Programme Schedule

Industry Day | Thursday 29 August 2024
Symposium: Plenary and Streams | Friday 30 August 2024
Industry Exhibition | Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August 2024


Registration Opens • Grab a coffee sponsored by 

The Pullman, Auckland 


Brendan Winitana, Chair, SEANZ

Room 1 

Join us for a dawn ceremony to open DayBreak – Festival of Innovation. We will assemble at sunrise for a mihi whakatau led by mana whenua to officially open the festival.


Industry Day

1 hour


Hosted by: Matt Ward

Room 1

  • The szFlex project - creating NZ's Gridfogood
  • How solarZero's Energy Service works
  • Our Partner Programme and how you can grow your business alongside us

1 hour


Hosted by: Duane Cocker

Room 2

Discover how to capitalise on ESS & Off-Grid opportunities; dive into the world where Victron Energy Systems integrate with Freedom Won Batteries, offering scalable power to usher in a new era of energy independence and flexibility for your customers!


Plenary session • 1.5 hours

Tangata Whenua Innovation

Hosted by: Toi Kai Rawa

The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

This inaugural session features a panel of leading Māori innovators, delving into projects where Matauranga Māori and Western science converge, and giving insight into ambitious initiatives throughout our region. This is an opportunity to grow your understanding of the essence of innovation from a Māori perspective, and explore how indigenous concepts are being applied to create value, deliver prosperity and unlock untapped potential.

Panel facilitator:

  • Te Horipo Karaitiana
    Ngāti Kahungunu, Kurakura Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe
    Trustee of Toi Kai Rawa, CEO of Te Awanui Group, Deputy Chairman Wairarapa Moana Inc and Director Miraka Ltd.


  • Manu Caddie
    Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Haua
  • Cameron Baker
    Founder and CEO of Envico Technologies
  • Ngaria Rolleston
    Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Whakaue
    Chief Operating Officer of Te Awanui.

Plenary session • 2.5 hours including morning tea

Innovation in Marketing: Tauranga Companies Taking on the World

Hosted by Marketing Professionals Bay of Plenty (MoPed)

The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

Through a mix of presentations, panel Q&A and other interactive elements, the panel will present insights, war stories, lessons learned and national and global success stories relevant to any organisation that needs to communicate to succeed… so – everyone! Speakers include Tania Bui (Head of Marketing & Communications Craigs Investment Partners, Director Marketing Excellence Frucor Suntory – and lots in between), Julie Chappell (Marketing Manager Brother NZ), Lisa Ebbing (Director of Hot Milk), KokHwee Ng (General Manager, Marketing Zespri International, Singapore) and Sam Kidd (Co-founder and CEO, LawVu).


Daybreak Downtown Lunch

Proudly brought to you by:

Instead of providing a catered lunch at The Cargo Shed, we're giving Summit attendees a $20 lunch voucher each day, to buy and try lunch at one of Tauranga CBD's eateries, thanks to Downtown Tauranga. Enjoy!

Please note: Voucher is only valid during lunch break (12-2pm) on Thursday and Friday of DayBreak Summit at participating eateries in Tauranga Moana CBD.


Plenary session • 1 hour

Growing Sides Hustles to Booming Businesses (Grab and go breakfast provided)

Hosted by: Business Women’s Network, Tauranga Business Chamber

The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

Tauranga Business Chamber’s Business Women’s Network presents an opportunity to celebrate and learn from women who have taken the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship and succeeded!

Growing a business from a side hustle to a full-time commitment is no mean feat – you need grit, determination, and an innovative approach to overcome hurdles along the way.

You won’t want to miss this panel of entrepreneurial women, sharing stories from their journeys and key insights into what it takes to create some of the best and brightest businesses in the Bay. Featuring, Renee Ball (The Lactation Station), Kirsty Hunter (Good Change) and Catherine Hart (Baby Sleep).


Breakout session • 2.5 hours

Beyond the Post Its

Hosted by: Mulberry St (Clare Swallow)

Datacom, 15/17 Harington Street

Ever been in those team sessions where we all show up late, chat about ideas that skirt the real problem, rush into solutions, and end up with no change?

Not only does this waste our most precious resource, time, it sucks the life out of everyone involved.

Things are changing across workplaces all over the planet. Our work environments, once teeming with face-to-face interactions, have gradually shifted into digital spaces. Remote work, while offering immense flexibility, has also come at a cost. We've become disconnected from our colleagues.

When we connect as humans, we’re more willing to collaborate. It’s proven that when we collaborate, we’re much more likely to be creative and when we are creative, our work, our relationships and our wellbeing improve.

Join, facilitator, optimist and design thinker, Clare Swallow, to discover the art of connection, collaboration, and creativity. Say goodbye to soul-sucking meetings and hello to purposeful progress with a toolbox of actionable methods and techniques you can implement in your team, meetings and projects right away.

Breakout session • 2.5 hours

The Redesign of Everything

Hosted by: Circularity (Louise Nash)

Priority One, 29 Grey Street

This is an opportunity to get immersed in the world of circular design. Less than 10% of the world is circular so we have the opportunity to redesign almost everything to work with nature, and in doing so unlock a better way of doing business for people and the planet. No matter what your business or organisation, if you have an interest in designing the future to be circular, this session is for you! You’re welcome to join as an individual or form a team bringing an object of choice (such as your product or service) to redesign.

The expert team from Circularity will facilitate a mini-design sprint starting with an introduction to our circular-by-design innovation tool kit before kicking into a guided co-design of a chosen object to become circular. The session will culminate in prototypes for an ‘innovative circular solutions’ showcase which will be photographed and shared across our channels.

Breakout session • 2.5 hours

Digital Story Maps - Bringing stories that matter to our community to life – in real time!

Hosted by: Beca (Hayden Grant-Ussher)

Beca, Harrington House, 32 Harington Street

Come along and learn about Beca’s digital storymaps, an interactive tool that enable you to explore your hometowns and communities, and engage in helping shape the spaces you care about.

See how this technology can bring your story to life by delivering a spatial representation of your project. There’ll be a live demo, and an opportunity to get some hands-on experience and learn some tricks to engaging better with our communities.

The session will be led by Beca’s Community Shaping and Digital teams who used the same approach in their award-winning project to deliver the 30-year plan for Waipā District Council in partnership with Mana Whenua.

Breakout session • 2.5 hours

The Great Sustainability Debate

Hosted by: Craigs Investment Partners (Katie Douglas-Clifford and Vanessa Stevens)

Craigs Investment Partners, 158 Cameron Road

What does investing sustainably really mean? While we all want a cleaner, greener, fairer planet for all, how far are we prepared to go for this? Sustainable investing can take on many forms, from not investing in companies or sectors that operate in a harmful manner to impact investing for a positive social or environmental impact. Join us as we dig deep into this discussion and learn more about how you can align your investments with your values.

Breakout session • 2.5 hours

Museums of the Future

Hosted by: Tauranga Museum Team and Workshop e

Bus for this field trip will depart from The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

This is a very special opportunity to view the Tauranga Heritage Collection and learn about the latest thinking and innovations in museum experiences. Greg McManus (TCC Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage), will set the stage for an immersive experience which includes a ‘behind the scenes’ guided tour of the museum collections, where you’ll encounter some the museum’s intriguing and unique taonga (objects) and their stories.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share and explore innovative thinking in museum experiences with NZ’s premier exhibition design company Workshop e. As well as hearing about the latest in museum experiences, best practice and local opportunities, participants will be asked to share their expectations and aspirations for the role of a museum in their own cultural and social landscapes. Come prepared to share an encounter in a museum or gallery that has impressed, surprised, challenged or delighted you!

Breakout session • 2.5 hours

Tauranga’s journey to climate resilience: A design thinking experiment

Hosted by: Aurecon (Hayley Martin and Harry Gates)

Aurecon, Ground Level, 247 Cameron Road

Come along and explore strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change with Aurecon, a design, engineering and advisory company who create solutions for complex challenges. Aurecon’s designers, engineers, scientists, communicators, and advisors work with their clients to co-create a better future for people and the planet. This is a unique opportunity to work with their experts to learn innovative design thinking tools and practices and then apply them to ambitious, long term and regional scale solutions.


Daybreak Downtown Lunch

Proudly brought to you by:

Instead of providing a catered lunch at The Cargo Shed, we’re giving Summit attendees a $20 lunch voucher each day, to buy and try lunch at one of Tauranga CBD’s eateries, thanks to Downtown Tauranga. Enjoy!

Please note:
Vouchers are only valid during lunch break (12-2pm) on Thursday and Friday of DayBreak Summit at participating eateries in Tauranga Moana CBD. For T&Cs please see the Summit Programme PDF.

Participating eateries:

Lone Star - 41 The Strand

Redoubt - 53 The Strand

Subway CBD - 38 Elizabeth Street

DOCA - 6 Wharf Street

Oscar & Otto - 51 The Strand

The Barrel Room - 26 Wharf Street

The Clarence - 51 Willow Street

The Crown & Badger - 91 The Strand

Miss Gees - 3/59 The Strand

Little Long - 39 Spring St

The Phoenix - 2/59 The Strand

Robert Harris - 128 Willow Street

Falafel Metro - Red Square, 1 Devonport Road

Macau Restaurant - 59 The Strand


Breakout session • 1.5 hours

Future Festival Workshop

Hosted by: Priority One

Priority One, 29 Grey Street

Be a catalyst for the future of DayBreak! Join our interactive workshop, where we invite festival participants to contribute their insights and experience to help shape the long-term vision of our innovation festival in Tauranga. This collaborative session is your opportunity to share ideas, aspirations, and with fellow attendees help us design how future iterations of DayBreak could look. If you don’t want to fill out an evaluation survey but still want to tell us what you think, then come along - let's build the future of DayBreak – Festival of Innovation together!

Breakout session • 1.5 hours

The DayBreak Offers and Needs Market

Hosted by: Callaghan Innovation

The University of Waikato, Durham Street

Callaghan Innovation is the New Zealand Government agency supporting innovation in Aotearoa New Zealand. The expert team from Callaghan will be running an ‘offers and needs market’ workshop, using a model developed by The Post Growth Institute in Australia, and is a guided process where people work together to identify and exchange passions, knowledge, skills, resources, opportunities, and needs.

This is a chance to turbo-charge your local networks, and connect with fellow DayBreak attendees with focus, purpose and in a manner that’s designed for introverts as well as extroverts!

Breakout session • 1.5 hours

Let’s Go! Tauranga CBD Walking Tour

Hosted by: Gareth Wallis, Tauranga City Council

Begins at The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

The CBD Blueprint showcases the major developments planned across the city within the next eight years and provides an informative first-hand look into the future of the CBD. A two-hour guided tour, you’ll visit the locations outlined in the Blueprint and have a chance to see the future of our city before it comes to fruition.

Download a digital copy of the CBD Blueprint brochure

Breakout session • 1.5 hours

WNT Deep Tech Showcase

Hosted by: WNT Ventures

Base Station, 148 Durham Street

In this session, you’ll learn about the world of deep tech start-ups, and advanced technologies spinning out of local research that have the potential for massive impact. This will be an informal session, a chance to grab a refreshing beverage (hot or cold!), and explore the realities tech commercialisation from New Zealand, with the team from WNT showcasing their portfolio of companies, which range across advanced manufacturing, medical technology, climate tech, commodity recycling, artificial intelligence, aerospace, agri-tech, sensing, and automation.

This will include founders from three of their start up investments:

  • Michael Woffindon - Hairspace (automated hair cutting tool)
  • Damian Butters - TDRI (sub-surface moisture testing)
  • Kerri McMaster - Goodair (drug free nasal decongestant).

Breakout session • 1.5 hours

The Power of Brand in Innovation

Hosted by: WOODS Agency (Reuben Woods and Stephen Finnegan)

LawVu, 15 Wharf Street

A fun and creative session hosted by WOODS Agency on how to build a brand that works. Learn techniques, simple processes and the fundamentals of how to develop a Brand Strategy, Story and Identity for your product or service.

In this workshop you’ll have the chance to explore how to create a brand, including Strategy (Purpose, Positioning, Culture, Customer), Story and Identity. You’ll see how when all of these are well thought out, work together and are consistent, they can create a solid foundation for your brand. This is a practical session with a focus on fundamentals of how to do this and what the process is—giving you tools and approaches that you can take away and apply in your work.


3 hours

DayBreak Celebration

Hosted by: Priority One

The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent

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