News & Events

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.

BA5 with Kiwibank
5 June 2019

The next Chamber of Commerce business after five event is being hosted by the Kiwibank Bay of Plenty business banking team.  Since they opened their doors in 2005 over 40,000 businesses have joined Kiwibank, who has a founding principle that their business decisions are guided by what’s good for the country and those that are building their future here.  The guest speaker at this event is their chief economist, Jarrod Kerr, who will present an overview of the national economy and how this can impact on small to medium size businesses in New Zealand.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 5 June at Mills Reef, Moffat Rd, Bethlehem.  It is free for Chamber of Commerce members to attend and costs $20 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

Southeast Asia Market Readiness Programme
6 June 2019

Strengthen your knowledge about doing business in Southeast Asia by attending this free one day workshop being hosted by ExportNZ Bay of Plenty.  This interactive session will provide the tools, strategies and mind-set needed for engaging in Southeast Asian markets and there will also be opportunities to network with others participating in the programme.  It is being held from 9am until 4pm on Thursday 6 June at Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga.  Click here for further information and to register.

Taking your innovation to the world
6 June 2019

New Zealand businesses with export aspirations have much to consider before launching into international markets.  When is the right time to start exporting?  What is the best go-to market strategy?  How do you compete with a limited budget?  Who should you partner with?  Join James & Wells and speakers from The Icehouse, Katabolt, Vend, Rockit Global Limited, Invert Robotics, NZTE and Ohmio to find out how you can get your business export-ready.  This event is being held from 4pm until 6pm on Thursday 6 June at Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Cr, Tauranga and costs $49 to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

University of Waikato Public Lecture: Taking Care of our Youth
10 June 2019

The first University of Waikato public lecture of 2019 will look at the mental health and wellbeing of young people and the role of schools in supporting their students.  Entitled ‘Taking Care of Our Youth’, guest lecturer Dr Katrina McChesney from the University of Waikato’s Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education will look at why schools should be involved in this area, how it can be done and how well schools in Aotearoa New Zealand are responding in this respect.  The lecture is being held from 5.30pm until 7pm on Monday 10 June 2019 in the lecture theatre on level 2 of the University of Waikato’s new campus on Durham St, Tauranga.  There is no charge to attend, but registrations are essential.

Breakfast Connect at The Crown and Badger
12 June 2019

The next Breakfast Connect meeting hosted by Small Business Tauranga is being held at The Crown & Badger.  Right on the waterfront in Tauranga’s city centre, The Crown and Badger has been a popular hangout for the last 15 years and recently came under new management.  This event is for business people that are new to town, or existing business owners who are looking for support and better visibility for their business.  It is being held from 7.30am until 9.30am on Wednesday 12 June at The Crown and Badger on The Strand.  It costs $20 for Chamber/Small Business Tauranga members to attend and $30 for non-members.  Click here for further information and to register.

What Matters: Globalisation and the Future of Trade
12 June 2019

The Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors is hosting a panel event that will provide several alternatives to consider with the fast approaching globalisation and future of trade for New Zealand.  Panel members will include Colin Baskin, chief supply chain officer for Comvita, Nathan Flowerday, director at Zespri, and Kerry Hull, advisory services consultant for Datacom.  They will each discuss an important issue for directors, including globalisation of supply chain, Zespri’s experience of globalisation and digital considerations of global trade.  This event is being held from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $30 for IoD members and $45 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Behind the Scenes at Boffa Miskell
19 June 2019

The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is going behind the scenes at leading New Zealand environmental planning and design consultancy, Boffa Miskell.  With offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin, Boffa Miskell work with a wide range of local and international private and public sector clients in the areas of planning, urban design, landscape architecture, landscape planning, ecology, biosecurity, cultural heritage, graphics and mapping.  Attendees will hear about their latest projects and take a tour of their new offices at 35 Grey Street.  This event is being held from 5.15pm until 7pm on Wednesday 19 June and costs $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Climate Change: Risk and Resilience
19 June 2019

The Property Council is hosting an event in Tauranga that will take an in-depth look at climate change, its risks and resilience levels.  Guest speakers include James Hughes, climate and resilience specialist at Tonkin + Taylor, and Brett Down, Bay of Plenty’s branch director for Crombie Lockwood.  The presentations will look at sea level rise exposure for local authorities, the National Climate Change Risk Assessment, the impact on business insurance and what the commercial property industry needs to be aware of.  This event is being held from 12pm until 1.30pm on Wednesday 19 June at the Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $35 for Property Council members and $70 non-members to attend (includes lunch).  Click here for further information and to register.

Investing to Make a Difference
19 June 2019

Enterprise Angels has been gathering research on their members, with preliminary findings being that angel investors want to make a difference.  This is what motivates them to invest their own money in budding entrepreneurs with big ideas and yet-to-be-realised revenue.  They are also impact-curious – so the idea of purposefully investing for social or environmental impact is attractive to them.  Enterprise Angels is hosting an event on investing to make a difference, with guest speaker Robbie Tindall, who will talk about his work with K1W1 and his experience as a trustee of the Tindall Foundation.  This event is being held from 5:15pm until 6:30pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at the University of Waikato campus in Durham St, Tauranga.  If you would like to attend, please email

Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards 2019 Gala Dinner
21 June 2019

The dinner functions for the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards are always occasions to remember.  If you've been to one in the past, no doubt you know tickets get snapped up quickly and you are already rounding up your table.  If you haven't had the pleasure of attending, then you don't want to miss out.  The awards are being held from 6pm on Friday 21 June at the Stadium Lounge at Truspower Baypark.  Tickets start at $175+GST per person or $1,695+GST for a table of 10.  Click here for further information and to book tickets.

TEDx Tauranga 2019
22 June 2019

TEDx Tauranga is back next year, bringing the spirit of ideas worth spreading to Tauranga!  The theme is ’RE:ACTION’ and the format of the event will be a range of short, powerful talks, videos and entertainment.  Organisers are currently working through a list of 100 potential speakers that will celebrate new ideas and innovation and inspire you to think differently, accept challenges and succeed in ways you never thought possible.  It is being held on Saturday 22 June at the Holy Trinity Auditorium, Devonport Rd, Tauranga.  Tickets cost $100 per person and go on sale on 24 April 2019.  Priority One is a silver sponsor of TEDx Tauranga.  For further information, visit