First Watch’s Waikato story started when Bob Stokes co-founded CTEK with a vision to revolutionize the industrial automation industry. With over 35 years of experience in the IT, automation, and control sectors, he saw firsthand the critical role that technology plays in driving business success.Read more
Something exciting is coming to the food scene in Hamilton. Rüdi’s, a micro-bakery which specialises in sourdough bread and artisan pastry will open the doors to its first permanent flagship bakery and retail space this winter.
Duck Island, the ice cream that originated as an item on the dessert menu at an award-winning Hamilton restaurant, has made a name for itself on the national food stage.
New Zealand’s National Fieldays is an annual agricultural event that takes place in the Waikato region. The four-day event is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, attracting around 130,000 visitors annually.
The Ōtorohanga Livestock Carrier making moo-ves on social media to attract fresh talent
The Ōtorohanga Transport Ltd Group began in 1963 when the Barker and Dow families formed Otorohanga Transport Ltd (OTL). Jim and Bev Barker, and Dennis and Cynthia Dow, developed the business and collaborated with other local carriers servicing the livestock cartage market.
Ngāruawāhia studio helps agriculture businesses design better customer experiences
Emma Campbell founded Bo Studio in 2022, working with agri-businesses to create digital and service-based experiences on 120 acres in Ngāruawāhia.
Saito is one of the largest 100% New Zealand owned label and tag businesses in the country, providing their products and services across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
The local entrepreneur's journey impacting lives across Aotearoa
Launched in 2021, by entrepreneur Dairne Burnes (Daz), The Good Day Matrix is a platform offering free wellbeing services online for individuals and paid-for corporate wellbeing services for organisations in Aotearoa.
New digital platform supports Waikato businesses switching vehicle fleets to EV
With access to more choice in EVs in New Zealand, the number of businesses choosing to switch to electric fleets is accelerating. WEL Networks (WEL) are expecting to see more than 50,000 electric vehicles (EV) in the Waikato by 2030, which means that the infrastructure also needs to keep pace.
Hamilton levels up to save more organic waste from landfills
The opportunity to turn kitchen scraps, paper waste and other organic waste into a rich soil that smells like earth, feels like magic, and acts like super compost was the reason Waste Management decided to partner with Taupō-based MyNoke, the world’s largest worm farming operation.
Hamilton boutique encouraging ethical sustainable fashion
Found is a boutique retail store located in Hamilton specialising in clothing and homewares from ethical and sustainably conscious brands.
Local cyber security entrepreneur's journey to success
Ankita Dhakar began Security Lit during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. With no IT experience, she used her degree in business to kickstart her journey as an entrepreneur.
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