Business Central December 2023

16 | Fostering innovation The foodeast-haumako hub will be the first port of call for those with a fledgling idea, and those thinking about taking their business to greater heights. Hawke’s Bay: Hastings District Council: foodeast-haumako T T Ange Davidson REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Level 3, Dunvegan House, 215 Hastings Street, Napier +64 6 842 0111 Structural Concepts Ltd are leaders in the field of structural engineering and design. From simple beams to complex multi-level and major industrial and commercial buildings, we work on buildings all over New Zealand. 59 BROADLANDS RD, An innovative approach to grow food, beverage and agritech businesses in Hawke’s Bay brings industry, local government and central government together in a bid to add value and connectivity. The entity, foodeast-haumako is set to become a centre of excellence for food, beverage and agri-tech innovation where great ideas can become a new high-value reality. The kaupapa of the facility is one of innovation, providing connections that will assist businesses to develop new products and enhance existing ideas, to take them to national and international markets. It was seeded by Hastings District Council five years ago and now has its own board. It is owned by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s investment arm HBRIC, Hastings District Council and Progressive Meats. Funding has come from the partners, and from Kānoa, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s business unit. Foodeast-haumako board chair Nicky Solomon says the hub will be the first port of call for those with a fledgling idea, and those thinking about taking their business to greater heights. It will provide opportunities for connection and collaboration within the region, and support the wider food innovation ecosystem across Aotearoa. “Foodeast-haumako has a strong foundation in regional and national collaboration, as evidenced by our suite of investors, who are fully committed to helping us deliver on our innovation mandate. The foodeast-haumako team will connect innovative entrepreneurs to each other, and support inspiration from within and beyond the region,” says Nicky. Foodeast-haumako will provide a place for the industry to meet and collaborate and connect into appropriate departments of tertiary institutions such as EIT Te Maho a Māui, Massey University and New Zealand’s other food innovation hubs.” Foodeast-haumako’s two buildings are well under construction, due to be completed early next year. The front facing building on Elwood Rd will offer collaborative, contemporary offices, bookable meeting rooms, and outdoor relaxing and meeting places. The building is set in park-like grounds five minutes’ drive from Hasting’s city and promises to be an innovative and inspiring space to host clients and provide flexible access for start-ups and established businesses. The back building has a number of bays available for lease to innovative food, beverage or agritech businesses looking for a permanent home. A potential tenant is Skybright, an innovative health food company that’s developing fermentation-derived novel protein products. Its team sees foodeast-haumako as a fit-forpurpose facility where they can develop and test their products for local and international markets. Nicky emphasises that the innovation centre is big on placemaking and looking at who else they can draw around the table to make it truly collaborative. “The project shows that positive economic and commercial outcomes are possible when local government, private enterprise and Kānoa (central government) combine.” businesscentral Each edition priority delivered to your door. . Stay informed; we work with business owners and decision-makers across all economic sectors, pro iling their success. i ; i i i i - ll i , ili i . . . . i i 03 983 5525 03 983 5525 Your Business, Your Industry, Your News. Volume 6 | Issue 2 | April 2021 ‘Excellence in Energy’ Taranaki’s Todd Energy will have a key role to play as New Zealand moves toward a low emissions economy. 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