We have partnered with Te Waka/Waikato Innovation Park to offer free business support service to Waikato district businesses. The service offers support for start-ups plus advice on business expansion, export market development, research and development funding and product development. The service is based out of Waikato Innovation Park, Ruakura in Hamilton and has extended its offering to Waikato district.
The service is available in Tuakau, Huntly, and Raglan and is open to all Waikato businesses.
Te Waka/Waikato Innovation Park is the lead agency for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation funding programmes. The Park’s business growth advisors can facilitate business access to the Food Innovation Network which provides services and facilities for food manufacturing businesses developing new products.
Waikato District Council Mayor Allan Sanson said council’s economic development team (Open Waikato) had worked hard to extend the service into the district.
“Te Waka, along with the council, recognise our district as a high-growth, high-potential area and we want to do all we can to foster and support economic growth that benefits our community,” Sanson said.
“The Waikato is full of smart people and budding entrepreneurs and this free service will provide support they might not otherwise have been able to access.”
Te Waka business growth advisor Peter Davey said the main criteria for assistance was a desire to grow.
“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.”
MEET THE ADVISORS
Novell Gopal, Business Growth Advisor:
Novell has an MBA from University of Waikato and a M.Sc in Physics from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completing his M.Sc, he joined Phillips Medical Systems as a Service Engineer installing and maintaining medical diagnostic systems used in hospitals. He continued in the medical diagnostic industry for another 2 years as a Physicist and Product Manager before joining a multi-national company, Sapura, as a Consultant in their Technology Transfer Management unit. After almost 10 years of working in Malaysia, Novell decided it was time for a change and moved to New Zealand.
In New Zealand, Novell has helped SMEs as a business mentor, manager or strategist to grow their business. In his current role, he is able to utilise his knowledge and skills to further assist SMEs to innovate and grow; and to develop their export potential.
Kahurangi Malcolm, Business Growth Advisor:
“Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te Iwi”
Without a vision we will be lost – Kingi tawhiao
He uri no Ngati Te Ata Waiohua me Te Rarawa.
Kahurangi holds a Bachelor of Science from Massey University and Postgraduate diploma in Business from The University of Waikato. She’s been involved in the management and growth of 3 successful start-ups, commercial and social. Kahurangi is a recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Award 2016, Kiwibank Local Hero Award 2017 and nominee for Young New Zealander of the year for her work in this space.
Kahurangi is fluent in Te Reo Maori, has been heavily involved in Iwi development and is passionate about Maori economic development. She's a progressive starter and brings a fresh perspective to the team.
The second Monday afternoon of every month with Te Waka business growth advisor Kahurangi Malcolm at the council office in Tuakau, 2 Dominion Road, Tuakau. Click here to request a booking.
The second Monday morning of every month with Te Waka business growth advisor Kahurangi Malcolm at Waikato District Library on Main Street, Huntly. Click here to request a booking.
The second Thursday morning of every month with Te Waka business growth advisor Novell Gopal at the
Waikato District Library in Raglan, 7 Bow Street, Raglan. Click here to request a booking.
Appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Open Waikato’s freephone 0800 252 626.