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The Lean Hub: Supervisors to leaders

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CEDA is working with The Lean Hub to deliver a Supervisors Development Course, a six-month fully guided programme in Palmerston North between July 3 and December 11. About the course:…

Big changes in visitor bed night data

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Over the past several months, regions across New Zealand have been grappling with the loss of a key set of regional tourism data, provided by Qrious which captured visitor nights…

Proposed business hub for Palmerston North

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A thoughtfully curated, modern, and innovative co-working space is proposed for Palmerston North’s city centre, at the heart of Broadway Avenue. The multi-storey building will include co-working spaces, meeting rooms,…

How CEDA attracts conferences and events

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Attracting conferences and events to the region is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for a strong regional economy, which is why our conference and events team hosted a site…

Starting up and developing skills

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CEDA is dedicated to helping businesses grow. Below are two opportunities to take part in, whether you’re at the start of your business journey or working in a business and…

Helping SME’s make the most of technology

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Helping SME’s access technology to increase productivity and efficiency is a key focus for CEDA’s Business Team. Business Growth Advisor Research and Development, Peter Ellingham, helps businesses to upskill with…

Business Success Story: OBO

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At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, three medal-winning field hockey teams – the Black Sticks, and the English and Australian sides – had one thing in common: their goalkeepers were all…

Positioning Manawatu on a global stage

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Due to CEDA’s focused work in the distribution and logistics and agrifood sectors, work with McKinsey and Company, and in increasing the profile of our region within central government, Chief…

Sort It: more exhibitors than ever

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Largest ever selection of career options at the 2018 Sort It Careers Expo High school and tertiary students or anyone already in the workforce who may be looking for a…

Ruapehu business networking opportunity

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ruapehu District Council are hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Friday May 11, at the Park Hotel National Park, to…

International student numbers on the rise

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The latest figures from the Ministry of Education reveal strong growth in international student numbers for the Manawatu-Whanganui region, while nationally numbers have fallen. Student enrolments in the region were…

Proposed tax incentive – great for region’s businesses

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The Government’s proposal to develop a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is aimed at getting more businesses to spend on R&D, and opening the door for smaller businesses to…

Manawatu, one of NZ’s most affordable places

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Manawatu, is one of New Zealand’s most affordable regions, but how do we get more people to move here? House prices in Palmerston North City and Manawatu District are increasing…

AgTech Hackathon – Get involved!

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Innovation, whether it’s a new idea or improving something established, is a crucial part of Manawatu’s backbone. That’s why we are proud to partner with Building Clever Companies (BCC) and Microsoft to present the second AgTech Hackathon in Manawatu.  The AgTech Hackathon…

Teams champs drives millions into region’s economy

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The action packed 2018 ENZED Superstock Teams Champs contributed an estimated $5.2 million to Manawatu’s economy, a Major Events Report by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) reveals. The $5.2m…

Nero and Cibo win 2018 Plate of Origin

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Owner and chef of Nero, Scott Kennedy and chef Kate Fay of Cibo in Auckland, have been named the winners of this year’s national Plate of Origin competition.  The winning dish was announced…

New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) in association with ASB and the Hon Damien O’Connor, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Safety and Rural Communities, are proud to officially launch the…

Round two of the Major Events Fund opens today

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The second round of the Major Events Fund kicks off today, with applications now open. The Major Events Fund, for Manawatu, was established in late 2017 by CEDA on behalf…

Locals remain loyal, and Broadway smashes $10 million

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Strong employment and more stable dairy prices are driving growth in retail spend across Manawatu Region, according to the latest Marketview Quarterly Report. CEDA commissions the report on a quarterly…

Start-up clinic launches in February

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Have you got a business idea or are you working in a cottage industry (from home, or out of the garage) that’s supplementing your income and ticking along nicely, but…

CEDA launches programme to help solve talent shortage in Distribution and Logistics sector

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The Central Economic Development Agency has today launched a pilot programme which offers high school students a four-day introduction to the distribution and logistics sector. The programme’s focus is to…

CEDA helps Blockchain company, BlockBit, establish itself in Manawatu

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Central Economic Development Agency helps Australian-based company BlockBit Technology Solutions establish its first New Zealand branch in Palmerston North. BlockBit Technology Solutions, which focuses on Blockchain technology and services, as…

Retail spending across the Central Regions higher than the national average – Marketview figures

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On a national stage, Manawatu and surrounding regions are performing particularly well when it comes to retail spending. It is the first time since June 2014 when the series began,…

Top takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa

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Top three takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018: What all businesses need to know Local and international experts in business, innovation, sustainability, infrastructure and finance spoke at the annual summit…

Recipients of the Major Events Fund announced

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Four major events in Manawatu have received a funding boost from the Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) Major Events Fund. Round One consisted of $65,000 worth of funding being allocated…

Funding for major events in Manawatu available from CEDA.

Applications open for new Major Events Fund

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Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu. “Events make a positive contribution to our region by…

A new toolbox for businesses

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Easy access to business support, advice and resources is the aim of a new website that will help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish. With a range of…

Highest population growth in more than a generation across central North Island

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For the first time in more than a generation, population growth has returned to all districts in the Horizons Regional Council area – Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua, Rangitikei, Ruapehu…

Construction and dairy set to accelerate economic growth

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Manawatu’s economy grew by an estimated 2.3% over the June year, and our economy is now valued at $4,626 million (2010 prices) according to the Infometrics Quarterly report. CEDA Chief…

Visitor and online spending up while Broadway’s renaissance continues

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Spending by international and domestic tourists in Palmerston North and Manawatu is up in the second quarter of 2017 according to the Marketview Quarterly report (year ending 31 July). The…

Supervisor to leader

The Lean Hub: Supervisors to leaders

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CEDA is working with The Lean Hub to deliver a Supervisors Development Course, a six-month fully guided programme in Palmerston North between July 3 and December 11. About the course:…

Big changes in visitor bed night data

| Media Releases | No Comments

Over the past several months, regions across New Zealand have been grappling with the loss of a key set of regional tourism data, provided by Qrious which captured visitor nights…

Proposed business hub for Palmerston North

| Media Releases | No Comments

A thoughtfully curated, modern, and innovative co-working space is proposed for Palmerston North’s city centre, at the heart of Broadway Avenue. The multi-storey building will include co-working spaces, meeting rooms,…

Business Success Story: OBO

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At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, three medal-winning field hockey teams – the Black Sticks, and the English and Australian sides – had one thing in common: their goalkeepers were all…

Sort It: more exhibitors than ever

| Media Releases | No Comments

Largest ever selection of career options at the 2018 Sort It Careers Expo High school and tertiary students or anyone already in the workforce who may be looking for a…

Ruapehu business networking opportunity

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ruapehu District Council are hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Friday May 11, at the Park Hotel National Park, to…

International student numbers on the rise

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The latest figures from the Ministry of Education reveal strong growth in international student numbers for the Manawatu-Whanganui region, while nationally numbers have fallen. Student enrolments in the region were…

Manawatu, one of NZ’s most affordable places

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Manawatu, is one of New Zealand’s most affordable regions, but how do we get more people to move here? House prices in Palmerston North City and Manawatu District are increasing…

AgTech Hackathon – Get involved!

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Innovation, whether it’s a new idea or improving something established, is a crucial part of Manawatu’s backbone. That’s why we are proud to partner with Building Clever Companies (BCC) and Microsoft to present the second AgTech Hackathon in Manawatu.  The AgTech Hackathon…

Teams champs drives millions into region’s economy

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The action packed 2018 ENZED Superstock Teams Champs contributed an estimated $5.2 million to Manawatu’s economy, a Major Events Report by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) reveals. The $5.2m…

Nero and Cibo win 2018 Plate of Origin

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Owner and chef of Nero, Scott Kennedy and chef Kate Fay of Cibo in Auckland, have been named the winners of this year’s national Plate of Origin competition.  The winning dish was announced…

New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) in association with ASB and the Hon Damien O’Connor, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Safety and Rural Communities, are proud to officially launch the…

Round two of the Major Events Fund opens today

| Media Releases | No Comments

The second round of the Major Events Fund kicks off today, with applications now open. The Major Events Fund, for Manawatu, was established in late 2017 by CEDA on behalf…

Locals remain loyal, and Broadway smashes $10 million

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Strong employment and more stable dairy prices are driving growth in retail spend across Manawatu Region, according to the latest Marketview Quarterly Report. CEDA commissions the report on a quarterly…

Start-up clinic launches in February

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Have you got a business idea or are you working in a cottage industry (from home, or out of the garage) that’s supplementing your income and ticking along nicely, but…

CEDA launches programme to help solve talent shortage in Distribution and Logistics sector

| Media Releases | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency has today launched a pilot programme which offers high school students a four-day introduction to the distribution and logistics sector. The programme’s focus is to…

CEDA helps Blockchain company, BlockBit, establish itself in Manawatu

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Central Economic Development Agency helps Australian-based company BlockBit Technology Solutions establish its first New Zealand branch in Palmerston North. BlockBit Technology Solutions, which focuses on Blockchain technology and services, as…

Retail spending across the Central Regions higher than the national average – Marketview figures

| Media Releases | No Comments

On a national stage, Manawatu and surrounding regions are performing particularly well when it comes to retail spending. It is the first time since June 2014 when the series began,…

Top takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa

| Media Releases | No Comments

Top three takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018: What all businesses need to know Local and international experts in business, innovation, sustainability, infrastructure and finance spoke at the annual summit…

Recipients of the Major Events Fund announced

| Media Releases | No Comments

Four major events in Manawatu have received a funding boost from the Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) Major Events Fund. Round One consisted of $65,000 worth of funding being allocated…

Funding for major events in Manawatu available from CEDA.

Applications open for new Major Events Fund

| Media Releases | No Comments

Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu. “Events make a positive contribution to our region by…

A new toolbox for businesses

| Media Releases | No Comments

Easy access to business support, advice and resources is the aim of a new website that will help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish. With a range of…

Highest population growth in more than a generation across central North Island

| Media Releases | No Comments

For the first time in more than a generation, population growth has returned to all districts in the Horizons Regional Council area – Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua, Rangitikei, Ruapehu…

Construction and dairy set to accelerate economic growth

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Manawatu’s economy grew by an estimated 2.3% over the June year, and our economy is now valued at $4,626 million (2010 prices) according to the Infometrics Quarterly report. CEDA Chief…

Visitor and online spending up while Broadway’s renaissance continues

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Spending by international and domestic tourists in Palmerston North and Manawatu is up in the second quarter of 2017 according to the Marketview Quarterly report (year ending 31 July). The…

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park is in the running to take out nation’s top award

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Purchased two years ago by Reuben and Alice Ebrey, the park is a holiday hotspot for families from around the country and has increasing numbers of tourists staying. “The previous...

Palmerston North secures three conferences valued at almost $1million

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Several conferences with a combined value at almost $1million have been secured by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) in the past few months. Today, the New Zealand Chefs Association…

Collaborative effort to help school leavers be better prepared for the workforce

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Run and led by industry and designed to help school leavers become ready for work, the Work Ready Passport programme is seeking interest from employers to take part. The Manawatu…

Industry leads effort to highlight pathway to distribution and logistics sector

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The Manawatu – Whanganui Distribution and Logistics Sector Working Party aims to lift the profile of the sector and unites with tertiary providers to fill a looming skills shortage. The…

More work-ready staff needed for growing Logistics and Distribution sector

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The logistics and distribution sector, including wholesale trade, is showing signs of staff and skills resource constraints with 700 local positions needing to be filled in the next five years….

How CEDA attracts conferences and events

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Attracting conferences and events to the region is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for a strong regional economy, which is why our conference and events team hosted a site…

Starting up and developing skills

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

CEDA is dedicated to helping businesses grow. Below are two opportunities to take part in, whether you’re at the start of your business journey or working in a business and…

Helping SME’s make the most of technology

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

Helping SME’s access technology to increase productivity and efficiency is a key focus for CEDA’s Business Team. Business Growth Advisor Research and Development, Peter Ellingham, helps businesses to upskill with…

Positioning Manawatu on a global stage

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

Due to CEDA’s focused work in the distribution and logistics and agrifood sectors, work with McKinsey and Company, and in increasing the profile of our region within central government, Chief…

Proposed tax incentive – great for region’s businesses

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The Government’s proposal to develop a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is aimed at getting more businesses to spend on R&D, and opening the door for smaller businesses to…