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.
With easy access to Auckland, Tauranga and surrounding areas in the region – it’s easy to commute to work, catch up with friends, and take children to child care, school and sports activities. In fact, 85 per cent of residents say they love living in the Waikato.
Reflections from the Wind Energy Summit 2023 Part 1: The opportunity for wind energy to underpin transformation of our economy.
As the highest emitting region in the country, with high levels of emissions intensity relative to our population and GDP, the imperative for the Waikato to prioritise decarbonisation is clear. This presents both challenge and opportunity for our region, as we look to new technologies, processes, and industries to drive sustainable growth.Read more
Transport infrastructure consultation: giving the Waikato a voice
Te Waka is set to submit on the Draft 2024 Transport Government Policy Statement (GPS) which sets out the Government’s transport priorities and guides investment in our transport infrastructure.
Rising to the Regional Growth Challenge
Te Waka recently hosted the Infrastructure Commission to discuss how the Waikato, and Aotearoa at large, can rise to the regional growth challenge. The Waikato is growing. Opportunities are knocking at our door and we need to position ourselves to capitalise on these when they appear. For General Manager Economic Development Rosie Spragg, the visit from the Infrastructure Commission reinforced the fact that we are at a crucial turning point for the future of our region and its ongoing growth.
Multi-billion dollar offshore wind plan for Waikato gathers pace
The scope of a potential multi-billion dollar offshore wind project for the Waikato’s wild west coast has jumped significantly, adding billions in costs to what’s envisaged. It comes as BlueFloat Energy NZ - the local arm of a major Spanish-headquartered energy firm - ramps up efforts to get local investors and suppliers to tune into the two-phase project it hopes to start before 2030. Waikato’s regional development agency Te Waka is assisting BlueFloat, describing the proposed wind farm as “really critical for our region”.