Te Waka is all about enabling, collaborating and making a difference through high-impact targeted projects and action.

To that end, we’ll work hard, and quickly, to get some major initiatives underway that will have a measurable economic impact on our region’s people. 

We’ll collaboratively lead these initiatives or help clear a path for others to do so. We’ll be in front of government, funders and investors and we’ll fight for our fair share of economic investment.

Through all that, we’ll deliver the work done for many years by Waikato Innovation Park’s Business Growth Services. This team works with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation to boost our region through business growth.

Business Growth Team

Our Growth 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.

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


1.) Register here. It only takes 5 minutes.
2.) One of our Growth 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 Growth 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 Growth Advisor follows-up to check on your progress and review your next steps

What kind of businesses does the growth 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

Do we need to travel to Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton?

Our Business Growth Advisors are based at Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton but travel throughout the Waikato region and have bespoke offices in:

  • Tuakau 
  • Huntly
  • Paeroa 
  • Thames
  • Raglan
  • Cambridge
  • Te Awamutu
  • Tokoroa 
  • Taupo 
  • Hamilton

We have a Business Growth Advisor in each of these 9 regions once a month and utilise Council Buildings to hold our meetings. See the Calendar to see when a Business Growth Adviser will be in your region.  

If you are cannot get to any of the locations listed above, please get in contact with us. We are more than happy to visit you at your business premise, home or local cafe that suits you. We’re now visiting Cambridge and Te Awamutu and we’ll soon be bringing the team’s services to the King Country.

If you would like to book an appointment to meet with a Business Growth Advisor please email businessgrowth@tewaka.nz

Don’t forget, we also offer access to a huge team of business mentors, who can help you with your business. Email us at businessgrowth@tewaka.nz

What funding do we deliver?

We deliver funding on behalf of Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise 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

A range of R&D grants to add scale, depth and return to your R&D Investment - whether you're a young start-up, an established R&D performer, or want to bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities. When we know what you need, 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 total cost

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

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

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