Te Waka: Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency

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Te Waka is the Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency, tasked with making a difference for people in the Waikato region. We make that difference through action and impact-focused economic development:

  1. Lift economic performance across the Waikato region
  2. Attract, retain and grow investment, talent and business across the region
  3. Champion and provide one voice for economic and business needs and opportunities across the region

We are about enabling, collaborating and making a difference through high-impact targeted projects and action.

The Waikato Regional Economic Development Programme 2018-2022 can be viewed here.

Te Waka Business Growth Advisors are available to all Thames-Coromandel businesses and they visit Thames once a month, every first Tuesday of the month. 

These are free one on one meetings with an advisor and the business owner. 

Their Growth Advisors take a birds-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts so you can build capability and grow. As part of a national network of people who can help, they’re your first port of call when you want to grow your enterprise efficiently and effectively.

If you need business advice and support book an appointment with a Business Growth Advisor businessgrowth@tewaka.nz or register online at regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz and they will contact you.

What type of help is available? 

Te Waka’s business growth services are aimed at helping businesses gain knowledge, connect with the right people, and grow.

Services include a free business needs assessment to support business growth plans, along with free access to the government funding programmes offered by NZTE and Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand. Te Waka’s Business Growth Advisors can also facilitate business access to the Food Innovation Network which provides services and facilities for food manufacturing businesses developing new products

What kind of businesses does the growth team support?

Whether you just have an idea, are a new start-up, a growing or well established business, Te Waka support all businesses in the Waikato from every sector.  They help businesses by:

  • Providing connections
  • Business growth and innovation events 
  • Funding
  • Independent advice

Does my business qualify for this help?

The main criteria for Te Waka assistance is the desire to grow.

“We currently work with companies across the Waikato and will now be working more closely with the Coromandel,” says Te Waka Business Growth Advisor Peter Davey. “We’re very interested in helping local businesses that are wanting to grow, facing technical roadblocks, or looking to take on new skills that will enable business growth.”

How can I find out more?

Contact the Business Growth Services team:
(formerly part of Waikato Innovation Park Ltd) 
Phone: 07 857 0538
Email:  businessgrowth@tewaka.nz 
Website: www.tewaka.nz Facebook: facebook.com/TeWakaAngawhakamuaWaikato

TCDC Economic Development team
Mitch King
Email: mitchell.king@tcdc.govt.nz
Phone: 07 868 0200