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.
Hamilton technology to automate measuring and cutting of plasterboard a ‘world first’
A Hamilton startup, EC8, has created a world first in the building industry by developing automation technology to measure and cut plasterboard.
Waikato Housing Market Insights with Jarrod Kerr, Chief Economist at Kiwibank
Waikato house prices are expected to stabilise over the next year or two, and home loan rates will start falling by the end of 2023, according to Kiwibank economist Jarrod Kerr.
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.
Young people need education and support to develop connections with employers and transition into careers. What’s at stake? Their chance of advancing to better-paid jobs throughout their career, which will have an impact on their overall wellbeing.
Taupō Town Centre Transformation officially opened
The Taupō Town Centre Transformation (TTCT) project and new Airport Terminal have been blessed by local hapu and officially opened by the Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and the Hon Kiritapu Allan.
Cyclone and flooding recovery support announced
Applications for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery grants are now open.
Reflections from the 2023 New Zealand Economics Forum
As the aptly named New Zealand Economics Forum (NZEF) noted, in the wake of a global pandemic and in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, Aotearoa is navigating heavy seas.
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