One of the last countries on Earth to be discovered by humans, New Zealand has established itself as a forward-thinking society that has embedded progressive values at the core of its national psyche. Kiwis value collaboration over competition, and are amongst the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
“Ui mai ki ahau, He aha te mea nui o te Ao? Māku e kī atu, He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”
“Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world? I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people”
With some of the highest quality of life in the world, an abundance of nature, and welcoming multicultural neighbourhoods, New Zealand is an incredible place to live and establish deep roots as an individual or a family. The mountains, rivers or the ocean are never more than a few hours away, commuting often means walking or cycling, and friendly communities help you quickly feel at home.
EHF Fellows can base themselves anywhere in New Zealand, and embed themselves into multiple innovation ecosystems. Each city in New Zealand has different strengths and advantages. Below we have outlined some creative, entrepreneurial hubs around New Zealand, but there are many other incredible places to live. You can explore the opportunities and strengths of other regions here.
National Opportunities and Resources
Find out more about opportunities in New Zealand’s different regions here
New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland is a thriving culturally diverse business centre that has been voted amongst the world’s most livable cities, and is suitable for most ventures.
GridAKL / The BizDojo (Co-working)
The largest city in the aptly-named Bay of Plenty, Tauranga’s innovation sector centres around horticulture, high-value manufacturing, and international logistics.
A key central city in New Zealand’s primary production sector, Hamilton is embracing innovation in agritech, logistics and high-value manufacturing.
The central hub for New Zealand’s film industry, the capital city of Wellington is home to many innovative startups, and all things creative.
The BizDojo (Co-working)
Creative HQ / Lightning Lab (Co-working + Accelerator)
Enspiral (Social Enterprise Network)
Collider (Tech Industry Support)
Film Wellington (Industry Support)
NZ VR & AR Association (Industry Association)
Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency
Victoria University of Wellington
A transitional city in the midst of a rebuild after devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch is a booming mecca for technology, resilience and future-proofing.
Enterprise and Innovation Precinct (EPIC) (Business Hub)
Ministry of Awesome (Startup Support)
The BizDojo (Co-working)
Vodafone Xone (Accelerator)
Christchurch Innovation Map
The Christchurch Story (Tourism)
Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) (Economic Development Agency)
University of Canterbury
Home to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest internet speeds (1Gb/s), Dunedin’s history in higher-education and medical science is complemented with a budding startup scene.