Mahitahi Colab

The Mahitahi Colab was created with the vision of collaborating to support and inspire clever business, innovation and talent in Nelson Tasman.

Designed to place local businesses and the tertiary sector at the heart of the Nelson Tasman innovation and business community, the Mahitahi Colab exists to influence and inspire future economic development in the region. The intention is that together we will be able to build a more connected business and innovation community, by creating stronger links between clever business, investors, researchers, business development providers, Government and the education sector. 

The three founding partners are the Nelson Regional Development Agency, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, who are already realising the benefits of working more closely together to support economic growth. In addition to the founding partners, a range of key public good gocused business and talent development organisations are being invited to join the Mahitahi Colab.

The Mahitahi Colab is located in A Block at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and has been designed to include a range of collaboration facilities including:

  • access to the wide range of business and talent development services offered by the residents;
  • access to a range of events designed to support and inspire business growth, innovation and education;
  • collaborative shared working spaces, including hot-desks;
  • a range of event and meeting spaces, including a signature board room;
  • access to NMIT graduates and students for research projects and intern work placements.

In the new year, we will be engaging a Mahitahi Colab "Community Manager" who will assist in ensuring a coordinated and connected approach to the delivery of our services, in raising the profile of innovation within the region and in realising our objectives to bring this space alive through collaboration.

To find out more about full-time, part-time and casual collaboration options, please contact Mark Rawson at

Sinead brings a hybrid of skills across creative and commercial leadership to her role as Community Manager at Mahitahi Colab. Starting out her career as a journalist she has since worked with local and national media organisations in commercial roles including product creation and content marketing. A born story-teller, her passion has always been helping local businesses in the Top of the South communicate their vision to peers and customers. Time spent in a digital publishing role writing copy for lead automation and SEO saw her take on local marketing roles before launching her own business in marketing and business development. The ongoing digital transformation of business has seen her take SMEs on the journey to communicating their brands to their audiences no matter where they are. Sinead spends almost all of her spare time training at local gym Whakatu HQ, reading books, watching rugby and enjoying a beer with her dad.