Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park

Learn about the ever-developing Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park, and the opportunities it's bringing to the region.

Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park – Te Tai Tokerau


Duration: 3:16

Gentle music.

[Wide drone shot over a large, modern building and car park – Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise park]

[Logo appears: Kānoa Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit]

[Text: Ngawha Innovation & Enterprise Park Te Tai Tokerau]

[Mid shot of Toa Faneva. He sits at a table in front of traditional Māori artwork]

[Title: Toa Fanevea – Te Ahurei Executive Director for Te Pūkenga]

Toa Faneva: One of the great aspects of the Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park is that we have this beautiful world class facility now.

[Pull shot revealing the front entrance of the Ngawha Innovation Park.]

Andy Knock: The hope and the opportunity it creates for Northland- these buildings should have been here years ago.

[Mid shot of Andy Knock. He is standing inside the new building, wearing a brown checkered suit.]

[Title: Andy Knock – CE, Far North Holdings Ltd.]

Andy The hope and the opportunity it creates for Northland- these buildings should have been here years ago. you know, Northland's lost out in terms of development and facilities because it's got a small demographic base, it's outside the large city. And, of course, generally last to secure funding, like a lot of regions in New Zealand.

[Wide drone shot over the countryside, heading towards the innovation park in the distance.]

[Two people stand in front of a construction site, Rachael Packer, a pākeha woman and Sonny Tipene a Māori man.]

[Titles: Rachael Packer – Operations Manager, Webb Contracting and Sonny Tipene – Web Contracting]

Sonny Tipene: You got to look at it like that old saying, you know, you give a man a fish, and he'll eat it. You teach them how to fish, and he'll feed his whole family.

[Overhead drone shot shows the construction of a building. People in hi-vis work on the site]

Sonny: You know, the rangatahi, our mokopuna will come in here. And this is their ocean, they can choose what they want to do.

[Mid-shot of Andy Knock as he speaks]

Andy Knock: It's creating the ability for people to fulfill their own dreams in life. They don't have to travel hours and hours anymore. It's on our own doorstep. So we've got employment opportunities, we've got skills based training opportunities and we hope to keep adding to that.

[More footage of people working on the construction site]

[Mid-shot of Toa Faneva as he speaks]

Toa Faneva: So not only is there a commercial and an economic driver for the innovation and enterprise park, but there is also these opportunities to be able to explore how we address the environmental impacts and changes that are happening around a lot of our communities.

[Footage of two Māori peopl walking through a field]

[Panning shot of a forest]

[Mid-shot of Toa Faneva as he speaks]

Toa Faneva: And so as a repository and an enabler of knowledge, particularly mātauranga Māori, mātauranga whānau, mātauranga hapū, that's one of our aspirations.

[Drone shots of the exterior of Ngawha Innvation & Enterprise Park]

Toa Faneva: So we have the business sector there, we have the research sector there, we have us, obviously, in terms of vocational education and training as Te Pūkenga there, but we think combined, we can actually really deliver on some of the expectations a lot of our communities have.

[Drone footage of the landscape of rural Te Tai Tokerau]

Wayne Rodgers: Within a 50 kilometer radius of this park sits just under 4,000 Māori land blocks.

[Mid-shot of Wayne Rodgers standing inside the café at Ngawha Innovation Park. He is a Māori man and he wears a black and white check shirt.]

[Titles: Wayne Rodgers – Skills & Employment Coordinator, Ngawha Innovation & Enterprise Park]

Wayne: And those 4,000 Māori land blocks have multiple owners, but the park has been set up as a catalyst to help whānau utilise their whenua.

[Foogate of a Māori man and woman working on their whenua. They smile and climb onto a tractor]

[People in hi-vis working around the park]

Wayne: So not only are we providing work on the park, the park will become a catalyst for whānau to utilise their own whenua to generate employment for their own whānau. The park has huge ramifications.

[Panning shot of a construction site. The foundations of a building have been completed.]

[Mid-shot of Mark Henwood. He wears an orange hi-vis vest over a navy-blue shirt.]

[Title: Mark Henwood – Project Manager, Far North Holdings Ltd]

Mark Henwood: I love watching people grow. It's great for Northland and it's about time that we've got something like this in Northland and so it's really, I'm really proud to be part of this.

[Mid-shot of Moana Timoka standing inside the newly completed meeting room at Ngawha. She is a Māori woman and wears a navy-blue shirt and a pounamu necklace]

[Title: Moana Timoko – Tumaki Tuarua, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe]

Moana Timoko: I come here with a different lens every day, like I'm here as our Tumaki Tuarua. I'm here as a peruperu helper sometimes in the garden. I'm here as a māmā and I'm here as a owner of a neighboring property to the space.

[Various shots of the surrounding whenua in Kaikohe, people working on a farm. Moana sits on the tractor with a Māori man.]

[Mid-shot of Moana as she speaks]

Moana: I think it's just good to see something new and fresh, and it's just here in Kaikohe below the maunga, Putahi.

[Wide drone shot of Ngawha park]

[Logos appear: Kānoa Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Hīkina Whakatutuki, Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa New Zealand Government.]

Music fades.

[Fade to black]

Kaikohe's Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park provides the Far North with a collaborative space. On 204 acres of former farmland, the park connects local people, businesses and innovation to generate opportunities for all.

Funded through a $19.5 million grant from Kānoa’s Provincial Growth Fund, the investment means that rather than Northland needing to seek out opportunities, the opportunity has been bought to Northland.

"It’s creating the ability for people to fulfil their own dreams” states Andy Nock, CEO of Far North Holdings.

The Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park has already attracted innovation and opportunity to Te Tai Tokerau Northland region, with a number of businesses and organisations now calling the Park home, including:

  • Kaikohe Berry Fruit Ltd
  • Regent Training Centre
  • Te Pūkenga
  • Northland Inc
  • A cluster of small natural product companies manufacturing out of a laboratory at the innovation centre.

At the heart of the Park is a co-working space. Mahinga Innovation Centre, which lends itself to fostering a collaborative environment. The building also boasts laboratories for nutraceutical and food manufacturing research. The facilities support businesses from all over Te Tai Tokerau. The Centre embodies a vision to advance the region through partnership and innovation.

The vocational education and training institution Te Pūkenga and campus partners Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe, sits within the Park. Bringing hopeful new opportunities aimed at advancement for the people in the region.

The surrounding community will be able to take the knowledge and resources provided at Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park back into the community. As Wayne Rogers explains in this video, the park provides Māori landowners in the area with a means to utilize their whenua. Further creating opportunities within their community.

Those working on the park agree that the development has been a long time coming. Mark Henwood (Project Manager, Far North Holdings) echoes the sentiment - “It’s about time we got something like this in Northland.”

The Park functions on the principle of a circular economy, designed with sustainability in mind. This enables the on-site businesses to reuse and regenerate as part of their regular processes. Adjacent to the Park sits Matawii water storage reservoir. The reservoir provides water security for the Kaikohe town supply, facilitates a continued transition to higher value horticulture crops and supports climate resilience in Northland.

With the completion of Stage 1 of the Park, an estimated 250 new full-time jobs are to be established. Already the park has bought an additional $7.9 million to the regions GDP through construction work, suppliers, and worker consumption. As the Park grows, further jobs are expected helping to boost prospects for the region and the community that surrounds it.