Welcome to the Mighty Waikato
Discover the essence of Waikato: a place of powerful possibilities, where mahia te mahi; ‘getting the job done’ is in our DNA. Here family is nurtured, visitors are welcomed as friends and life can be enjoyed to the full. Find out more about our people, our place.
COVID-19 Business Support 2021
The COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on small and medium-sized enterprises.Read more
Te Waka publishes a range of economic intelligence reports to highlight the key indicators and trends of the Waikato economy.
Māori Economic Development
Te Waka is committed to Māori Economic Development in the Waikato Region. Our priorities are guided by the long-term agenda set out in the Waikato Region Māori Economic Development Plan to build a prosperous Māori economy in the region.
Regional Business Partners
Te Waka has a team of expert business advisors who work across the region helping businesses of all sizes to grow.
In order to develop and grow a diverse Waikato economy, Te Waka supports established and emerging sectors through a range of initiatives and actions.
The Waikato region’s 10 districts and city sit at the heart of an area that is home to more than half New Zealand’s population. Quality infrastructure and easy access to the rest of the country, including the export ports of Auckland and Tauranga, enable easy movement of goods, services, people and ideas.
Social procurement is a key focus area for Te Waka to demonstrate an inclusive and regenerative approach to economic development.
The Waikato region is one of the most productive in New Zealand. Its prime location and diverse economy are the springboard for innovation and industry.
Start-up Wānanga 2021 is open for Applications
Do you have a business idea you want to get off the ground? Find out how we can help. Start-up Wānanga is an opportunity to cultivate your skills as an entrepreneur fast. Shape your business or start-up business idea through a series of 10 learning ‘sprints’ and practical exercises over a weekend. On the final day, pitch your business proposal to a panel of judges and a live audience. Start-up Wānanga will be hosted over the weekend of 25-27th November. Ignite you passion as an entrepreneur and be in to win heaps of prizes! Applications close on the 21st of November for more information check out | https://www.ahikomako.nz/events-workshops/start-up-wananga/
Three quick tips for navigating alert level 3
With parts of the Waikato now having moved to alert level 3 at midnight, it seemed appropriate that we share with you three short things that we feel are important and are worthy of focus at a time like this and beyond.
Waikato researchers help launch circular economy initiatives for business
An $11 million University of Waikato-led research project to develop New Zealand’s circular economy has partnered with the Sustainable Business Network, Government agencies and Waste Management to help businesses build a circular economy.
South Waikato Business Advice Line
Register now for a FREE 45 min Zoom or phone call with an experienced business coach to help you with a critical issue or opportunity in your business, non-profit or start-up.
HAMILTON | Pasifika Social Enterprise Strategy Workshop
This workshop will help you with tools and tactics to develop a strong social enterprise strategy. The workshop will introduce participants to social enterprise fundamentals and the value of social procurement as a lever to create social outcomes in the community.
The Icehouse 20th Anniversary Road trip, Hamilton event
The Icehouse is excited to present the 20th Anniversary Kiwi Road Trip. Our group CEO, Gavin Lennox is embarking on a road trip across the country to celebrate!