Te Waka Economic Radar 2 October 2020
As we reach the close of the third quarter of 2020, the latest statistics on the New Zealand economy give us a picture of the depth of the recession in the first half of the year.
A Taste of Home from the Home Kitchen Team
Hamiltonians can now order their own taste of Home Kitchen to share with family and friends as the social enterprise supporting former refugees living in Hamilton launches a ready-made meals range.
A new approach to mental health in nursing
With mental health needs rising sharply and services already stretched, the University of Waikato is responding to the challenge with the launch of the new Bachelor of Nursing in 2021, integrating a focus on mental health and addictions throughout the three-year degree.
Hamilton’s first dedicated gluten-free bakery to open
Bliss Bakery, Hamilton’s only 100% gluten-free bakery, is opening a pop-up store at Queenwood Village in Chartwell on Friday 2nd October. Bliss Bakery’s products have previously been available online for click and delivery, or at the Tamahere Market, but their three month pop-up store will give customers, and gluten-conscious locals, a chance to experience their products like never before.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tours NZ’s newest milk powder spray dryer in Waikato
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the Waikato Innovation Park today where she toured the newly-completed $50 million industrial spray dryer situated on the campus.
Hamilton Lake housing development to help ease city housing pressures
With demand for housing in Hamilton city at record levels, newly consented residential development Jack’s Landing is a welcome option on the doorstep of Hamilton Lake. Bordering Innes Common, Jack’s Landing received approval under Special Housing Area legislation which stipulates a portion of the house and land packages must be deemed affordable housing.
CBD Awards – For One Night Only A Transparent Riverside Marquee
For one night only a transparent marquee on the riverside will provide the foundation for a spectacular night of festivity as the Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) hosts the CBD Celebration Awards at Roose Common Park, Grantham Street on 18 November 2020.
New branding and facility refresh for Riverlea Theatre
The results of community collaboration and timely planning are coming to the fore at Riverlea Theatre. A collaboration with Wintec design students has resulted in a branding refresh.
Reflections on the National Accounts, by Blair Keenan, Te Waka Economic Advisor
The size of the Covid-shock to the Aotearoa-New Zealand economy became a little clearer today, with the release of the national accounts for the June 2020 quarter. This showed gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) from the March 2020 quarter, and was 12.4 percent lower than the June 2019 quarter. This is by far the largest quarterly fall recorded in this country, and reflects the lockdown under Alert level 4 which began at the end of March.
Waikato business survey reports mixed signals
A survey of 589 Waikato business owners and managers has found that while overall economic sentiment is pessimistic, the region’s businesses are more optimistic than their counterparts across New Zealand.
Te Waka Economic Radar 4 September 2020
While noting the general stabilisation of trends, there remains uncertainty in a number of areas.
Rocketspark and Wintec partner to get local business online for free
A partnership with a purpose has seen Wintec students using Rocketspark’ s five-star web building platform to create free e-commerce sites for Waikato businesses.
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