Our purpose

Northland Inc Ltd is the Northland region’s economic development agency, a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) of the Northland Regional Council and a limited liability company. Formalised in July 2012 Northland Inc has brought back together Destination Northland, the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) and Enterprise Northland Trust, the regional Economic Development Agency (EDA).

Northland Inc Ltd is funded by an operational contribution from the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and is project funded through other public and private agencies, with central government being the next largest contributor. The organisation has a governance board of four professional directors each appointed for a two year term by the NRC and operational activity is led by a Chief Executive Officer. To learn more, meet Our people.  

What is the vision for Northland’s future? 

  • A region with vibrant rural and urban communities that is widely recognised as a desirable place to do business, invest, live, play, study, visit, work….
  • A harmonious social and natural environment that is based on sustainable development and diversity, recognising the contribution of Maori as tangata whenua.
  • An enhanced quality of life for residents equal to or if not better than any other New Zealand region.

What is Northland’s aspirational regional economic development goal?

 “Over the next 10 years, grow our economy by 40%.”

What does this then mean?

  • An above normal New Zealand rate of growth.
  • An extra $2 Billion on our present GDP.
  • We have to increase our direct workforce by 10,000 jobs in 10 years but as a result this leverages a further 15,000 people into employment.
  • Developing on average 20 new jobs per week over the next 10 years.
  • The increased work force will be a mix of higher paid, adding value roles and lower paid, service sector jobs.

What is the Northland Inc approach?

Northland Inc’s economic development focus is to be on: enabling existing business to become more resilient; enabling small to medium enterprises to build capacity; and working in partnership with business cluster/sector groups to undertake projects beyond that of individual business capability.

Northland Inc as an organisation does not create jobs - it is there however to help build the conditions for business and other community organisations to thrive and grow so that they may then create the sustainable jobs. 

Northland Inc’s role is one of facilitation and supportive leadership: 

  • Facilitating collaboration with synergetic and complementary companies and development organisations.
  • Encouraging and assisting cluster groups.
  • Ensuring there is a common purpose within sector groups.  
  • Accessing funding for projects and preparing investment propositions.
  • Signposting business to other entities (regionally and nationally) that provide other and or complementary economic development advancing products and services.
  • Acting as the Government interface on regional economic development matters.
  • Facilitating capability, education and trade training opportunities.
  • Acting and being respected as a confident repository of business focussed information.
  • Ensuring that success stories are openly celebrated.
  • Project management as requested by our parent the Northland Regional Council.

What is the Northland Inc delivery mechanism?

  • Sector development with the focus on growth in sector performance and profitability thus increasing GDP and employment.
  • Enterprise support with the aim of increasing the capability and resilience of local business and assisting innovation at a business level.
  • Investment analysis and organisational support that assists the other two components - providing a resource for the development and assessment of applications to the Northland Regional Council’s Growth & Investment Fund and other project funding applications and communicating effectively the regional development messages.

How do I learn more about Northland Inc and how they can assist?

This portal websites destiny is but to grow - so don’t be a stranger and revisit when next you have the opportunity.

There will be comprehensive information posted and updated on how to start a business, grow a business, export your business through to how to fund your business … We will feature Northland’s key sectors destined to increase (y)our economy and jobs, talk about advancements made by existing partnerships and those we need to build, and tell you stuff about (y)our place that you may not already know … We will seek to keep you posted on the latest regional business news, connect you up with other like-minded business practitioners and together celebrate (y)our successes ….   

In the meantime go to Our people to make contact with those of our  team that are in a position to assist  – immediately below each team members name you will find the area of Northland Inc activity that their respective day-to-day focus is on.

Our people

OUR TEAM

DAVID WILSON | CEO

David Wilson, who since 2007 has been director of the Institute of Public Policy at AUT University, took up his new role leading Northland Inc on Monday 09 September 2013.

David comes from a commercial background including experience in small, medium and corporate businesses in sales, marketing, product management and business unit management and also owned and operated his own Takapuna-based surf retail business for 15 years.

As an academic he played a key role in the design and implementation of the ‘Metropolitan Auckland Project’ which formed the basis for the Auckland region’s economic development plan 2006-2010. He was also on the Metro governance team and the Auckland Regional Economic Development Forum overseeing the plan’s implementation.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
LISA CURRIE | Personal Assistant

Lisa came to Northland Inc in April 2014 to take on the role of Personal Assistant to David Wilson, and also covers Reception and provides support to the rest of the team at Northland Inc. Lisa has previously worked in a number of different sectors, and has held roles with Zespri International Limited, Port of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Massey University and the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) as an Executive Assistant working within senior Management Teams. She also spent some time in the central North Island where she worked on a Tourism MRI covering the Ruapehu, Whanganui and Rangitikei districts. Lisa is originally from Dunedin and now lives with her partner and three children on the outskirts of Whangarei where they run busy dry-stock and dairy farms.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
AURELIA ROBERTSON | Northland Intersectoral Forum (NIF) Co-ordinator

Initially trained as a lawyer in France, Aurelia spent eight years working for a major multi-domestic defence contractor in the United Kingdom and France where her main activities revolved around the negotiation and management of offset and industrial participation projects with foreign ministries. Aurelia has been working for the Northland Intersectoral Forum (NIF) since August 2010 promoting, co-facilitating,sharing knowledge, and seeking out new innovative solutions to problems while working towards common goals.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
BRIAN ROBERTS | Special Projects: Twin Coast Discovery

Brian has been involved in the tourism marketing arena for thirty-five years, with a business marketing degree from The University of Auckland. The first six years of Brian's work experience was with Air New Zealand in a number of marketing roles. During the 1980s & 1990s he worked in the marketing departments for major international coach operator, Trans Australian Airlines and also for nine years was Marketing Manager for the United Travel Franchise group in New Zealand which comprised over 130 retail outlets. In 1995 Brian expanded his marketing experience by becoming the first Marketing Manager for Tourism Auckland and was then approached in 1997 to move to Northland in to set-up Destination Northland. During his time in Northland, Brian has represented the New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisations as part of the government’s task force developing New Zealand's first comprehensive tourism strategy in 2001 and has represented the region on various New Zealand tourism organisation boards.

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Office Address: 11b Davis Crescent, Paihia
Postal Address: P.O. Box 365, Paihia 0247, Northland, New Zealand

 
DAVID TEMPLETON | Business Growth Manager

A born and bred Northlander, David was brought up on the family farm in the Hokianga. After thirteen years working for the Court Division of the Justice Department David was asked to join Baycorp Holdings as their Whangarei Branch Manager. After ten years lifting productivity he was then offered a lucrative franchise opportunity. After running this business for two years David sold and accepted an appointment as a Team Leader at the Whangarei Branch of ACC, within eighteen months taking on the role of Branch Manager. Within two years at the helm, and at the request of the senior management at ACC, he was invited to join the Northland Intersectoral Forum (NIF). Initially David managed a project to increase the effectiveness of frontline service delivery of social services in Northland; with his existing contracts he was given unprecedented access to frontline staff in all central government agencies in Northland. At the conclusion of that contract David was invited by the board of the then Enterprise Northland to manage the Regional Coordination of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme and subsequently Education for Enterprise from 2005 to 2010. David was also instrumental in the formation of the Northland Youth Development Trust.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 

JOSEPH STUART | General Manager, Business Growth

As Northland Inc's newly appointed Business Development Manager, Joseph Stuart will oversee the Business Development Strategy for Northland Inc that incorporates the Regional Business Partnership with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation. He will also be involved in developing capital support networks for Northland businesses and coordinating business development activities across Northland.

Joseph has vast experience in Business Development and Innovation, having worked for Positively Wellington Business as Business Development Manager; Ministry of Science and Innovation as Principal Business Advisor, and Wellington City Council as Innovation Initiatives Manager. Joseph has a BA in Economic History and a Graduate Diploma in Economic Development.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
MIKE PREECE | Digital Project Co-ordinator

Mike’s background is corporate based and predominately focused on the filmed entertainment industry. From a background in sales, marketing and distribution, Mike began his entertainment career with the BBC in London, being on the team that launched their home-video enterprise back in the early 80’s. From there Mike’s career spanned 25 years covering Managing Director to Snr Vice President positions across PolyGram, Island Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks and latterly Universal Pictures where Mike was responsible for global licensing. In 2004 he experienced a life-style change and settled in Northland where he has lived ever since. He is passionately involved in the digital expansion and deployment of ultra-fast broadband within Whangarei and is working step-by-step towards the future digitisation of Northland.  

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 

SARAH YEATES | Marketing & Communications

Sarah has extensive experience in the digital marketing industry within New Zealand and Australia with seven of those years focusing on tourism. Sarah's role at Northland Inc is to look after websites, publications, and the Northland regional brand. Living on a rural property with her husband and two children, Sarah is passionate about being a Northlander and loves to promote her part of the world.

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Office Address: 11b Davis Crescent, Paihia
Postal Address: P.O. Box 365, Paihia 0247, Northland, New Zealand

 
TAMMY FROMONT | Financial Administratior

Tammy’s first career was in the education sector as a Preschool Teacher and for two years as Youth Minister for the Catholic Church in Whangarei. After her two children were settled in school, Tammy undertook Business Studies which led to two years as Manager of the Students Association at the Northland Polytechnic before joining the regional tourism organisation Destination Northland in 1997. Though her primary role is financial administration and the organisations secretary, she has supported the major regional initiatives and many sector development activities undertaken by the organisation over the last 15 years. Having lived most of her life in Northland and raised two children here she considers Northland her home and being of Māori descent is active at hapu level within her Ngāti Maniapoto Iwi.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
VAUGHAN COOPER | General Manager, Investment and Infrastructure

Vaughan Cooper, another born and bred Northlander, was brought on the outskirts of Kaikohe and has a background in coastal sciences through the University of Auckland. 

Vaughan has over 12 years’ experience in local government, working for the Northland Regional Council. Initially involved in resource management planning with a focus on coastal issues, Vaughan has gained experience in regional policy, regional growth, infrastructure, transport and more recently commercial property management.  Vaughan joined in March 2014 and is responsible for facilitating investment proposals through the Investment and Growth Reserve and supporting key infrastructure projects that benefit the region.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 
WAYNE HUTCHINSON | Sector Development

Northland Economic Advisory Group

Appointed General Manager of Enterprise Northland in February 2011 after working for three years as a Senior Project Officer on various development projects for the Trust. Wayne has a varied background in both public organisations and in business. He has owned and operated a horticulture business in Canterbury and been the CEO of a honey company that was the 2007 Deloitte Fast 50 fastest growing export company in New Zealand. In the public arena he has specialised in economic development since 1993 previously working for Southland District Council and Venture Southland project managing a wide array of projects, mainly in the primary production and added value sectors, the largest being the Topoclimate project from 1999 - 2003. Wayne was a founding member of Economic Development Agencies of New Zealand (EDANZ) and is currently in his second term as a board member. Wayne and wife Anne have a small block at Matarau where they run Arabian horses.

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

 

OUR BOARD

WARREN MOYES | Chair

Warren is currently a Director of Northpower, and has been Chairman since 1993. Warren has had extensive experience in corporate governance, which includes (but is not limited) to Northtec,  Tonga Power, West Coast Energy, Northpower Western Australia, Whangarei Tourism Trust, ASB Bank & Community Trust. Warren has also held various Chairman, Councillor and Committee Member positions within the Mt Albert City Council, over the period of 1980 to 1989. Agriculture is also an area of expertise, as well as owning two deer farms; Warren has previously served as a Board member of Deer Industry New Zealand for a number of years.

Warren attained a Bachelor of Arts (University of California, Berkeley) and is accredited with FinstD postnominal (Institute of Directors). With many sporting achievements under his belt, Warren has represented New Zealand Yachting and Universities Rugby, and currently enjoys yachting, golf, fishing and hunting.

 
IRENE DURHAM | Director

Irene Durham’s broad business experience spans, law, finance, investment advisory, business coaching and consulting. Irene is a successful business owner specialising in private and SME sectors in NZ and overseas for more than 20 years.  She is a highly regarded as a consultant, strategic planner, and coach to entrepreneurial individuals and groups. 

Irene is an experienced chairman, trustee, director, board member and strategic thinker and currently holds directorships and trustee roles in NZ  the charitable, public and private sectors. Irene was NZ Business Woman of the Year in 1998/99 and holds a Degree in Management.

 
JEROEN JONGEJANS | Director

Dutch emigrant who arrived in NZ in 1979 with a backpack and still here. Jeroen Jongejans has been involved in various industries from oil refineries to boatbuilding, a stint in the education sector, and the last 20 odd years in the Tourism Industry. His business has won numerous regional, national and international awards. His passion for innovative sustainable business is shared by his staff.

Jeroen was instrumental in creating full Marine Reserve status for the Poor Knights Islands and purchased and sank two RNZ Navy ships to create artificial reefs. He has spend significant time on various boards, from Conservation, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Industry NZ etc, plus a stint on the Whangarei District Council. With a GDip Bus in entrepreneurship and innovation it is obvious where his passion lies!

 

KARLEEN EVERITT | Director

Masters in Management Auckland University Business School, currently studying towards PhD in Indigenous Business Leadership Northland small business owner – indigenous event and project management service Manaaki Solutions - since 2006 Experience in – and links to – Maori economic development locally and nationally Member of the Tai Tokerau Maori AgriBusiness Forum, former director of Te Aupouri Asset Holding Company and Te Aupouri Fisheries Trust.

 

SARAH PETERSEN | Director

Bachelor of Management studies, University of Waikato Chartered. Accountant since 2002 and experience within private practice. Member of the Professional Conduct Committee for the New Zealand. Institute of Chartered Accountants, Trustee for Make-A-Wish New Zealand. Former member of the Executive Committee for Auckland Export. Experienced establishing start-up operations and partnerships in international markets.

 
Board contact details

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Office Address: Level One, The Station, 93 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1762, Whangarei 0140, Northland, New Zealand

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NORTHLAND INC IS OPEN TO NEW IDEAS AND ENCOURAGES DISCUSSION AND ACTION

Office hours are 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Whangarei Office:

Postal Address:
Box 1762, Whangarei 0140

Physical Address:
93 Cameron Street
Whangarei 0110

Phone:  +64 9 438 5110
Fax:  +64 9 430 3008
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Paihia Office:

Postal Address:
Box 365, Paihia 0247

Physical Address:
11B Davis Crescent
Paihia 0200

Phone:  +64 9 402 5030
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