Ben Rickard, TaurangaTech

TaurangaTech founder and tech blogger, Ben Rickard

The Tauranga Tech website was started in January 2014 by Ben Rickard, following the inaugural meeting of the Welcome Bay Business Network at the Welcome Bay Community Centre.  At that meeting there was a discussion and recognition of the growing number of technology-based businesses setting up shop or moving here.  Indeed, in 2013 Tauranga was named by Google as the regional winner and one of New Zealand’s top five “eTowns”.  The awards were created to celebrate the towns and cities making the best use of the web to connect with customers and grow.

At the Business Network meeting we talked about how to encourage more such businesses to move here, and how to support our homegrown ones to continue to be successful.  I realised one of the things that must be central to this is to have an internet presence and a vehicle by which to communicate and promote the sector here, and boom, taurangatech.co.nz was born!

Graphics for the site are created by Amy from Wild Flare, a local creative & design agency.  Wild Flare specialise in graphic design, website design, advertising and branding.  Visit www.wildflare.co.nz to find out more.

Site designed and developed by Imran from Swift IT Solutions. He is an ICT tutor by profession and web designer/developer by passion. He offers: Blog/website setup, optimization (speed and SEO), social media marketing, and wired/wireless network infrastructure design, setup and maintenance services.