Catalyst joins innovation business hub

Moving Catalyst Ltd’s Bay of Plenty base to the Newnham Park innovation business hub means we’re now located with a collection of businesses that share agri-business as a common factor.

The hub is 10 minutes west of Tauranga in the rural surrounds of Te Puna, with kiwifruit orchards surrounding the Park, so we feel right at home.

Newnham Park was opened in 2010 by Bay of Plenty entrepreneur Steve Saunders and the Jeffery family, who are livestock exporters and importers and providers of agritech services.

Now, it’s home to almost a dozen small to medium sized enterprises with an agricultural or horticultural bent, including horticulture service providers PlusGroup, Heilala Vanilla, the Kiwifruit Processing Company and now, Catalyst Ltd.

Catalyst Ltd director, Wymond Symes, says it was a logical step.

“There are synergies between what we do and the activities of many of the other tenants. The opportunities for collaboration and cross pollination are many, and the energy of the place is fantastic. Next to us we have a team of engineers working on a fruit picking robot, and in the neighbouring building purees for the food industry and nutraceutical powders are being made from waste kiwifruit."

“We have worked with some of the businesses here in the past and already, in the short time we have been here, we have started on a number of new, joint projects.”

Another positive is that, within their own businesses, the owners of Newnham Park place great emphasis on sustainability and the community. The same has proved to be true for many of the other businesses operating out of Newnham Park.

We feel that Newnham Park is a great fit for Catalyst Ltd and look forward to the further opportunities that may arise from our new location. If you are located in Tauranga or happen to be passing through some time, get in touch. We’d love to show you around.

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