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Regional event enables local Manawatū businesses to position for growth in China

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As the country begins to relax from COVID-19 restrictions and borders slowly reopen, local Manawatū businesses are invited to attend an upcoming regional event where they can gain connections and…
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Come experience the Coastal Arts Trail as a world first!

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Have you heard about ‘Vallery’ and the Coastal Arts Trail? If you watched Seven Sharp on Tuesday 2nd August, you may just have already. Inspired by and created for the…
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Business Success Story: Iconic café benefits from connections and support

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When iconic Sanson café, Viv’s Kitchen registered for business support through the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) they were looking to tap into the networking and development opportunities available to…
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New Zealand Careers Expo Wrap Up

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The New Zealand Careers Expo was welcomed to Manawatū for the first time last month, attracting nearly 3,000 attendees, 26 schools, and 56 exhibitors over an action-packed day of making…

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) exists to drive and facilitate the creation and growth of economic wealth in Manawatū and beyond.

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What we do

CEDA works across the three strategic pillars of economic development – People, Place and Business, and our success is underpinned and enabled by the strength of our relationships with our regional and national partners.

Our core objectives, programmes and activities are all aligned to these pillars, and are designed to create the environment, stimulus, outcomes and impact that will power our economic prosperity and achieve our vision for Palmerston North city and Manawatū district.

Manawatū’s Economic Dashboard

A regional snapshot as at September 2021. Please click to enlarge.

Te Aho Tāmaka

Te Aho Tāmaka Manawatū Leaders programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand, which celebrates the Manawatū region’s great achievers.

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Need business advice?

CEDA partners with Business Mentors New Zealand to connect business owners and entrepreneurs with those who can provide one-on-one advice to help them to start, grow or to solve business challenges.

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Looking to grow your business?

CEDA has a team of Business Growth Advisors supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors across the Manawatū – Whanganui region through the Regional Business Partner (RBP) programme.

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Employer and Workplace Hub

We know that the biggest barrier to business growth in the region is the ability to attract the right people for the job. This is a one-stop-shop for tools and resources that help support our regional business community.

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