News & Events

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

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

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.

BA5 @ MediaWorks
1 May 2019

The next Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business After Five event is being hosted by MediaWorks – a multi-platform media company dedicated to informing and entertaining Tauranga audiences every day.  MediaWorks offers advertising solutions across radio, television, digital and live assets, including some of the biggest news and entertainment brands in New Zealand.  Come along and meet the local team, including Magic Talk host Peter Williams and Jolene James and Mark Eagle from the Breeze breakfast.  You will also learn about how MediaWorks can support the success of your marketing campaigns and see where the broadcasting magic happens every day.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 1 May at MediaWorks, 168 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It is free for Chamber members to attend and costs $20 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

How to be Mortgage Free and Retirement Ready in 10 Years or Less
2 May 2019

As financial personal trainers, Priority One member enableMe has helped hundreds of Kiwis get rid of their mortgages and set themselves up for a bright financial future over the last 10 years.  They are hosting a seminar where enableMe founder, Hannah McQueen, will share her insights into the financial behaviours holding people back and how it’s possible to achieve financial freedom within 10 years.  This event is being held from 6pm until 7pm on Thursday 2 May at Club Mount Maunganui, Kawaka St, Mount Maunganui.  It costs $20 for one person two attend and $30 for two people.  Click here for further information and to register.

Better Exporting Seminar: R&D Tax Credits
9 May 2019

The new Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive came into force on 1 April, resulting in big changes in some areas while others remain the same.  ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Exporting Seminar that will look at the who, what, when, why and how of the new system.  Supported by KPMG, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and Rotorua Business Chamber, attendees will hear a number of different perspectives that will provide a comprehensive overview to support utilisation of the new system.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 10am on Thursday 9 May 2019 at Trustpower Baypark, Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui.  It is open to both members and non-members of ExportNZ/EMA and is complimentary to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

LinkT Tour of The Kollective
9 May 2019

Join LinkT, the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce network for young professionals, as they take a tour of The Kollective.  This is Tauranga’s newest and New Zealand’s largest coworking space, catering for those organisations working in the social sector or social enterprises.  It also includes the head offices for TECT, Acorn Foundation and BayTrust and has a close association with The Incubator Creative Hub.  The tour will include the Art Incubator and the Jam Factory.  This event is taking place from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Thursday 9 May 2019 at The Kollective, 17th Avenue, Tauranga, and costs $10 per person to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

BWN Conference to celebrate forging your own path
17 May 2019

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is hosting the biennial Business Women’s Conference this year, with the theme “Forging your own path is about breaking the mould”.  Supported by Craigs Investment Partners and Cooney Lees Morgan, the focus will be on success taking a different form for everyone and that to make our dreams and aspirations possible, we sometimes have to make uncomfortable choices and take risks.  Speakers include Lisa King, social entrepreneur and founder of Eat my Lunch, Dr Farah Palmer, lecturer and former captain of the Black Ferns, Sandra Clair, founder of Artemis, Tonia Cawood, chair of the Chiefs, and entrepreneurs Teresa Hodges, founder of Blak, and Rebecca Anderson, founder of Chaos & Harmony.  The conference opens at an evening event on Friday 17 May and continues through until 5pm on Saturday 18 May.  It is being held at Trinity Wharf on Dive Cr, Tauranga and tickets cost from $250 per person.  Click here for further information and to register.

Technology for Smarter Business Expo
21 May 2019

Bay of Plenty business people will have the opportunity to discover the latest innovative technology solutions that could transform their business and underpin its growth at the 2019 Technology for Smarter Business Expo.  Being held from 12pm until 5pm on Tuesday 21 May at Baycourt in Tauranga’s city centre, this free expo provides a ‘one stop shop’ for business people to discover new technology that can reduce overheads, increase productivity, lift company profiles and help build staff knowledge.  The expo is being hosted by Priority One with support from Baycourt.  If you would like to take exhibition space, email

Preparing Tauranga for the Future of Work
21 May 2019

How will things like robotics, AI and quantum computing impact on our jobs over the next 10 years? Whether you are an employer, employee, student, entrepreneur or investor, the future is going to include new and different skills, relationships and methods.  Part of TechWeek’19, this event will provide clarity on what to expect and how you might prepare yourself to participate in the future of work.  It is being held from 9am until 12pm, Tuesday 21 May at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga.  It is free for Priority One members to attend (use ‘p1guest’ voucher when registering) and costs $25 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Finalists announced for Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards
23 May 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting an event at the new Zespri head office to announce the finalists in the 2019 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards.  Attendees will have a chance to network over refreshments and hear about those that are doing amazing things in international markets.  This event is being held from 5.30pm until 7pm on Thursday 23 May at Zespri International, 400 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui.  There is no charge for ExportNZ/EMA members to attend and costs $15 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Work that's worth it: using tech for good
24 May 2019

Technological skills are already in high-demand by organisations whose highest purpose is profit and shareholder returns.  But what do these same skills accomplish when the purpose is to deploy technology for common-good?  Part of TechWeek’19, this is a facilitated and interactive event featuring four Kiwi entrepreneurs who will share their passion for doing good, addressing the issues that affect our communities while mobilising the latest technology and expertise.  It is being held from 12pm until 3pm on Friday 24 May at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga.  It is free for Priority One members to attend (use ‘p1guest’ voucher when registering) and costs $30 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

2019 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards Launch
28 May 2019

Are you the next Tauranga Business of the Year?  The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the launch of the 2019 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards, which will showcase the region’s business talent and capability and provide a platform to pay tribute to those building our economy and community.  The awards deliver real benefits to businesses entering through self-assessment during the entry process, the enhanced profile they receive, the boost in staff morale and the public recognition of the organisation's achievements.  If you are interested in entering the 2019 Business Awards and are not sure where to start, this is the perfect opportunity to meet previous entrants and winners, learn about the process and kick start your application.  This event is being held from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Tuesday 28 May at the new University of Waikato campus on Durham St, Tauranga.  The event is complimentary but registrations are required.

How Senior Leaders Create Successful Workplace Cultures
29 May 2019

Dale Carnegie Training is running a business briefing on creating a successful workplace culture which is based on responses to an online survey of 600 senior leaders across four countries.  Driving a culture that engages employees is a critical element for success, but corporate culture is unlikely to be a line item in a budget.  However, the right corporate culture provides the foundation for sustainable growth and profit.  This workshop will examine what's different about the attitudes and actions of senior leaders from organisations with high-performing cultures, facilitate reflection on perceptions of corporate culture and outline actions that can be taken to improve the cultures of organisations, large or small.  The briefing is being held from 9am-10.30am on Wednesday 29 May at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  There is no charge to attend, but registrations at are essential.

Inspired Exporting Event
30 May 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty has created a new series of breakfast events where some of our most successful exporters will share their experiences in international markets, including lessons they’ve learned and ideas that will inspire.  The first event will feature guest speakers Aliesha Staples of Staples VR and Latesha Randall of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt.  Staples VR has offices in Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington and is Australia's first virtual reality equipment rental supplier and content creation company.  Raglan Coconut Yoghurt started producing dairy free yoghurt in Latesha’s home kitchen just over four years ago and now supplies eight flavours to more than 600 stores throughout New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Pacific Islands.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 10am on Thursday 30 May at Trustpower Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui and costs $25+GST for Export/EMA members and $50+GST for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.  This event is sponsored by Priority One.

Crafting your New Zealand Story
31 May 2019

NZ Trade and Enterprise is hosting a three hour free workshop based on ‘New Zealand Story’ – a tool kit of resources that can be used to market businesses overseas.  Attendees will find out how to bring their New Zealandness to life and leverage the reason that so many international markets consider our products and services above others.  This workshop will challenge you to think differently about your business and equip you with a way to define your offering using a simple story-based framework.  It is being held from 9am until 12pm on Friday 31 May at the Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  It is free to attend, but registrations are essential.