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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: communications@ceda.nz 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,…
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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…
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Monthly Update September 2019

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In this month's update: The 2018/19 Year in Review - CEDA's Annual Report Transforming Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge Supporting businesses to attract tertiary talent Please click here to read…

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…
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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…
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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 – 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…

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…
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Monthly Update August 2019

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In this month's update: Attracting Tertiary Talent to Manawatū Completion of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Tools to help you promote Manawatū Please click here to read the August 2019 Monthly…
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Partner Update July 2019

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In this month's update: How to be involved in growing the Manawatū visitor sector New partnerships with Whanganui & Partners and the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce to deliver business growth…
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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…
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Partner Update June 2019

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In this month's update: Successful Provincial Growth Fund application for Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatū' has reached thousands of people We are the successful…

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.…
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CEDA Receives PGF Funding to Investigate Tourism Potential for Te Āpiti – 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…
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Partner Update May 2019

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In this month's update: Successful Central Regions' Mission to China CEDA's Business Growth Advisor campaign and the launch of a CEDA Start-up Guide Manawatū Destination Management Plan update Please click…
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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…
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Brewing on Science

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Award-Winning Global Science Festival Comes to Manawatū and Whanganui The relationship between ageing, food and your brain to co-existing with cows and keas, and the state of our environment from…
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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…
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Partner Update March/April 2019

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In this month's update: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatū as a visitor and international education destination Updates on the development of agritech and health…
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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 – 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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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…
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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…
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Partner Update February 2019

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In this month's update: Manawatū on the cover of Kia Ora magazine The development of a Visitor Strategy, Agritech Strategy and Inward Investment Strategy for Palmerston North and Manawatu Growth…
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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…
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Partner Update December 2018/January 2019

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In this month's update: Launch of Te Aho Tāmaka Kia Ora Magazine Feature Sort It Careers Expo Please click on the December 2018/January 2019 Partner Update below to enlarge the…
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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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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…
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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…
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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 this month's update: The Manawatū Business Awards Winners Updates on the Provincial Growth Fund Hosting of international education recruitment agents in Palmerston North Please click on the October/November 2018…
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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…
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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…
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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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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…
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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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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 this month's update: Updates on major projects including the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Identity, and a Day in a Visitor's Journey How CEDA is helping businesses to grow through Callaghan…

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…
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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,…
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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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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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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…

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…

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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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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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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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…
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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…

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…
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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…
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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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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…
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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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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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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: communications@ceda.nz 06…
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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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Monthly Update September 2019

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In this month's update: The 2018/19 Year in Review - CEDA's Annual Report Transforming Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge Supporting businesses to attract tertiary talent Please click here to read…
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Monthly Update August 2019

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In this month's update: Attracting Tertiary Talent to Manawatū Completion of the Manawatū Agritech Strategy Tools to help you promote Manawatū Please click here to read the August 2019 Monthly…
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Partner Update July 2019

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In this month's update: How to be involved in growing the Manawatū visitor sector New partnerships with Whanganui & Partners and the Manawatū Chamber of Commerce to deliver business growth…
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Partner Update June 2019

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In this month's update: Successful Provincial Growth Fund application for Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatū' has reached thousands of people We are the successful…
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Partner Update May 2019

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In this month's update: Successful Central Regions' Mission to China CEDA's Business Growth Advisor campaign and the launch of a CEDA Start-up Guide Manawatū Destination Management Plan update Please click…
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Partner Update March/April 2019

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In this month's update: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatū as a visitor and international education destination Updates on the development of agritech and health…
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Partner Update February 2019

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In this month's update: Manawatū on the cover of Kia Ora magazine The development of a Visitor Strategy, Agritech Strategy and Inward Investment Strategy for Palmerston North and Manawatu Growth…
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Partner Update December 2018/January 2019

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In this month's update: Launch of Te Aho Tāmaka Kia Ora Magazine Feature Sort It Careers Expo Please click on the December 2018/January 2019 Partner Update below to enlarge the…
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Partner Update October/November 2018

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In this month's update: The Manawatū Business Awards Winners Updates on the Provincial Growth Fund Hosting of international education recruitment agents in Palmerston North Please click on the October/November 2018…
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Partner Update September 2018

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In this month's update: Updates on major projects including the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Identity, and a Day in a Visitor's Journey How CEDA is helping businesses to grow through Callaghan…

Partner Update August 2018

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In this month's update: New Zealand AgriFood Week finalist for award Palmerston North City i-SITE receives its fifth TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence CEDA's Startup Clinic success Please click on the…

Partner Update July 2018

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In this month's update: Next steps for a new Regional Identity Come along to meet the CEDA Board and Team Provincial Growth Fund update Please click on the July 2018…

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…
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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…