Business in Hawera


10 Reasons why you should bring your business to Hāwera

  • Business Support – Hāwera has an excellent range of programs and incentives that can help you kick start and/or maintain a business.
  • Housing – Taranaki is the third most attractive place as far as home affordability is concerned, according to Venture Taranaki’s Summer Trends Report, 2015.
  • Lifestyle – Hāwera’s residents enjoy excellent job and lifestyle opportunities. Almost every corner of the region offers an opportunity for you to do something exciting and different. Hāwera enjoys all the amenities of a big city without any of the hassles.
  • Location – Hāwera is centrally located between New Plymouth (45 minutes’ drive) and Whanganui (1 hours’ drive) and is only 20 minutes from Mt Taranaki. From the south (SH3) Hawera is the gateway to the coastal Surf Highway 45 (SH45) which passes through Manaia, Opunake and Oakura en route to New Plymouth.
  • Population – With a growing population of approximately 12,000 people Hāwera is South Taranaki’s largest town and main administrative centre.
  • Pro-active District Council – with a well formatted Town Strategy Plan, Hawera continues to move with the times, remaining vibrant and attractive. Several initiatives currently underway.
  • Technology – Hāwera is one of the first towns in New Zealand to be ‘fully capable’ of providing Ultra-Fast Fibre to residents and businesses.
  • Industry – The top five industries by employee count in South Taranaki was manufacturing (34%), Agriculture, forestry and fishing (17.4%), Retail Trade (7.2%), Education and Training (7.1%) and Construction (6.1%) Fonterra’s Whareroa factory, just two kilometres south of Hāwera, produces the largest volume of dairy ingredients from a single factory, anywhere in the world.
  • Taranaki’s unemployment rate for the last 12 months (and December quarter) is lower than the national average and many regional counterparts.
  • Employment – Labour Force – For people aged 15 years and over, the median income (half earn more, and half earn less, than this amount), in South Taranaki District is $29,200. This compares with a median of $28,500 for all of New Zealand

  • Visitor Industry – The number of guest arrivals increased in the South Taranaki area relative to the previous 12 months (2015). Visitors also stayed for longer periods in South Taranaki (20.7%). The above results contributed to a net increase in South Taranaki (21.6%) according to Venture Taranaki’s winter Trends report 2016

Source: Taranaki trends


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