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Keep up to date with the latest news and announcements. Here, you can also access tips and advice columns from Te Waka and experts from the Waikato Business Support advisory panel.

  1. Te Waka pushes for completion of key Waikato infrastructure projects

    Ensuring connected communities critical to drive growth, employment and wellbeing.

  2. Te Waka Economic Radar 21 April 2020

    As the lockdown continues, Te Waka, with the support of Waikato Regional Council Economist Blair Keenan, continues to collate data to gauge what is happening in the Waikato economy.

  3. Economic Situation Report

    Last week – the third full week of Alert Level 4 – saw the release of a set of scenarios from the New Zealand Treasury. While we can quibble with some of the details, one thing it does illustrate is the historic magnitude of this shock to the economy.

  4. Changes to the Companies Act

    In response to the Covid-19 crisis the Government announced changes to the Companies Act 1993 (“the Act”) to allow company directors a “safe harbour” from potential adverse claims under sections 135 and 136 of the Act, the introduction of a Business Debt Hibernation regime to allow directors to manage any creditors which arise as a result of the crisis and several other related changes.

  5. New support centre launched to buffer Hamilton businesses

    Hamilton businesses will from today benefit from a new phone-based support centre that will provide advice and assistance to organisations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Targeting small to medium sized firms, the Waikato Business Support initiative is funded by Hamilton City Council and led by Waikato’s regional economic development agency, Te Waka.

  6. Te Waka Economic Radar 15 April 2020

    As the lockdown continues, Te Waka, with the support of Waikato Regional Council Economist Blair Keenan, has been collating data to gauge what is happening in the Waikato economy.

  7. Free Job-Matching Website launches for Waikato people

    A free job-matching website for the Waikato region goes live today to support business owners and employees through COVID-19. The aptly named “Waikato Nxtstep” website is where Waikato businesses can list their vacancies and job seekers can list themselves. The idea came out of the Cambridge Business Chamber, in collaboration with Te Waka, Waikato's Regional Economic Development Agency, and has turned into reality in the space of a few short weeks.

  8. Guidance for employers navigating the impact of COVID-19

    With the enormous global impact of COVID-19 and the New Zealand Governments “go hard and go early” response, employers across the country are facing unprecedented challenges.  Whether it be a complete closedown, economic downturn, operational disruptions, reduced staffing levels, or managing this new and serious threat to health and safety – the impact is very real and is creating a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for employers and employees alike.

  9. The Heart of Resilient Leadership

    The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has quickly eclipsed other recent epidemics in both size and scope. In addition to the deadly human toll and the disruption to millions of people’s lives, the economic damage is already significant and far-reaching.

  10. Looking after yourself

    The challenges we are all facing at the moment with the Covid-19 pandemic will be affecting us all in different ways. It has rapidly changed the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live. It is natural to be feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared about everything that is going on around us and the long term impact it will have personally and financially, on our own health and wellbeing as well as the health of our whanau, friends, colleagues and community.

  11. All hands on deck – Waikato business steps up

    Waikato businesses are being tested and we are learning about the broader implications of doing business in an interconnected world. With all non-essential business either operating from home or closed, the Te Waka team is working remotely to help our region get through.

  12. Being Proactive and Reaching Out

    Part I – Responding for Now. Two weeks ago, it would have been hard to imagine that Coronavirus or Covid-19 would become part of everyday language. But it’s here in a very big way and for businesses in the Waikato, there is no escaping it as we move to Level 4, our non-essential service businesses will all be either operating from home-based offices or closed for business.