Work Programmes

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There are four work programmes that provide the basis for Northland Inc achieving its objectives.

Business Innovation & Growth

Whether you are creating your very first company or you’re an experienced entrepreneur there is plenty of support available to assist your success. With online resources, opportunities for training, tapping into advice from experienced professionals and connecting industry leaders, Northland Inc can provide important stepping stones for all types of business ventures. Read about the services we provide

Business Innovation & Growth team

David Templeton Business Growth Manager
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David Templeton

David works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. David’s specialists areas are early stage growth, food and wine and business sustainability.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 7545
Mobile+64 27 248 2164
Derryn Mawson Business Growth Manager
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Derryn Mawson

Derryn works with Northland businesses facilitating access to support available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. Her specialist areas are early stage business development, digital and innovation.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 1645
Mobile+64 22 641 5246
Pete Gleeson Business Growth Advisor - Investment
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Pete Gleeson

Pete works here at Northland Inc and at the Whangarei District Council with businesses across Northland that are looking for investors to take their company to the next level. He also facilitates business relocations to the region and is key in connecting local and international investors with strategic investment opportunities. Pete’s specialist area is building relationships between the appropriate parties to facilitate direct investment.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 5110
Mobile+64 27 465 5273
Melanie Sweet Business Growth Facilitator - Primary Industries
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Melanie Sweet

Melanie works both here at Northland Inc and at the Ministry of Primary Industries to facilitate Northland businesses accessing support both from within the region and central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.
Melanie’s specialist areas are building relationships to support primary sector growth and capability across primary industries.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 430 2175
Mobile+64 27 203 5870

Investment and Infrastructure

Sights are set firmly on maximizing the economic potential of all productive industries in the region and Northland extends a warm welcome to individual and company investment with a lot on offer. Timing has never been better to invest in Northland, with an absolute dedication from the Northland Regional Council to harness the potential of this beautiful region and deliver prosperity to all that choose to call Northland home. Read about the services we provide

Investment and Infrastructure

Maori Economic Development

George Riley General Manager, Maori Economic Development
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George Riley

George's role reinforces an improved focus on growing the Northland Maori economy with a view to generating sustainable employment and increased prosperity. He works alongside of the Business Innovation and Growth team to deliver support to Maori enterprises available from within the region and from central government, as part of the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation.

Contact details:

Email[email protected]
Phone+64 9 438 6092
Mobile+64 27 245 2001

Maori Economic Development

Growth for the Maori economy in Northland means growth for all of Northland. Of course, all business services provided by Northland Inc are available to Maori, but within the team we have experience and knowledge of approaches which better serve Maori. It’s the combination of new commercial thinking and a true understanding of a Maori culture that is ready for growth and prosperity that will lead the change. Read about the services we provide


Regional Promotions & Tourism

Tourism is one of Northland Inc’s priority industry sectors. The Northland Desk coordinates industry activity focused on media and trade opportunities, including Tourism New Zealand activity within Northland. Read about the services we provide

Regional Promotions & Tourism