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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Reconnecting with the Kiwi dream

Reconnecting with the Kiwi dream

Despite having spent little time in Taranaki, Scott Willson was always impressed by how passionate its locals were, even those that had left the region.

Thriving in every sense

Thriving in every sense

Rodney and Jessie O’Connor always felt Taranaki would be a good place to raise a family, but it wasn’t until they reached that stage in life that they began to seriously assess the opportunities that the region offered, particularly in contrast to Auckland.

More than a mortgage

More than a mortgage

In November 2016 Fiona Blakeley and Jason Reynolds traded the pace of Auckland for the rural lifestyle of Waverley in South Taranaki, and have slotted into a welcoming community and a wonderful lifestyle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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