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Future Growth at Waikato Innovation Park

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Waikato Innovation Park’s newest addition SkyPoint is testament to the success of the innovation hub that began life 17 years ago.

And there’s more to come with 16 buildings blueprinted for the Ruakura site to align with the park’s vision to foster business growth and innovation, CEO Stuart Gordon says.

“The growth at the Park is a sign both of Hamilton’s growth and of business development in the Waikato.”

A dynamic business space, Waikato Innovation Park is currently home to over 60 businesses. Established in 2004, the Park’s purpose is to create a technology community within the Waikato and to establish the region as New Zealand’s growth hub for Ag-Biotech, IT and value-added food businesses. Located in Ruakura, just a short drive from the Hamilton City Centre, the business hub sits on 17 hectares of land owned by Tainui.

Waikato Innovation Park current business community is varied in size and scale. The cluster design of the campus was deliberate to drive business-to-business collaboration, facilitated on site at the tenants’ offices, café or the vast range of workspaces. The Park also encourages relationship building throughout a range of social events to create an informal and networking friendly environment with the idea that ‘success breeds success’.

Not just an office space for businesses, Waikato Innovation Park is used as a go-to venue by locals for a mix of events, conferences, meetings, and any other networking occasions. With versatile space that inspires thinking and innovation, the Park offers various facilities and laboratory spaces available in a range of sizes.

Surrounded by green space and trees, the vibrant Park environment is what attracts workplaces to make the move to the technology hub. With room to grow, the Park is looking to continue expansion significantly in coming years to create room for more businesses to accommodate the demand.

The Park is presently home to 60 companies with over 650 employees with a surveyed $780 million gross turnover. Most of these companies are exporting, with the main markets being Australia, Europe, China and North America. 

And there’s more to come with 16 buildings blueprinted for the Ruakura site to align with the park’s vision to foster business growth and innovation, CEO Stuart Gordon says.

“The growth at the Park is a sign both of Hamilton’s growth and of business development in the Waikato.”


 Visiting Waikato Innovation Park

Located just ten minutes from the Hamilton CBD the Waikato Innovation Park, the University of Waikato and the AgResearch Centre Campus together make up the three key facilities in the Knowledge Zone area.

The proposed Waikato Expressway is adjacent, providing ease of access for tenants, employees and visitors.

The Ruakura Inland Port when up and running, will provide ease of access to logistics, making Waikato Innovation Park a natural choice for business owners.

Parking at the Park

Visitor parking is available for all visitors to Waikato Innovation Park with 90-minute carparks adjacent to both the SkyPoint and Gallagher Buildings and all-day parking located within 100 metres.   

Charge it up

Six electric vehicle charging stations are available at Waikato Innovation Park. A WEL networks fast charger is available adjacent to the SkyPoint Building and four public EV charges next to the Tetra Pak building.

Hop on the bus

A bus stop on Ruakura Road, directly outside the main entrance to Waikato Innovation Park, makes travelling to the Park by public transport convenient and cost effective.

Car Share

Helping create beautiful and more livable cities by offering a better alternative to private car ownership, Mevo Car Share vehicles are available on site at Waikato Innovation Park.

Book vehicles in advance from a range of convenient parking locations

Manage your account, access and unlock vehicles at mevo.co.nz/app

Modern vehicles, fully insured and regularly cleaned

Flexible pricing for cost-effective trips of any length – including minute, hour, day, and evening rates

Save vs car ownership, leasing, or taxis – pricing includes parking, insurance, and fuel.

Waikato Innovation Park creates and grows company clusters in the agri-technology, food and beverage, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors. It is a thriving hub.

With the complementary array of industries and expertise, all Waikato Innovation Park businesses are exceptionally well positioned to interconnect on site and beyond.

Check out the businesses that have already chosen to make Waikato Innovation Park their home.

AgriSmart

An agri-tech company developed in the Waikato, AgriSmart has been designed for the primary industries sector to address the compliance requirements on the farm, orchard, and vineyard.

AHV New Zealand

An industry leader in quorum sensing powered animal health solutions and value-added advisory services. AHV develops multi-award winning, innovative and sustainable solutions to overcome significant obstacles in the animal health sector.  

Anago Limited

Specialising in products that improve safety and production performance, in the food processing industry across the United States, Australasia, and Europe. Anago invented and commercialised knife sharpness testing technology that has been instrumental in the improvement of knife sharpness levels and sharpening skills.  

Asure Quality

A leading provider of food assurance services to New Zealand’s food and primary industry sectors. With over 1700 dedicated people working closely with their partners at every point in their food supply chains, sharing and applying knowledge gained from over 145 years’ experience.

​Cannasouth

A New Zealand-based Bio-pharmaceutical company dedicated to world-class medical cannabinoid research. 

Caliber Design

Talented mechanical engineers with diverse industry experience and innovative ideas, ready to help on your project.

Chris Hillock Photographer

Providing professional commercial photography and video creation. From professional portrait, brand and product promotion, to production of vlogs, and podcasts.  

CooperAitken Ltd

A chartered accountancy firm, offering accounting services, ACC risk management, business software support, business advisory, governance, HR assistance, payroll services, tax specialist and trust administration and trusteeships.

​CRV Ambreed NZ

Part of the third largest artificial breeding company in the world.

Delytics

Specialising in helping businesses in the primary sector increase profitability and efficiency by strengthening their decision-making processes. 

D​L Consulting

Building online collections of digitised cultural heritage material such as historic newspapers, journals, and photographs. 

Access NZ

Focussing on the design and development of export products, investment projects between New Zealand and China across several sectors, including education, aged healthcare, and high technology.

Everest

Since 2006, Everest have specialised in people, employment, culture and change. Providing assistance for hiring the best people, practical human resource support and workplace advice or personal and team development.

Food Lab Pacific

A food testing laboratory established in 2018, focusing on manufactured dairy product testing. A joint venture between Analytica Laboratories and MilkTestNZ, who already provide world leading analytical services for New Zealand’s milk producing industry.

Farm Medix

An innovative animal health company focused on sustainability in the dairy industry with regard to efficiency and supporting judicious use of antibiotics.

Food Waikato

New Zealand’s only open access product development and manufacturing spray dryer.

Farmax

A forward-thinking company, which supplies farm planning tools to agricultural farmers

GlobalHQ

New Zealand’s most innovative agrimedia company. Publishing valuable content and market insights through their websites, newspapers, magazines, market reports, videos and podcasts.

Grayson Clements

An independent, boutique law firm, specialising in land, trusts and structural design along with commercial, conveyancing

Grain Corp Feeds

A feed company providing a comprehensive range of high-quality dairy liquid, silo, bulk, calf and goat meals nationwide

HMC

Sparking change for their clients through strategic PR, clever communication and digital campaigns that get results. They help their clients get noticed and gain respect, by providing trustworthy communications advice. 

HUDL

A leading software company revolutionising the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. Offering the tools to edit and share video, interact with data and create quality presentations for a range of performance applications. 

Hyquest Solutions (NZ)

A dynamic and progressive company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of dataloggers.

Maui Milk

Bringing pure wholesome sheep milk powder and products to the world using innovative
technology, sustainable farming, and animal welfare practices. Maui Milk’s sheep milk is supplied exclusively by independently owned sheep dairy farms in the central North Island.

Marksman Business Development

Providing specialist business development advisory to grow your business and revenue for over 25 years successful experience and results. All industries, all sizes.

Mark Loeffen & Associates

Facilitating business growth through actionable analytics for game changing decisions. Specialising in helping businesses, research organisations and primary industries achieve and benefit from such circumstances to meet their commercial objectives.

Motion Design

Helping customers gain a competitive advantage in their laboratories and factories through the use of Industry 4.0 technologies including machine vision, co-bots and custom machinery as well as LIM systems, live KPI dashboards, IoT and more.

ModuSense

An Industrial Internet of Things platform that powers IoT solutions from large enterprises to innovative start-ups and everyone in between. The ModuSense Data Portal provides real-time access to insights, allowing these industries to make informed decisions, prompting action and increasing overall productivity.

More4Apps

A global leader in the creation of automation and integration software.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

The Government’s international business development agency, helping to boost global reach and build capability so our companies can grow bigger, better, faster for the good of New Zealand.

NZ Food Innovation Network

A nationwide network of food development facilities, science and technology expertise.

Organic Dairy Hub

Connecting consumers with New Zealand organic milk.  A 100% farmer owned organic dairy co-op supplying organic milk and milk powder to the New Zealand and international markets.

Ospri

Managing the NAIT and TBfree programmes. NAIT provides the national animal identification and traceability system and TBfree aims to eradicate bovine TB from New Zealand.

Origin Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Qualified, senior patent attorneys with exclusive technical fluency and commercial experience.

Produco

Providing expert food safety, quality and regulatory compliance support to dairy and food manufacturers. With extensive knowledge across all regulatory aspects, to ensure products comply with domestic and export requirements.

Primary ITO

One of New Zealand’s largest industry training organisations. 

Quantec

A New Zealand-based company specialising in high-value bioactives from natural products. 

Recreate NZ

Providing life changing experiences for young people with disabilities.

Rezare Systems

Providing ideas, guidance, software and product development expertise for those working in the agricultural sector.

Scarlatti

A research, evaluation and analytics company that drives change by supporting clients to gather and interpret data to identify trends, issues and opportunities, evaluate activities and report on progress against goals.

Scilactics

An independent research and consulting company.

SkyPoint Technologies

A team of technology integration specialists in both on premise and cloud hosted environments. Designing, implementing and supporting computer networks and telephone systems for organisations of all sizes.

Smartrak

A leading GPS Fleet Management System (FMS) provider. Its system is used by over 300 organisations 

Spring Sheep Milk Co

Blazing new trails with sheep milk as a global producer and marketer of sheep milk products. Marketing delicious and nutritious products under the brand Spring Sheep New Zealand with farms, processing and head office based in New Zealand.

Tamaki Control

Industrial Automation Specialists who have been in business for over 30 years, working in New Zealand and around the world to provide our customers with reliable, safe and informative automation

Tetra Pak

Works with customers and suppliers to deliver the best solutions wherever and whenever food is consumed.

TheCloud

An IT hosted services and infrastructure management company, specialising in delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software.

Influx Energy Data

One of New Zealand’s leading energy data solutions providers. Through an extensive network of smart and legacy meters, the dedicated team provide services that empower customers, driving innovation for Kiwi businesses, industries and communities.

Jacksons Engineering HVAC Solutions

A leading group of building services engineers, providing expert advice to building owners and building managers to improve the operation, management and asset planning of existing HVAC systems.

The Skills Organisation

Backed by The Skills Group, Shift are e-learning specialists who fuse the expertise of learning and resource development professionals with technological solutions designed for modern working environments.

Nyriad

Nyriad has developed the industry’s first storage solutions that redefine how data is stored. Delivering an unprecedented combination of performance, resilience, and efficiency, enabling massive amounts of data and multiple data types to be managed in a single storage system that is simple to deploy, operate, scale, and maintain.


Torutek

Torutek provides smart, innovative and complete software and hardware solutions to their clients. A one-stop-shop from concept development and prototypes to production. 

Ninmo Productions

The full-service video production business has been operating for 10 years, specialising in producing high quality, engaging marketing videos for small business owners, event organisers, and global brands and companies.

Solar Sense

A Māori owned research and development start-up developing solutions for network and grid connected solar generation. The team is dedicated to eliminating energy hardship and increasing accessibility to sustainable energy for whānau through innovative technology.

UVISA Immigration Specialists

Immigration professionals who work closely with employers and migrants for excellent outcomes in recruitment, visa applications and employer accreditation processes. 

Virscient

Creating connectivity technologies that quietly improve people lives. Designing and integrating wireless and IoT technologies solutions for innovative product, platform, and component companies.

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