Welcome to the Waikato Region
A geographically and culturally diverse region, the Waikato has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes – from our vibrant city hub of Hamilton to the rugged west coast, the underground wonders and middle-earth move magic.
The Waikato Region is important to the national economy, because of it’s scale and location, and it’s 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 gross domestic product.
Several sectors are part of national value chains, such as food, forestry and wood product manufacturing, manufacturing and services. The region is an important centre of primary production.
Waikato’s central location between the Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki regions makes it a nationally significant corridor for infrastructure, such as road and rail transport, electricity and natural gas, telecommunications and data.
Waikato is the most important minerals producing region in New Zealand. Within the region there are important mineral exploration and development operations, including coal, aggregates, gold, sand and limestone.
Hamilton is the region’s ‘central business district’ with concentrations of employment, research, tertiary education and manufacturing. Its industry strengths are inextricably linked to the primary production of the surrounding region, on which it also relies for labour and materials.
Collaboration is required amongst a broad range of organisations for the country to benefit even more from the opportunities present in the Waikato region. A shared understanding of the region’s strengths and opportunities should lead to improved coordination of infrastructure development, regulatory processes, innovation and economic development activities. This will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of these activities and lead to improved economic outcomes.
Waikato Regional Council plays an important role in enabling regional development. For example, key infrastructure and productive land are protected through land use and water allocation decisions and flood protection and control works. Strategic and integrated planning through instruments like the Regional Policy Statement helps ensure that the productive capability of natural resources is protected. Collectively, these and other actions matter for the wellbeing of both the economy and the environment.
Eduactional facilities in the Waikato cover every level, from early childhood education to ongoing education for adults. The main city Hamilton is home to the University of Waikato, rated in the top 1.1% of universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2017.
If your children are New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens, or they hold a student visa based on your temporary work visa, they can attend primary and secondary schools as domestic students. If they do not have any of these, check to see if they need visas.
The Waikato region is a medium-sized economy with a strong primary production and agri-manufacturing focus.
Although the economy is based on dairy, meat and other foods along with forestry, agritech and geothermal energy, the biggest employers are the health and education, business and finance, and wholesale and retail trade sectors. The aviation industry is also growing.
Waikato contributed 8.4 per cent to national GDP (year ended March 2016), provides 8.6 per cent of national employment and is home to an estimated 9.6 per cent of the national population.
There are plenty of options when it comes to finding the home and lifestyle you’re looking for in Waikato. This includes everything from a good-sized modern city to smaller regional towns, along with rural and coastal areas
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Waikato Learning English
The Waikato has several options for learning English, from qualifications to conversation groups. Find a provider in your area via the local council page.
Excellent quality health services are available throughout the Waikato region. In fact, Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest single-site hospitals. If you live in some of the more remote areas of the Waikato you may need to travel to access certain health services.