New hub provides business boost for Horowhenua

Published: Oct 27, 2020

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A new co-working and collaboration area known as The Mahi Space has just opened its doors in Levin.

Three people are sitting at computer stations and one is standing to the side.

Provincial Development Unit officials, community leaders, and visitors were at the opening for The Mahi Space on 7 October 2020.

Located at Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, The Mahi Space was one of several digital hubs around the country to receive $400,000 support from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Manager Narita Dixon says The Mahi Space will act as a business incubator for the district.

“We’ll offer training programmes, business advisors, experts and support tailored for small businesses, self-employed entrepreneurs and start-ups,” Mrs Dixon said.

“This helps our local people build capacity, minimise risk and reduce the costs of doing business. It’s ideal for anyone establishing and growing a business in Horowhenua.”

The collaborative space is fully equipped with video conferencing facilities, meeting areas, printers and scanners, Wi-Fi and desks with screens, mice and keyboards.

Visitors simply bring their own laptop, tablet or other device to connect to the facilities, which they can access by booking a spot online. 

“It’s easy to join up. All you need to do is fill in the online form on our website, and we’ll arrange an orientation and a friendly tour of the facility,” says Mrs Dixon. 

The digital hub aims to boost business operations in Horowhenua, by providing resources for start-ups, small businesses, self-employed people, entrepreneurs, those working from home or commuters who need a place to work remotely.

Mrs Dixon said she’s excited about the opportunity to contribute to the district’s economy in such a positive way. 

“I’m passionate about helping businesses and am really looking forward to welcoming tāngata to The Mahi Space,” she said. 

The Mahi Space — Horowhenua Culture & Community Centre