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He Ara Kotahi, Hei Ara Kōrero is launching 31st May

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For the past two years, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) have been working together to create an innovative interactive map that aims to bring to life…

Aotearoa’s favourite food and fibre sector summit is just around the corner

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Aotearoa's favourite food and fibre sector summit is just around the corner! E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit is making its debut in Manawatū on 18-19 June 2024. Don't miss…

Manawatū Quarterly Retail Report March Quarter 2024

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The latest retail report for the March 2024 quarter shows that retail card spending in the region increased by 1.1%, compared to the same quarter in 2023. This growth is…

MYBIZ One to Some Business Planning Workshop

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Register for a comprehensive business planning workshop with MYBIZ. Gain the skills to develop an actionable business plan that can be used as a working document to assist growth in…

Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū // Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot December Quarter 2023

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Supporting local businesses is more important than ever to support the region’s economic health. The economic landscape remains challenging, with businesses facing a slowdown in consumer spending due to high…

Techweek returns with a bang to Manawatū

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For over a decade, Techweek has been sparking conversations nationwide about the incredible innovations in New Zealand's tech industry. And guess what? Our region is at the forefront! With over…

Sustainable is Attainable Manawatū

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Do you have high volume waste streams in your business and want to learn about solutions to manage it? Find out more about Sustainable is Attainable, a New Zealand programme…

Callaghan Innovation Lean Awareness Workshop

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Callaghan Innovation and the University of Auckland are delivering a full-day, interactive Lean Awareness workshop in Whanganui for leaders in local businesses. Have you ever wanted to find out what…
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FREE Business Support Clinics – Just pop in!

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Are you looking to grow your business, upskill or enhance the capability of your team? The pop in to one of our FREE Business Support Clinics to see what CEDA…

Unlock your future: New Zealand Careers Expo returns to Manawatū for 2024

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Save the date! Join us Wednesday 22 May 2024. NZ Careers Expo - The Details When: Wednesday 22nd May 2024 Where: Central Energy Trust Arena, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North Times: 9am -…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard December 2023 – The Latest Regional Data at a Glance

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The latest Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the December 2023 Quarter is now live, giving you a quick overview of the latest data and insights for our region, against a…
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Maximizing Productivity: How will #WorkSchoolHours impact your business?

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With #WorkSchoolHours gaining traction, employees are harvesting the benefits. But what about business owners and employers? Will this trend make or break their bottom line? Let's dive in and see…

New Tools, Resources and Templates to help your business

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Finding the motivation to kick into the new year after a relaxing break can be hard. Our new and refreshed business tools and resources have been developed specifically to support…

Manawatū Retail Report December Quarter 2023

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Recently obtained data from Marketview and Worldline, indicates that increased inflation retail spending within the region is not enough to keep up with inflation rates. For the period ending December…

E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit ignites the kōrero of Aotearoa’s primary industries

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E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit ignites the kōrero of Aotearoa's primary industries. Aotearoa's favourite food and fibre sector summit is set to take place in Manawatū on 18-19 June…

Summer of Tech brought to Manawatū through new collaboration

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A new collaboration between CEDA and ManawaTech could increase the number of recent tech graduates moving to the region. Together CEDA and ManawaTech have partnered with the Summer of Tech…
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Business Mentors and Mentees – Get Involved!

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Are you looking for one-on-one advice to solve business challenges or are you an experienced business owner a and would like to pass on your knowledge? Are you a business…
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We’re Moving!

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From the 8th February 2024, CEDA will be located in our new office premises on Level One, 5 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. From the 26th of January we will be…
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New Location for Food HQ marks a 10 year milestone

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New location for Food HQ marks a 10 year milestone Based here in Manawatū, Food HQ represents the largest collaboration of food science and innovation in New Zealand. Its vision…
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2023 Reflections and highlights from CEDA CEO, Jerry Shearman

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2023 Reflections and highlights from CEDA CEO, Jerry Shearman As I reflect on 2023, I am grateful that our regional economy has continued to prove itself as resilient, and I'm…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Mahuru // September 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Mahuru // September In the midst of economic challenges, the recently released national GDP figures indicate a 0.3% decline for the country, marking two consecutive…
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The latest regional data at a glance

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News Blast: The latest regional data at a glance The latest Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the September 2023 Quarter is now live, gving you a quick overview of the latest data…

New Resource Hub for the Visitor Sector Launched

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New Resource Hub for the Visitor Sector launched Now live on ManawatuNZ.co.nz, this new digital hub has been designed to specifically support local businesses working in the visitor sector, including accommodation…

Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023

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Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023 Retail card spending in the region increased by 2.5% in the September 2023 quarter compared with the previous September quarter. This is…

Business, it’s a “people to people” kinda thing

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The Leader family have been a part of the business community in Manawatū for generations, with the variations of their electrical practices each reflective of their director. We sat down…

Improve your bottom line with the help of CEDA’s Sustainability Toolkit

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Sustainability and profitability have long been perceived as opposing ideas. But the truth is they go hand in hand. Running a business that is sustainability focused on people, planet and…

Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot June 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Pipiri //June 2023 The regional economy continues to punch above its weight and business sentiment remains mainly positive. Manawatū holds a robust economic position proving…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Pipiri //June 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Pipiri //June 2023 According to the latest Statistics New Zealand Food Price Index, the cost of food signals a slowing of the annual food price…

Is your business looking for a Business Mentor?

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Is your business looking for a Business Mentor? Are you looking for one-on-one advice to solve specific business challenges or to help your business grow? Perhaps you're thinking about the…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard – the latest regional data at a glance

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard - the latest regional data at a glance We're delighted to share the hot off the press Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the June 2023 Quarter. These…

Funding available for businesses to make energy efficient upgrades

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The EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) are offering funding for small to medium sized business in the commercial and industrial sector to install and upgrade off-the-shelf equipment to improve…

Sustainability Success Story: The Duke’s Roadhouse

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From food truck to eco-haven Laura and Rob of The Duke's Roadhouse have transformed their organic food truck business into a thriving cafe, making health and sustainability a priority. With…

Sharing Manawatū with the world

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CEDA is delighted to share the latest case studies and video profiles created to help highlight and celebrate some of our region's key sectors of strength, through the eyes of…
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Electronic retail card spend increases by 3.6% and equates to $436 million

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Electronic card retail card spending in Manawatū for the June 2023 quarter equated to $436 million, a 3.6% increase from the same period in 2022. Although an increase regionally, total…
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Community Sentiment survey results: How Manawatū residents view our visitor industry

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For the third consecutive year, CEDA undertook a Community Sentiment Survey to understand the local perception of our visitor industry with the aim of identifying opportunities to sustainably grow and…
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Visitor Segmentation Report: Understand our region’s visitors

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Want to better understand who's visiting our region, what for, and what they like? We find the best thing to do is to talk to them - and that's just…
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Regional Business Partners (RBP) Pop in Workshop

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Date: Thursday, 27 July Time: Pop in anytime between 9am - 2pm Location: Woodville iSITE Visitor Information Centre 45 Vogel Street   Is your business looking to grow, develop or…
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Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot

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The Manawatū economy continues to be incredibly resilient, with increased tourism spending boosting the local economy The unique mix of industries in Manawatū has driven a GDP growth of 2.6%…

E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit coming to Manawatū in 2024

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Aotearoa’s biggest food and fibre sector summit is coming to Manawatū 18-19 June 2024   As the official E Tipu 2023: The Boma Agri Summit Destination Partner, we're excited to bring…

Careers Expo Wrap Up

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Last month, the New Zealand Careers Expo was held in Manawatū for the second year running, providing the opportunity for rangatahi (youth) and job seekers to connect with businesses and…
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Make Smarter decisions with your own Business Mentor

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Sign up for a Business Mentor and receive tailored support for your business Here at CEDA, we are proud to partner with Business Mentors New Zealand to allow our wonderful Manawatū…

Business Success Story: Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffee

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Arrosta Coffee - Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffee Business Success Story: Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffeeFrom the back…

Manawatū retail card spending growth continues to outperform New Zealand average

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū for the March 2023 quarter, continues to show increased growth over the New Zealand average, with a 6.4% increase compared to 5.1% nationally. For…

TechWeek23 set to support the ever-growing demand for tech workers nationwide

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TechWeek23 set to support the ever-growing demand for tech workers nationwide Techweek23 is Aotearoa New Zealand’s opportunity to inspire, inform, and educate on all thing's tech, and is taking place…

Regional Agritourism Accelerator

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Regional Agritourism Accelerator comes to Manawatū CEDA are thrilled to bring the Regional Agritourism Accelerator to Manawatū! This new initiative is a 6-month programme designed to help farmers and existing agritourism businesses identify…

Business Success Story: Sustainability certification sealing the deal for safety supplier

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3S Saftey - From Failure to Fruition Business Success Story: Sustainability certification sealing the deal for safety supplier.For Clint Atkinson, owner of 3S Safety, missing out on a contract to…

E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit comes to Manawatū in 2024

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Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), alongside Palmerston North City Council and Manawatū District Council are pleased to announce our new venture to host E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit, in…

Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot

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Manawatū's Economy maintains some resiliency, following the trend of the past few years where we've seen the regional economy consistently performing above the national average. Over the last five years,…
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Align your business for growth

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Learn what the current market opportunities are in Vietnam and how your business can get support. Doing Business with Viet Nam When: Monday 3 April 2023 Where: CEDA Offices, Ruahine…
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New Zealand Careers Expo returns to Manawatū for 2023

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Mark your calendars for Thursday 18 May 2023! New Zealand Careers Expo Manawatū When: Thursday 18 May 2023 Where: Central Energy Trust Arena, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North Time: 9am - 3pm and 5pm…

Manawatū annual electronic retail card spend up 7.5%

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū continues its rise to the year ending December 2022, up 7.5% compared with 10.3% for the rest of New Zealand. For the December 2022…

Newly refreshed Manawatū Destination Management Plan

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The newly refreshed Manawatū Destination Management Plan Over the last year, CEDA has been working to refresh the region's Destination Management Plan, following a pandemic that has systematically changed our…

Manawatū Regional Video Showcase

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A Taster of Manawatū Over the past six months, we've been creating some new content to help celebrate and showcase the best of Manawatū. CEDA works to build the profile of Manawatū and…

End of Year CEO Reflections 2022

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End of Year Reflections from CEDA's CEO Jerry Shearman shares his reflections and highlights in his first year as CEDA’s Tumuaki-CEO Taking the role at CEDA was somewhat of a…

Community Sentiment Survey Insights 2021-2022

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Understanding Community Sentiment to Visitation Over the last two years, CEDA has been seeking the voices of our community to understand and monitor the sentiment towards sharing our region with…

Manawatū electronic retail card spend grows a solid 8.8%

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū has continued its rise to the year ending September 2022, with a solid 8.8% increase compared with 7% nationally. For the September 2022 Quarter,…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2022

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Manawatū region continues to outpace the national average across several key economic areas. Highlights from the quarter include growth in economic activity by 2.9% compared with 2.6% nationally, in addition…

Te Utanganui Video Showcase

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Te Utanganui Video Showcase At the recent Economic Development New Zealand Awards last month, Te Utanganui received the ‘Best Practice Commendation for Integrated Planning’ award, offering an opportunity to share…

Promote on Eventfinda

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Promote on Eventfinda – help us lift the region’s profile and attract visitors to your next event  Do you have an event coming up during Summer? And are you using Eventfinda…

Manawatū Business Awards 2022 launch Environmental and Sustainability Award

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Yorb Manawatū Business Awards 2022 launch Environmental and Sustainability Award  The Yorb Manawatū Business Awards 2022 took place last Friday (4 Nov) amidst a sell-out crowd of 460 local businesspeople…

Business Support from CEDA

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Business Support with CEDA Is your business in the Manawatū-Whanganui region and looking to grow? CEDA’s Business Support Team have broad networks, they understand the mechanics of business and provide…

Manawatū pillar project Te Utanganui receives Economic Development award

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Manawatū pillar project Te Utanganui receives national Economic Development award On 13th October at the Economic Development New Zealand Gala Awards Dinner in Christchurch, Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) with…

Food Innovation ‘Big Day Out’ offers a taste of our food future

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Food Innovation ‘Big Day Out’ offers a taste of our food future    Most people have no idea that New Zealand’s largest centre of food innovation activity is located just across…

Reaching an untapped market – disabled workers

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Reaching an untapped market - disabled workers Around 25% of New Zealanders have a disability of some kind, a considerable proportion of the population. Yet, even though as a nation…

Master’s student shines light on sustainable development

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We must start somewhere and starting small is a good place to begin when it comes to sustainable development. The question is, what will happen if we don’t?  Sustainable development…

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…

He Ara Kotahi, Hei Ara Kōrero is launching 31st May

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For the past two years, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) have been working together to create an innovative interactive map that aims to bring to life…

Aotearoa’s favourite food and fibre sector summit is just around the corner

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Aotearoa's favourite food and fibre sector summit is just around the corner! E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit is making its debut in Manawatū on 18-19 June 2024. Don't miss…

Manawatū Quarterly Retail Report March Quarter 2024

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The latest retail report for the March 2024 quarter shows that retail card spending in the region increased by 1.1%, compared to the same quarter in 2023. This growth is…

MYBIZ One to Some Business Planning Workshop

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Register for a comprehensive business planning workshop with MYBIZ. Gain the skills to develop an actionable business plan that can be used as a working document to assist growth in…

Techweek returns with a bang to Manawatū

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For over a decade, Techweek has been sparking conversations nationwide about the incredible innovations in New Zealand's tech industry. And guess what? Our region is at the forefront! With over…

Sustainable is Attainable Manawatū

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Do you have high volume waste streams in your business and want to learn about solutions to manage it? Find out more about Sustainable is Attainable, a New Zealand programme…

Callaghan Innovation Lean Awareness Workshop

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Callaghan Innovation and the University of Auckland are delivering a full-day, interactive Lean Awareness workshop in Whanganui for leaders in local businesses. Have you ever wanted to find out what…
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FREE Business Support Clinics – Just pop in!

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Are you looking to grow your business, upskill or enhance the capability of your team? The pop in to one of our FREE Business Support Clinics to see what CEDA…

Unlock your future: New Zealand Careers Expo returns to Manawatū for 2024

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Save the date! Join us Wednesday 22 May 2024. NZ Careers Expo - The Details When: Wednesday 22nd May 2024 Where: Central Energy Trust Arena, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North Times: 9am -…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard December 2023 – The Latest Regional Data at a Glance

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The latest Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the December 2023 Quarter is now live, giving you a quick overview of the latest data and insights for our region, against a…
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Maximizing Productivity: How will #WorkSchoolHours impact your business?

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With #WorkSchoolHours gaining traction, employees are harvesting the benefits. But what about business owners and employers? Will this trend make or break their bottom line? Let's dive in and see…

New Tools, Resources and Templates to help your business

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Finding the motivation to kick into the new year after a relaxing break can be hard. Our new and refreshed business tools and resources have been developed specifically to support…

Manawatū Retail Report December Quarter 2023

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Recently obtained data from Marketview and Worldline, indicates that increased inflation retail spending within the region is not enough to keep up with inflation rates. For the period ending December…

E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit ignites the kōrero of Aotearoa’s primary industries

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E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit ignites the kōrero of Aotearoa's primary industries. Aotearoa's favourite food and fibre sector summit is set to take place in Manawatū on 18-19 June…

Summer of Tech brought to Manawatū through new collaboration

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A new collaboration between CEDA and ManawaTech could increase the number of recent tech graduates moving to the region. Together CEDA and ManawaTech have partnered with the Summer of Tech…
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Business Mentors and Mentees – Get Involved!

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Are you looking for one-on-one advice to solve business challenges or are you an experienced business owner a and would like to pass on your knowledge? Are you a business…
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We’re Moving!

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From the 8th February 2024, CEDA will be located in our new office premises on Level One, 5 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North. From the 26th of January we will be…
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New Location for Food HQ marks a 10 year milestone

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New location for Food HQ marks a 10 year milestone Based here in Manawatū, Food HQ represents the largest collaboration of food science and innovation in New Zealand. Its vision…
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2023 Reflections and highlights from CEDA CEO, Jerry Shearman

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2023 Reflections and highlights from CEDA CEO, Jerry Shearman As I reflect on 2023, I am grateful that our regional economy has continued to prove itself as resilient, and I'm…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Mahuru // September 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Mahuru // September In the midst of economic challenges, the recently released national GDP figures indicate a 0.3% decline for the country, marking two consecutive…
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The latest regional data at a glance

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News Blast: The latest regional data at a glance The latest Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the September 2023 Quarter is now live, gving you a quick overview of the latest data…

New Resource Hub for the Visitor Sector Launched

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New Resource Hub for the Visitor Sector launched Now live on ManawatuNZ.co.nz, this new digital hub has been designed to specifically support local businesses working in the visitor sector, including accommodation…

Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023

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Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023 Retail card spending in the region increased by 2.5% in the September 2023 quarter compared with the previous September quarter. This is…

Business, it’s a “people to people” kinda thing

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The Leader family have been a part of the business community in Manawatū for generations, with the variations of their electrical practices each reflective of their director. We sat down…

Improve your bottom line with the help of CEDA’s Sustainability Toolkit

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Sustainability and profitability have long been perceived as opposing ideas. But the truth is they go hand in hand. Running a business that is sustainability focused on people, planet and…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Pipiri //June 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Pipiri //June 2023 According to the latest Statistics New Zealand Food Price Index, the cost of food signals a slowing of the annual food price…

Is your business looking for a Business Mentor?

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Is your business looking for a Business Mentor? Are you looking for one-on-one advice to solve specific business challenges or to help your business grow? Perhaps you're thinking about the…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard – the latest regional data at a glance

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard - the latest regional data at a glance We're delighted to share the hot off the press Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the June 2023 Quarter. These…

Funding available for businesses to make energy efficient upgrades

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The EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) are offering funding for small to medium sized business in the commercial and industrial sector to install and upgrade off-the-shelf equipment to improve…

Sustainability Success Story: The Duke’s Roadhouse

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From food truck to eco-haven Laura and Rob of The Duke's Roadhouse have transformed their organic food truck business into a thriving cafe, making health and sustainability a priority. With…

Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū // Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot December Quarter 2023

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Supporting local businesses is more important than ever to support the region’s economic health. The economic landscape remains challenging, with businesses facing a slowdown in consumer spending due to high…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard December 2023 – The Latest Regional Data at a Glance

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The latest Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the December 2023 Quarter is now live, giving you a quick overview of the latest data and insights for our region, against a…

Manawatū Retail Report December Quarter 2023

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Recently obtained data from Marketview and Worldline, indicates that increased inflation retail spending within the region is not enough to keep up with inflation rates. For the period ending December…
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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Mahuru // September 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Mahuru // September In the midst of economic challenges, the recently released national GDP figures indicate a 0.3% decline for the country, marking two consecutive…

Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023

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Quarterly Electronic Card Retail Spending Report September 2023 Retail card spending in the region increased by 2.5% in the September 2023 quarter compared with the previous September quarter. This is…

Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot June 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Pipiri //June 2023 The regional economy continues to punch above its weight and business sentiment remains mainly positive. Manawatū holds a robust economic position proving…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot – Pipiri //June 2023

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Pipiri //June 2023 According to the latest Statistics New Zealand Food Price Index, the cost of food signals a slowing of the annual food price…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard – the latest regional data at a glance

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Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard - the latest regional data at a glance We're delighted to share the hot off the press Manawatū Quarterly Economic Dashboard for the June 2023 Quarter. These…
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Electronic retail card spend increases by 3.6% and equates to $436 million

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Electronic card retail card spending in Manawatū for the June 2023 quarter equated to $436 million, a 3.6% increase from the same period in 2022. Although an increase regionally, total…
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Karapatanga Ohaoha Hauwhā Tau ki Manawatū Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot

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The Manawatū economy continues to be incredibly resilient, with increased tourism spending boosting the local economy The unique mix of industries in Manawatū has driven a GDP growth of 2.6%…

Manawatū retail card spending growth continues to outperform New Zealand average

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū for the March 2023 quarter, continues to show increased growth over the New Zealand average, with a 6.4% increase compared to 5.1% nationally. For…

Quarterly Economic Manawatū Snapshot

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Manawatū's Economy maintains some resiliency, following the trend of the past few years where we've seen the regional economy consistently performing above the national average. Over the last five years,…

Manawatū annual electronic retail card spend up 7.5%

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū continues its rise to the year ending December 2022, up 7.5% compared with 10.3% for the rest of New Zealand. For the December 2022…

Manawatū electronic retail card spend grows a solid 8.8%

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Electronic card retail spending in Manawatū has continued its rise to the year ending September 2022, with a solid 8.8% increase compared with 7% nationally. For the September 2022 Quarter,…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 2022

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Manawatū region continues to outpace the national average across several key economic areas. Highlights from the quarter include growth in economic activity by 2.9% compared with 2.6% nationally, in addition…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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…

Business, it’s a “people to people” kinda thing

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The Leader family have been a part of the business community in Manawatū for generations, with the variations of their electrical practices each reflective of their director. We sat down…

Sustainability Success Story: The Duke’s Roadhouse

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From food truck to eco-haven Laura and Rob of The Duke's Roadhouse have transformed their organic food truck business into a thriving cafe, making health and sustainability a priority. With…

Business Success Story: Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffee

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Arrosta Coffee - Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffee Business Success Story: Finding the quick wins in a more sustainable cup of coffeeFrom the back…

Business Success Story: Sustainability certification sealing the deal for safety supplier

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3S Saftey - From Failure to Fruition Business Success Story: Sustainability certification sealing the deal for safety supplier.For Clint Atkinson, owner of 3S Safety, missing out on a contract to…

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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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…

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