The mighty Waikato region is a place of powerful possibilities.
Forged by a proud history and shared excitement about the future, we grow and celebrate world-changers, local innovators and inspiring champions. They embrace our guiding philosophy of mahia te mahi – to get the job done.
In a world hungry for new technology and pure produce, we hold prime position.
Our smart, fast-growing city and vibrant rural towns are connected in a diverse landscape that is fertile and ripe for discovery.
Waikato is our turangawaewae; the place where we stand. Here, family is nurtured. Friends are welcomed with open hearts, and life can be easily enjoyed to the full.
This is our place.
This is your place.
Welcome to Waikato, the beating heart of New Zealand.
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.
Defining our personality
As a community we uncovered the personality and tone of voice for the Waikato region. See what the Waikato stands for and use assets and images to help tell your business story.
We’re proud of our bold history and excited about our future. We’re the beating heart of New Zealand - strong but quiet achievers, always up for the challenge. Bring it on, we say!
The Waikato has a never-stand-still culture that allows businesses, farmers, growers, educational institutions, communities and individuals to make, create and grow. We embrace mahia te mahi as a guiding philosophy; we’re a place that gets the job done, where clever thinking and genuine opportunity meets hard graft. We’re always up for the challenge.
We want people to say: “I didn’t know the Waikato had so much to discover. Lush, fertile landscapes, the rich diversity of the region and a deep-rooted sense of türangawaewae (place to stand). There’s always so much going on. The people are open, enthusiastic and welcoming. It’s a place of surprising opportunities. Let’s explore!”
How we created the Waikato Story
We encouraged and embraced participation from a very wide range of people and organisations – over 200 in total – to ensure our story would be both rich and representative of the diversity of our region. To do this we commissioned an independent branding agency to facilitate the process in order to keep it fair and open.
There were four stages involved:
- the Waikato attributes – who we are today and our aspirations for tomorrow
- Workshop outputs
- Key story elements
- The story framework
We ran four workshops: Te Aroha, Hamilton, Taupō, and Waikato iwi and youth with representation from business/agribusiness, the arts, community funders, environment groups, sports, agencies, education, health, tourism and local government.
Kiwi innovation on show at Fieldays Online
The best of Kiwi ‘No.8 Wire’ ingenuity was recognised at the 2020 Fieldays Online Innovation Awards, which were announced digitally in late July. Proving New Zealand really is the land of milk and honey, the awards ranged from better beekeeping, to biodynamic fertiliser to colostrum management.
First Fieldays Online a virtual success
The Fieldays Online concept and digital platform was created in just under 108 days. As New Zealand went into the national lockdown the New Zealand National Fieldays Society (NZNFS) began building an online event following the cancellation of the physical Fieldays; effectively transforming the largest agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere into a completely virtual experience.
Culinary Cambridge is back for 2020
Music to the ears of food lovers everywhere - Culinary Cambridge is back for 2020 – with a few additions! Save the date September 11th-20th 2020.
Local success story leads to new $14m centre of excellence
A company that began on a farm in Ohaupo 20 years ago is now planning to establish a $14m centre of excellence in research and development in the Waikato to support its rapid growth. With continued growth and outstanding performance, BBC Technologies has outgrown its current premises on Ingram Rd at Hamilton Airport and is planning to expand its operation to a larger site nearby.