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Moving to Tauranga? Join This Co-Working Space
8 August 2015


Thinking of starting your own business when you move to Tauranga?   You wouldn't be the first.

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a growing global movement towards freelancing, self-employment, entreprenership, contracting and start-up business creation.

Whatever variation on the theme you may be drawn to, each option has a common starting point - leaving the relative comfort of a regular pay-check and an organisational idenity and striking out on your own.

On your own.

It sounds like a freedom cry to begin with.  A revolutionary, 'stick-it-to-the-man', 'I did it my way', blue sky possibility, the-world-is-my-oyster sort of freedom cry.

And it is.

But there is also something inherently defeating about trying to maximise the autonomous potential of your newly independent work life from your kitchen table.

Sending emails in your PJ's certainly has a kind of novelty for a while - but it wears off, as does trying to plan your next strategic move while surrounded by last night's dinner dishes.

Enter co-working spaces.  

Co-working spaces have been following closely on the heels of the freelancing trend. They are springing up all over the world to provide people with that elusive combination - autonomy and company.  

Co-working spaces provide a professional space for the self-employed to work on their own thing alongside one another, they give you a place to get up and go to each morning, meeting rooms to meet your clients in and the magic of other people's energy around you.

Ignition is one of Tauranga's successful co-working spaces, and it is proving to be something of a hub for returned Kiwi expats who have returned to Tauranga and struck out on their own on the work front.

We'd like you to meet a handful of returned Kiwi expats who now call Tauranga, and Ignition, home!


Ignition has been exactly what I needed to focus on my business and grow HistoryOrb.com. Interesting and friendly people, fast internet, meeting rooms for skyping and an attractive work environment - what more could you want?

Working on a computer all day can be tough enough with out some colleagues to share a laugh or a drink with.  We even battle it out on the tabble tennis table on a Friday! 

READ MORE about James's historical travel adventures.




I have to say that finding the co-working space with Priority One has been a real blessing. 

I was finding the home environment great for balancing the kids after school and work, but when I had challenging things to work on, I found my brain going round and round in circles. Whereas, when I get to the Ignition workspace I click into 'creative, focused' mdoe and my work performance has improved.

I don’t feel so alone anymore, and I feel connected to the city of Tauranga instead of just being on a video bridge with Japan, China or the US. Through Ignition I’ve had a chance to start networking with other IT professionals based here.

READ MORE about Pauline's experience of remote working for a global company.



I love working in a co-working space. I expect to see more such spaces open in the future. They enable you to connect with like-minded individuals keen to build businesses in a collaborative way.

I believe that co-working spaces are ideal for incubators and accelerators. Individuals can share experiences – both good and bad. It’s amazing how much you learn from others just by sharing real world experiences.

READ MORE about Peter's work linking New Zealand technology start-ups with Silicon Valley.



To find out more about Ignition Co-working Space VISIT THE WEBSITE, or contact Susanne Irwin on ignition@priorityone.co.nz.


Gets You Thinking Doesn't It?

No-one can tell you when you're ready for a change of lifestyle...but when you are, we'd love to have you in Tauranga!

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About Kathryn


Kathryn Overall is the friendly voice behind the 'Wish You Were Working Here' stories and Facebook posts.  Each month she chats with returned Kiwi expats,  Auckland imports and New Zealand immigrants who have moved to Tauranga, collecting their stories and advice to share with you. 

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