News & case studies

Venture Taranaki regularly reports on key events and developments spanning the Trust's performance, regional economic indicators, accolades and developments. You can view the full range of news releases here, or specific news content within each of the sub-sites above.

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The perfect smoothie, started from scratch

The perfect smoothie, started from scratch

When concussion cut short his aspiring rugby career, Riki Hoeata was forced to look for new opportunities. The challenges of maintaining a nutritious diet while juggling a rugby career and a full-time job opened the door to a new business idea.

Taking good global

Taking good global

The Free Range Company was founded November 2015, looking to create effective natural products that were produced in New Zealand, and had a minimal impact on the environment.

Where lying down is all part of the job - Howard Wright

Where lying down is all part of the job - Howard Wright

The engineers at Howard Wright spend a lot of time talking to doctors, nurses and therapists. In fact, it’s a key part of the job description.

Making pancakes that fly

Making pancakes that fly

In less than a decade Taranaki-based food manufacturer Van Dyck Fine Foods has carved out a market niche, providing a unique range of crepes, hotcakes and blinis to a rapidly expanding local and global market.

Bending rules and making waves

Bending rules and making waves

Venture Taranaki has been working alongside Rivet on some pretty innovative projects for the past five years, though none are as prominent as the 14-metre high curved panels for the gleaming facade of the Len Lye Centre. 

Taranaki fire travels the country

Taranaki fire travels the country

It’s not every day that an outdoor fire pulls up at your local fish and chip shop, but that’s exactly how Charlie Lawry got everyone talking about his new product.

Student funding a win-win

Student funding a win-win

Canterbury University Engineering graduate Nick Ramsay spent last summer in Taranaki figuring out how to turn effluent waste into bio gas. Now, with the project completed, Nick has no plans to leave the region.

Green Meadows Beef - Taking on the world from Taranaki

Green Meadows Beef - Taking on the world from Taranaki

When a farming family in South Taranaki decided they wanted to take on the world they turned to Venture Taranaki for help.

R&D Foundations

R&D Foundations

Taranaki is full of great business stories that very few people know about. When high-profile state owned enterprise MetService bought a 49 percent stakeholding in New Plymouth company MetOcean, one such story deservedly gained a lot more attention.

Quiet Achievers

Quiet Achievers

Bremner Music represents the new generation of high value export product and they handle all the manufacturing and production from their workshop in New Plymouth.

Jackie's for Scrapbooking

Jackie's for Scrapbooking

Jackie Phelps first discovered scrapbooking around 15 years ago, when she was looking for something to supplement her picture-framing business. Since then it has grown into both a core part of her business and a passion, outgrowing the family home and launching Jackie’s for Scrapbooking.

Whenua: Partnerships and innovation key to meeting challenges

Whenua: Partnerships and innovation key to meeting challenges

Taranaki’s economy has had to confront a number of challenges over its history, and is currently feeling the impacts of low global prices for both milk and oil.

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