Government & EDA's

"You cannot create genius. All you can do is nurture it." - Ninette de Valois

Fertile ground for a strong ecosystem

New Zealand is regularly ranked as one of the easiest places in the world to start a business, and least corrupt. Company registration is fast and inexpensive, and the New Zealand Government has several goals, programmes and funding in place to stimulate economic development through entrepreneurship.

Consequently most regions have bodies dedicated to economic development (Economic Development Agencies or EDA’s), many of which have strategies in place to nurture startup entrepreneurs. Being aware of the work being done “behind the scenes” to create an environment supportive of entrepreneurship in New Zealand, will enable you to appreciate the freedom and opportunities we have to explore, create and grow – and hopefully make the most of it!


Central Government Support, Agencies & Programmes


New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Callaghan Innovation

Regional Economic Development Agencies

Northland Inc Northland

ATEED Auckland

Toi EDA Eastern Bay of Plenty

Priority One Tauranga

Grow Rotorua Rotorua

Enterprise Great Lake Taupo Taupo

Activate Tairawhiti East Coast

Venture Taranaki Taranaki

CEDA Central EDA Manuwatu

Whanganui and Partners Whanganui

WREDA Wellington

Nelson Regional Development Agency Nelson/Tasman

Development West Coast West Coast

Enterprise North Canterbury North Canterbury

ChristchurchNZ Christchurch

Aoraki Development Timaru

Clutha Development Trust Clutha District

Great South Southland