Case Studies

Replete with hospitality

Combining celebrity chefs, cooking schools and designer kitchenware with great coffee and delicious food is how one Taupo café has tackled the fiercely competitive hospitality industry and emerged a bon-a-fide local institution.

Two make one of a kind

Raised in Taupo, Sam Coxhead left the area to attend Massey University and then worked in large multi-national organisations in Auckland.  He recently returned to Taupo with wife Keri Harper to raise their young family.  

Great forecast for Kloud

Taupo is emerging from the clouds as the place to connect with first-rate software solutions.  Kloud, a world-class software development company founded by developer John Curtis, is connecting businesses with the best solution to their computing headaches right here in Taupo.

Lighting up your life

Growing prawns, heating thermal baths and drying wood are just some of the innovative new ways local businesses are using steam generated from Taupo’s geothermal fields.

Milking it

Satisfying the Asian appetite for New Zealand milk is a challenge one small and dynamic milk-powder processing company is excited to take on.

Business outside the big smoke

They’re Taupo’s Good girls of graphic design. Donnee Murray, Penny Egerton and Laura Miller make up Good Graphic Design, a company they founded in their backyard studio in 2012. 

Crunching the numbers

If you’re in the market for a new toy to boost your business but are a little short on cash-flow, Duncan Brown from Crediflex could organize you a loan, right here in Taupo.

Breaking new ground

Terrain is a local company that can definitely see the forest for the trees. With a backbone in the forestry industry, the company also supplies all the essential tools of the trade to the surrounding farming, construction and geothermal businesses as well as a growing national client base via online sales.

In good company with energy solutions

A multinational company with a local presence, drilling and energy solutions giant MB Century is one of the region’s largest employers. 

$10m business here in heartland

Rick and Deon Cooper are the men behind the wheel of SsangYong New Zealand’s success and say Taupo’s central location and easy access to ports make it an ideal car distribution hub.

Music promotion with a personal touch

The CEO of Taupo’s own boutique concert promotion company, has put the personal touch into music promotion.

Roasting Beans Allure...

When Taupo's Jo Steele was presented with the opportunity to buy a commercial Turkish drum roaster, she jumped at it and Volcanic Coffee was born.  

Erupting with good ideas

From tackling a triathlon to taking on Taupo’s competitive café industry, Scott and Kim Forsythe both enjoy a good challenge.

Next generation sees future in property

 The name ‘Westerman’ is synonymous with real estate in Taupo.

Auckland daydreams create Taupo success story

It all started with a dream… and a garage full of retro recycled furniture.

Against type, business thrives

Some say print is dying.  But Taupō businessman and long-time owner of Quality Print, Shawn Vennell, disagrees. His printing business is thriving in the digital era.

Rafting in their bloodstream

From a raft and a trailer operating out of the family shed to one of the country’s top rafting companies, owner Luke Boddington says Rafting New Zealand’s business success has hit new highs opening up a new base in Taupo.

Great advice

Pharmacist Mike Riordan owns Taupo’s Mainstreet Pharmacy and with a career history spanning 12 years with multiple business ownership for the past six years it’s easy to see why he is one of the mentors involved in the Business Mentors NZ Programme.