About Aoraki Development

As the economic development agency for the Timaru District we're passionate about this region and we're committed to working with individuals, businesses and industry sectors to grow the profile and well-being of this great district.

Whether you are already here or keen to discuss why you should be - contact us today as we'd love to have a chat about why you should be living, working, studying, doing business and investing here.

Our three key priorities are:

  • To attract and assist new business
  • To maintain and attract a skilled workforce
  • To encourage new opportunities and facilitate growth for existing businesses

We are currently:

  • Driving a collaborative Regional Workforce Initiative assisting local businesses to be more actively engaged within and between industry sectors to tackle workforce issues. This includes:
    • Establishing Business Connection Groups (BCG’s) across industry sectors. There are now four BCGs up and running: Transport & Logistics; Food Processing & Manufacturing; Construction & Trades; Professionals.
    • Enhancing the connection between businesses and secondary and tertiary education providers to better inform our young people of local career opportunities and pathways for further education.
    • Understanding and addressing businesses' training and development needs via improved communication with, and knowledge of, all local training providers and staffing companies offerings.
  • Facilitating the South Canterbury Youth Transition Initiative – which is a pilot programme endorsed by the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and funded by the Ministry of Social Development. The aim of the initiative is to “Engage, Educate & Excite” our local secondary school students on their important next step so they are as informed as possible about their future career and further education pathways. This involves extensively working with local business/industry and our schools to create enhanced connections between the workplaces and schools and keep the young people in this district.
  • Establishing and building key strategic partnerships with relevant people, businesses and agencies both locally and nationally that can ultimately benefit the district, the communities and our people.
  • Working alongside the newly formed Timaru CBD Society, the key stakeholders of our town centre, to assist with their aim of enhancing the Timaru CBD area to make it attractive to people and businesses.  There are four working groups involved – Investment, Heritage, Enhancement and Experience in addition to the Executive Group.
  • Working with the Timaru Sister City Committee to assist in fostering cultural and economic exchanges and further promote overseas relationships. Our sister cities are:
    • Orange, New South Wales, Australia
    • Orange, California, United States of America
    • Weihai, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China
    • Eniwa, Japan

    Visit the Timaru District Council for more information

Promoting Timaru District to live and work

We’re also promoting Timaru District as a great place to live and work through our targeted campaign, We love Timaru.  This has involved a series of social media videos from people sharing their stories about why they've moved to the district ... and how they're loving it. There are also new welcome billboards at the northern and southern entrances to Timaru.  Watch the videos.

Your first point of contact for business

Aoraki Development is your first point of contact for new business development, looking to invest, study or simply learn more about what this great part of New Zealand has to offer you, your family and your business. For those interested in investing in our district, we can assist with information about industrial and commercial land available in the district for potential development.

We encourage you all to take a closer look at the Timaru District.

Why Choose Timaru District to Live and Work.

Housing Affordability


Our Story video

Our economy

Showcasing Timaru District Profile

More information about Aoraki Development:

2018 2017 AD Statement of Intent; 2017 Financial Statement; 2017 AD Chair Report; 2017 CE Report; 2017 2016 AD Statement of Intent; 2016 CE Report; 2016 Chair Report; 2016 Financial Statement

NOTE: Aoraki Development is a Council Controlled Organisation, of the Timaru District Council, that is run outside of council with an independent board of directors.  The use of council resources for election purposes is not acceptable. In particular, the council must not promote, nor be perceived to promote, the election prospects of any candidate in the pre-election period.