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 lifestyle beats everything

The lifestyle beats everything

When Lisa Berndt first encountered New Zealand, it was as a young arts intern seeking experience in an English-speaking gallery. Lisa had approached galleries around the globe before securing a role at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth’s contemporary art museum in 2003.

The discovery of a lifetime

The discovery of a lifetime

Living in the UK and Europe, Jessica Parker always knew she wanted to return to New Zealand one day, but it was with the birth of their first son that the pull back to New Zealand became a lot stronger.

Time to be athlete and accountant

Time to be athlete and accountant

While the words accountant and athlete don’t often come up in the same sentence, Jed Eden has proven that they're not mutually exclusive terms, particularly when you live in Taranaki.

Meant to be

Meant to be

When Mariana Melo first arrived in 2005 the only things she knew about New Zealand were that it was safer than her native Brazil, and the address of a backpackers in Auckland.

A hidden gem

A hidden gem

For Nigel Henderson it was really only a matter of time before he settled in Taranaki. His connection to the region began long before he was born, with his parents meeting while teaching at Eltham Primary School and his wife Angela growing up in Waitara, Beyond this though, he’d never spent much time in Taranaki.

The lifestyle is awesome

The lifestyle is awesome

25-year old Sean Maskill moved to Taranaki from Christchurch in February 2015, choosing the region’s lifestyle as the perfect backdrop for his first job out of studying commerce and law degrees.

Returning to a legendary lifestyle

Returning to a legendary lifestyle

Ten years ago, Micah and Greg Lindsay-Brown met on a blind date in New Plymouth, and things clicked – they were soon married before jetting off overseas to represent New Zealand in beach volleyball tournaments around the globe.

A fantastic place to settle down

A fantastic place to settle down

Danielle Young left Taranaki for Perth almost four years ago, seeking a lifestyle change. Now, with partner Scott Rathgen and baby Rory, she has returned to New Plymouth where it “just feels right” to raise their family.

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.

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