News & Events

Social Innovation: Investing our most precious resource for impact
2 September 2019

Part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation, attendees at this event will hear from impactful social entrepreneurs who are tackling tough issues and discover the core impact framework for delivering social innovation.  The programme includes local, national and international speakers who will tell their stories, including the successes and the challenges, so you will leave with practical insights and ways in which you can make impactful change.  This event is being held from 12pm-3pm on Monday 2 September at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga and costs $25 to attend (student discount available when booking).  Click here for further information and to register.

BWN Groundswell Lunch
3 September 2019

Facilitated by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, the Business Women’s Network is hosting a lunch time panel discussion in conjunction with Groundswell Festival of Innovation.  The theme is ‘change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice’, with three trailblazing women talking about the personal and professional challenges of bringing about transformation.  Expect to be challenged, inspired and energised to stand your ground when others give up and makes changes you want to see in the world.  This event is being held from 1pm-2.30pm on Tuesday 2 September at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga and tickets are on sale from $35.  Click here for further information and to register.

Play and Explore: STEMFest popup day
3 September 2019

The inaugural STEMFest will be held in Tauranga on 12 October however, as a precursor, a special free pop up experience is being hosted as part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation.  Aimed to inspire people of all ages in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, imagination, creativity and hands-on play will take centre stage at this event.  Being held from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 3 September at Basestation, 148 Durham St, Tauranga, you can just stop by to see what’s happening or to attend a specific workshop.  The theme is creative learning and play, and how STEM is relevant in all of our day-to-day lives – from the use of simple household items through to the latest in technology.  Click here for further information.

Well Sensered Food
4 September 2019

A hero event in this year’s Groundswell Festival of Innovation programme, Well Sensered Food is an immersive, multi-sensory dining experience and is delivered by Australia’s most outrageously creative food ensemble.  It will run from 6pm until late on Wednesday 4 September and Friday 6 September at a secret location in Tauranga’s city centre.  To maximise the experience, most things about Well Sensered Food are secret, however if you watch the video at you will start to get an idea of what is in store.  You can also book your seat on this link.

Spark Tech Roadshow: mastering communication & collaboration
5 September 2019

The free Spark Tech Roadshow will be in Tauranga in September, with a focus on the importance of communication and collaboration in the modern workplace.  Attendees will be able to explore what the modern workplace could look like and how to empower people to use technology to do more with less.  It will include presentations from industry leaders, the latest technology and live demonstrations of key tools by experts from over 30 Spark partners.  This event is being held from 8am (9am start) until 12.30pm on Thursday 5 September at Trustpower Baypark, Stadium Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui.  This is a free event, but registrations are essential.  Click here for further information and to register.

Design Thinking Xperiment Conclusion
5 September 2019

On most mornings of this year’s Groundswell Festival of Innovation, a group of passionate people will gather to develop their own innovation skills with support from expert design thinking coaches.  Facilitated by the Bay of Plenty’s Design Thinking Meetup, the conclusion of this two week experience is always a popular event, providing lots of fun and a few waiata, and showcasing the innovative ways different teams have developed ideas to solve a regional challenge.  DTX Conclusion is being held from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 5 September in Priority One’s offices.  It is free to attend, but places are limited.  Registration details will follow shortly.

5 September 2019

Dialogue is an innovative take on the more traditional ‘sit and listen’ multi-day conferences, balancing learning from speakers with learning from those around you who have been handpicked to offer new insights.  Limited to just 50 tickets, this two day event is part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation and features an extensive speaker programme, the ‘Out of the Box Breakfast’ and the ‘Well Sensered Food’ immersive, multi-sensory dining experience which takes place at a secret location.  Dialogue takes place over two days on 5 & 6 September and tickets can either include a night’s accommodation at The Quest ($800 total) or not ($600 total).  Click here to book your place or visit Dialogue Tauranga’s Facebook page.

Out of the Box Breakfast
6 September 2019

‘Out of the Box Breakfast’ will inspire you to think differently by hearing the personal and professional war stories of creativity in the trenches – and the good that came of it – from two global innovators.  A hero event in the Groundswell Festival of Innovation, it will feature 26 year old tech start-up entrepreneur, Ezel Kokcu, who has already co-founded and sold two tech companies, as well as Tauranga -raised Mark Henderson, who is now working as senior director for Adidas in their ‘future team’.  This event is being held from 7am-9am on Friday 6 September at Tauranga Art Gallery, Willow St, Tauranga and costs $92.07 (incl GST & booking fee) to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Sports Performance Innovation Forum
6 September 2019

How do you advance human potential is performance sport?  This event is being held as part of the Groundswell Festival of Innovation, where the convergence of food nutrition, equipment design and athletic endeavour will provide the backdrop for the programme.  Speakers include leading professionals from the world of sports innovation such as Mark Henderson, originally from Tauranga and now director of engineering at Adidas, Sam Sutton, four time extreme kayak world champion, Dane Baker, performance dietitian working with some of NZ’s most elite athletes, and Peter McGlashan, former international cricketer and media broadcaster.  This event is being held from 9am-1pm on Friday 6 September at Bay Oval and costs $50 to attend.  Click here for further information and to book your place.

Little Big Markets Groundswell Tent
7 September 2019

Media partner for the Groundswell Festival of Innovation, Little Big Markets is hosting the Groundswell Tent at Coronation Park from 8am-12pm on Saturday 7 September, where you can check out and test drive local innovations in the flesh.  There is no charge to participate and the activities will be of interest to people of all ages and stages in their lives.

Export Masterclass: Service Transformation
10 September 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting an export masterclass workshop on service transformation.  It will provide you with the tools to develop your service capability as a manufacturer, which can get you closer to your consumer and increase revenue.  Andrew Gill, principal industry fellow at the University of Cambridge, is coming to Tauranga to present this export masterclass.  It is being held from 8am until 1pm on Tuesday 10 September at BNZ Partners Centre, 639 Cameron Rd, Tauranga.  It costs $890+GST for ExportNZ/EMA members and $1250+GST for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence
18 September 2019

Leadership is an art and emotional intelligence is a critical skill that will help leaders be far more effective.  Leaders who are self-aware and able to engage hearts as well as minds by using emotions intelligently generate higher performance from themselves, their team and their organisation.  This practical two day course will equip you with the foundational skills to become more flexible, self-aware and people savvy to take your leadership to the next level.  It provides a unique opportunity to learn the science behind effective leadership as well as the skills to enable you to make good decisions, increase your ability to manage your own behaviours and discover what drives people so you are able to communicate more effectively.  This two day course is being held on 18 & 19 September 2019 in Tauranga (venue to be advised) and costs $2,100 + GST per person to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

Bay of Plenty Property People Awards for 2019
19 September 2019

The Bay of Plenty branch of Property Council New Zealand is hosting their second awards ceremony that celebrates the people in property, including excellence in leadership and innovation and the outstanding contributions made to the property industry and the local economy.  The awards are open to members and non-members of Property Council New Zealand who are based in the Bay of Plenty region, with nominations closing on 5 August.  The awards are being held from 6pm on Thursday 19 September 2019 at Mills Reef Winery, Moffat Rd, Tauranga.  Tickets cost $130 + GST for Property Council members and $195 + GST for non-members.  Click here for further information and to purchase tickets to the awards dinner.

Inspired Exporting with Richard Conway and Ari Sargent
19 September 2019

Two world-class speakers will share their exporting journeys at an event hosted by ExportNZ Bay of Plenty during September.  Richard Conway, from Pure SEO, and Ari Sargent, founder of Powershop & Flux Federation will inspire you with their stories, including the highs and lows of their exporting experiences and the lessons that they’ve learned along the way.  This event is being held from 7.30am until 9am on Thursday 19 September at Mt Maunganui Golf Club, 15 Fairway Ave, Mt Maunganui.  It costs $35+GST for ExportNZ/EMA and Priority One members to attend, $70+GST for non-members and $15+GST for tertiary students.  This event is sponsored by Priority One and a light breakfast will be served.  Click here for further information and to register.

Business Behind the Scenes @ EY
19 September 2019

Join Rachael Gemming, Associate Director, and the team to find out more about how EY are helping local businesses and have a tour of EY's new space at The Vault, 53 Spring Street, Tauranga.  This will also be a great opportunity to meet and network with other local business women at this Business Women's Network (BWN) event.

When:  5.15pm-7pm Thursday 19 September
Where:  The Vault, 53 Spring St, Tauranga
Cost:  $25 for Chamber members
$35 for non-members

Click here for further details and to register.

Festival of Architecture
20 September 2019

The annual NZIA Festival of Architecture is running from 20 – 26 September at venues throughout Tauranga, aiming to celebrate and investigate the role of architecture in improving the quality of life in New Zealand’s towns and cities. The 2019 programme includes a variety of events for people of all ages and levels of architectural interest, and features inspiring speakers and presentations, educational building and walking tours, a relaxed movie night and the ever-popular PARK[ing] Day.
The Festival commences with the opening event on Friday, 20 September at the Tauranga Art Gallery, where keynote speakers will present on the role that Urban Design Panels play in developing connected, integrated and community-centric spaces. To join in the conversation and register your interest for an event, visit

Better Exporting Meet Up: Florentines & Taura Natural Ingredients
24 September 2019

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty is hosting a Better Exporting Meet Up with presenters Greg Knight of Florentines Foodservice and Mike Siermans of Taura Natural Ingredients.  Greg and Mike will share their real-life exporting stories and the challenges they have experienced that many other exporters will be able to relate to.  The session will also include an open discussion with like-minded peers of the Bay of Plenty exporting community.  It is being held from 4pm until 5.30pm on Tuesday 24 September at Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga and costs $15+GST for ExportNZ/EMA members and $55+GST for non-members to attend.  Click here for further information and to register.

ITx Rutherford 2019
9 October 2019

ITx Rutherford 2019 is a spin-off conference from ITx, New Zealand's technology mega-conference, and features the conferences of IT Professionals NZ and CITRENZ.  It will bring together tech professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders and academics together under one roof so that industry and education can learn, engage and network.  Taking place over three days from 9-11 October, there will be more than 75 talks, presentations and panel discussions.  ITx Rutherford 2019 is being held at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson and early bird registrations will open at the end of July.  Click here for further information.

Tauranga STEM Festival
12 October 2019

Tauranga’s first ever STEM Festival will be held in Tauranga on 12 October 2019.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the free festival will bring people of all ages together for an engaging and inspiring experience.  There will be practical demonstrations, hands-on activities and learning-by-doing sessions, with the aim of fostering a new love and passion for STEM.  For further information and to keep up to date as the festival plans unfold, visit