Waikato – Farm science central
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The Waikato region takes its name from New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, which flows for some 425 kilometres from Lake Taupo in the Central Plateau to the Tasman sea
Along this fertile land, centred on the city of Hamilton – the first city south of Auckland – a range of farms and associated industries have prospered. These include a world famous thoroughbred industry and the centre of New Zealand’s dairy industry. Fonterra, one of the country’s largest companies and the largest individual dairy products supplier in the world, has its base in the Waikato. A range of land-based industries have also developed around these activities.
Hamilton also benefits from an excellent central location that has made it the logical place to put the region’s key university, teacher’s college, technical institute, hospital and nurse training.
Hamilton once hosted the government’s largest agricultural research facility, and research and development are key contributors to the economy. There is a proud history of agricultural innovation, including the electric fence, aerial top dressing, and high end biotechnology. It’s also home to the National Agricultural Fieldays, the largest agricultural tradeshow in the Southern Hemisphere.
Being a little further south than Auckland, and with few coastal areas (other than the world famous surf break of Raglan), temperatures range from a warmer recorded high of 34°C to a frostier low of -9°C, but the average is about the same.
Rainfall and wind are both about 20% less than Auckland. Population breaks are average for the country – a little over 12% of the region’s residents are over 65, a little under 23% are under 15.
The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Waikato Newcomers Network.
The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).