CEDA leads and organises three flagship events, all of which play a key part in developing the region’s industries and businesses, and growing our region’s economy.


New Zealand AgriFood Week

March 16 – 22 2020

New Zealand AgriFood Week, in association with ASB, encompasses multiple events dedicated to celebrating, showcasing and developing the food producing primary industries in New Zealand. The week connects businesses, high performing farmers and growers, industry bodies, as well as local and international experts in the latest research, with an aim to encourage and engender a sense of purpose and vision in order to develop and grow New Zealand’s market position in the food production space.

CEDA is responsible for the week’s delivery and organises some of the week’s pillar events including ASB Perspective 2025, AgResearch Future Future Feeders and Plate of Origin Competition while supporting and connecting with events such as the  AgTech Hackathon and Sprout Underground. To find out more information or to attend the event, visit the NZAFW website.


Sort It Careers Expo

Thursday May 16 2019

This free one-day event is held each year in Palmerston North and is focused on showcasing career options, industries, training and education pathways for high school leavers and anyone wanting to explore a career change or re-enter the workforce. The expo offers a wide range of career options and ideas, from universities and tertiary providers, training organisations and business owners through to large companies and key sectors, all in one place and allows a connection and introduction with attendees. Sort It Careers Expo will be held on Thursday May 17 at Central Energy Trust Arena 2. Interested in exhibiting? Discover more information or get in touch.


Westpac Manawatū Business Awards

November 2020

These awards offer an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of the smartest, savviest and strongest businesses, small and large, in the Manawatū Region. Participating businesses receive valuable feedback on their operations and practices from a panel of experienced business people who conduct judging through face-to-face meetings. The awards are also a chance for business owners to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of their staff. Learn more about the awards and how to nominate a business.