Nelson Tasman is a place where it’s not only easy to connect, but where connection breeds creativity and innovation. Our economy and talent are nimble and intelligent, built on a strong foundation of research, science, technology, creating added-value enterprise.
Last century’s primary industries have spawned businesses rich in fresh, smart thinking, such as New Zealand King Salmon, Kono, Cawthron Institute, Nelson Pine Industries, and CORE Transport Technology. These, plus hundreds of other businesses have research and development at their core and make continual breakthroughs in their respective sectors.
For example, DC Equipment, a world leader in developing new technologies for steep harvesting, grew out of the region’s strong forestry industry. Nelson Tasman’s historic strength in horticulture means the many high-value food and beverage companies operating today have a wealth of local grower, market, and produce knowledge to draw from. A long history of growing hops means the region has become one of New Zealand’s craft-beer capitals, while still exporting the raw material to the world.
But success in today’s business world doesn’t come easy. Entrepreneurs need to be agile and responsive, staying ahead of global trends and making clever decisions to support business growth. Building a sustainable business strong enough to weather global storms requires a robust culture of innovation. This page is the place to find a range of support services, networks, and resources to turn your R&D dreams into reality.