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Regional Economic Development

Formally established on 6 July 2018, Te Waka is a business-led and governed organisation established to drive economic growth in the Waikato. They are funded by a mix of local and contral government entities (including MPDC), businesses, and regional trusts.

Te Waka is all about helping the Waikato reach its full potential. Their objectives are to:

  • Lift economic performance across the Waikato region.
  • Attract, retain and grow investment, talent and business across the region.
  • Champion and lead the region’s collective voices for economic and business needs and opportunities.

Te Waka work in partnership with existing economic development, iwi, business, government and community organisations to get things done and to unearth opportunities that will lead to jobs, prosperity and sustainable economic growth for everybody, thereby improving well-being for all communities.

They are about enabling, collaborating and making a difference through high-impact targeted projects and action. You can find out more about Te Waka and their work at or check out the  Waikato Regional Economic Development Programme 2018-2022