Training and mentoring

The right business training, mentoring or coaching can have a transformative effect on your business performance.

Whether you have a start up or a long-established company, we can recommend a range of specialist expertise across all business disciplines. Your options include Co.Starters, the internationally acclaimed course for aspiring entrepreneurs; the nationwide Business Mentors programme; and regular training workshops.

Our Business Growth Advisors can also assess whether you qualify for co-funding for your training or coaching, with the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Capability Vouchers Scheme.

NZTE Vouchers

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is New Zealand's international business development agency. Their role is to make a difference for New Zealand by helping businesses grow bigger, better, faster.

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers are available to eligible Gisborne and East Coast businesses through Activate Tairāwhiti. They can be used as 50% payment, up to $5,000 a year, towards the cost of capability development and training in the following areas: business planning, business systems, business sustainability, capital raising, export, finance, governance, lean manufacturing/business operations, managing resources, and marketing.

Eligibility: You need to be operating with 50 or fewer FTEs (employees); GST registered in New Zealand; currently trading; privately owned or a Maori Trust or Incorporation (under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership); and have undergone assessment by one of Activate Tairāwhiti’s Business Growth Advisors.

Register as a ‘New Business User’ on the Regional Business Partners website or contact at Activate Tairāwhiti.

Business Mentors

You can have a dedicated local business mentor for a year, through this national not-for-profit programme. You’ll receive confidential advice from a Tairawhiti-based businessperson with proven experience – ideal if you want tips on expanding your business or need help to solve specific business challenges.

For more details and to register, go to or contact