Waikato – open for business


The Waikato District Council has launched what it describes as an online prospectus – Open Waikato – a website designed for would-be investors, district newcomers and visitors.

“This is a fantastic resource for people who want to invest, live or visit the Waikato as it provides economic data, fact sheets on our towns and video case studies of businesses establishing themselves in the district,” said Mayor Allan Sanson.

The Waikato is simply New Zealand’s best business and lifestyle location, the council claims on Open Waikato’s economic overview page.

The district is one of the country’s fastest growing places and is rich in natural resources and vital infrastructure. The region is a major centre of primary production and is the fourth largest regional economy in the country.

The Waikato has New Zealand’s easiest access to international ports and a productive capacity that drives the whole New Zealand economy.

Best of all, the Waikato is a welcoming place. The district is open to new business, new investment, new people and new cultures. As a place to establish and grow a business opportunity – large or small – it’s hard to go past the Waikato advantage.

The website contains a fact sheet on Tamahere among other mentions of the area.

The council is also co-hosting a conference on October 29 with Waikato-Tainui to showcase the district’s success, diversity and opportunities, the Mayor said.

“Dame Jenny Shipley is the key note speaker at this business event which we expect will attract developers, investors and tourism operators.

“Economic growth is gathering momentum, with the $200 million infant formula plant built by Yashili in Pokeno and the Van Den Brink poultry processing commencing earthworks at their Tuakau site. Further development is also happening at Northgate Business Park in Horotiu.

“While economic development is a priority for us, we are also focussed on talking with our community about areas that provide for overall community well being,” Sanson said.

On October 13 the council would be discussing with the Tamahere community ideas for a proposed new sports park, the Mayor said.

“It’s important to us that we involve local communities in the planning process for sport and recreation areas so we are able to develop spaces that are appropriate.”

Editor’s note: Timing and venue for the discussion on the recreation reserve/sports park are yet to be confirmed.

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