The world-ranked Auckland University is less than 90 minutes drive from the furthest point in the district.

As a productive sector, education and training contributed $80mil to GDP in 2013 (4% of total GDP). This is a stable sector with no significant growth since 2002 however; recently interest and effort in improving early childcare services and vocational training may point to an increase in sector performance.

Some links you may find useful:

Te Waananga o Aotearoa website

The University of Auckland website

The University of Waikato website

Waikato Institute of Technology website

Download our education fact sheet here. Education (2MB)


Waikato is a major energy region, producing up to one third of the nation’s total renewable (non-thermal) electricity. Almost 40 per cent of installed generation capacity is in the Waikato including five thermal plants, 10 hydro plants, seven geothermal plants and one wind-farm.


The dairy industry, farming and processing, is the most economically significant industry in the Waikato district and a critical contributor to the regional and national economies.


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