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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 – 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 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…

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’…

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…
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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…
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Building Capability and Career Opportunities

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Every business knows that growth is important. Finding skilled staff, providing them with the right training for the job, and moving the right people up the ranks is a key…
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Time to Reset the Tourism Sector’s Button

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CEDA’s CEO Linda Stewart, on the need for a systematic change to Aotearoa’s tourism economy. It’s no secret that I have long believed there is an urgent need for Aotearoa’s…

Foodies are in for a tasty treat with the launch of Paddock to Plate NZ

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Foodies are in for a tasty treat this month with the launch of Paddock to Plate NZ celebrating the best of local food. "Paddock to Plate 2020 provides a month…
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ManawatuNZ Visual Library Launched

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The ManawatuNZ Visual Library launched recently, providing a free resource of quality, engaging imagery and videos to help businesses and locals showcase all that Palmerston North city and Manawatū offers.…
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Manawatū Fuels Decarbonised Transport Through Green Hydrogen

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Manawatū is set to become a big part of the green hydrogen economy with Hiringa Energy selecting the region for a green hydrogen fuelling facility; one of the very first…
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Manawatū and Palmerston North Outperforms New Zealand

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Infometrics latest Quarterly Economic Monitor shows that regional economies such as Manawatū and Palmerston North are performing almost twice as well as the national economy. “While the regions have been…
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Moving to Alert Level 2 for Businesses

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Things to consider for your business Following the Government announcement on Tuesday 11 August, New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The…

Ko tōku kainga tēnei, ko Manawatū

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As part of our work to build the profile and narrative of our region, CEDA commissioned a video to build pride in Manawatū following the COVID-19 lockdown. The video was…

Sprout’s 2020 Accelerator Cohort

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Generating great ideas is part of the New Zealand and Manawatū DNA, with the Glaxo in pharmaceuticals giant, GlaxoSmithKline, starting in Bunnythorpe. The challenge has been to match the great…
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Additional Business Support Funding Announced

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Does your business need support? Additional business support funding announced by Government provides lifeline to COVID-19 impacted businesses across Manawatū-Whanganui. CEDA is pleased with last week's announcement by Government on…
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Economic Fundamentals three years on

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Picture of pre-COVID-19 business sentiment signifies confidence in economic growth across the board and provides a crucial baseline for CEDA and the region to work from as we move through…
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A Boost for our Future Talent Pool

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Tēnā koutou, I’m buoyed by the recent Government announcement on the apprenticeship initiatives and what that means for our region's growth trajectory and current skills gaps. The investment into training,…
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KiwiRail Freight Hub Announcement Reinforces Regions Strong Position

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Yesterday’s announcement of the preferred site for the KiwiRail Regional Freight Hub reinforces Manawatū’s strength and position to overcome the choppy economic outlook brought on by COVID-19. Regional Economic Development…
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Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group Established to be Eyes and Ears for Labour Market

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The government is to get independent Manawatū-Whanganui advice from a Regional Skills Leadership Group being formed to advise it on the reemployment, redeployment and retraining of workers and business owners…

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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CEDA’s New Talent and Skills Manager

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We're thrilled to introduce and welcome Sara Towers to Manawatū, as she joins us in the Talent and Skills Manager role here at CEDA. Sara, tell us about your career…
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Growing the Future of Manawatū with Sort It Online

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The Sort It Careers Expo is back for it's seventh year in a whole new format, with 2020s event being entirely run online between Monday, 25 May and Friday, 19…
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Manawatū well-placed to weather choppy economic outlook

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We are now just past the first week of Alert Level Two, with businesses across our region opening their doors and working in a safe manner. It’s a different world,…
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Manawatū Dashboard Goes Live

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A new dashboard for Palmerston North and Manawatū goes live today, providing regular information and insights across our economy as we move through the impacts and challenges of COVID-19 The…
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Post Budget Summary

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Tēnā koutou, After 48 days of Levels 4 and 3, yesterday marked a welcome but physically distanced reopening for most of our business community. With domestic travel again possible, schools…
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Monthly Update April 2020

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In this month's update: Te Aho Tāmaka - Embracing Change Series Supporting our Visitor Sector Focusing on Talent and Education Supporting Businesses through COVID-19 The Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses…
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Rebuilding a Better Normal

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Choose Manawatū - a new initiative We’ve now heard what the next stage of restarting economy will look like under Level 2, when it comes. If you’re like me, you’ll…

Choose Manawatū, a shop local initiative

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A coordinated effort is underway to stimulate the local economy post COVID-19 lockdown. A 'shop local' movement is emerging in communities across the globe and Manawatū is no different with…

Regional Investment Pipeline Positions Us Well

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On the first day of New Zealand’s Level Four Lockdown, submissions opened for Te Ahu a Turanga, the Manawatū Gorge replacement route, reminding us that although it feels like life…

Preparing for Alert Level 3

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Things to Consider for your Business Following the Government announcement on the 20th April, New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April, into…

What Comes After Alert Level 4?

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Kia ora koutou, This week has been punctuated by three significant announcements, along with what is now the daily ritual of the 1pm and 3pm government briefings. We’ve seen positive signs that…
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Navigating COVID-19 Business Webinars

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As the Regional Business Partner for Manawatū-Whanganui, CEDA are working with businesses across the region to provide immediate support, guidance and information on navigating the impacts of COVID-19. Traditionally, CEDA’s…
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Business Owners during COVID-19

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We’re now just past the halfway mark for the Level Four lockdown and things continue to change and evolve. From the support package offered, to the impact on businesses and…
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Monthly Update March 2020

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In this month's update: A note from the CEO COVID-19 - Supporting Our Business Community 'Navigating COVID-19' Webinar Series Regional Infrastructure Te Aho Tāmaka Update CEDA's Half Yearly Report We're…

Navigating the Government Support Package – 30 March

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As of Thursday 26 March, the Government has approved more than $1.5 billion in payments for wage subsidies, across more than 72,000 applications. There is no longer a cap on…
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COVID-19 Level Three – 20 March

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Today's government announcement moves New Zealand up to a Level Three alert on the COVID-19 system. In 48 hours we will move, as a country, to a Level Four. The…
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Update on COVID-19 from CEDA – 18 March

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We've compiled a summary of the governments package, and the key links and information regarding all things COVID-19, from workplace preparedness to tax relief and more. We'll be keeping in…
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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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Monthly Update February 2020

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In this month's update: Support for Business International Education Agents Visit Primary Industries Zone underway for Sort It Careers Expo Māori Tourism Workshop Please click here to read the February…
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Postponed: New Zealand AgriFood Week

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Following a review and consideration of the circumstances and information, and following engagement with our stakeholders, CEDA has made the difficult decision to postpone New Zealand AgriFood Week until further notice. This means that…
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Manawatū Teens Paired Up With Global Mentors

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Up to 30 Manawatū secondary school students will get the chance to hear first-hand from some of the country’s top young talent as part of an initiative to fill some…
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Government Sector Contributing to Palmerston North Econmy

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The government sector is a major contributor to Palmerston North’s economy, with recent data provided by Statistics New Zealand revealing that nearly 30% of the city’s workforce is employed by…
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Monthly Update January 2020

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It’s a new year and a new decade, and the city and region are on a significant growth trajectory with more than $3.5 billion of investment planned through to 2030.…
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Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund

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We talk to CEDA Board Member Lucy Griffiths, following her appointment to the independent Investment Advisory Panel for Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) about how regional New Zealand…
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Hokkaido Board of Education to visit Feilding High School

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The Hokkaido Board of Education will visit Feilding High School on Tuesday 10 February, to explore sending Japanese students to New Zealand for English Language and agricultural training. A new…
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New Zealand AgriFood Week 2020

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Kia ora koutou, Poipoia te Kakano Kia Puawai Nurture the seed and it will blossom I'm thrilled to announce New Zealand AgriFood Week for 2020. The Week boasts an extensive line-up of…
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Exciting announcement to help grow sector

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CEDA talks with Dean Tilyard, Chief Executive of Sprout, a Manawatū based business accelerator for future food and agritech startups that help entrepreneurs grow global businesses. Kia ora kautou, We’re…
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Monthly Update November/December 2019

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In this month's update: Inward Investment update Provincial Growth Fund announcements Innovate 2019 judging and awards Please click here to read the November/December 2019 Monthly Update.For more information: [email protected] 06…
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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…
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New Zealand’s Economy with Shamubeel Eaqub

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Kia ora koutou, Overall the New Zealand economy is growing at a reasonable pace, better than most of our peer countries, but still slower than in recent years. Generally speaking,…
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Innovate 2019 Winners Announced

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The 2019 Innovate final was a terrific evening where eight entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of experienced judges and a live audience, following an intensive 12-week journey…
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Cash injection signifies confidence in region

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A big day for Manawatū yesterday, as Minister Shane Jones announced five rounds of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding and support that are underway. The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) are…
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Monthly Update October 2019

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In this month's update: Launch of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Regional Partnership Agreement with Immigration New Zealand Connection businesses with Research & Development support and grants Please click here to…
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New Regional Partnership Agreement between CEDA & Immigration NZ

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and Immigration New Zealand have renewed a Regional Partnership Agreement, which sets out how the two organisations can work together to support the attraction,…

Nominations Open for Feilding & Manawatū District “Celebrating Business” Awards

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It is time to recognise businesses who make the Manawatū District a unique and vibrant place to do business, and a great place to live, work and play. Nominations are…

Policy changes for businesses employing migrants

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Previously scheduled for 1 November 2021, Immigration New Zealand’s new temporary work visa, called the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) to replace the six current temporary work visas, will be…

Enrol in study at UCOL now

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If you’re thinking about a new career, learning new skills, or improving your employment prospects, there’s never been a better time to jump into study. Mid-year enrolments at UCOL are…

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…

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…
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Community Sentiment Survey – Sharing Manawatū with Visitors

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Have your say and go in the draw to win a $300 Prezzy Card! In the year to February 2020, the Manawatū visitor economy was worth over $500 million to…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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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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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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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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…

Foodies are in for a tasty treat with the launch of Paddock to Plate NZ

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Foodies are in for a tasty treat this month with the launch of Paddock to Plate NZ celebrating the best of local food. "Paddock to Plate 2020 provides a month…
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Moving to Alert Level 2 for Businesses

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Things to consider for your business Following the Government announcement on Tuesday 11 August, New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The…

Ko tōku kainga tēnei, ko Manawatū

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As part of our work to build the profile and narrative of our region, CEDA commissioned a video to build pride in Manawatū following the COVID-19 lockdown. The video was…

Sprout’s 2020 Accelerator Cohort

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Generating great ideas is part of the New Zealand and Manawatū DNA, with the Glaxo in pharmaceuticals giant, GlaxoSmithKline, starting in Bunnythorpe. The challenge has been to match the great…
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Additional Business Support Funding Announced

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Does your business need support? Additional business support funding announced by Government provides lifeline to COVID-19 impacted businesses across Manawatū-Whanganui. CEDA is pleased with last week's announcement by Government on…
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A Boost for our Future Talent Pool

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Tēnā koutou, I’m buoyed by the recent Government announcement on the apprenticeship initiatives and what that means for our region's growth trajectory and current skills gaps. The investment into training,…

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 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.…

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: 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…