The Waikato region is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River, which gives the region its name. The region is the country’s fourth largest regional economy, emphasising a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

Major industries in the Waikato include dairy farming, forestry, tertiary education, manufacturing, health and community services. The region, especially the city of Hamilton, is also developing a solid reputation for its growing digital economy.

Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit projects projects are supporting the region’s fast-growing population; addressing gaps in skills and labour, growing its global reach and building on its prime location in the heart of the North Island.

For full details on projects funded in this region:

Funding announcements

Waikato stories