Priority One re-elected its current board, introduced incoming chief executive Nigel Tutt to the membership, and thanked his long-serving predecessor Andrew Coker and interim chief executive Greg Simmonds, at tonight's Priority One annual general meeting at Baycourt.

Mr Tutt is due to start work on November 28.

"We had an impressive list of nominations to the board, but the three due to stand down on rotation were re-elected, so the new board is exactly the same as last year," said Priority One chairman Brett Hewlett.

The AGM also previewed the final version of the new Priority One video, Flyover Tauranga, produced with Animation Research's Ian Taylor.


It has been updated since being seen at Mr Coker's farewell earlier this year, to include the latest graphic visualisation of the new Waikato University campus in Durham St, as well as sound bites from various major companies that have recently relocated to the Bay.

"The video is squarely targeted at people who could be interested in relocating their businesses here, and is going to be used as a way of selling the Bay of Plenty and Tauranga as a business destination," said Mr Hewlett.

Mr Simmonds spoke about the highlights of the year for Priority One, the city's economic development agency.

That was followed by an innovation-focused series of brief presentations by a range of speakers including Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology interim chief executive Neil Barns, Chris Battershill, Waikato University chair of social science, who heads up the coastal research station, Venture Centre's Pascale Hyboud-Peyron, Priority One / Waikato University innovation manager Shane Stuart, and Bluelab Corporation's product development manager Jono Jones.