News & Events
The guest speaker at the University of Waikato’s next free public lecture in Tauranga is the university’s Dean of Engineering, Professor Mark Dyer, who will explore the changing face of engineering education. With the advent of the digital age, the redesign of education for engineers becomes even more important. They now need to be educated to be coders, gamers and thinkers, not passive learners. Mark will also draw on his own career experience, which has seen him promote creativity and innovation alongside the traditional technical engineering disciplines. The lecture will be held from 6-7pm on Monday 2 July at Trinity Wharf Tauranga on Dive Crescent. This is a free lecture, however registrations are essential at https://tinyurl.com/markdyeruow.
Family trusts can be a highly effective mechanism to protect assets, create tax flexibility and provide for inheritance and succession of family and business assets. However, there will be some changes to legislation with the proposed enactment of the new Trusts Bill. This seminar is suited to those that do not currently have a family trust but are considering the merits of one or those that would like a refresher. This event is being held from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 5 July at Ingham Mora’s offices, 60 Durham Street, Tauranga and costs $20 pp to attend, with all proceeds donated to Graeme Dingle Foundation. For further information and to register, visit https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/family_trusts_101_seminar_by_Ingham_Mora.
The next event for the Chamber of Commerce LinkT young professionals group will feature an entertaining and exciting trip to Rocktopia at 9 Triton Avenue, Mount Maunganui. This outing is place from 5.30pm to 8.00pm on Tuesday 10 July and costs $40 per person to attend (refreshments provided). For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1385&cid=502&wid=1201
ITx is New Zealand's mega technology conference, delivered in a collaboration between 13 tech organisations and industry bodies and focusing on innovation, technology and education. It will bring together IT professionals, decision-makers, leaders and academics, with the 150 talks and presentations from New Zealand and international experts providing lots of opportunities to learn and network. ITx 2018 is being held from 11-13 July at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington and early bird tickets cost from $395. For further information and to register, visit https://itp.nz/events/wellington/1617-ITx_2018_NZ_s_technology_mega-conference.
Are you thinking about entering this year’s Westpac Tauranga Business Awards but are not sure of the process or want to find out more? The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fast-paced and interesting workshop from 5pm until 8pm on Wednesday 18 July which will cover the benefits for your business of entering the awards, insights on completing the entry form and everything else you need to know. This workshop is being held at the Chamber of Commerce offices, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga and is free to attend. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1386&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
The next Breakfast Connect meeting hosted by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Small Business Tauranga group is being held at Tauranga Crossing. Helloworld’s new store has all the latest travel deals for holidays, cruises and flights and there will be an opportunity to meet the helloworld team, enjoy a light breakfast and network with other local business owners and managers. Bring your business cards for the lucky card draw and your chance for a 30 second intro to your business. This event is being held from 7.30am until 8.30am on Wednesday 25 July at 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauranga Crossing and costs $15 for SBT / Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members to attend. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1389&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
Moped (Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty) is a group of passionate marketing people that have a desire to be connected and inspired with other creatives while living and working in the Bay. Moped’s July event will feature Ruapehu Lifts marketing manager, Matt McIvor, who will talk about social media strategy, digital marketing, rebranding and the success of the Winter Olympics. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of the Tauranga Art Gallery’s current exhibitions. This event is being held from 5pm on Thursday 26 July at Tauranga Art Gallery on Wharf St, Tauranga and costs $30 per person to attend, which includes refreshments by Broken Shed and canapes. For further information and to register for this event, visit https://tinyurl.com/y8ped7fh.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is hosting a lunch event with guest speakers from the Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors. Branch chair, Bev Edlin, and Anushiya Ponniah, the 2016 winner of the Institute's Emerging Director Award, will share their experiences and perspectives of being involved in the IoD. This is a great chance to understand how women in leadership roles are being supported by the IoD and there will also be plenty of opportunities to network with other local business women. This event is being held from 12.00pm until 1.30pm on Tuesday 31 July at The Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga and costs $30 for Chamber of Commerce members and $40 for non-members to attend. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1388&cid=502&wid=1201.
The focus of the next E.A.T. (Export. Associate. Talk.) Breakfast is “Bringing Sustainability into Business”. Four inspiring speakers will talk about their sustainability experiences, what that means to them and how you can incorporate their learnings into your everyday life and business practices. This event is being held from 7am-9.30am on Wednesday 1 August at Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Cr, Tauranga. It costs $55+GST for ExportNZ/EMA members to attend and $95+GST for non-members. For further information and to register, visit https://tinyurl.com/yb7vugkx.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event for CEOs, General Managers and Health & Safety Managers that will look at how to increase performance and engagement in safety through deliberate commitment rather than compliance, as well as the individual and organisational benefits of this approach. It will be facilitated psychologist, Dr Kyle McWilliams, who has experience in this area across a wide range of industries including health, essential services, construction, transport, emergency services, electricity and sports. This seminar is being held from 1-2pm on Tuesday 2 August at Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, 65 Chapel St, Tauranga and is free to attend. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1397&cid=502&wid=1201.
LinkT – the networking group for young professionals facilitated by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce – is hosting a pub quiz so you can test your mental agility against your peers. You can register teams of four or six or come along and join a team on the night. There will also be entertainment, platters of food and prizes for the wining teams. This event is being held from 5.30-8pm on Tuesday 7 August at Maude, 1 Caslani Lane, Pyes Pa. It costs $35 per person to attend, $140 for a team of four and $180 if there are six of you. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1401&cid=502&wid=1201.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch with National’s spokesperson for finance, Amy Adams. Since the 2017 election and a subsequent reshuffle in March 2018, Amy was elevated to be ranked number three in the caucus and was named National's finance spokesperson. This event is being held from 12pm-2pm on Friday 10 August at Mills Reef Restaurant in Bethlehem. It costs $55 for Chamber members to attend and $65 for non-members. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/?#id=1379&cid=502&wid=1201&type=Cal.
Becoming a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors provides you with credibility and reassures a board of the skills you possess. It also recognises your expertise, knowledge and commitment to the director profession. At this event you will hear from Bay of Plenty members of the IoD who have recently successfully completed the Chartered Member assessment, so you can find out exactly what it involves and how it will benefit your governance career. This event is being held from 12pm–2pm on Thursday 13 September 2018 at Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St, Rotorua. It is free for Institute of Directors members and $20 for non-members. For further information and to register, visit https://tinyurl.com/iodchartered.
The guest speaker at the next Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty (MOPED) event is Mark Forsyth, GM Retail for Z Energy. Mark will talk about the ‘Z’ story and rebrand, brand development through digital applications, their focus on the customer experience and how they value customer loyalty, the community initiatives they’re involved in and what the future holds for the company. This event is being held from 5pm on Wednesday 15 August at Macau, The Strand, Tauranga and costs $30 to attend. Click here for further information and to register.
Determining which markets to enter and to what extent a market can support export growth can be a real challenge. Getting it right can be one of the hardest things you have to manage as an exporter. This seminar will cover the key strategies involved in selecting and understanding markets to maximise your sales potential. A light breakfast will be provided and there will be opportunities to network. This event is being held from 7.30am-9.30am on Thursday, 16 August at KPMG, L2, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga. It is free for ExportNZ / EMA members to attend and costs $55 for non-members. For further information and to register, visit https://www.exportnz.org.nz/home/bay-of-plenty.
The next Small Business Tauranga event is being hosted by Giggle TV, which has created an entertainment network that makes people laugh. They install screens in places where people wait, such as cafes, gyms and food outlets, with a silent loop of G-rated humorous content. Mike Everard, who owns the Tauranga/Western Bay Giggle TV franchise, will update attendees on what's happening locally and show the benefits of becoming a Giggle TV host. Small Business Tauranga is an initiative of Tauranga Chamber of Commerce that connects, supports and celebrates small business owners that are new to the city or those that are looking for more visibility. A light breakfast will be served and there will be opportunities to network with other business owners and managers. This event is being held from 7-8.30am on Wednesday 22 August at The Chapel Café at 65 Chapel St, Tauranga. Click here for further information and to register.
The Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors is hosting their Annual Awards Dinner at ASB Baypark. The guest speaker is Sir Mark Solomon, KNZM, former chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and an active director, including deputy chair of the Canterbury District Health Board. The evening will include canapes, dinner and drinks and several awards will be presented, including the announcement of the Emerging Director Award 2018. This event is being held from 6pm-9.30pm on Thursday 23 August 2018. To register for this event, email Laura Gaveika on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will unpack social innovation and its potential to transform our communities. Local, national and international speakers with tackle some of society’s toughest issues and outline the core principles of social innovation. It is being held from 9.30am-1.45pm on Monday 27 August at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs $20 to attend. This event is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Technology company, Cucumber, is hosting a series of ‘Drink & Discover’ events as part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. The first two sessions have sold out, however there are still tickets left to the one covering concepts of blockchain technology. This will run from 4pm-5pm on Friday 31 August at Cucumber’s offices, 78 Second Ave, Tauranga. There is no charge to attend but you need to register. For further information and to register for any of these sessions, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Are you thinking about starting a business or looking for early stage support? This workshop is for entrepreneurs and business people looking to get clarity around their ideas and gain the support, connections and confidence to take action and go the distance. You will hear stories from entrepreneurs and how they have addressed their challenges, as well as obtain feedback from experts on developing your business idea. This workshop is being held from 2pm-5pm on Tuesday 28 August at Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach and costs $30 to attend. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce networking group for young professionals - LinkT – is hosting a tasting session that will provide a good introduction to the world of craft beer. Attendees will enjoy 4 x 150 ml pours of NZ craft beer moving through lagers, pale ales, ipas and dark beers and look at each style, taste the raw ingredients, and gain a few food matching tips. This event is being held from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 28 August at The Barrel Room, Wharf St, Tauranga and costs $25 to attend. For further information and to register, visit http://www.tauranga.org.nz/events-calendar/#id=1406&cid=502&wid=1201.
Ingham Mora is hosting a seminar to provide guidance in understanding the mindset required to change a business landscape. This seminar is targeted at those who are not on track to achieve their desired financial results this year, want to increase profits and improve cashflow, are keen to improve margins or are looking for business growth. This event is being held from 3.30pm-5.30pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga. It costs $20 to attend, with all proceeds being donated to the Graeme Dingle Foundation. For further information and to register, visit https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/7ways.
The guest speaker at the Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors lunch in August is Allan Scott, owner and director of Allan Scott Wines. He will talk about developing and governing the successful family business which creates Allan Scott Family Winemakers’ award-winning wines and the passion and commitment to excellence that are a huge part of the story. This event is being held from 12pm-2pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at Tauranga Club, 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga. It costs $35 for Institute of Directors members to attend and $45 for non-members. For further information and to register, visit https://www.iod.org.nz/Branches-and-events/Branch-event/ProductId/5524.
Running a business is hard enough, but successfully growing your business and taking it global can be overwhelming. NZ Trade & Enterprise is bringing their two day Export Essentials programme to Tauranga to help those new to exporting, or even more experienced exporters, discover the key steps to successfully doing business in international markets. The workshops will be followed (within a month) by a one-on-one session with an experienced private sector facilitator. This seminar is being held over two days on 29 August and 2 September 2018 and the venue is yet to be advised. It costs $500+GST to attend, with a second person from your organisation able to register for $250+GST. For further information and to register, visit www.nzte.govt.nz/exportessentials.
This is a one-day business and technology event for c-suite leaders and their teams. It is themed ‘Transformational Technologies’ and aims to challenge thinking, create curiosity and engage leaders in how to transform their business through digital technology. Expect to traverse from customer experience and supply chain management, to circular economy, security, IoT, AI, distributed ledgers and AR. The summit is being held from 8.30am–6pm on Wednesday 29 August at Windermere Campus, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and costs $70 to attend. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
There are times when you plan to innovate and times when you have no choice but to innovate. The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network is hosting a lunch where three trailblazing women will talk about how they have led the way on both fronts. They will share war-stories and pro-tips on intentional and unintentional innovation. This event is being held from 1pm-2.30pm on Wednesday 29 August at KPMG, 247 Cameron Rd, Tauranga and costs $30 to attend. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Tauranga is host to the New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference 2018, being held at ASB Baypark at the end of August. The conference theme is ‘growing avocados for the world’, representing the exciting opportunity the industry has to expand across an international marketplace. Guest speakers include Loren Zhao, co-founder of Chinese online fruit retailer, Fruitday.com; Dr Nick Gill, strength and conditioning coach of the All Blacks; and MC and television journalist, Mike McRoberts; as well as international and domestic experts on the global avocado industry. The conference is being held from 29-31 August and early bird registrations are open until 1 August. For further information and to register, visit www.avocadoconference.co.nz.
At this year’s future-focused YiA Innovation Forum, attendees will hear about the latest in gaming, how robotics is changing farming and how Google is revolutionising global education. While you enjoy your breakfast, you’ll be transported into the world of three fast-paced and innovative industries that are changing the way we eat, play and learn. The guest speakers, who are all leading figures in their fields, will share their experiences in paving the way for the future. The forum will run from 7am-9.30am on Thursday 30 August at Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Dr, Mt Maunganui and costs from $50 per person (Priority One/TECT members) to attend. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
The future and opportunities for collaboration in art and fashion will be explored in a panel discussing between leading artists and fashion designers, including Rebecca Anderson of Chaos and Harmony and the founders of the fashion House, Maaike. This session is being held at 5.30pm on Thursday 30 August at Tauranga Art Gallery, Willow St, Tauranga and the entry fee is $10. Future Art of Fashion is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Are you interested in learning some of the design techniques that international brands such as Apple, Nike and Google have identified and use to craft their new innovations? Design the City Experiment brings people together over the course of a week to address a challenge identified by the city and accelerate a solution through a design thinking process. Local business leaders practicing design thinking methodologies will share the techniques they have integrated into their businesses. This event runs from 6.30am–8.30am each morning from Monday 27 August until Friday 2 September and costs $100 per person to take part. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Three collaborators from the worlds of art, fashion and technology have come together to develop a curated collection that celebrates the winter season. The installation ranges from digital animation and motion capture to large scale, immersive painting. Visitors to the gallery will be able to engage in innovative approaches to painting and the application of digital technology to fabrics, as well as be wowed by five collaborations between renowned fashion houses and well-known artists. The exhibition is open from 10am-4.30pm from Monday 27 August until Sunday 2 September at the Tauranga Art Gallery and there is no entry fee. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information, visit www.gswell.co.nz.
Imagine a world where solar, batteries and EV cars and bikes are the norm - it’s just around the corner. Attendees at this event will hear how new innovations in the cleantech industry, including those from Tesla, PowerSmart and Vector, are closer than we think. Together with a selection of local cleantech companies, prepare to unpack what this means for the future and how it might look if half of what we have heard is true. This event is being held from 9am-12pm on Friday 31 August at PowerSmart HQ, 18 Tukorako Dr, Mt Maunganui and costs $50 to attend. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz
This is a 54-hour event that brings budding creatives, designers, developers, marketers, product developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts and members of the community together over a weekend to launch new business ideas. It culminates with demonstrations and presentations on the ideas on the Sunday evening. This would be the perfect environment for someone that is looking for feedback on an idea or wants to collaborate with like-minded individuals with specific skill sets to take their idea to the next level. Tauranga Startup Weekend runs from 6pm on Friday 31 August until 8.30pm on Sunday 2 September at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs from $50 per person to take part. It is part of the Groundswell festival of innovation. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gswell.co.nz.