Our role in the business eco-system within Northland is to support people who want to start or grow their business. As well as helping owners and entrepreneurs to identify their next move, our Business, Innovation and Growth team also provide a front door for them into the many central government programmes, services and funding available to them. 

Regional Business Partnership

At the centre of our business support eco-system is the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network.

The RBP is a programme funded by the New Zealand Government and delivered by our Growth Advisors here at Northland Inc for the Taitokerau Northland region.

The Northland Inc Growth Advisors have extensive contacts within the Taitokerau Northland pakihi community and mahi alongside businesses to talk through the challenges they face and help them plan for the future.

Through this initiative, we have distributed tens of thousands of dollars to businesses, along with more than $5million in technology and development funding to pakihi throughout the region. We’re committed to guiding those businesses we interact with to connect the dots towards success and growth, building meaningful relationships and creating business support networks across Taitokerau Northland.

Visit Regional Business Partners Website


Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is an important and valued national innovation partner for Northland Inc. We mahi with local pakihi to help them plan their research and development pathways, and connect them to funding and resources that can help them on this journey.

Visit Callaghan Innovation Website

Business, Innovation and Growth Team
Meet our Growth Advisors

  • Meet David Templeton WEB

    David Templeton

    Growth Advisor

    Having grown up in the Hokianga I have a strong connection and passion for Northland. Find out more

  • Meet Emma Rankin WEB

    Emma Rankin

    Growth Advisor

    Kia ora, ko Emma Rankin toku ingoa. I am originally from the Wairarapa region but have lived in Te Tai Tokerau since I was 4 years old. Northland is home to me and both of my daughters were born here at Whangārei Hospital. Find out more

  • Meet Prue Street WEB

    Prue Street

    Growth Advisor

    I’m relatively new to Northland having moved here a couple of years ago so it’s great getting to know all the wonderful businesses across the region. Find out more

  • Meet Andrea Primrose Netzler WEB

    Andrea Primrose-Netzler

    Growth Advisor

    Being raised in Taiktokerau Northland has meant it is home for me. Despite traveling, living, and working elsewhere across New Zealand and abroad, it always draws me back. Find out more