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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 - Manawatu Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatu' has reached...

Manawatu Economic Update June 2019

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Regional New Zealand continues to be the powerhouse for driving the nation’s economy and Palmerston North and Manawatu 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 – Manawatu Gorge

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The Central Economic Development Agency is proud to be leading a significant study focused on transforming Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge into a major tourism destination, following a successful application...
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CEDA Launches Move to Manawatu 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 Manawatu, 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...
Fonterra student

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...
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 Manawatu as a number one destination…

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...
Levno Business profile pictures

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: Himatangi 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...
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 Manawatu as a visitor and international education destination Updates on...
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 Manawatu local, The Fat Farmer and partner...
Business Advisor

Manawatu Economic Update March 2019

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Manawatu is continuing to record strong economic growth, underpinned by the complementary strengths of Manawatu district and Palmerston North, and the region's economy now exceeds $5 billion in value according...
Janet Reynolds Marketing and Communications Manager (002)

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 Manawatu in various roles…

International Students Day

CEDA Partnership to Promote Manawatu 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: Manawatu 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 Manawatu

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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...
Business Advisor

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…

Te Aho Tamaka Manawatu leaders

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...
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…

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 - Manawatu Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatu' has reached...

Manawatu Economic Update June 2019

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Regional New Zealand continues to be the powerhouse for driving the nation’s economy and Palmerston North and Manawatu 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 – Manawatu Gorge

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The Central Economic Development Agency is proud to be leading a significant study focused on transforming Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge into a major tourism destination, following a successful application...
Alice Tait Jamieson - Move to Manawatu

CEDA Launches Move to Manawatu 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 Manawatu, 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 Manawatu 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

| Latest News | No Comments
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

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the March/April Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatu as a visitor and international education destination Updates on...
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 Manawatu local, The Fat Farmer and partner...
Business Advisor

Manawatu Economic Update March 2019

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Manawatu is continuing to record strong economic growth, underpinned by the complementary strengths of Manawatu district and Palmerston North, and the region's economy now exceeds $5 billion in value according...
Janet Reynolds Marketing and Communications Manager (002)

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 Manawatu in various roles…

International Students Day

CEDA Partnership to Promote Manawatu 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: Manawatu 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 Manawatu

| Latest News | No Comments

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...
Business Advisor

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…

Te Aho Tamaka Manawatu leaders

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...
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...
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…

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 Manawatu 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 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

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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 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…

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...
Levno Business profile pictures

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: Himatangi 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,...
Allied Laundry in Palmerston North ceda.nz

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...
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 - Manawatu Gorge Resident attraction initiative 'Move to Manawatu' has reached...
Sort It Careers Expo 2019

Partner Update May 2019

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
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

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the March/April Partner Update we are proud to bring you: How CEDA is raising the profile of Palmerston North and Manawatu as a visitor and international education destination Updates on...
Arapuke Mountain Bike Park

Partner Update February 2019

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
In the February Partner Update we are proud to bring you: Manawatu 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

| Latest News, Partner Updates | No Comments
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

| 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...
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...