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Manawatu Economic Update January 2019

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Manawatu 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…

Men on the construction site

Proposed Immigration Changes Welcomed, but Short-term Immigration is not a Single Solution

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Opinion: Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive The Government’s proposal to change the way it approaches immigration and temporary work visas appears positive for Manawatu and local businesses, but CEDA urges…

Native Bush Walks

Opinion: NZTA Needs to Think Bigger

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Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive NZTA needs to include a walking and cycling path in the replacement road route for Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Not to do so flies…

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Manawatu’s Greatest Achievers to be Involved in Te Aho Tamaka

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The Central Economic Development Agency is proud to announce the launch of Te Aho Tamaka, a regional growth initiative for Manawatu. Te Aho Tamaka acknowledges and celebrates Manawatu’s most illustrious…

Rangiwahia Bridge

Partner Update October/November 2018

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In the October/November Partner Update we are proud to bring you: The Manawatu Business Awards Winners Updates on the Provincial Growth Fund Hosting of international education recruitment agents in Palmerston...
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Supporting and Advancing Innovation

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The 2018 Innovate final was a fantastic evening where five entrepreneurs stood before a panel of judges and a live audience to pitch their business idea, after 10 weeks of…

Tui Early Learning accepting their award

2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Award Winners Named

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A whanau-owned early childcare provider, Tui Early Learners, has taken out the distinguished Supreme Award at the 2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards in Palmerston North, on Friday evening. Tui Early…

Shane Jones announces PGF

CEDA Welcomes Provincial Growth Fund Investment to Manawatu

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Regional Economic Development Manager, the Hon Shane Jones’ announcement of almost $43 million dollars’ worth of Provincial Growth Funding for the Manawatu region (Manawatu district and Palmerston North city) is…

Origin Eight - Amy and Kelvin

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…

International students Palmerston North

Rise in International Students Choosing Manawatu

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Education New Zealand’s latest figures show Manawatu-Whanganui is the only region to experience double-digit growth in the number of new student visas issued, in the year to September 2018. The…

NZ Story Electronic Spending

Manawatu Economic Update – Ask the Experts

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Falling business confidence, record high petrol prices and stabilising house prices in larger cities are just some of the headlines dominating national media, and while there are concerns the national...
Jodie from Tonic and Cloth standing under a tree

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,…

Flock of sheep at sunset

New Zealand AgriFood Week Recognised at EDNZ Awards

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is honoured to have its leadership and delivery of New Zealand AgriFood Week recognised at the Economic Development New Zealand Awards 2018. New Zealand…

Te Apiti Wind Farm ManawatuNZ.co.nz

Partner Update September 2018

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In the September Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Updates on major projects including the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Identity, and a Day in a Visitor's Journey How CEDA...

2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards Finalists Named

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Twenty-two of the city and region’s leading businesses have been named as finalists for the 2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards. The Awards, held every two years, are designed to celebrate…

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…

Partner Update August 2018

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In the August Partner Update we are proud to bring you: New Zealand AgriFood Week finalist for award Palmerston North City i-SITE receives its fifth TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence CEDA's...
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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…

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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…

Fresh thinking born from unique challenges

Investing in Agritech – Partnering with Sprout

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Our region is a national centre of excellence for food innovation and agribusiness research, where the food and agricultural industries partner with research centres to create investment opportunities in production,…

Partner Update July 2018

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In the July Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Next steps for a new Regional Identity Come along to meet the CEDA Board and Team Provincial Growth Fund...
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…

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

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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,…

Business Advisor

Manawatu Economic Update January 2019

| Latest News | No Comments

Manawatu 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…

Men on the construction site

Proposed Immigration Changes Welcomed, but Short-term Immigration is not a Single Solution

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Opinion: Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive The Government’s proposal to change the way it approaches immigration and temporary work visas appears positive for Manawatu and local businesses, but CEDA urges…

Native Bush Walks

Opinion: NZTA Needs to Think Bigger

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Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive NZTA needs to include a walking and cycling path in the replacement road route for Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Not to do so flies…

Te Aho Tamaka Manawatu leaders

Manawatu’s Greatest Achievers to be Involved in Te Aho Tamaka

| Latest News | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency is proud to announce the launch of Te Aho Tamaka, a regional growth initiative for Manawatu. Te Aho Tamaka acknowledges and celebrates Manawatu’s most illustrious…

Rangiwahia Bridge

Partner Update October/November 2018

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the October/November Partner Update we are proud to bring you: The Manawatu Business Awards Winners Updates on the Provincial Growth Fund Hosting of international education recruitment agents in Palmerston...
Tui Early Learning accepting their award

2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Award Winners Named

| Latest News | No Comments

A whanau-owned early childcare provider, Tui Early Learners, has taken out the distinguished Supreme Award at the 2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards in Palmerston North, on Friday evening. Tui Early…

Shane Jones announces PGF

CEDA Welcomes Provincial Growth Fund Investment to Manawatu

| Latest News | No Comments

Regional Economic Development Manager, the Hon Shane Jones’ announcement of almost $43 million dollars’ worth of Provincial Growth Funding for the Manawatu region (Manawatu district and Palmerston North city) is…

Origin Eight - Amy and Kelvin

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…

NZ Story Electronic Spending

Manawatu Economic Update – Ask the Experts

| Latest News | No Comments
Falling business confidence, record high petrol prices and stabilising house prices in larger cities are just some of the headlines dominating national media, and while there are concerns the national...
Jodie from Tonic and Cloth standing under a tree

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,…

Flock of sheep at sunset

New Zealand AgriFood Week Recognised at EDNZ Awards

| Latest News | No Comments

The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is honoured to have its leadership and delivery of New Zealand AgriFood Week recognised at the Economic Development New Zealand Awards 2018. New Zealand…

Te Apiti Wind Farm ManawatuNZ.co.nz

Partner Update September 2018

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the September Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Updates on major projects including the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Identity, and a Day in a Visitor's Journey How CEDA...

2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards Finalists Named

| Latest News | No Comments

Twenty-two of the city and region’s leading businesses have been named as finalists for the 2018 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards. The Awards, held every two years, are designed to celebrate…

CEDA brings Pint of Science to New Zealand

| Latest News | No Comments

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…

Partner Update August 2018

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In the August Partner Update we are proud to bring you: New Zealand AgriFood Week finalist for award Palmerston North City i-SITE receives its fifth TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence CEDA's...
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…

Partner Update July 2018

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the July Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Next steps for a new Regional Identity Come along to meet the CEDA Board and Team Provincial Growth Fund...
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

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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,…

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

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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…

Men on the construction site

Proposed Immigration Changes Welcomed, but Short-term Immigration is not a Single Solution

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Opinion: Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive The Government’s proposal to change the way it approaches immigration and temporary work visas appears positive for Manawatu and local businesses, but CEDA urges…

Native Bush Walks

Opinion: NZTA Needs to Think Bigger

| 60 Seconds, Latest News | No Comments

Linda Stewart, CEDA Chief Executive NZTA needs to include a walking and cycling path in the replacement road route for Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Not to do so flies…

Chris Mueller with his drone

Supporting and Advancing Innovation

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The 2018 Innovate final was a fantastic evening where five entrepreneurs stood before a panel of judges and a live audience to pitch their business idea, after 10 weeks of…

International students Palmerston North

Rise in International Students Choosing Manawatu

| 60 Seconds | No Comments

Education New Zealand’s latest figures show Manawatu-Whanganui is the only region to experience double-digit growth in the number of new student visas issued, in the year to September 2018. The…

Fresh thinking born from unique challenges

Investing in Agritech – Partnering with Sprout

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Our region is a national centre of excellence for food innovation and agribusiness research, where the food and agricultural industries partner with research centres to create investment opportunities in production,…

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…

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…

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…

Origin Eight - Amy and Kelvin

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…

Jodie from Tonic and Cloth standing under a tree

Feilding to fashion week: Tonic & Cloth

| Latest News, Success Stories | No Comments

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,…

Allied Laundry in Palmerston North ceda.nz

Business Success Story: Allied Laundry

| Success Stories | No Comments

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...
Rangiwahia Bridge

Partner Update October/November 2018

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In the October/November Partner Update we are proud to bring you: The Manawatu Business Awards Winners Updates on the Provincial Growth Fund Hosting of international education recruitment agents in Palmerston...
Te Apiti Wind Farm ManawatuNZ.co.nz

Partner Update September 2018

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the September Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Updates on major projects including the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Identity, and a Day in a Visitor's Journey How CEDA...

Partner Update August 2018

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In the August Partner Update we are proud to bring you: New Zealand AgriFood Week finalist for award Palmerston North City i-SITE receives its fifth TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence CEDA's...

Partner Update July 2018

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In the July Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Next steps for a new Regional Identity Come along to meet the CEDA Board and Team Provincial Growth Fund...