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Perception change, attraction and storytelling on the agenda for new Te Waka hire

Sharing the region’s successes and taking the region on a journey are high on the agenda for Te Waka’s new marketing and communications manager Amy van Garderen. Born in the UK and raised in Hamilton since she was four years-old, Amy has spent the past decade in communications and marketing roles at a variety of Hamilton-based organisations and has a good idea about what makes the region tick. For five years, Amy was the marketing manager for Hamilton City Council’s event facility unit, n...

December 19, 2018

Quarterly regional economic update - December 2018

If you’re starting out on a journey to a particular destination, you need at least two pieces of information: where you are and where you’re going. With the launch of Te Waka, and the publication of its 2018-2022 programme, we have for the first time as a region a better idea of where we are going. As we head into the final weeks of 2018, it is timely to take stock of where we are now. While the issues with ‘gross domestic product’ (GDP) as an indicator of economic performance are w...

December 13, 2018

Interpreting data key to Waikato's economic growth

As Te Waka’s economic adviser, Blair Keenan is tasked with making sense of numbers and data to help provide strategic direction for Waikato’s regional economic development agency, which is tasked with making a difference for the region through action and impact-focused economic development. Keenan is the principal economist for Waikato Regional Council where he advises on a wide range of regional issues. He has recently been involved in the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora plan change project, the Wai...

December 10, 2018

Te Waka launches regional economic development programme

Waikato's regional economic development agency Te Waka has announced an ambitious four-year economic development programme.  At an event at Claudelands Event Centre attended by many of the region’s key business, Māori, community and government leaders, Te Waka chair Dallas Fisher says the programme provides a pathway for the region to build on its strengths and address those areas which need a hand to thrive. “The Waikato’s ...

November 15, 2018

Prime Minister Announces Two New Major Projects For The Waikato At Te Waka Event

The Chair of Te Waka, Dallas Fisher, has enthusiastically welcomed today’s announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that two major projects in the Waikato region have received Provincial Growth Fund support. The two projects will: Fully investigate the feasibility of developing Waharoa as a major industrial and food processing hub in the eastern Waikato. And advance work and build the investment case to redevelop the Te Aroha Mineral Spa as a major Waikato tourism destination. Fisher sa...

October 4, 2018

Collaboration and partnership to underpin Te Waka

Te Waka, Waikato’s new economic development agency, has a role to play in the economic development agenda while also recognizing local aspirations and diversity, says its new CEO Michael Bassett-Foss. Bassett-Foss was appointed Te Waka’s chief executive officer in early September, alongside new chief operating officer Harvey Brookes. He says a partnership model will underpin Te Waka and support areas in the region that have their own plans and agendas. “It makes sense for Te Waka to lead ...

October 1, 2018

Te Waka announces new executive appointments

Te Waka, Waikato’s regional economic development agency, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer and chief operating officer. Michael Bassett-Foss is Te Waka’s chief executive officer and Harvey Brookes is its chief operating officer. The announcement comes almost a week after the agency held its first economic development summit and announced its official name, Te Waka: Anga whakamua Waikato (Waikato moving forward). Michael Bassett-Foss grew up in Hamilton and has s...

September 5, 2018

Te Waka: Official name announced for Waikato’s economic development agency

Economic Development Minister Shane Jones formally launched a two-day economic development summit in Waikato today, pledging the support of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). The Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (Waikato REDA) is hosting 250 of the region’s key leaders at a summit at Lake Karapiro to determine the economic development priorities that will drive the region and its communities forward. The Government has allocated $3 billion, over three years, to enhan...

August 30, 2018

Waikato economic development agency and summit aimed at boosting region

Regional Economic Development Minister Hon Shane Jones will help mark the birth of a new Waikato agency by opening a milestone economic development summit at the end of August. The summit is the first action of the new Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (Waikato REDA) which will use the gathering of leaders to determine the major economic initiatives the region must undertake to improve communities’ well-being. Minister Jones will open the two-day summit at Lake Karapiro near Cambrid...

August 23, 2018

Planning well underway for milestone Waikato economic development summit

More than 200 of the Waikato region’s key people are expected at a major economic development summit at the end of August. It’s the first important activity for the newly minted Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (Waikato REDA) and will determine the region’s top initiatives and priorities for the next 24 months and beyond. Following the summit, which is being held at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre near Cambridge, the agency will develop a finalised list of economic development ini...

July 18, 2018

The making of Waikato REDA – the region’s economic development agency

The Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency stands on the shoulders of many great organisations and some intensive work over many years. The new agency, which came into being on 1 July, is a limited liability company owned by the Waikato Regional Economic Development Trust and takes a strong lead from the Waikato Plan and Waikato Means Business. Waikato Means Business is the region’s 20-year economic development strategy, created with input from civic, business and Māori leaders. As well...

July 1, 2018

Arrived: The Waikato region’s economic development agency

The Waikato region now has an economic development agency and its first order of business is bringing together 250 of the region’s key people to determine major initiatives. The Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (Waikato REDA) came into existence on 1 July; it is a limited liability company, owned by the Waikato Regional Economic Development Trust. Waikato REDA has a current establishment board and will call for expressions of interest in a skills-based, permanent board before the e...

July 1, 2018

Hunt on for CEO to run new Waikato economic development agency

The Waikato’s economic development agency came into effect on 1 July and recruitment for a permanent CEO is already underway. Dallas Fisher, who’s chairing the establishment board for Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (Waikato REDA), says the search for a leader began in June, even before the agency was officially formed. ...

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