Economic Development Agencies (EDAs) are impartial local and regional bodies which each year spend over $150 million on the productive development of New Zealand’s economy. This funding is secured through industry initiatives, territorial local authorities and central government projects.

EDAs nationally employ over 800 staff dedicated to directly delivering assistance to the frontlines of business in support of national strategies and local needs. Each of the EDAs throughout New Zealand has evolved in response to local needs and resources.

 Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region and is also a district within that region. It consists mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island / Rakiura. The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and spans over 3,400 km of coast. Southland has a strong economy with […]


Otago is the second largest region in NZ by land area and accounts for 5% of NZ’s economy in employment terms. Its household incomes are lower than the national average, but its employment rate is above the national average. These factors relate to the very high proportion of tertiary students […]


Canterbury is NZ’s largest region by area and second equal in terms of economic activity. Christchurch, the region’s urban centre, is home to nearly three-quarters of the region’s people and an important hub for the South Island. The Christchurch earthquakes and rebuild which is estimated to cost $30 billion, have […]


The West Coast region has resourceful people, a rich history, a spectacular natural environment, and abundant resources. The same factors that have shaped its history and its people are what make the West Coast a challenging place to live and work. The Tai Poutini or West Coast region covers 23,000 […]

West Coast

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in […]


Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region – which in […]


The Manawatu – Wanganui region is located in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, comprising the Local Territorial Authorities of the Tararua, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Ruapehu districts and Palmerston North City. With over 50% of the land area comprising hill country the region is […]


Taranaki is situated on the west coast of the North Island, surrounding the volcanic peak. A notable feature of the Taranaki region is its reliance on the region’s natural and physical resources for its economic and social wellbeing. The climate and soils of the region are suited to high producing […]


Hawke’s Bay is a region of New Zealand, located on the east coast of the country’s North Island. Hawke’s Bay is recognised on the world stage for its award-winning wines. The regional council sits in both the cities of Napier and Hastings. The Hawke’s Bay region accounts for approximately 7% […]

Hawke’s Bay

Gisborne makes up 1% of NZ’s economy in employment terms. It includes some of NZ’s most remote areas, with mountainous topography and difficult transport routes. Gisborne also has a very different age and ethnic profile compared to the country as a whole. Nearly half the population is Maori (47% compared […]


The Bay of Plenty represents almost 6% of the NZ economy by employment. Many of its economic activities are similar to those undertaken in parts of the adjoining Waikato region, and the Rotorua and Taupo sub-districts straddle both regions. The region’s economic strengths have developed from the natural resources and […]

Bay of Plenty

The Waikato region is important to the national economy because of its scale and location and its contribution to national export sectors and infrastructure. Waikato is the fourth-largest regional economy in New Zealand. It accounts for approximately 10 per cent of land area and population and 8.5 per cent of […]


Northland represents approximately 3.6 percent of the country’s population, with more than 168,000 people living in the region and over half of those living in the main centre of Whangārei. With close proximity to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, but with a warmer climate and vast natural resources, there are […]


Worldwide surveys rate Auckland as one of the very best cities in the world to live. With its many national and international transport links, well-developed infrastructure and outstanding human capital, Auckland is also a great place to do business. Doing business in New Zealand is easier than just about anywhere […]