable exchange of ideas amongst the group, these events are run in a roundtable, interactive format.  Input from experts with varying perspectives will produce new thinking that challenges existing best practices.  Seats are limited so this event is only open businesses that are involved in exporting.  It is being held from 4.30pm until 6pm on Tuesday 9 April at BNZ Partners Centre Tauranga, 639 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It is free for EMA/ExportNZ members to attend and costs $55+GST for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

ICT Cluster Quiz Night
10 April 2019

The ICT Cluster Quiz Night is on again this year, sponsored by Priority One and supported by local ICT businesses.  Each year around 20 teams of six people battle it out for the winner’s crown, with lots of prizes and fun to be had on the night.  The event operates with a cash bar, but there are complimentary nibbles provided.  This year’s event takes place from 5pm on Wednesday 10 April.  To register your team, email annie@priorityone.co.nz.

Cashflow Management Seminar
10 April 2019

 

Have you ever wondered why your bank account doesn’t reflect your profit?  Do you understand your cash conversion cycle?  Would you like to have better cashflow this year?  Ingham Mora is hosting a seminar that will help you learn the difference between profit and cash surplus, how the working capital cycle works and how to establish your own cash conversion cycle.  Attendees will also find out how to identify the causes of poor cashflow and understand what they need to do to improve their cashflow position.  This seminar is being held from 5pm until 7pm on Wednesday 10 April at Ingham Mora’s offices, 60 Durham St, Tauranga and costs $20 per person to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Behind the Scenes at MacKenzie Elvin
10 April 2019

The next ‘behind the scenes’ event hosted by the Tauranga of Commerce Business Women’s Network will visit Mackenzie Elvin, a progressive law firm with clients throughout the wider Bay of Plenty.  Founding partner Fiona Mackenzie established the firm in 1980 with husband and commercial lawyer, Graeme Elvin, juggling motherhood with her legal career.  That family friendly ethos and desire to help local families and businesses succeed still runs strong in the firm today.  Property lawyer and business, Marcus Wilkins, is the third partner and Tom Elvin joined the firm in 2018, ensuring it continues to evolve in a forward thinking way.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 10 April at MacKenzie Elvin, 44 Brown St, Tauranga and costs $25 for Chamber members to attend and $35 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register to attend.

Future of Work Conference
15 April 2019

Leadership, innovation and sustainability and the areas of focus for the Future of Work Conference, being held in Hamilton in April.  Hosted by the University of Waikato’s Management School and the NZ Institute for Business Research, the guest speaker is Jan Zijderveld, current CEO of Avon International and former president of Unilever Europe.  The summit will look at future visions in the world of work and the impact of issues such as globalisation, climate change, depleting natural resources and technology convergence.  There will be separate master classes where the challenges of leadership, innovation and sustainability will be discussed.  This conference is being held from 9.30am-5pm on Monday 15 April 2019 at the University of Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Rd, Hamilton and costs $115 per person to attend.  Click here to register.

LinkT Go Karts
16 April 2019

Join the Chamber of Commerce LinkT young professionals to experience the excitement of motorsport at Bay Karts Tauranga.  Teams of six will compete to race around 40 laps per person, with the fastest lap receiving pole position in the grand final comprising the top eight teams.  There will be prizes for the winning team and medals for second and third place.  Refreshment and nibbles will also be provided and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking.  This event is being held from 5pm until 8pm on Tuesday 16 April at 8 Titoki Place, Owens Place at the Mount.  It costs $35 for a single entry and $215 for a team of six.  Click here for further information and to register.

Business Breakfast with Marty Grenfell, CEO of Tauranga City Council
17 April 2019

The next Business @ Breakfast event hosted by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce will have Marty Grenfell, the CEO of Tauranga City Council, as the guest speaker.  Marty's career in local government commenced in 2005 after 20 years with the New Zealand Police.  He believes local government is all about working alongside the community to create and facilitate opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors to the city.  Marty will provide his insights into where the city is at present, where he sees it going in the near future and what he understands his role to be.  Click here for further information and to register to attend.