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Te Waka announces Business Growth Advisory Services for Ōtorohanga

IMAGE: Ashleigh Turner, Business Growth Advisor...

August 23, 2019

How will Te Waka’s Economic Development Agency Capability Funding benefit Waikato organisations?

Funding will be used to assist organisations to develop PGF applications. Te Waka is aiming to achieve the following outcomes for Waikato organisations:Identify and qualify a pipeline of major projects applicable for PGF fundingAccelerate the number of projects presented to the PGFSecure successful investment deals for projectsIncrease capacity and capability of firms looking for further investment by working alongside existing service providersTo achieve these outcomes, Te Waka will operate und...

August 14, 2019

Te Waka granted funds to accelerate region’s access to Provincial Growth Fund

Te Waka has been successful in securing Economic Development Agency Capability Funding at $200,000 per year for two years.Minister of Regional Economic Development Hon Shane Jones announced the Te Waka investment at a function today at the Ahikōmako - Centre of Māori Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Hamilton.Te Waka CEO Michael Bassett-Foss says Te Waka aims to match the funds dollar-for-dollar to help Waikato organisations access growth funds.“As the region’s e...

August 14, 2019

Shaping a ‘slice of heaven’ for Waikato

Image: Liza Van der Merwe Associate Director Deloitte Access Economics...

August 5, 2019

Te Waka appoints new Strategic Partnerships and Projects Manager

Waikato’s regional economic development agency Te Waka has appointed a new Strategic Partnerships and Projects Manager, Michelle Hollands. Hollands brings strong strategic business experience to the organisation, having spent the last five years as General Manager (Regional Leadership) at Sport Waikato.There she worked across government-funded projects, using funding from local authorities and central government (via Sports New Zealand) to deliver opportunities for people in the community to b...

July 18, 2019

On tour in the Waikato

Quarterly Economic UpdateBlair Keenan, Principal Economist, Waikato Regional Council...

July 8, 2019

Māori economic development plan refresh to benefit Waikato communities

The refresh of the Waikato region’s Māori economic development action plan Te Whare Ohaoha will provide a clear roadmap towards a prosperous region, according to Te Puni Kōkiri (Waikato-Waiariki) and Waikato’s regional economic development agency Te Waka. The refreshed Waikato Region Māori Economic Action Plan and Agenda – Te Whare Ohaoha was unveiled by Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta at a stakeholder event today (Friday 14 June) in Hamilton. It outlined a series of actions t...

June 14, 2019

2019 New Zealand International Business Awards

Entries are open for the 2019 New Zealand International Business Awards, which celebrate the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage. Along with our Strategic Partner ANZ, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) are proud to recognise and celebrate the success, vision and grit of New Zealand exporters. The prestigious awards have been held for more than 50 years, and some of New Zealand's most iconic and dynamic businesses have been winners. Last year, this included Supreme winner ...

June 10, 2019

Techweek Waikato 2019 hits the towns to celebrate regional innovation

IMAGE: Dynamo6 Marketing Coordinator Greta and Support Engineer Mitch playing a VR game on a Google Cardboard...

May 14, 2019

Local businesses benefit from fresh ideas with R&D grant

For businesses looking to benefit from smart, enthusiastic people with fresh ideas, it doesn’t get much better than a Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grant. The R&D Experience Grant is an internship designed as full-time, paid work experience over the summer break for tertiary students studying science, technology, engineering, design or business. During the internship, students’ time must be spent helping on a special R&D project or activity. Thanks to the R&D Experience Grant, Cambridg...

April 23, 2019

Te Waka launches Business Growth Advisory Services in Te Kuiti

Te Waka, Waikato's regional economic development agency, is expanding its successful business growth advisory services into Te Kuiti. Based at Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton, the advisory service operates a successful hub and spoke delivery model where advisors visit each district within the region to meet with local businesses to provide free advice. They do this by taking a holistic look at a business, and help connect business owners with the right resources and experts to enable capabil...

April 12, 2019

Waikato Labour Market Strategy

The Labour Market Strategy explores ways to ensure that businesses can attract, develop and retain the skills they need to grow, along with aiming to increase the levels of literacy and numeracy and educational attainment in our youth and workforce. This 2019 Strategy arises from the work of the Waikato Regional Labour Market Group, a collaborative network of key stakeholders from business, community, education and government sectors engaged together in labour market issues in recent years. Init...

April 10, 2019

Economic Development - A Flutter on the Horses?

How do you pick a winner? Is there a system, or is it just plain luck? Who amongst us would risk other peoples’ money to back the last placed horse in this picture?  In many ways, “picking winners” has been officially out of fashion since the 1980s, but we all still make choices that effectively pick winners – even if we don’t like to call it that. Whether it was think-big, “catching the knowledge wave”, biotechnology, cycle trails, tourism or minerals- successive governments...

April 9, 2019

Techweek19 Waikato set to celebrate and showcase local talent with global impact

Regional tech innovation is set to shine this year as Waikato gears up for Techweek19. The week-long technology showcase, running 20-26 May across the country, is designed to bring together ‘tech’ and ‘non-tech’ people alike. Techweek19 Waikato is being led by Te Waka, Waikato’s regional economic development agency, in partnership with CultivateIT, Waikato’s IT industry group, and will take place across the region.  This year’s theme is – ‘innovation that is good for the w...

March 27, 2019

Te Waka COO to take on new economic development role

On the back of his commitment to the Waikato region’s economic development, Te Waka chief operating officer Harvey Brookes will begin a new role with economic and public policy consulting firm MartinJenkins after Easter. Te Waka board chair Dallas Fisher says Brookes has been a significant driver of economic development in the Waikato region for many years, having overseen the establishment of Te Waka since 2015 and as the programme manager for its forerunner, Waikato Means Business. “Harve...

March 8, 2019

Waikato on show in London

Waikato IT recruitment firm Burton and Associates are heading to the UK to exhibit at London’s Down Under Live Expo. Held in London on 2-3 March, Down Under Live Expo is the UK’s biggest emigrationevent for Brits looking to move to Australia and New Zealand. Phil Burton,Managing Director of Burton and Associates, will be there representing severalWaikato tech firms and holding pre-scheduled appointments with potentialcandidates to take them through the types of opportunities that are availa...

February 15, 2019

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...

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