Hamilton Focused - The business connections you need

​​​​​​​​New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

NZTE services have been designed to support our customers grow and succeed internationally, offering focused assistance for the following business requirements: strategy, leadership, research and development, operations, marketing, capital and international markets.


Smart Waikato

Smart Waikato Trust was formed in 2009 with a view to create better linkages between education and the workplace. Stakeholders include Waikato secondary schools, tertiary institutions and employers. Smart Waikato launched the BEST Youth initiative with the aim to reduce growing youth unemployment by creating awareness and encouraging employers to offer more opportunities for young people including work experience, jobs, apprenticeships and cadetships. (BEST Youth = Business Engaging Skilled and Talented Youth.) Smart Waikato is a strategic partner in FutureForce Waikato magazine, a ground-breaking project designed to give young people the best advice about sustainable careers in the region in a youth-friendly format.

Waikato Chamber of Commerce

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce is your first point of call for your specific business needs. In particular the Chamber provides services to enhance and support your business through: Advocacy; Business promotion; Direct Marketing.
The Chamber also has an important role to provide Export certification. The Chamber is an authorising agent for export documentation. They can authorise Certificates of Origin including: Free Trade Tariff Certificates, Travel Visa's, Certificates of Free Sale and Certificates of Manufacture.

Maori Economic Development

Tainui Group Holdings

Tainui Group Holdings sees a collective responsibility for all Iwi-owned businesses to further Maaori economic development. In 2007 the TGH Board formally adopted the statement "Leading Maaori Economic Development" as a guiding principle. Tainui see it as a statement of their desire to work co-operatively with other such companies to identify mutually beneficial commercial opportunities.

Te Puni Kokiri

Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry for Maori Development) Hamilton is also another excellent organisation to meet and discuss your ideas/business development proposals. If you are a Maori Business and are looking for government connections support, then TPK is a strong resource available to help with your investment ideas


SODA is Waikato’s home for entrepreneurs. Based in the heart of Hamilton's CBD, SODA provides start-up businesses with the confidence, connections and capability to grow fast and to export globally.

Waikato Link

Waikato Link is the commercialisation company of the University of Waikato. As a commercialisation company, its role involves identifying new ideas and technologies that can add value to society. They work with a range of clients including researchers, inventors, small business and entrepreneurs, to take emerging research and innovative technologies to the global marketplace.

Waikato Link will identify potential partners for your project through various channels including: existing industry connections, existing networks and relationships, other NZ commercialisation units or cold-calling target organisations. Establishing meaningful connections could result in the following outcomes: research collaborations or contracts, joint ventures, licence deals or technology sales. In such cases, WaikatoLink will play an active role in negotiating commercial deals to ensure the best possible outcomes for all parties.


Waikato Innovation Park

Waikato Innovation Park’s tagline is “Growing Technology Business”. Waikato Innovation Park is New Zealand’s growth hub for Ag-Biotech businesses. This is where leading primary sector science, technology and research meet the catalyst of entrepreneurship.
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation’s initiative to boost business capabilities in the region is being delivered by Waikato Innovation Park as the Regional Business Partner (RBP).
The Business Growth Services team offer a free business assessment service to determine the priority needs of each business, and then will help plan how to develop and innovate to accelerate and sustain growth.
They offer particular help in growing management skills and capability, and in supporting research and development activity.

Waikato Trades Academy – Wintec

The Waikato Trades Academy is the result of some clever thinking by Waikato secondary schools, local employers and Wintec. A place at the Trades Academy allows year 11, 12 and 13 students to study at Wintec AND school, getting the benefits of both worlds.
Students have the opportunity to finish school with a minimum of NCEA Level 2 and a nationally recognised trade qualification from Wintec.

Hamilton Central Business Association

The purpose of the Association is to revitalise, support and promote the CBD.  This is achieved by activities ranging from lobbying local authorities about issues affecting members to promoting the CBD through our website, facebook as well as radio and newspaper advertising.

If you have special promoti​ons or events let us know so we can put these on the Hamilton Central facebook page for you which has over 21,000 followers. HCBA is Hamilton Central's advocate, acting as a conduit between businesses, the community and local authorities.

For more information on the Hamilton Central Business Association and what we provide for members or if you have any queries contact us below.​


Property Council of New Zealand – Waikato Branch

The Property Council is New Zealand's Property Voice, representing commercial, industrial, retail, property funds and multi-unit residential property owners, managers and investors.


​Urban Design Panel

If you are planning on developing your business property in Hamilton, Hamilton City Council has established an Urban Design Panel. As part of the Council's commitment to the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol,  the panel can review and make recommendations on various development proposals within Hamilton.

The Urban Design Panel provides free independent expert advice on the key urban design elements of a project or proposal. The Urban Design Panel enables a quicker, easier building and consent process by helping to address the key urban design considerations up front. The Panel can help gain community and Council support for a project by demonstrating a developer's commitment to quality design outcomes.


EMA - Employers and Manufacture​rs Association  - Waikato

The EMA is business association that will assist you and your business with access to free legal advice, quarterly market briefings, national wage and salary information, employment law guides, export opportunities, targeted business training. It is part of Business New Zealand.


WEL Energy Trust

WEL Energy Trust was formed in 1993 for the purpose of holding shares in the newly created lines company WEL Energy Group. The Trust is now a 100% shareholder of WEL Networks Ltd​, as the group is now known, and owns these shares on behalf of the community. 

Since its inception the Trust has supported the return of over $220 million to WEL Networks customers through a discount on individual electricity accounts and has invested over $60 million in community and energy efficiency grants.

WEL Energy Trust has set aside $400,000 annually to support projects that specifically improve business and economic development opportunities in the Waikato.

The new allocation aimed at not-for-profits is part of the Trust’s wider community support grants scheme

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