Our Residents

The Mahitahi Colab is a place where public good focused businesses can come together to support and inspire clever business, innovation and talent in the Nelson Tasman region.

Nelson Regional Development Agency

The Nelson Regional Development Agency exists to enhance the sustainable economic vitality of the Nelson Tasman region by partnering with the public and private sectors in the attraction and retention of talent, visitors and investment who want to add value to the identity of the extraordinary Nelson Tasman region. The Nelson Regional Development Agency is one of the three founding partners of the Mahitahi Colab.


Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce




The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit membership organisation that has been supporting businesses and commercial activity in the region since 1858, and is also one of the three founding partners of the Mahitahi Colab. The key purpose for the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce's existence is to help unlock business potential, by creating the best commercial environment that will enable you to achieve your business goals.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology





The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology is the largest public tertiary education institution in the top of the South Island, with campuses in Nelson City, Richmond, Blenheim, Marlborough and Woodbourne. Also one of the three founding partners of the Mahitahi Colab, NMIT is passionate about connecting local talent with the regions business and innovation community.

Regional Business Partner Network






The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network is designed to make it easier for New Zealand businesses to access early-stage support to innovate and grow, and is made up of 14 Regional Business Partners around the country. The Nelson Regional Development Agency is at the heart of the region’s business infrastructure and is the Regional Business Partner for the Top of the South.

Callaghan Innovation



Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's Innovation Agency, proactively partnering with ambitious businesses of all sizes by providing a range of innovation and R&D services to suit each stage of business growth. They connect people, opportunities and networks, provide tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grant co-funding.

Provincial Development Unit2



The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) was established in 2018 and is a business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. The PDU works across government and with industry, communities, iwi and local government in the delivery of three programmes designed to enhance economic development and employment opportunities: the Provincial Growth Fund, He Poutama Rangatahi and the Sector Workforce Engagement Programme.


CO.STARTERS was established to equip local leaders, problem solvers, and starters with the best tools and resources to accelerate culture and empower communities. With the aim of building vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems, the CO.STARTERS programme has a global reach with thousands of participants each year, 

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.