While fruit growing, farming, fishing and forestry continue to be the lifeblood of the Tasman District, there are many other opportunities for businesses to be successful. Tasman has a growing viticulture sector and is New Zealand's main hop growing area. With stunning rivers, mountains, beaches and native bush, tourism also provides a major boost to traditional agricultural activities.
The Mapua and Districts Business Association was founded in 1992 to provide a single forum for small businesses to relate to each other, to other local associations and to lobby Council on a range of issues affecting our area. The association produces a Community Directory, and has an active website.
Their aims are:
The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs is a nationwide initiative that aims to enable people under 25 to achieve long-term economic independence. The goal of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs is:
That all young people under 25 years be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and wellbeing.
Locally, the Tasman District Council Mayor works with the Nelson City Council Mayor, alongside agencies such as Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and schools to support youth to transition through to training and employment opportunities.
The Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) was established on 1 July 2016 following a merger of Nelson Tasman Tourism and the Economic Development Agency.
The NRDA exists to enhance the sustainable economic vitality of the Nelson Tasman region.
Their mission is to partner with the public and private sectors in the attraction and retention of extraordinary talent, visitors and investment who want to add value to the identity of the Nelson Tasman region.
By inspiring others to share our Extraordinary Nelson Tasman Identity story and experiences through inspiring new thinking and behaviours.
The Nelson Tasman Business Trust offers free, confidential, assistance to start up and existing businesses. Our services include business information, referrals, training, mentoring, advice, networking opportunities and support.
Our Town Motueka is the representative organisation for events and activities within the Motueka township. They are the voice of businesses within the Motueka town boundaries and use the brand Love Motueka.
To create, encourage, promote and support business activities and enterprises operating within the Motueka Ward.
This is achieved by maintaining effective communication between businesses, promoting Motueka through a variety of media, delivering and supporting events which stimulate economic activity, fostering business development and education and building collaborative relationships with other Motueka Community groups.
Richmond Unlimited is the business voice for all businesses in the central business area of Richmond.
Their objective is to promote Richmond as the most convenient and appealing destination – for shopping, service or to establish a new business.