Funding and support

Specialist Business Growth Advisors

Deeply connected to the local business community, Liz Alder and Steve Breen call upon the national connections of the Regional Business Partner Network through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation.

It is their job to understand your business and goals for growth, and help you with the resources and contacts you need to succeed.

Business assessments

When you first meet Liz and Steve, they will talk through what kind of support you're looking for, and conduct an in-depth assessment of your business.

Other assessment tools include a SWOT analysis and the Icehouse BIQ (Business of International Quality Barometer), which hones in on six key areas: leadership, offering, market, processes, governance and capital.

Networking and connections

Once your assessment is completed, your Business Growth Advisor will provide information, referrals and connections to whatever you and your business need. This may include funding, training, research and development assistance, and specialist advice.

They will work with you every step of the way to help you, and your company, grow and innovate.

Register now

The first step: You need to register as a New Business User on the Regional Business Partners website, here. One of the team will then get in touch with you.


If you’re developing new products and services or enhancing existing ones, we can help you access funding and expertise. Activate Tairāwhiti is the East Coast representative for Callaghan Innovation.

Callaghan Innovation: funding programme

Callaghan Innovation is the government’s innovation arm, focused on growing world class New Zealand companies through innovative technology. Grants include:

Callaghan Innovation: Maori economy

Tēnā koe, nau mai haere mai. 
Take your innovation to the next level. 
We can help you gain a competitive edge, locally and internationally.

Food Innovation Network

The New Zealand Food Innovation Network (NZFIN) is a national network of science and technology resources, supporting the growth and development of New Zealand food and beverage businesses of all sizes.

We can arrange a meeting for you with their representative.

Whatever your business age, stage and industry, we can introduce you to trainers and mentors who specialise in every aspect of business, from branding strategy to capital raising.

You may even qualify for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) support to co-fund the cost of your training or coaching.

NZTE Capability Vouchers

These are available to be used as 50% payment towards the cost of your capability and training, up to $5,000, across a wide range of areas. Find out more.


Business Mentors

Your Business Growth Advisor can arrange for you to have a local business mentor for a year, as part of the national Business Mentors Programme.

Te Puni Kōkiri 

Our Business Growth Advisors regularly visit TPK, and work together with them to help foster Maori-led business innovation and growth in our region.

Investment and grants

Activate Tairawhiti is currently putting together an Investment Register of investors looking to put their money into Tairawhiti Gisborne businesses and business ideas.

If you're an investor or a business looking for investment, contact

Other avenues for funding, investment and grants include:

Poutama Trust

Akina Foundation

Platform 1

ECT Eastland Community Trust


We’ve put together a selection of smart (and free) business tools to help with the day-to-day running of your business.

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