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CEDA brings Pint of Science to New Zealand

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The Central Economic Development Agency will be quenching Manawatu locals’ thirst for science by bringing the world’s largest series of public science talks to New Zealand – Pint of Science…

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Become a Business Mentor

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is calling for volunteers with a range of business experience to become Business Mentors and share their insights, expertise, knowledge and ways of thinking…

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Manawatu Economic Update

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

Caravan travelling in the Pohangina Valley

Visitor projects update

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Several significant visitor-focused projects are underway here at CEDA with a purpose to raise the profile of our region and to grow the number of visitors we have coming to…

Business Awards – Get Involved!

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One of the biggest events on the business community calendar is back for 2018! The Westpac Manawatu Business Awards recognise business excellence and best practice in the region, across seven…

Reveal of ManawatuNZ.co.nz

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The CEDA team is incredibly excited to showcase the new look of our regional website, ManawatuNZ.co.nz, a major project that has been under development for the last few months. Those…

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Manawatu economy growing faster than NZ – what does this mean?

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The Manawatu region’s economy is growing faster than the national average for the first time since 2011, according to the Manawatu Region Quarterly Economic Update. The regional economy grew by…

Jetstar Flight at Palmerston North Airport

Palmerston North Airport numbers sky high

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The numbers of passengers flying in and out of Palmerston North Airport have risen by an unprecedented amount in the past two years, according to Palmerston North Airport’s chief executive,…

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The Lean Hub: Supervisors to leaders

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CEDA is working with The Lean Hub to deliver a Supervisors Development Course, a six-month fully guided programme in Palmerston North between July 3 and December 11. About the course:…

Big changes in visitor bed night data

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Over the past several months, regions across New Zealand have been grappling with the loss of a key set of regional tourism data, provided by Qrious which captured visitor nights…

Proposed business hub for Palmerston North

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A thoughtfully curated, modern, and innovative co-working space is proposed for Palmerston North’s city centre, at the heart of Broadway Avenue. The multi-storey building will include co-working spaces, meeting rooms,…

How CEDA attracts conferences and events

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Attracting conferences and events to the region is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for a strong regional economy, which is why our conference and events team hosted a site…

Starting up and developing skills

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CEDA is dedicated to helping businesses grow. Below are two opportunities to take part in, whether you’re at the start of your business journey or working in a business and…

Helping SME’s make the most of technology

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Helping SME’s access technology to increase productivity and efficiency is a key focus for CEDA’s Business Team. Business Growth Advisor Research and Development, Peter Ellingham, helps businesses to upskill with…

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...

Positioning Manawatu on a global stage

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Due to CEDA’s focused work in the distribution and logistics and agrifood sectors, work with McKinsey and Company, and in increasing the profile of our region within central government, Chief…

Sort It: more exhibitors than ever

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Largest ever selection of career options at the 2018 Sort It Careers Expo High school and tertiary students or anyone already in the workforce who may be looking for a…

Ruapehu business networking opportunity

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ruapehu District Council are hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Friday May 11, at the Park Hotel National Park, to…

International student numbers on the rise

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The latest figures from the Ministry of Education reveal strong growth in international student numbers for the Manawatu-Whanganui region, while nationally numbers have fallen. Student enrolments in the region were…

Proposed tax incentive – great for region’s businesses

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The Government’s proposal to develop a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is aimed at getting more businesses to spend on R&D, and opening the door for smaller businesses to…

Manawatu, one of NZ’s most affordable places

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Manawatu, is one of New Zealand’s most affordable regions, but how do we get more people to move here? House prices in Palmerston North City and Manawatu District are increasing…

AgTech Hackathon – Get involved!

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Innovation, whether it’s a new idea or improving something established, is a crucial part of Manawatu’s backbone. That’s why we are proud to partner with Building Clever Companies (BCC) and Microsoft to present the second AgTech Hackathon in Manawatu.  The AgTech Hackathon…

Teams champs drives millions into region’s economy

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The action packed 2018 ENZED Superstock Teams Champs contributed an estimated $5.2 million to Manawatu’s economy, a Major Events Report by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) reveals. The $5.2m…

Nero and Cibo win 2018 Plate of Origin

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Owner and chef of Nero, Scott Kennedy and chef Kate Fay of Cibo in Auckland, have been named the winners of this year’s national Plate of Origin competition.  The winning dish was announced…

New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) in association with ASB and the Hon Damien O’Connor, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Safety and Rural Communities, are proud to officially launch the…

Round two of the Major Events Fund opens today

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The second round of the Major Events Fund kicks off today, with applications now open. The Major Events Fund, for Manawatu, was established in late 2017 by CEDA on behalf…

Locals remain loyal, and Broadway smashes $10 million

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Strong employment and more stable dairy prices are driving growth in retail spend across Manawatu Region, according to the latest Marketview Quarterly Report. CEDA commissions the report on a quarterly…

Start-up Clinic launches in February

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Have you got a business idea or are you working in a cottage industry (from home, or out of the garage) that’s supplementing your income and ticking along nicely, but…

CEDA launches programme to help solve talent shortage in Distribution and Logistics sector

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The Central Economic Development Agency has today launched a pilot programme which offers high school students a four-day introduction to the distribution and logistics sector. The programme’s focus is to…

CEDA helps Blockchain company, BlockBit, establish itself in Manawatu

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Central Economic Development Agency helps Australian-based company BlockBit Technology Solutions establish its first New Zealand branch in Palmerston North. BlockBit Technology Solutions, which focuses on Blockchain technology and services, as…

CEDA brings Pint of Science to New Zealand

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The Central Economic Development Agency will be quenching Manawatu locals’ thirst for science by bringing the world’s largest series of public science talks to New Zealand – Pint of Science…

Business mentors offering support

Become a Business Mentor

| Latest News | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is calling for volunteers with a range of business experience to become Business Mentors and share their insights, expertise, knowledge and ways of thinking…

Business image created by Pressfoto

Manawatu Economic Update

| Latest News | No Comments

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

Caravan travelling in the Pohangina Valley

Visitor projects update

| Latest News | No Comments

Several significant visitor-focused projects are underway here at CEDA with a purpose to raise the profile of our region and to grow the number of visitors we have coming to…

Business Awards – Get Involved!

| Latest News | No Comments

One of the biggest events on the business community calendar is back for 2018! The Westpac Manawatu Business Awards recognise business excellence and best practice in the region, across seven…

Reveal of ManawatuNZ.co.nz

| Latest News | No Comments

The CEDA team is incredibly excited to showcase the new look of our regional website, ManawatuNZ.co.nz, a major project that has been under development for the last few months. Those…

Woman doing work

Manawatu economy growing faster than NZ – what does this mean?

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The Manawatu region’s economy is growing faster than the national average for the first time since 2011, according to the Manawatu Region Quarterly Economic Update. The regional economy grew by…

Jetstar Flight at Palmerston North Airport

Palmerston North Airport numbers sky high

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The numbers of passengers flying in and out of Palmerston North Airport have risen by an unprecedented amount in the past two years, according to Palmerston North Airport’s chief executive,…

Supervisor to leader

The Lean Hub: Supervisors to leaders

| Latest News | No Comments

CEDA is working with The Lean Hub to deliver a Supervisors Development Course, a six-month fully guided programme in Palmerston North between July 3 and December 11. About the course:…

Big changes in visitor bed night data

| Latest News | No Comments

Over the past several months, regions across New Zealand have been grappling with the loss of a key set of regional tourism data, provided by Qrious which captured visitor nights…

Proposed business hub for Palmerston North

| Latest News | No Comments

A thoughtfully curated, modern, and innovative co-working space is proposed for Palmerston North’s city centre, at the heart of Broadway Avenue. The multi-storey building will include co-working spaces, meeting rooms,…

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...

Sort It: more exhibitors than ever

| Latest News | No Comments

Largest ever selection of career options at the 2018 Sort It Careers Expo High school and tertiary students or anyone already in the workforce who may be looking for a…

Ruapehu business networking opportunity

| Latest News | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ruapehu District Council are hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Friday May 11, at the Park Hotel National Park, to…

International student numbers on the rise

| Latest News | No Comments

The latest figures from the Ministry of Education reveal strong growth in international student numbers for the Manawatu-Whanganui region, while nationally numbers have fallen. Student enrolments in the region were…

Manawatu, one of NZ’s most affordable places

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Manawatu, is one of New Zealand’s most affordable regions, but how do we get more people to move here? House prices in Palmerston North City and Manawatu District are increasing…

AgTech Hackathon – Get involved!

| Latest News | No Comments

Innovation, whether it’s a new idea or improving something established, is a crucial part of Manawatu’s backbone. That’s why we are proud to partner with Building Clever Companies (BCC) and Microsoft to present the second AgTech Hackathon in Manawatu.  The AgTech Hackathon…

Teams champs drives millions into region’s economy

| Latest News | No Comments

The action packed 2018 ENZED Superstock Teams Champs contributed an estimated $5.2 million to Manawatu’s economy, a Major Events Report by the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) reveals. The $5.2m…

Nero and Cibo win 2018 Plate of Origin

| Latest News | No Comments

Owner and chef of Nero, Scott Kennedy and chef Kate Fay of Cibo in Auckland, have been named the winners of this year’s national Plate of Origin competition.  The winning dish was announced…

New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018

| Latest News | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) in association with ASB and the Hon Damien O’Connor, the Minister of Agriculture, Food Safety and Rural Communities, are proud to officially launch the…

Round two of the Major Events Fund opens today

| Latest News | No Comments

The second round of the Major Events Fund kicks off today, with applications now open. The Major Events Fund, for Manawatu, was established in late 2017 by CEDA on behalf…

Locals remain loyal, and Broadway smashes $10 million

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Strong employment and more stable dairy prices are driving growth in retail spend across Manawatu Region, according to the latest Marketview Quarterly Report. CEDA commissions the report on a quarterly…

Start-up Clinic launches in February

| Latest News | No Comments

Have you got a business idea or are you working in a cottage industry (from home, or out of the garage) that’s supplementing your income and ticking along nicely, but…

CEDA launches programme to help solve talent shortage in Distribution and Logistics sector

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The Central Economic Development Agency has today launched a pilot programme which offers high school students a four-day introduction to the distribution and logistics sector. The programme’s focus is to…

CEDA helps Blockchain company, BlockBit, establish itself in Manawatu

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Central Economic Development Agency helps Australian-based company BlockBit Technology Solutions establish its first New Zealand branch in Palmerston North. BlockBit Technology Solutions, which focuses on Blockchain technology and services, as…

Retail spending across the Central Regions higher than the national average – Marketview figures

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On a national stage, Manawatu and surrounding regions are performing particularly well when it comes to retail spending. It is the first time since June 2014 when the series began,…

Top takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa

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Top three takeaways from Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2018: What all businesses need to know Local and international experts in business, innovation, sustainability, infrastructure and finance spoke at the annual summit…

Recipients of the Major Events Fund announced

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Four major events in Manawatu have received a funding boost from the Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) Major Events Fund. Round One consisted of $65,000 worth of funding being allocated…

Funding for major events in Manawatu available from CEDA.

Applications open for new Major Events Fund

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Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu. “Events make a positive contribution to our region by…

A new toolbox for businesses

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Easy access to business support, advice and resources is the aim of a new website that will help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish. With a range of…

How CEDA attracts conferences and events

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Attracting conferences and events to the region is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for a strong regional economy, which is why our conference and events team hosted a site…

Starting up and developing skills

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

CEDA is dedicated to helping businesses grow. Below are two opportunities to take part in, whether you’re at the start of your business journey or working in a business and…

Helping SME’s make the most of technology

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

Helping SME’s access technology to increase productivity and efficiency is a key focus for CEDA’s Business Team. Business Growth Advisor Research and Development, Peter Ellingham, helps businesses to upskill with…

Positioning Manawatu on a global stage

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

Due to CEDA’s focused work in the distribution and logistics and agrifood sectors, work with McKinsey and Company, and in increasing the profile of our region within central government, Chief…

Proposed tax incentive – great for region’s businesses

| 60 Seconds, home | No Comments

The Government’s proposal to develop a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is aimed at getting more businesses to spend on R&D, and opening the door for smaller businesses to…

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...