Te Waka Six Monthly Report January - June 2020
Te Waka's focus for the January - June 2020 period has been the response to COVID-19.
Helping impact-driven businesses get ready to grow
The Ākina-run Impact Investment Readiness Programme is back for a fourth year of supporting impact-driven businesses to grow, with applications now open.
Zealong celebrates Japanese train deal
Waikato’s Zealong Tea Estate has signed a deal to supply tea for a huge Japanese train line. The tea will be served alongside a famous Japanese cheesecake, at a café inside the Osaka train station.
Government contributes $8.2M to Kōpū marine servicing and business precinct
Te Waka CEO Michael Bassett-Foss says today’s funding announcement by Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones will allow the Thames-Coromandel district to take advantage of a growing marine servicing industry, creating jobs and significant economic growth for the area.
NZIST Head Office will be located at Wintec
New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) Council Chair Murray Strong announced today that the NZIST’s head office will be located on Wintec’s campus in Hamilton.
Kudos awards finalists announced
The talent and diversity of the 2020 Kudos Science Excellence Awards finalists show the richness of scientific expertise on our doorstep. Twenty incredible finalists are in the running to receive one of eight awards at the gala event in Hamilton next month.
Performers transform Waikato streets into stages for Best Fest
Over the weekend, a once-off regional festival dubbed ‘Best Fest’ had approximately 200 performing artists across 16 Waikato towns, take their talent to the streets. Best Fest was a Waikato-wide COVID-19 arts response.
Te Waka Economic Radar 7 August 2020
Charts in today’s Radar summarise statistics and data released over the last four weeks. While noting general stabilisation of trends, there remains uncertainty.
Tokoroa Trade Training Centre receives $10.84 in funding for centralised facility
The planned upgrade to Tokoroa’s Trades Training Centre will receive $10.84 million in funding from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which bolsters the $3.06 million already fronted by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT) and the South Waikato District Council (SWDC).
Social procurement to help level playing field for Waikato Māori, Pasifika businesses
Te Waka is leading an initiative aimed at establishing supplier diversity practices within Waikato organisations. Known as ‘social procurement,’ this will lead to more goods and services being bought from the region’s businesses owned by Māori and Pasifika people.
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.
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