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Monthly Update November/December 2019

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In the November/December 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Inward Investment update Provincial Growth Fund announcements Innovate 2019 judging and awards Please click here to read the…
Palmerston North School Kids

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – November 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…
Shamubeel Eaqub

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,…
Mark Anderson Innovate Winner 2019

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…
The Herb Farm

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…
Manawatu Ruahine Ranges

Monthly Update October 2019

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In the October 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Launch of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Regional Partnership Agreement with Immigration New Zealand Connection businesses with Research &…
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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,…
Agritech Strategy Award

Manawatū Agritech Strategy recognised by EDNZ Award

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The Manawatū Agritech Strategy, created in partnership between the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and Sprout, has won the Best Practice Award for Integrated Planning at Economic Development New Zealand’s…
Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge

Monthly Update September 2019

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In the September 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: The 2018/19 Year in Review - CEDA's Annual Report Transforming Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge Supporting businesses to…

Launch of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is proud to launch the Manawatū Agritech Strategy, which was developed in partnership with the global agritech accelerator Sprout and regional stakeholders including iwi,…

Introducing CEDA’s 2018/19 Annual Report

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Kia ora koutou, CEDA’s vision for Manawatū is ambitious: New Zealand’s most progressive region by 2025. For this to occur, our growth rate must continue to trend above the national…
Agrihub food innovation

FoodHQ & Foodvalley Partnership Cement’s Manawatū’s Global Leadership in Agrifood

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The Prime Minister’s announcement on Tuesday that New Zealand’s FoodHQ has entered into an international partnership with the globally renowned Foodvalley in the Netherlands, is a testament to New Zealand…
Linda Stewart

CEDA’s Chief Executive to play a leading role in shaping and creating the NZIST

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The Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) Chief Executive Linda Stewart has been appointed to a key leadership position to help shape the future of the New Zealand Institute of Skills…

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – September 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…

New Partnership to Connect Tertiary Talent Directly with Career Opportunities in the Region

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To attract tertiary graduates and encourage people to choose Manawatū as a place to begin and grow their career, CEDA is partnering with NxtStep, a leading graduate employment and careers platform…
Berrymans Lane

Monthly Update August 2019

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In the August 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Attracting Tertiary Talent to Manawatū Completion of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Tools to help you promote Manawatū Please…
Whatonga Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge

Partner Update July 2019

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In the July 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How to be involved in growing the Manawatū visitor sector New partnerships with Whanganui & Partners and the Manawatū…
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Manawatū’s Journey to Becoming a Top Global Agrihub

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Agrifood leaders in Manawatū say regions within New Zealand must collaborate, work together and use their combined strengths to compete in the world. Manawatū’s Journey to Becoming a Top Global Agrihub…
Opiki Toll Bridge

Partner Update June 2019

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In the June 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Successful Provincial Growth Fund application for Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatū' has reached…

Manawatū Economic Overview June 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.…
Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge ManawatuNZ.co.nz

CEDA Receives PGF Funding to Investigate Tourism Potential for Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is proud to be leading a significant study focused on transforming Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge into a major tourism destination, following a successful…
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CEDA Launches Move to Manawatū Campaign to Attract People to the Region

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has launched Move to Manawatu, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of the lifestyle and career opportunities in Palmerston North and Manawatū, to…
Sort It Careers Expo 2019

Partner Update May 2019

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In the May 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Successful Central Regions' Mission to China CEDA's Business Growth Advisor campaign and the launch of a CEDA Start-up…
Students in Palmerston North

CEDA Leads Third International Education Delegation to China

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is leading an international education delegation to China to continue building on our work to raise awareness of Manawatū as a number one destination…
Pint of Science

Brewing on Science

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Award-Winning Global Science Festival Comes to Manwatu and Whanganui. The relationship between ageing, food and your brain to co-existing with cows and keas, and the state of our environment from…
Sort it careers expo 2019

Connecting Business, Industry and Training and Future Talent

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The Sort It Careers Expo returns in 2019 for its sixth, largest and most successful year. The Sort It Careers Expo is New Zealand’s largest regional expo and is delivered…
Te Apiti Wind Farm

Partner Update March/April 2019

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In the March/April Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatū as a visitor and international education destination Updates on…
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Plate of Origin 2019 Winners Announced

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For the first time in Plate of Origin’s history, two restaurant partnerships have been named joint winners for 2019. The winning partnerships are Manawatū local, The Fat Farmer and partner…

Manawatū Economic Overview March 2019

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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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Janet Reynolds Appointed New Marketing and Communications Manager

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CEDA is pleased to announce Janet Reynolds has been appointed to the position of Marketing and Communications Manager. Reynolds has worked for CEDA and formerly Destination Manawatū in various roles…
International Students Day

CEDA Partnership to Promote Manawatū to International Students

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) has partnered with Take Me 2 The World, a Palmerston North-based TECNZ ITO member, to create a Short-Term Study Tour itinerary, aimed at potential…
Arapuke Mountain Bike Park

Partner Update February 2019

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In the February Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Manawatū on the cover of Kia Ora magazine The development of a Visitor Strategy, Agritech Strategy and Inward Investment Strategy…
Sheep farming in Manawatu

Fourth New Zealand AgriFood Week Officially Underway in Manawatū

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Harnessing and using data to better understand consumers, being able to pivot, and being extraordinary, are key to food and beverage brands’ success, says an international expert in growing food…

Air New Zealand Announcement Supports Visitor Growth

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Lower flight prices are touching down in Palmerston North, following Air New Zealand's announcement yesterday that it is slashing the price of flights to and from the city. CEDA works…
The clocktower in The Square

Partner Update December 2018/January 2019

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In the December/January Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Launch of Te Aho Tāmaka Kia Ora Magazine Feature Sort It Careers Expo Please click on the below update to…
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Manawatū Economic Overview January 2019

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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…
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 Manawatū 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 - Manawatū Gorge. Not to do so flies…
Te Aho Tamaka Manawatu leaders

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

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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is proud to announce the launch of Te Aho Tāmaka, a regional growth initiative for Manawatū. Te Aho Tāmaka acknowledges and celebrates Manawatu’s most…
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Partner Update October/November 2018

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In the October/November Partner Update we are proud to bring you: The Manawatū 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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū Business Awards in Palmerston North, on Friday evening. Tui Early…
Shane Jones announces PGF

CEDA Welcomes Provincial Growth Fund Investment to Manawatū

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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 Manawatū region (Manawatū 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

Manawatū Economic Overview – 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,…
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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…
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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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū 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 Manawatū 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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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…

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…
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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 Manawatū 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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Manawatū Economy Growing Faster than NZ – What Does This Mean?

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The Manawatū region’s economy is growing faster than the national average for the first time since 2011, according to the Manawatū 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…
Shamubeel Eaqub

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,…

Introducing CEDA’s 2018/19 Annual Report

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Kia ora koutou, CEDA’s vision for Manawatū is ambitious: New Zealand’s most progressive region by 2025. For this to occur, our growth rate must continue to trend above the national…
Nero Plate of Origin dish

Plate of Origin 2019 Winners Announced

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For the first time in Plate of Origin’s history, two restaurant partnerships have been named joint winners for 2019. The winning partnerships are Manawatū local, The Fat Farmer and partner…

Air New Zealand Announcement Supports Visitor Growth

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Lower flight prices are touching down in Palmerston North, following Air New Zealand's announcement yesterday that it is slashing the price of flights to and from the city. CEDA works…
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 Manawatū 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 - Manawatū 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…
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Rise in International Students Choosing Manawatū

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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…
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 Manawatū 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…
Fireworks over the Manawatu River Anzac Park

Monthly Update November/December 2019

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In the November/December 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Inward Investment update Provincial Growth Fund announcements Innovate 2019 judging and awards Please click here to read the…
Manawatu Ruahine Ranges

Monthly Update October 2019

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In the October 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Launch of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Regional Partnership Agreement with Immigration New Zealand Connection businesses with Research &…
Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge

Monthly Update September 2019

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In the September 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: The 2018/19 Year in Review - CEDA's Annual Report Transforming Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge Supporting businesses to…
Berrymans Lane

Monthly Update August 2019

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In the August 2019 Monthly Update we are proud to bring you: Attracting Tertiary Talent to Manawatū Completion of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Tools to help you promote Manawatū Please…
Whatonga Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge

Partner Update July 2019

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In the July 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How to be involved in growing the Manawatū visitor sector New partnerships with Whanganui & Partners and the Manawatū…
Opiki Toll Bridge

Partner Update June 2019

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In the June 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Successful Provincial Growth Fund application for Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatū' has reached…
Sort It Careers Expo 2019

Partner Update May 2019

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In the May 2019 Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Successful Central Regions' Mission to China CEDA's Business Growth Advisor campaign and the launch of a CEDA Start-up…
Te Apiti Wind Farm

Partner Update March/April 2019

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In the March/April Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatū as a visitor and international education destination Updates on…
Arapuke Mountain Bike Park

Partner Update February 2019

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In the February Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Manawatū on the cover of Kia Ora magazine The development of a Visitor Strategy, Agritech Strategy and Inward Investment Strategy…
The clocktower in The Square

Partner Update December 2018/January 2019

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In the December/January Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Launch of Te Aho Tāmaka Kia Ora Magazine Feature Sort It Careers Expo Please click on the below update to…
Rangiwahia Bridge

Partner Update October/November 2018

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In the October/November Partner Update we are proud to bring you: The Manawatū 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

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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…

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…
Palmerston North School Kids

Manawatū Quarterly Economic Overview – November 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 – September 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 June 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 March 2019

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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 January 2019

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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: 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.…
Waireka Honey Centre

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…
See Me Media

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…
Pacific Helmets

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…
ind out how CEDA supported Sophia Parun

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.

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…
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

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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…