Waikato Innovation Park is an independently governed organisation

As an innovative and export-focused company, you can be secure in the knowledge that there are no strings attached to our services, tenancies or access to food innovation technology. Independently governed, our purpose is to contribute to economic development through supporting business growth in the export value chain. 

Here’s what you can count on:

  • Confidentiality: We commit to keeping business information private. Our focus is on building relationships.
  • Assessment: We commit to gaining a clear understanding of your business so we can support your growth strategy through suggesting business-growth support options or funding. We can visit you to help this process.
  • Connection: We commit to connecting you to the experts and resources you need to stimulate business growth – regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Progress: We commit to providing ongoing support. Whatever you’re eligible for, we would like you to stay in touch as you begin to grow. This way we can help identify opportunities for further business-growth support or funding.
  • Growth: We commit to promoting business growth. It is our key driver, priority and goal for all the innovative and export-focussed companies that approach us. We are committed to doing all we can to make growth happen for your business.


    Watch this space at Waikato Innovation Park

    Exciting plans are in place to develop 17ha of undeveloped land to create an innovation hub for the Waikato. 

    Home to over 60 innovative companies including...

    We can help identify opportunities for further business-growth support and funding

    Our People

    Meet the team at Waikato Innovation Park

    Operations

    ​Stuart Gordon

    Chief Executive Officer

    Stuart was appointed CEO of Waikato Innovation Park in 2012. He has a commerce degree from  Victoria University and is an experienced commercial chartered accountant. During a term as Financial Controller at New Zealand Dairy Group  he managed the acquisition and integration of the fresh industry in the upper North Island which ultimately became Fonterra brands New  Zealand. Stuart later became CEO of Livestock Improvement Corporation for eight years during which the organisation changed from a not- for-profit trust to a highly innovative, high returning commercial organisation. Under Stuart’s leadership, LIC: introduced an innovation model; entered the Deer Industry; invested over $1million per annum in Genomic research; completely revamped its information service to farmers; established a highly profitable DNA testing service; and grew its export business exponentially. After a period as an agriculture business consultant, Stuart joined Waikato Innovation Park as global business development director before being appointed CEO. His goals at WIPL are to lift the capability to increase exports in the region through the community of tenants and wider cluster, focused on Innovation, technology and added value spray dried food.

    Nicki Thorne

    Operations Manager

    Nicki joined the team in 2008. Nicki draws on a range of previous experience to manage the day day to day running of the park. She is responsible for managing most aspects of the property side of the company including managing leases, park and building maintenance, accounts, park and building development  and looking after the Operations team.

    Simon Travaglia

    Infrastructure Manager

    Justine Rogers

    Senior Administrator/Event Manager

    Justine joined our team in 2011. She is our Event Manager as well as our 'go to person' with the day to day queries from tenants, accounts, website and Health and Safety.

    Debi Baucke

    Accountant

    Phil Gisby

    Property Maintenance

    Food Waikato

    Dave Shute

    Operations Manager

    Dave Shute joined the business in October 2011 during the construction phase of FoodWaikato spray dryer. Dave now has a staff of 8 who manage and run the plant. Prior to joining FoodWaikato, Dave spent 25 years in the dairy industry, mostly for Fonterra and it’s predecessors', in plant management roles. The last 8 years were as Production Manager for Ardagh, a global metal packaging company, at their Hamilton plant on the Fonterra Canpac site. Dave has a Diploma in Dairy Technology (Massey) and a Post Graduate Masters in Technology Management (Waikato).

    Craig Hoare

    Business Development Manager

    Dave Shute joined the business in October 2011 during the construction phase of FoodWaikato spray dryer. Dave now has a staff of 8 who manage and run the plant. Prior to joining FoodWaikato, Dave spent 25 years in the dairy industry, mostly for Fonterra and it’s predecessors', in plant management roles. The last 8 years were as Production Manager for Ardagh, a global metal packaging company, at their Hamilton plant on the Fonterra Canpac site. Dave has a Diploma in Dairy Technology (Massey) and a Post Graduate Masters in Technology Management (Waikato).

    The Property Team

     

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