Business Advisory

Our  Advisors take a bird's-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts so you can build capability and grow. As part of a national network of people who can help, we’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively.

To arrange a time to meet one of our business advisors please fill in the contact form below.

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Our  Advisors take a bird's-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts. 

Business Advisory Team

Ashleigh Turner

Ashleigh is the Business Growth and Maaori Economic Development Manager at Te Waka. She has 12+ years’ experience providing business and policy advice, advocacy and support... read more

Craig Purcel

Craig has had extensive experience across government, corporate and SME level of business.  He established a Consultancy business through the 2009 Global financial Crisis... read more

Peter Davey

Peter has a diverse range of senior management experience in manufacturing and process initially in Zimbabwe and also in New Zealand. An initial qualification in Forest Management... read more

Tony Kane

Tony is the Waikato Business Mentors Coordinator matching mentees and mentors within the NZ Business Mentor scheme. He has 27 years’ experience as an independent business advisor in... read more

Novell Gopal

Novell has a diverse range of academic and industry background including tertiary level teaching, research, technical support (medical diagnostic equipment), sales and marketing...read more

Kahurangi Malcolm

Kahurangi has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration. She specialises in supporting start-ups, SMES, Maori businesses and land trusts. She is a Kura Kaupapa... read more

Hayley Smith

Hayley has an extremely diverse skillset with over 10 years of management experience in New Zealand and Australia. She brings a practical approach to business advising... read more

Tammee Wilson

Tammee’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fashion from AUT and she was a finalist in The World of Wearable Art Awards. Her experience of work includes... read more

Colleen Litchfield 

With a background in economic development programe management, sales management, new business development and export fields, Colleen is a new addition to the... read more

Josephine Makuden

Josephine has recently graduated from Wintec in Communications, specializing in public relations, advertising and events. Her current role is to support the team with any required... read more

Corey Wilson

Corey provides a tailored financial and strategic perspective to business growth. As a chartered accountant, he has worked extensively across public sector, corporate, SME and Māori... read more

Here’s how we connect you with the right people and information


1.) Register here. It only takes 5 minutes.
2.) One of our  Advisors will be in touch within 48 hours
3.) We’ll chat about your growth aspirations and any challenges you may be facing
4.) Your  Advisor will come back with an action plan and key priorities
5.) You follow the plan, connecting with the right people and information, so you get the support you need to build your capabilities
6.) After an agreed time your Advisor follows-up to check on your progress and review your next steps

What kind of businesses does the advisory team support?


Whether you just have an idea, are a new start-up, a growing or well established business, we support all businesses in the Waikato from every sector. 

  • How can you help my business?
  • We help businesses by:
  • Providing connections
  • Business growth and innovation events 
  • Funding
  • Independent advice

What funding do we deliver?

We deliver funding on behalf of Government agency, Callaghan Innovation, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) for eligible businesses and Maori Trusts throughout the Waikato region (criteria apply).  

NZTE Capability Voucher funding

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers are available to businesses to use as partial payment towards the cost of capability development and training in the following areas: Business Planning, Business Systems, Business Sustainability, Capital Raising, Export, Finance, Governance, Lean Manufacturing / Business Operations, Managing Resources, and Marketing.

  • Co-fund 50% up to a maximum of $5000 per year
  • Capability Development Training for Management
  • Business must cover remaining 50% of total cost

If you would like more information about funding please contact our business growth team businessgrowth@tewaka.nz

Callaghan Innovation funding

We can help you apply for a range of R&D grants to add scale, depth and return to your R&D investment – whether you’re a young start-up, or an established R&D performer, we can connect you with the right funding to help your R&D get ahead.

  • Funding for research and development
  • Co-fund up to 40% of total cost
  • Business must cover remaining 60% of cost

We can also help you bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities with the R&D Experience Grant which is designed to bring smart, enthusiastic and fresh thinking into your company with support provided by tertiary students in their summer break. Your business will receive funding for 400 hours of full-time work for a student to help you with an R&D project or activity.

Cambridge-based website developers Rocketspark used the R&D Experience Grant to enable students to help them develop a high-value web project they wouldn’t have otherwise had the time of resource to do – check it out here.

If you would like more information about funding, and help with applying for a grant, please contact our business growth team businessgrowth@tewaka.nz

As the front door to the region, we communicate, partner and connect with Ministers and officials, local councils and funders, and the wider public.