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.Read more
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.
Building begins for landmark University of Waikato development ‘The Pā’
$85m boost to the Waikato region and 500 jobs over the next two years. The University of Waikato is starting to build its landmark development The Pā, a new facility for students, staff and the community in the heart of its Hamilton campus.
Winners of Fieldays Online Innovation Awards 2020 announced
Innovation has been at the heart of Fieldays since its inception over 50 years ago. It is the very reason Fieldays exists and why Fieldays Online was launched.
Enlighten Designs Wins Partner of the Year Award!
Enlighten Designs is honoured to be recognised as the winner of the 2020 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for New Zealand. We are very proud to have been picked out of a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
Business is sweet for this young Hamilton entrepreneur
As a young Wintec business student, Josh King earned extra cash by cleaning cars at his Dad’s car-yard in Hamilton. Fast-forward five years and he has converted that same car-yard into his very own real fruit ice-cream business.
You can teach an old dog new tricks
Bill Johnston has never missed a Fieldays. The legendary Invercargill farmer has been making the annual pilgrimage since 1969 and has watched the event grow and evolve with the times. 2020 will be the first year that Bill won’t be making the trip, with Fieldays being entirely online.
Te Waka Economic Radar 3 July 2020
Charts in today’s Radar show some improvement and stabilisation of trends over the past few weeks.
CEO Column - Scaling up Mighty Local
Launching the Mighty Local campaign back in April was all about rallying the community to support its own and boost businesses affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.
1300 Waikato businesses access support and $1.4M of funding during lockdown
Te Waka distributed more than $1.4 million in Government COVID-19 recovery funding during Alert Levels 3 and 4.
Te Waka Economic Radar 17 June 2020
Yesterday 16 June marked the end of the country’s first week at Alert Level 1. This week’s Radar show some improvement and stabilisation of trends from last week.
Te Waka Economic Radar 10 June 2020
We expect reports in the coming weeks will begin to paint a clearer picture of what the shift to Alert Level 1 means for the country and Waikato region.
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