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Business Growth & Innovation

WREDA's Business Growth & Innovation team consists of a network of advisors in key business and sector areas. Their aim is to support businesses in the Wellington region to grow and become world class.

David Jones, General Manager Business Growth & Innovation

David Jones

Having recently returned to New Zealand to take up the role as General Manager Business Growth & Innovation at WREDA, David brings a depth of experience from his 20 year career in both the public and private sector. David’s team are responsible for developing and growing Wellington’s business sector, and attracting investment and international students to the region. Email David.  

Business Growth

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WREDA’s business growth team works with Wellington businesses to build capability and encourage innovation through their work as the Government’s Regional Business Partner. The team works with individual businesses at all stages of growth, from start-up to large established businesses, to understand their goals for growth and connect them to funding, expertise and programmes. To find out more about how the team can help your business, email Mariana.


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WREDA’s education team focus on increasing the number of international students in Wellington. The team promote Wellington as the ideal destination in which to study by working with agents and institutional partners, as well as talking directly with students. If you’re a student looking to connect with institutions or an agent seeking partners, email Christine

Sector Development & Business Attraction

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The sector development and business attraction team focus on growing the scale of the Wellington region’s priority sectors, as well as attracting new business and investment to the Wellington region. This team works with tech and digital businesses, manufacturers and food & drink producers, creative and screen industry, and science and R&D across the Wellington region. Email Dorien for more information, or find out more about investing in Wellington.

Talent & Skills

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Our talent team work to maintain, attract and develop talent in the business sector in the Wellington region as well as foster the skills required to achieve our potential. They’re tasked with creating marketing campaigns and supporting employers to attract top talent to live and work in Wellington. They also connect businesses with talented students and graduates. Contact Brook for more information.

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