Made in the Bay

The region’s innovative manufacturers are extending their range. The Bay of Plenty’s reputation as a haven for innovative manufacturing was clearly evident during a recent day on Tauranga Harbour when Pacific Seven founder Sean Kelly successfully launched New Zealand’s first purpose-designed and built, fully electric boat. With a ballast load of Tesla car batteries, and [...]

Capitalising on innovation

How smart companies get funding for growth. The Bay of Plenty has a thriving culture of innovative companies and entrepreneurs. But they can face major challenges in securing the funding they need to thrive. We examine what makes capital providers willing to invest in developing businesses. One major concern for companies seeking capital is to ensure they [...]

BOP tourist industry Explores new direction

Kristin Dunne: Photo/Tourism BOP The good news for the Coastal Bay of Plenty is that tourists spent a record $1 billion last year. The less good news – at least for some business ratepayers – is that Tourism Bay of Plenty is seeking increased annual council funding of around $620,000 to help support [...]

Encouraging Māori entrepreneurship

Buddy Mikaere (left) and Ian Taylor: Time to draw upon Māori technology and enterprise. Photos/supplied The recent Te Hekenga conference held in Tauranga was the third of the bi-annual events that bring together representatives of Māori Business Networks from around the country. Their objective is to share ideas, issues, successes and war stories [...]

What’s coming up in the workplace in 2018

The Labour-led coalition government has made it clear that employer-employee relations and workplace conditions will be a key focus for legislative change this year. In the pipeline are a raft of changes, from increasing the minimum wage and pushing for equal pay, to new arrangements for contractors, and a possible return to collective bargaining. In [...]

Crucial BOP forestry sector faces up to major changes

The coalition government’s commitment to planting 1 billion trees in the next decade, and relocating the head office of a new ministry of forestry in Rotorua, have drawn wide attention in the region and generally been welcomed across the sector. The new ministry will be made responsible for developing and implementing a wide-ranging and comprehensive [...]

1st Call gets the call at Tauranga awards

Bravery and a willingness to strategically integrate technology in business were the key themes at the 2017 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards, held before a crowd of 450 at the annual gala event at ASB Arena this month. 1st Call Recruitment led the roll call of 13 winners, taking out the overall Westpac Business of the [...]

Green Kiwifruit faces challenge from climate change

Te Puke’s claim to be the kiwifruit capital of the world may be endangered later this century unless the industry can come up with some climate change-resistant Green varieties, according to new research. The research, carried out by NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Tait and Alistair Mowat of Tauranga-based consultants Thought Strategy, focused on the [...]