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The home of business connectivity, resources and inspiration

Waikato Innovation Park is an independently owned organisation and promotes a culture of collaboration within its campus, throughout the country and globally.

Already home to over 74 businesses, Waikato Innovation Park continues to grow and is the ideal place for collaboration, research and commercialisation in the heart of the Waikato. 

Our focus is agritechnology, the environment, information technology and added-value food, but if you have a unique technology and/or are export focused you’ll fit right in. 

We have connections and relationships throughout the country, across key industry sectors and in niche technology spots globally to enhance the success of your business.

The Management Team

Stephen Veitch


Stephen was appointed CEO of Waikato Innovation Park in February 2023. 

Stephen Veitch comes to the Park with wide-ranging experience in the fields of property finance, corporate agribusiness and land development. He was responsible for managing a large portfolio of farms and forestry assets at Tainui Group Holdings, and is an independent governance professional currently serving as a trustee of South Waikato Investment Funds Trust.

Catherine Clark

Operation Manager

Catherine joined the team in 2019, following 11 years of running her own start-up business. 

With a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, Catherine has enjoyed working in various industries over the years including pharmaceuticals and debt collection.

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Simon Travaglia 

Infrastructure Manager

Simon has been with the Park since 2008 and oversees the Park's growing infrastructure including new buildings and services.  
Prior to coming to the Park, Simon was the IT Infrastructure Manager for the University of Waikato and has 30+ years’ experience in various forms of infrastructure management.

Debi Baucke


Debi joined our team in 2014. 
She has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience working within the public and private sector. Previously Debi worked at KPMG as an assistant manager in business advisory.

Dennis Travaglia

Grounds and Property Maintenance

Dennis is the buildings and grounds maintenance person here at the Park, having joined us in 2019.
He has extensive experience in maintenance and holds a National Certificate in Horticulture.

Sara Hindley

Administrator and Leasing support

Sara joined the team in June 2023. Possessing a post-graduate diploma in Organizational Psychology, she brings a wealth of experience from various sectors, including retail, insurance, and property maintenance, where she excelled as an Administration Team Leader. Sara's passion lies in event management and organization.

Keith Gould

Grounds and Property Maintenance

Keith started working at Waikato Innovation Park as a part of the grounds and property maintenance team in January of 2020. With 13 years of experience navigating New Zealand’s railways as a train driver, and 25 years as a successful entrepreneur in the construction industry, Keith brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his role. Beyond his professional expertise, Keith is passionate about exploring the great outdoors on his mountain bike and indulging in the finer tastes of craft beer and gourmet cuisine. His diverse background and interests contribute to the dynamic atmosphere here at Waikato Innovation Park.

April Foster 

Business Analyst and Marketing Manager

April joined our team in July 2024. 

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