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Business Success Story: Building connections with 3D Constructions

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When Ben Hyland and Nicky Lankshear of 3D Constructions Services Limited were referred to CEDA’s business growth team, they soon discovered a whole new raft of opportunities and connections available…

Business Success Story: One-stop search engine for Māori kai launches phase one of its platform

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Kāuta is a one-stop search engine for all Māori kai businesses across all regions of Aotearoa and they’re launching phase one of their unique platform. Free to use for both…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2022

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Manawatū’s economic activity has been strong over the year to June 2022 when compared to the national data. Highlights from the quarter include strengths in the dairy sector, consumer spending and…

Manawatū outperforms Aotearoa in retail spend

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Consumer spending in Manawatū has seen strong growth over the year to June 2022, with data from Marketview showing consumer spending to be up 3.4%, compared to 0% growth nationally. The…
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Supporting the region’s people has never been more important

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Thought piece from CEDA Board Members Paul Bayly and Dave Norman. Last month, StatsNZ reported that annual inflation had risen to 7.3% since the June 2021 quarter, the largest jump…

Take your business innovation to the next level!

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Supercharge your Research and Development (R&D) projects with the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants 2022. Applications are now open for this highly popular internship programme, connecting businesses with smart, enthusiastic…

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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Innovate search is on for 2022

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Applications are now open for Innovate 2022, with the aim of finding the smartest ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Manawatū region. Innovate encourages entrepreneurialism, creating a pathway for innovators…
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Alibaba.com free workshop aims to extend reach for local B2B businesses

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With many traditional marketplaces in flux due to the global pandemic, Manawatū businesses could learn how to reach a whole new customer base during a visit by one of the…

Agility is key for Manawatū’s Visitor sector

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As with the rest of New Zealand, Manawatū’s visitor industry has experienced a reshuffle over the past two years. CEDA’s Destination Development Project Lead, Angela Scott has been tasked with…
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CEDA provides update on Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion Strategy

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At last week’s New Zealand Careers Expo BA5 event, CEDA’s business development manager Nats Subramanian presented an update on our region’s Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion Strategy. Launched in 2021, the…

Business Success Story: Feilding Aviation

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The words ‘perfect’ and ‘timing’ are not ones we hear very often when talking about doing business in a COVID-19 impacted world. But for Apurva Bhatia, Owner, and Chief Flight…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – March 2022

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Throughout the March quarter the Manawatū region has continued to perform strongly, however uncertainty abounds around the national economic forecast. Highlights for the quarter ending March 2022 include increased tourism…

Check out Checkable!

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Digital Boost’s new website – Checkable has arrived. Checkable, developed by MBIE, is a diagnostic tool to help business owners to better understand their online presence. It is safe, fast…

Interested in employing migrant workers?

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There is a lot of new information on the Accredited Employer Work Visa, read on to receive the latest update. For businesses and employers requiring migrant workers, New Zealand Immigration…

CEDA welcome two new Board members to the team

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CEDA is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members, David Norman and Paul Bayly to the team. Norman and Bayly join CEDA alongside recently appointed CEO Jerry Shearman…
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CEDA is here to support your business through RBP

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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 For all…

Share your Skills – Become a Business Mentor

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Are you seeking a way to support local businesses? 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…

CEDA launches ‘Get Local’ Campaign to stimulate local spending

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In partnership with the Manawatū Business Chamber, CEDA have launched ‘Get Local,’ a multi-media campaign to support local businesses across the region. This call-to-action focused campaign has been thoughtfully designed…

Business Success Story: Central Demolition

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Central Demolition is a successful Manawatū based demolition company founded in 2002 by Ian Butcher. Priding itself on being at the forefront of both the commercial and residential demolition industry,…

Support your migrant workforce

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Great news! The borders are opening. So what does that mean for businesses? The Government has confirmed the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be introduced on 4 July 2022.…

CEO Jerry Shearman presents CEDA’s Half Yearly Report

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Kia ora tātou,  We’ve recently completed our half yearly performance report outlining the work to date across our key pillars of economic development, People, Place and Business in partnership with…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – December 2021

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Manawatū’s economy remains active, performing well compared to the rest of New Zealand. Data from Infometrics indicates a busy regional economy due to many factors, with highlights including low unemployment…
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Talent and Skills update – Technology

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CEDA is excited to partner with New Zealand’s Tech and Innovation Story, 'We See Tomorrow First'. This exciting marketing initiative is a collaboration with industry leaders and other Economic Development…

Talent and Skills update – Infrastructure and Construction

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It’s no news that as a country we face many challenges when it comes to attracting talent. Our region's significant growth trajectory and economic resilience means that we have a…

Manawatū Talent and Skills Business Survey results

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At the end of 2021, we reached out to our business community with a short survey to better understand their talent and skills needs to ensure we are effectively planning…

Templates available to plan for COVID-19 entering the workplace

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Kia ora koutou,  We are now in Phase Three of the red traffic light system, and we are seeing thousands of cases per day. As case numbers grow, both testing and isolation approaches have changed. For…

CEDA launches Digital Champion Programme

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The Digital Champion Programme aims to increase the digital footprint of Manawatū tourism, hospitality and retail businesses.  With support from Miles Partnership, a leading tourism strategic marketing company, CEDA have…

Phase Two Omicron update – what you need to know

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Tēnā koutou, Aotearoa is now in Phase Two of the Omicron response plan, and to ensure businesses in our region are best prepared we’ve distilled and linked key information and…

Business Mentors New Zealand helping businesses through the year ahead

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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 solve business challenges and share their…

Show your support for our local businesses

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As we enter the long weekend we urge everyone to remember to spend locally as Manawatū businesses navigate the recent Red Traffic Light settings and impending Omicron outbreak. Not only…

Be prepared and stay informed – Omicron and the Red traffic light setting

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Kia ora koutou,  As we quickly come to terms with the new variant Omicron, and its presence in our country and community, we urge businesses to ensure they are informed…

Newly appointed CEO Jerry Shearman shares initial aspirations for CEDA and Manawatū

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Kia ora koutou, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CEDA Board and staff for the warm welcome to the role thus far. I was humbled to…
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CEDA announces new marketing campaign to attract trades

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Collective talent and attraction marketing campaign in place to help combat regional skills shortage. CEDA is excited to announce the launch of a significant national marketing campaign to attract talent…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2021

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Resilience remains the key theme for Manawatū with the economic forecast looking positive if current trends are anything to go by. Highlights for this quarter include high commodity prices for…

CEDA launches infrastructure and construction talent and attraction marketing campaign

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CEDA is excited to announce the launch of a significant national marketing campaign to attract talent to the infrastructure and construction sector, highlighting job opportunities in Manawatū to help combat…

Business Success Story: Gillard Honey

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Gillard Honey are proud to be 100% family owned and operated specialising in export quality 100% natural, raw Kiwi honey, “just as nature intended”. There’s no doubt that Nathan &…

CEDA announces Johanna Wood and Alison Quigan as new leaders to Te Aho Tāmaka Manawatū Leaders programme for 2022

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CEDA is excited to announce Johanna Wood and Alison Quigan will be joining as new members of Te Aho Tāmaka in the new year. Te Aho Tāmaka Manawatū Leaders programme…
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Hear from Rachael from The Marketing Emporium on effective marketing

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The latest survey into the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses showed that one of the top two areas of support required is marketing with many not having social media or…
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Sort It Careers moves to New Zealand Careers Expo for 2022

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CEDA are thrilled to partner with New Zealand Careers Expo to bring a refreshed and revitalised Careers Expo to Manawatū, scheduled for 17 June 2022. In response to the ever-increasing…

CEDA welcomes Dr Jerry Shearman as new CEO

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jerry Shearman as the new Chief Executive. CEDA board chair Malcolm Bailey says that Jerry brings…
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Invest in your team with English Language Partners

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English Language Partners (ELP) is New Zealand’s largest English language provider with 22 centres nationwide. Their vision is to ensure that former refugees and migrants participate successfully in all aspects…

Manawatū gains $1 million with tourism funding boost

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Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has received $1 million dollars of government funding to support the recovery and reset of regional tourism in Manawatū. This new round, announced by Minister…

Report on Māori business in Manawatū Whanganui

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This update provides a snapshot of Māori business activity in the Manawatū Whanganui region, prepared by Te Au Rangahau—Massey Business School’s Māori business research centre, Palmerston North City Council (PNCC)…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2021

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The economic performance of the Manawatū region in the year to June 2021 was extremely positive, with GDP growing by 5.4% over the year. Earlier this month, however, the economy…

COVID-19 Alert Level Four

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Alert Level Four will mean different things to different businesses and sectors, with many of you already having plans in place for this scenario. We’ve collated some of the key…

Regional Events Fund

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The Government’s Regional Events Fund (REF) has supported two major events in the Manawatū region as part of the Government’s Tourism Recovery Package. The fund was made available to Regional…

Manawatū-Whanganui celebrate 5-star rating in economic performance in ASB Regional Economic Scoreboard

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Economic development agencies CEDA and Whanganui and Partners alongside respective Council’s Palmerston North City Council, Manawatū District Council along with regional economic development programme Accelerate25 celebrate Manawatū-Wanganui receiving a five-star…

Business Success Story: Rahera Photography

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Future proofing through diversification Photographer Rachael started her business, Rahera Photography in Palmerston North in 2011. The business idled along paying for itself as she raised her family and completed a Master of Fine Arts. But in 2020 a change in personal circumstances meant Rachael needed the business to start bringing in a…

Business Success Story: Alchemy & I – From UK to Palmy

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Starting a business in Palmerston North was never on Haylee Benton’s radar when she returned home to Palmerston North from the United Kingdom. As for many kiwis living abroad, coming…

Start-up Success Story: Cutly Limited’s Road to Success

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Starting a business comes with many challenges and is no easy feat. But as three young entrepreneurs from Palmerston North discovered, when you have a supportive network around you, who…

Business Success Story: Human Stories – Mixing business with motherhood

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Renee Murphy is a content writer based in Palmerston North. She writes for clients in Manawatū and across New Zealand and shares her business start-up journey below. If you’d told…

CEDA showcases Manawatū agritech success in TIN Report

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CEDA sponsors Technology Investment Network (TIN) Agritech Insights report to showcase Manawatū's role as Aotearoa's leading agri hub Given Manawatū's ambitious vision to be one of the top three agrifood…

ADA New Zealand headquarters soon to be based in Palmerston North

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Palmerston North City Council and the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) are excited to announce that Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) will be establishing their New Zealand headquarters in Palmerston North…

CEDA and Talent Central Partnership

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Talent Central - Te Akakōare is focused on bringing Manawatū’s talent together for the benefit of our region. They play a pivotal role in the development of people by creating…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – March 2021

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New Zealand’s economy continues to go from strength to strength with strong global demand for our exports, construction, healthcare, and public administration and safety the major contributors to the strength…

CEDA and the Central Skills Hub Partnership

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The Central Skills Hub acts as a regional connector between infrastructure projects and a prepared, trained workforce, building relationships with key regional project providers to support the demand of their…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – April 2021

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New Zealand’s economy continues to go from strength to strength with strong global demand for our exports, construction, healthcare, and public administration and safety being major contributors. Infometrics revealed Gross…

Palmerston North and Manawatū highlighted as a popular destination to visit

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Palmerston North and Manawatū highlighted as a popular destination to visit in Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s recent Domestic Visitor Satisfaction survey results CEDA’s ongoing stream of marketing and PR activity over…

Top Tips for Digital

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Five things your business can do right now to stay on top of communicating to your customers online With the addition of the trans-Tasman travel bubble, it is more important than…

CEDA and The National Driver Training Centre Partnership

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The National Driver Training Centre (NDTC) endeavours to build the capabilities of business and people through its driving courses. They have courses in a range of driving classes from a Class 1 car drivers licence through to heavy vehicle training…

Taking Manawatū to the masses

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COVI Motorhome, Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow The motorhome market is a key domestic market for Manawatū with 21% of our visitors looking to stay at a campsite according to DGIT.…

CEDA has led the partnering of four organisations to support the development of sustainable talent pipelines for Manawatū and to deliver work ready employees

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) today signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Talent Central, Central Skills Hub and Manfeild Park Trust’s National Driver Training Centre to encourage collaboration between…

Long Term Plans – have your say

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The last year has had many challenges, but our city and region has continued to grow at unparalleled speed, with our diverse economy and resilient community spirit pushing us through…

Finistere Announces Partnership Fund of $40 million, to be based in Manawatū

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Finistere Ventures, a pioneering investor in agrifood technology companies, has just announced the launch of a $40 million-dollar Finistere Aotearoa Fund in partnership with NZ Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP). Manawatū…

Introducing AgResearch: Our Food Our Future

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One of the headline events for New Zealand AgriFood Week 2021 is AgResearch: Our Food Our Future, which will bring together producers and innovators, agribusiness professionals, scientists and industry thought…

International Education – COVID-19 Impacts & Recovery

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How has COVID-19 changed New Zealand's $5 billion International Education (IE) sector and how can the industry recover? Contributing more than $115 million to our region annually, and supporting over…
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Minimum wage increase to take effect from 1 April 2021

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From 1 April 2021, the minimum wage will rise to $20 - up from $18.90, with the increase tipped to lift the incomes of around 200,000 employees nationally. The training…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – Housing Edition

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Housing in the Manawatū Region The property market in New Zealand is struggling under the pressure of increased demand for houses. In recent months, the New Zealand house price growth…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – December 2020

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New Zealand’s economic activity continues to follow a more optimistic route in the December quarter, and remains resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aotearoa has been fortunate to…

Economic Development NZ Conference 2021

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We’re thrilled to be hosting the annual Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) conference here in Palmerston North this year, posing some of the big questions that face regional development in…

Play your part in a team of 5 million

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Yesterday morning saw another move to Alert Level 3 for Auckland, and into Alert Level 2 for the rest of Aotearoa for the next week. While this brings about many…

New Zealand AgriFood Week is back!

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CEDA is excited to announce that New Zealand AgriFood Week is back for 2021! Sitting at the intersection of agriculture, science, food and technology, the Week is a unique coming…

Manawatū Women Leaders Pave the Way

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Three powerful Manawatū women leaders will join forces at UCOL Manawatū on International Women’s Day, 8 March, to kōrero on what an equal future looks like - the United Nations’…
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COVID-19 Financial Support Schemes for Businesses

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Following the recent move to Alert Level 2, CEDA would like to remind businesses that there is help available for businesses, in particular the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment and COVID-19…

Regional Events Fund

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$47.7 million made available as part of Government’s Tourism Recovery Package to support regional events  As part of the Government’s Tourism Recovery Package, the $47.75 million Regional Events Fund (REF) was made available…

Introducing Papaioea Festival of the Arts, 17-20 February 2021

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“Papaioea Festival of the Arts will firmly establish Manawatū as a centre for artistic excellence and a place where cultural experiences are of exceptional quality. It will also positively contribute…

Manawatū economy stronger than rest of Aotearoa

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Although the national economy is still functioning below pre-pandemic levels and the road ahead remains uncertain, the economic activity in the September 2020 quarter was stronger than anyone had anticipated.…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2020

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Although the national economy is still functioning below pre-pandemic levels and the pathway ahead remains uncertain, the economic activity in the September 2020 quarter was stronger than anyone had anticipated.…
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Supporting Manawatū and Vietnam students to become global citizens

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Twenty-seven students from five Manawatū schools graduated as global citizens after completing the Global Competence Certificate. This online programme connects students from around the world to develop life-long skills, while…
Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards audience

Recognising business innovation and resilience in Palmerston North and Manawatū

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This year, the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards celebrated resilience and innovation throughout the region, with 10 awards handed out last Friday evening.   Linda Stewart, CEO of the Central…

Tourism Sentiment Report

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To ensure CEDA's work as the Regional Tourism Organisation for Palmerston North city and Manawatū is effective in creating positive sentiment for the destination, we commissioned leading global destination marketing…

Two years into the Manawatū Agritech Strategy

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) launched the Manawatū Agritech Strategy in late 2019. Developed in partnership with global agritech accelerator Sprout, industry leaders, iwi, businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. “It…

Connection and Career Development through Volunteering

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Volunteers are essential to so many facets of daily life in New Zealand and right now we need more. Right across our community, volunteers make a hugely positive contribution to society giving their…
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Tourism Industry Aotearoa Summit 2020

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This week I joined industry leaders in Wellington for the Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2020. A highlight on the events calendar for the sector, with not only Minister Stuart Nash delivering…
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Spring & Summer Manawatū Visitor Campaign

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CEDA has launched a new ‘How Manawatū Are You’ Spring-Summer visitor campaign which has Kiwis across the country discovering there is much more to Manawatū than meets the eye. The…
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Business Award Finalists Announced

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Earlier this week, we announced the Finalists for the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards, after a record number of entries were received across the seven reinvigorated categories for 2020. The Awards,…
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Boosting Manawatū’s Digital Footprint

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CEDA have partnered with Miles Partnership, a strategic marketing company focused exclusively on destinations, to boost Palmerston North and Manawatū's digital footprint and directly support our business community with increasing…
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CEDA released the Fifth Business Survey Results – Impact of COVID-19

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The latest business survey tracking the impact of COVID-19 by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has found that the effects of COVID-19 are still substantial on our business community.…
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Rugby Great Joins Te Aho Tāmaka Manawatū Leaders

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Rugby legend David Kirk has been welcomed into Te Aho Tāmaka at an official ceremony at the Rugby and Sport Institute on Friday evening. Kirk, who famously led the All…
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Free Training workshop making Manawatū businesses more visible online

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CEDA are providing a free workshop to help businesses make the most of the free online marketing tools, Google My Business and Google Maps. CEDA recently released the results and…
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COVID-19 Funding Available for a Limited Time

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Access Business Support Funding Whether your business is responding to the impacts of COVID-19, looking for guidance as you move into recovery mode, or focused on building capability and growth, there are three…
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New, simplified process – get your entry in today for the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards

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Has your business gone above and beyond this year? Have you changed the way you operate, redeployed your people, developed a creative marketing campaign? We want to hear from you. The…
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CEDA and Partners connecting Local Business and Youth

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CEDA recently partnered with MyMahi to develop and grow connections between local business and youth. This partnership provides local businesses and industries the opportunity to highlight employment opportunities and future…
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Manawatū Leaders Support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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Four of Manawatū’s highest achievers will be guiding kōrero at an upcoming celebration of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) co-hosted by Palmerston North City Council (PNCC), Massey…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2020

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Rate of Economic Growth - Palmerston North city and Manawatū district “The Palmerston North city and Manawatū district economies are performing almost twice as well as the national economy, thanks…
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Mighty Manawatū blazes economic trail amidst uncertainty

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The release of ASB’s Quarterly Regional Economic Scorecard this week confirmed Manawatū-Whanganui has managed to weather most of the economic storm, coming out in first place across New Zealand, up…

Manawatū outperforms Aotearoa in retail spend

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Consumer spending in Manawatū has seen strong growth over the year to June 2022, with data from Marketview showing consumer spending to be up 3.4%, compared to 0% growth nationally. The…
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Supporting the region’s people has never been more important

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Thought piece from CEDA Board Members Paul Bayly and Dave Norman. Last month, StatsNZ reported that annual inflation had risen to 7.3% since the June 2021 quarter, the largest jump…

Take your business innovation to the next level!

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Supercharge your Research and Development (R&D) projects with the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants 2022. Applications are now open for this highly popular internship programme, connecting businesses with smart, enthusiastic…
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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…
Viv's Kitchen | Cafe | Sanson

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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Innovate search is on for 2022

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Applications are now open for Innovate 2022, with the aim of finding the smartest ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Manawatū region. Innovate encourages entrepreneurialism, creating a pathway for innovators…

Agility is key for Manawatū’s Visitor sector

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As with the rest of New Zealand, Manawatū’s visitor industry has experienced a reshuffle over the past two years. CEDA’s Destination Development Project Lead, Angela Scott has been tasked with…
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CEDA provides update on Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion Strategy

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At last week’s New Zealand Careers Expo BA5 event, CEDA’s business development manager Nats Subramanian presented an update on our region’s Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion Strategy. Launched in 2021, the…

Check out Checkable!

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Digital Boost’s new website – Checkable has arrived. Checkable, developed by MBIE, is a diagnostic tool to help business owners to better understand their online presence. It is safe, fast…

Interested in employing migrant workers?

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There is a lot of new information on the Accredited Employer Work Visa, read on to receive the latest update. For businesses and employers requiring migrant workers, New Zealand Immigration…

CEDA welcome two new Board members to the team

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CEDA is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members, David Norman and Paul Bayly to the team. Norman and Bayly join CEDA alongside recently appointed CEO Jerry Shearman…

Share your Skills – Become a Business Mentor

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Are you seeking a way to support local businesses? 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…

Support your migrant workforce

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Great news! The borders are opening. So what does that mean for businesses? The Government has confirmed the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be introduced on 4 July 2022.…

CEO Jerry Shearman presents CEDA’s Half Yearly Report

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Kia ora tātou,  We’ve recently completed our half yearly performance report outlining the work to date across our key pillars of economic development, People, Place and Business in partnership with…
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Talent and Skills update – Technology

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CEDA is excited to partner with New Zealand’s Tech and Innovation Story, 'We See Tomorrow First'. This exciting marketing initiative is a collaboration with industry leaders and other Economic Development…

Talent and Skills update – Infrastructure and Construction

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It’s no news that as a country we face many challenges when it comes to attracting talent. Our region's significant growth trajectory and economic resilience means that we have a…

Manawatū Talent and Skills Business Survey results

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At the end of 2021, we reached out to our business community with a short survey to better understand their talent and skills needs to ensure we are effectively planning…

Templates available to plan for COVID-19 entering the workplace

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Kia ora koutou,  We are now in Phase Three of the red traffic light system, and we are seeing thousands of cases per day. As case numbers grow, both testing and isolation approaches have changed. For…

Phase Two Omicron update – what you need to know

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Tēnā koutou, Aotearoa is now in Phase Two of the Omicron response plan, and to ensure businesses in our region are best prepared we’ve distilled and linked key information and…

Business Mentors New Zealand helping businesses through the year ahead

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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 solve business challenges and share their…

Show your support for our local businesses

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As we enter the long weekend we urge everyone to remember to spend locally as Manawatū businesses navigate the recent Red Traffic Light settings and impending Omicron outbreak. Not only…

Be prepared and stay informed – Omicron and the Red traffic light setting

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Kia ora koutou,  As we quickly come to terms with the new variant Omicron, and its presence in our country and community, we urge businesses to ensure they are informed…

Newly appointed CEO Jerry Shearman shares initial aspirations for CEDA and Manawatū

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Kia ora koutou, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CEDA Board and staff for the warm welcome to the role thus far. I was humbled to…
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CEDA announces new marketing campaign to attract trades

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Collective talent and attraction marketing campaign in place to help combat regional skills shortage. CEDA is excited to announce the launch of a significant national marketing campaign to attract talent…
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Hear from Rachael from The Marketing Emporium on effective marketing

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The latest survey into the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses showed that one of the top two areas of support required is marketing with many not having social media or…
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Sort It Careers moves to New Zealand Careers Expo for 2022

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CEDA are thrilled to partner with New Zealand Careers Expo to bring a refreshed and revitalised Careers Expo to Manawatū, scheduled for 17 June 2022. In response to the ever-increasing…
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Invest in your team with English Language Partners

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English Language Partners (ELP) is New Zealand’s largest English language provider with 22 centres nationwide. Their vision is to ensure that former refugees and migrants participate successfully in all aspects…

Sixth COVID-19 Business Survey Results

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This is the sixth in our series of surveys that have looked at the impact of COVID-19 on businesses in the Manawatū-Whanganui region created in partnership with Feilding & District…

COVID-19 Impact on Businesses Survey

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COVID-19 Paanga ki nga Pakihi COVID-19 Impact on Businesses Complete the survey and be in to win a $500 marketing support voucher! Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2022

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Manawatū’s economic activity has been strong over the year to June 2022 when compared to the national data. Highlights from the quarter include strengths in the dairy sector, consumer spending and…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – March 2022

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Throughout the March quarter the Manawatū region has continued to perform strongly, however uncertainty abounds around the national economic forecast. Highlights for the quarter ending March 2022 include increased tourism…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – December 2021

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Manawatū’s economy remains active, performing well compared to the rest of New Zealand. Data from Infometrics indicates a busy regional economy due to many factors, with highlights including low unemployment…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2021

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Resilience remains the key theme for Manawatū with the economic forecast looking positive if current trends are anything to go by. Highlights for this quarter include high commodity prices for…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2021

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The economic performance of the Manawatū region in the year to June 2021 was extremely positive, with GDP growing by 5.4% over the year. Earlier this month, however, the economy…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – March 2021

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New Zealand’s economy continues to go from strength to strength with strong global demand for our exports, construction, healthcare, and public administration and safety the major contributors to the strength…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – Housing Edition

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Housing in the Manawatū Region The property market in New Zealand is struggling under the pressure of increased demand for houses. In recent months, the New Zealand house price growth…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – December 2020

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New Zealand’s economic activity continues to follow a more optimistic route in the December quarter, and remains resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aotearoa has been fortunate to…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2020

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Although the national economy is still functioning below pre-pandemic levels and the pathway ahead remains uncertain, the economic activity in the September 2020 quarter was stronger than anyone had anticipated.…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2020

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Rate of Economic Growth - Palmerston North city and Manawatū district “The Palmerston North city and Manawatū district economies are performing almost twice as well as the national economy, thanks…

Economic Outlook for Manawatū

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The outlook for economic growth in Manawatū  is strong The Manawatū region is experiencing strong economic growth and the outlook for the next fifteen years is particularly strong. A major…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – March 2020

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The National Economy The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts across the national economy towards the end of the March quarter.  The June quarter will more accurately reflect the anticipated impacts such as slowing population growth, softening employment growth…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – December 2019

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To the year ending December 2019, the New Zealand economy looked to have turned the corner, at least temporarily. Although growth has slowed, some near-term indicators have shown improvement. Improved…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2019

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Despite warning signs, the New Zealand economy remains solid. Although slower than in recent years, New Zealand’s economy is growing at a reasonable pace, in fact better than most of…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – June 2019

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New Zealand’s rate of economic growth is cooling. Growth hasn’t stalled or declined, and we aren’t teetering on the edge of a recession, but New Zealand is no longer on…

Manawatū Economic Overview – March 2019

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Regional New Zealand continues to be the powerhouse for driving the nation’s economy and Palmerston North and Manawatū are playing leading roles, according to a series of recent economic reports.…
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Manawatū Economic Overview – December 2018

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Manawatū is continuing to record strong economic growth, underpinned by the complementary strengths of Manawatū district and Palmerston North, and the region's economy now exceeds $5 billion in value according…
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Manawatū Economic Overview – June 2018

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Manawatū is continuing to enjoy solid economic growth, underpinned by a strong primary sector, solid consumer spending and population growth, according to Infometrics. “High and sustained economic growth is expected…
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Manawatū Economic Update

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It has been another strong quarter for Palmerston North and Manawatū, from retail spending through to the growth of the regional economy. Among reports of falling national business confidence, that…

Business Success Story: Building connections with 3D Constructions

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When Ben Hyland and Nicky Lankshear of 3D Constructions Services Limited were referred to CEDA’s business growth team, they soon discovered a whole new raft of opportunities and connections available…

Business Success Story: One-stop search engine for Māori kai launches phase one of its platform

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Kāuta is a one-stop search engine for all Māori kai businesses across all regions of Aotearoa and they’re launching phase one of their unique platform. Free to use for both…
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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…

Business Success Story: Feilding Aviation

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The words ‘perfect’ and ‘timing’ are not ones we hear very often when talking about doing business in a COVID-19 impacted world. But for Apurva Bhatia, Owner, and Chief Flight…

Business Success Story: Central Demolition

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Central Demolition is a successful Manawatū based demolition company founded in 2002 by Ian Butcher. Priding itself on being at the forefront of both the commercial and residential demolition industry,…

Business Success Story: Gillard Honey

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Gillard Honey are proud to be 100% family owned and operated specialising in export quality 100% natural, raw Kiwi honey, “just as nature intended”. There’s no doubt that Nathan &…

Business Success Story: Rahera Photography

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Future proofing through diversification Photographer Rachael started her business, Rahera Photography in Palmerston North in 2011. The business idled along paying for itself as she raised her family and completed a Master of Fine Arts. But in 2020 a change in personal circumstances meant Rachael needed the business to start bringing in a…

Business Success Story: Alchemy & I – From UK to Palmy

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Starting a business in Palmerston North was never on Haylee Benton’s radar when she returned home to Palmerston North from the United Kingdom. As for many kiwis living abroad, coming…

Start-up Success Story: Cutly Limited’s Road to Success

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Starting a business comes with many challenges and is no easy feat. But as three young entrepreneurs from Palmerston North discovered, when you have a supportive network around you, who…

Business Success Story: Human Stories – Mixing business with motherhood

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Renee Murphy is a content writer based in Palmerston North. She writes for clients in Manawatū and across New Zealand and shares her business start-up journey below. If you’d told…
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Business Mentors: Behind Every Successful Venture is a Great Mentor

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Few people successful in business would ever claim that they got there with no help, guidance, or even advice. Most businesspeople benefit from the helping hand of others. People who…
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Business Mentors: Give Back to Business

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Mark Piper is Fonterra’s Director for Category, Strategy & Innovation. He’s the first non-scientist and non-degree holder to head up the Fonterra Research and Development Centre in its 93-year history.…

Business Success Story: Metalform

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Exporting from Dannevirke to the world. The word “pivot” comes naturally to Metalform. Metalform has turned every perceived disadvantage of being a manufacturer in provincial New Zealand into export strengths.…
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Business Success Story: The Herb Farm – From Cottage Industry to International Exporter

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When Sarah Cowan bought into her parents’ business, The Herb Farm in 2006, she had a fresh business degree and a vision – to take the brand global. Fourteen years…

Business Success Story: Beta Solutions

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Matthew van der Werff and Terry Southern founded Beta Solutions, an electronic engineering consultancy, in 2008 in Matthew’s sleepout attached to his garage. The pair became good mates while studying…
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Business Success Story: Fonterra

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Fonterra's Research and Development Centre in Palmerston North employs many of the world's leading experts in dairy research and development, and has done so since 1927 when its research began.…
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Business Success Story: Waireka Honey

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It was on a trip to Australia that Kate Smith recognised the opportunity to tap into the tourism market with her honey business, Waireka Honey. “I popped into a honey…
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Business Success Story: SeeMe Media

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Based in Palmerston North, See Me Media and Screen Vistas are an outdoor and cinema advertising company. They first connected with CEDA three years ago to access our support and…
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Business Success Story: Levno

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Levno is a leading agritech company based in Palmerston North who connected with CEDA to investigate how we could support their growth through innovation, research and development. Fast forward four…
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Business Success Story: Pacific Helmets

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Some will remember the car-less days of the 1970s. To combat the rising price of oil the government introduced a scheme in which you could only use your vehicle on…
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Business Success Story: Sophia Parun

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Sophia Parun clearly remembers drawing and painting at primary school - and just loving it. It’s not surprising, creativity and a passion for art runs in her family.

Business Success Story: Hīmatangi Beach Holiday Park

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Reuben and Alice Ebrey are the owners of the Himatangi Beach Holiday Park. In 2018 they met with a CEDA business growth advisor who determined they needed help in four…
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Business Success Story: Origin Eight

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As Amy Fowler and Kelvin Gilbert were walking down picturesque George Street early last year, they realised their dream of opening their own boutique design agency could become reality in…
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Feilding to Fashion Week: Tonic & Cloth

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Feilding-based fashion designer Jodie Woods operates a sustainable clothing start up, Tonic & Cloth, and was prepared to grow her business over five years. "I planned to coast along slowly,…
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Business Success Story: Allied Laundry

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The average household may do a load of washing a day, so processing 19 tonnes of laundry a day may be a little hard to imagine, yet that's exactly what…

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…