The wheels are in motion and the 2018 AgTech Hackathon, presented by CEDA and powered by BCC is coming our way very soon.
To experience a tour around the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy (NZICPA) in Whanganui is a privilege. It is an impressive, purpose built facility which, since it became fully operational in September 2017, has been attracting a whole lot of attention.
At the junction of the Ohura and Whanganui Rivers, off the Forgotten Highway and up a 16 kilometre dirt road, you will find two women who have created a small business doing big things.
In November 2017, the second annual Horowhenua Taste Trail showcased the breadth and depth of produce created throughout the Horowhenua District. Alongside a number of supporting events, the Taste Trail is a one day journey through specialist food producers, sampling delicious produce and viewing the happenings behind the scenes.
The face of the Horowhenua district is changing. Like most districts throughout New Zealand, their community is becoming older and more diverse. It is also increasing in population, with many choosing regional living, within easy travelling distance of Wellington and Palmerston North.
Tararua district is working towards better telecommunications infrastructure solutions and the project is being driven solely by the local community.
Over the past six months, Te Kotuku Hauora, the iwi health and social service for Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa has been delivering Tu Ora, an employment facilitation programme for iwi members.
Ruapehu District Council is leading the Tourism and Visitor Services opportunity for Accelerate25. The Ruapehu district is full of potential, they have the most incredible natural assets at their front doorstep - from mountains which can be enjoyed year round, through to beautiful forest parks and New Zealand’s most navigable (and stunning) river, the Whanganui.
Exciting times are ahead for Whanganui Māori entrepreneurs. A suite of programmes are just around the corner, aimed at those in the early stages of starting a business, or who have a business idea.
Nine years ago, Tararua based company Scanpower made the decision to buy Oringi Freezing Works and convert it into a business park. They have never looked back. Today Oringi Business Park is thriving as the home to seven companies who employ around 200 people