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Waikato boasts strong and vibrant communities, great schools and huge lifestyle advantages. Growing numbers of people are bringing their families to either start a business or to join a business and live here.

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Local artists’ Matariki exhibition opportunity an open and shut case

+17 May 2016

Waikato District Council is ‘lifting the lid’ for the second time on the work of local artists, with the return of its upcoming ‘suitcase’ art exhibition which aims to celebrate Matariki (the Maaori New Year) in the district. The exhibition is part of the Council’s local Matariki Festival events More

Sneak peek at Huntly's $458 million roading project

+6 May 2016

Hidden in the valleys and hills to the east of Huntly, work is underway to dramatically reshape Waikato's northern gateway. More

Huge economic benefit likely through 2017 World Masters Game

+5 May 2016

When the world's largest multi-sport event comes knocking on Waikato's door next year, it will bring with it statistics likely to out-shoot even the Olympics. More

Raglan offers a 'little piece of paradise'

+12 Apr 2016

To the west of Hamilton lies Raglan, a dramatic piece of coastline with a rough left hand surf break. Where bright Pohutakawa and native bush, slightly bent from the sea wind, make their way down the cliff faces to meet the comforting black sand. More

Raglan-based drone company Aeronavics to raise $5 million

+18 Mar 2016

New Zealand drone company Aeronavics is looking to raise $5 million to push its international growth plans. More

Work starts on Hamilton section of Waikato Expressway

+11 Mar 2016

The soil has been broken on Waikato's largest roading project. More

Mayor ‘chuffed’ at port decision

+22 Feb 2016

Ports of Auckland’s decision to build a major freight hub in Waikato proves the district’s growing status as an “economic power-house,” according to Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson. More

Waikato popular holiday spot for Auckland residents

+19 Feb 2016

Mobile data usage has put the spotlight on a mass annual migration of tech savvy humans to the regions over the summer break. More


+16 Feb 2016

Hi Charlie, We have some exciting news! We have secured a long term lease and full control of an historic 114-year-old winery south of Auckland in Te Kauwhata. More

Ports of Auckland set to develop multimillion dollar freight hub in Waikato

+11 Feb 2016

Ports of Auckland signed a conditional agreement to purchase 33 hectares at Northgate Business Park in the Waikato to build a multimillion dollar freight hub. More

Teen gains national title after launching largest amateur rocket in Taupiri

+7 Feb 2016

An event for rocket enthusiasts to launch their biggest and most impressive rockets, was held in Taupiri on Sunday, attracting groups from as far as India. More

'Hyper months' ahead as Waikato/BoP property market outpaces Auckland?

+20 Jan 2016

The supercity has taken a back seat to its nearest neighbours as Waikato and Bay of Plenty team up with Northland to set the pace in the New Zealand housing market. More

Chinese Company Weihai Station to buy large farm west of Auckland

+6 Jan 2016

A Chinese company is planning to build a resort on a large coastal farm it has been given approval to buy near Auckland. More

Thinking of developing in Pokeno’s main street?

+21 Dec 2015

Waikato District Council has adopted a design guide that will direct the look of new development (including enhancements to existing properties) on Pokeno’s main street. More

Mayor's Community Awards recognise outstanding contribution to community

+16 Dec 2015

The Waikato District Council’s Mayoral Community Awards were held this morning with 13 nominees attending along with their friends and family. These awards are held every two years and recognise the significant contribution made by volunteers to the community and to the vitality of the Waikato More

Houston, we have arrived

+16 Dec 2015

Air New Zealand's inaugural flight between Auckland and Houston, Texas has touched down this morning. More

Cambridge section of Waikato Expressway ready to open

+11 Dec 2015

The Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway was officially opened on Tuesday and the public will be able to use it for the first time from Wednesday. It runs between Tamahere to just south of Cambridge, passing over eight bridges, including the imposing Karapiro Gully Viaduct. More

Record High for Visitor Spend in Hamilton & Waikato

+23 Nov 2015

Visitor spending in the Hamilton & Waikato region for the year ended March 2015 has reached the highest figures on record according to statistics released on Friday. More

Yashili, Arla and Danone sign agreement

+7 Nov 2015

Yashili International along with European dairy producers Arla and Danone have entered into global strategic cooperation agreement. More

Yashili New Zealand's Pokeno factory opens

+6 Nov 2015

Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co has opened its new state-of-the-art infant formula manufacturing plant in Pokeno, south of Auckland. More

PM tours Waikato Milking Systems global headquarters

+6 Nov 2015

Hand-cleaned garden rocks and gleaming steel welcomed Prime Minister John Key to the opening a flash "tin shed" to kick off his visit to the Waikato. More

Chinese dairy producer opens in Waikato

+6 Nov 2015

Chinese-owned dairy producer Yashili opened its massive new factory in Waikato today – the first business of its kind to open a manufacturing base overseas. More

The New Zealand China Council has analysed China's investment flows into New Zealand that have resulted in a $6.6 bln stake, or 6.8% of all foreign investment

+5 Nov 2015

The New Zealand China Council has analysed the substantial direct investment coming to New Zealand from China, showing that Chinese companies are being attracted by the FTA, our stable environment, and investor-friendly tax regime. The following is extracted from a Council report: Fostering Growth. More

Waikato District Council continues to move online

+22 Oct 2015

Following its recent launch of Maps Online, Waikato District Council has now released an electronic version of its District Plan online, coined ‘Waikato district e-Plan’. More

Raglan Library and Office late night opening

+5 Oct 2015

The Raglan Library and Council Office will soon be offering extended hours with its very first late night on Wednesday 14 October. More

Funding Boost for Trail-Blazing Raglan Cycle Project

+28 Sep 2015

Raglan’s Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park is one of five projects across New Zealand to receive funding from the latest round of the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership Fund. The $8 million per annum fund, administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment aims to boost More

Fertile fields for foreigners

+27 Sep 2015

Of the 78,000 Germans who visit each year, some stay to set up businesses. More

Waikato developers offer free land to buyers

+20 Sep 2015

A group of Waikato developers hope to entice Auckland buyers by giving away the one-acre Kiwi dream. More

Ultrafast Fibre build six months ahead of schedule

+18 Sep 2015

Ultrafast Fibre will finish building an 3000 km ultra fast fibre optic broadband network in the North Island six months ahead of schedule. More

Small spaces with big flavours

+15 Sep 2015

Creative New Zealand foodies are serving up fantastic food from tiny spaces. More

Zealong Tea Tastes Major Award Success in Asia

+28 Aug 2015

A trip to Asia's foremost natural and organic expo has proved fruitful for Zealong Tea, which has clinched 'Best New Natural/Organic Beverage' in its maiden appearance - an award voted for by visitors. More

WEL Networks supports Raglan power project

+26 Aug 2015

Raglan residents exploring generating their own power have the support of WEL Networks. More

Waikato population tipped to grow more than 40 per cent by 2063

+11 Aug 2015

While the number of people living in Waikato's main centre will rise over the next 50 years, smaller centres will need to fight to retain their numbers. More

Ideas and innovation thrive inside Waikato Innovation Park

+10 Aug 2015

Waikato Innovation Park has become a "community of innovators" says park chief executive Stuart Gordon as people come together to share ideas. More

TGH to sell up to half of The Base

+3 Aug 2015

Half of Waikato-Tainui's flagship development, The Base shopping centre in Hamilton, will go up for sale as the tribe seeks to free up cash. More

Waikato town running out of water taps into Auckland's supply

+23 Jul 2015

The population explosion in North Waikato has forced council to tap into the super city's water main to secure supply for escapees of Auckland's maddening housing market. More

Waikato-Tainui 2015 Annual Result Announced

+22 Jul 2015

Waikato-Tainui is reporting solid performance in a year significant for advances in its social development initiatives, environment programmes, diversification of its commercial activities and the 20th anniversary of its historic Raupatu settlement. More

Down dairy cycle an opportunity for booming Waikato-Tainui iwi

+22 Jul 2015

The dairy downturn may have opened the door for tribal giant Waikato-Tainui to broaden their investment portfolio and continue to build their empire. More

Up, up, and away: NZ drone makers target Hollywood

+20 Jul 2015

Deep in New Zealand's dairying heartland, drone maker Aeronavics tests aircraft designed to corner the fast-growing emerging market for unmanned aerial vehicles in the film and television business. More

New $9m investment in Waikato Innovation Park approved

+8 Jul 2015

A deal to build a new $9.4 million purpose-built building at Waikato Innovation Park has been soured by claims of poor governance and oversight by city officials. More

Waikato and Hamilton Tourism gets funding boost

+2 Jul 2015

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism has been given a vote of confidence by the region's councils, by the way of a funding boost. More

Savings from water company proposal too great to ignore

+16 Jun 2015

A massive shake-up of Waikato's water management that could save hundreds of millions of dollars has been given its first tick of approval but knocked back a proposal to join up with the outfit running Auckland's water. More

Economic Strategy Implementation Governance Group Named

+15 Jun 2015

A high class team of Waikato business and political leaders has been appointed to oversee the implementation of a ground-breaking economic development strategy prepared under the auspices of the Waikato Mayoral Forum. More

Housing boom spreads south of the Bombay border

+9 Jun 2015

Skyrocketing house prices mean Aucklanders’ can no longer ignore happenings south of the Bombay Hills, as competitive house and land packages spark a population explosion ‘south of the border.’ More

Economic strategy gathering impetus

+20 May 2015

Implementation of a new economic development strategy for the Waikato is gathering pace, with a number of projects well underway and a private-public governance group in the process of being finalised. More

Auckland property: New rules 'won't have a huge impact' - Key

+18 May 2015

Two-year ownership requirement and curbs on foreign buyers announced as Govt moves to cool the Auckland market. More

No housing crisis in Auckland: John Key

+18 May 2015

Prime Minister John Key is standing by his statements that there isn't a housing crisis in Auckland and says the decision to tax property speculators was only made in April. More

Waikato River ride brings people together

+10 May 2015

Jennifer Palmer has become a cycling enthusiast thanks to her work on Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride. More

80 year celebration for family business

+4 May 2015

Tuakau's Grahams Funeral Services' Lynne Graham, her son Mark Graham and his son Jared Graham proudly celebrate the family-operated business' 80th anniversary. More

Waikato Milking Systems set for international growth

+22 Apr 2015

The walls have gone up, the roof is on, and the final slabs of cedar are being put into place. The hulking 8000 square metres of buildings that dominate Northgate Business Park are ready. More

Annual inflation just 0.1 per cent, lowest since 1999

+20 Apr 2015

Interest rates are likely to remain on hold for longer after annual inflation fell to just 0.1 per cent, although unions and the Green Party want rates to be cut. More

Opening of Yashili's $212 million plant delayed

+20 Apr 2015

Pokeno's $212 million infant milk formula factory has hit an eight-month delay as it works its way through red tape. More

Tainui Group Holdings chief says goodbye

+14 Apr 2015

After eight years at the helm of one of Waikato's biggest businesses, Mike Pohio is ready to move on to other challenges. More

Auckland house prices surge 13 per cent

+13 Apr 2015

Auckland house prices surged 13 per cent annually and are up $83,000, from $637,000 last March to $720,000 last month. More

Waikato building boom sparks job call

+10 Apr 2015

The Waikato's construction sector is feeling the effects of a building boom and is desperate to recruit more apprentices. More

Parity: A pinch for some, a party for others

+8 Apr 2015

Waikato businesses are keeping a wary eye on the Australian economy while consumers celebrate the Kiwi dollar's near-parity with that of our neighbour. More

Take a simulated trip along Huntly expressway

+26 Mar 2015

The start of construction on the $458 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway may be up to six months away but the public can already take a virtual drive-through. More

Turangawaewae Regatta celebrates 120 years

+23 Mar 2015

Young and old from near and far gathered on the banks of the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia over the weekend to take in the 120-year celebrations of the Turangawaewae Regatta More

Waikato expansion likely for Open Country Dairy

+13 Mar 2015

Open Country Dairy's next decision on processing expansion is close, as a waiting list of more than 500 farmers press to supply. More

Billion-dollar funding boost to Waikato Expressway

+10 Mar 2015

The final three links of the chain that will allow commuters a swifter drive through the Waikato are about to fall into place, thanks to a billion-dollar funding injection. More

Te Kowhai celebrates its 125th birthday

+9 Mar 2015

One hundred and twenty five years have passed by since Te Kowhai Primary School was established, and the area celebrated with a weekend full of festivities. More

New Zealand considers regulatory framework for drones to operate beyond-line-of-sight

+6 Mar 2015

Allowing drones to operate beyond the operator's line of sight could provide economic gains of up to $190 million a year to New Zealand's farming, forestry and energy sectors, according to a report commissioned by Callaghan Innovation. More

SODA Inc. moving to Wintec House

+6 Mar 2015

Waikato business incubator SODA Inc. will be relocating to Wintec House in the heart of Hamilton city, alongside the Waikato Chamber of Commerce this month. More

Drone company Aeronavics' funding takes off

+18 Feb 2015

Raglan company Aeronavics raised its target of $750,000 in just three days, and is now over the $1m mark. More

Prime Minister's big on Waikato commute

+5 Feb 2015

If you can't afford a house in Auckland the prime minister has some advice for you – head to Waikato. More

River crossing a boon for Waikato cycling

+31 Jan 2015

A proposed river crossing could drive an economic stake into the ground and cement the region as the country's top cycling destination. More

Yashili factory promises 'dramatic' flow-on effect

+17 Dec 2014

FACTORY GROWING JOBS: Yashili's $210 million infant milk formula plant in Pokeno will be commissioned next year. More

Waikato region's 'unprecedented growth'

+2 Dec 2014

Growth in the northern reaches of the Waikato District shows no signs of abating as building consent applications flood into the council mailbox. More

Mining key to rural wealth - report

+1 Dec 2014

Rural New Zealand needs to mine its mineral wealth if it is to escape a cycle of economic decline and poverty, according to a report released today. More

Waikato District open for business - By Lynne Richardson

+25 Nov 2014

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park – a successful business venture that delivers $12 million in value to the Waikato district. More

Waikato Milking Systems sites to be consolidated

+19 Nov 2014

Northgate Business Park's solitary building will soon have a neighbour. More

Employment outpaces strongest population growth in 10 years

+5 Nov 2014

Rising employment is more than keeping up with our growing population, while unemployment has fallen to 5.4 percent, Statistics New Zealand said today. More

Business in Waikato District is growing fast

+30 Oct 2014

It's game on in Waikato as our northern-most district council competes to secure big business in its neck of the woods. More

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+29 Oct 2014

If you’re wondering why global organisations like Yashili are investing millions to open their doors in the Waikato, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity.

Please join us at a FREE one-day conference to find out what the Waikato district offers, what help is available and how you and More

Council launches economic development tool for investors

+23 Oct 2014

Waikato District Council is to launch a unique web-based tool for investors aimed at supporting new business and new investment in the district. More

NZ wealth growth on top of the world

+15 Oct 2014

New Zealand's wealth has grown more than that of any other country in the world since 2000, according to a new report released by Credit Suisse. More

Resilient NZ near top of table

+10 Oct 2014

Index ranks country one of the least corrupt and most politically stable More

Building activity gathers momentum

+30 Sep 2014

Spending on commercial construction in the Waikato is booming this year, with value of consents streaking ahead of 2013's statistics. More

Why the NZ exchange rate is unjustified and unsustainable

+25 Sep 2014

The Reserve Bank considers the level of the exchange rate is unjustified and unsustainable, and that it is susceptible to a significant downward adjustment, Governor Graeme Wheeler said in a statement today. More

Waikato district focus on community wellbeing and growth opportunities

+24 Sep 2014

In line with our goal to enable further economic development and employment opportunities in our district, this month we launched Open Waikato, our online prospectus. This is a fantastic resource for people... More

Waikato district focus on community wellbeing and growth opportunities

+19 Sep 2014

In line with our goal to enable further economic development and employment opportunities in our district, this month we launched Open Waikato, our online prospectus. This is a fantastic resource for people who want to invest, live or visit the Waikato as it provides economic data, fact sheets on More

Hamilton’s planned $3.3 billion transport hub has jumped its biggest regulatory hurdle

+16 Sep 2014

Hamilton's planned $3.3 billion transport hub has jumped its biggest regulatory hurdle and now faces only resource consenting before it becomes a reality. More

Tourism operators investing more in sector

+10 Sep 2014

Waikato tourism operators are continuing to invest significantly to support the development and marketing of the region as a visitor destination. More

Handling Auckland's growth implications for Waikato

+9 Sep 2014

The growth of Auckland could have pluses and minuses for Waikato, with the region needing to be ready to meet challenges and take up the opportunities it presents. More

Trade on the agenda at Turangawaewae

+21 Aug 2014

Trade talks were put on the agenda as the billion-dollar iwi welcomed 26 international diplomats to Ngaruawahia. More

Certificates point to growth of Waikato exports

+25 Jul 2014

Waikato products are increasingly heading overseas, according to the region's Chamber of Commerce. More

Economic growth and jobs are key priorities for local government

+25 Jul 2014

A report, based on the findings of a recent survey, identifies what Mayors and Chairs of local authorities think are the major issues facing their communities and organisations. More

Tainui's success, Waikato success

+4 Jul 2014

Waikato-Tainui began its financial activities in 1995 with its first $170 million treaty settlement. Now it is one of the biggest players in the Waikato investment market, with a total asset value that passed the $1 billion mark in the last year. More

Structure plans will support Tuakau and Ngaruawahia growth

+29 Jun 2014

A lot of work is underway in Tuakau and Ngaruawahia with the development of a structure plan for each of the towns. More

Latest Infometrics Forecasts

+27 Jun 2014

The latest set of Infometrics forecasts have been released and Gareth Kiernan, Managing Director of Infometrics, is now available to travel to your region to present seminars. More

Major New Alliance

+26 Jun 2014

We are pleased to report on a major new alliance between Fonterra subsidiary, Kotahi and Port of Tauranga which will save exporters $338 million per year. More

Northgate Business Park - Major Logistics Hub Planned

+5 May 2014

Developers have unveiled plans for a major new logistics and import/export facility north of Hamilton that they say will pump millions of new dollars into the Waikato economy. The development has all its resource consents in place and is ready to go. More


+29 Apr 2014

An independent report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum has recommended three Waikato councils investigate establishing a jointly-­‐owned limited liability company to manage their water infrastructure. More

Mayoral Forum has good process for future

+15 Apr 2014

The Waikato Mayoral Forum says it has established a very robust process for making efficiency improvements in the way councils operate and for gathering information to help inform discussions on local government in the region. More

Strategy aims to unleash potential

+4 Apr 2014

Waikato’s economic story is largely one of “unrealised potential” which will require the region to leverage its geographic location, according to a major discussion paper released today. More

We Need Your Help Turning Our House Into A Home

+1 Apr 2014

With the refurbishment progressing well on the Raglan Library, Waikato District Council is inviting ideas from the community on how they would like the new space to look. More

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