Development West Coast is part of the Regional Business Partner network (RBP).  This network is supported by Callaghan Innovation and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) to provide information and advice to New Zealand businesses.

As a RBP we have specialist business advisors available to help business owners and key managers identify needs and opportunities to grow their business.  We can provide advice, information, referrals and connections to businesses seeking support for their growth journey.

If you are a business seeking advice and support to help you grow, get in touch with us.

The programme has two key areas to assist businesses.

Capability Development (NZTE) Regional Partners offer an assessment service to help you prioritise training and development needs of business owners, managers and key personnel.

DWC manages up to $44,000 of subsidies that are available to allocate to businesses each year. Individual businesses may be able to access up to 50% of the costs for training and coaching, whether it is off-site, in-house, group or one-on-one, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year.

To qualify for vouchers a business must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Has less than 50 full time employees
  • Is registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Must be operating in a commercial environment - i.e. currently trading
  • Is privately owned or is a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership
  • Has undergone an assessment with a RBP

If your business fits the criteria, register now as a new user at www.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz 

Research & Development (Callaghan Innovation)

R&D Growth Grants

  • On-demand, three-year grant programme.
  • Provide 20% public co-funding for qualifying firms' eligible R&D expenditure, capped at$5m per annum.
  • After two years of funding, businesses can be granted a two-year extension of funding.
  • Foreign-owned companies may be eligible.
  • Rules-based eligibility; firms must meet financial and management due diligence requirements.

R&D Project Grants

  • Support firms with smaller R&D programmes and those new to R&D.
  • Typically provide support of 30-50% of eligible R&D costs.

R&D Student Grants

  • Support for New Zealand undergraduate and post graduate students to gain and develop their technical skills in a commercial R&D environment.
  • Assists firms to employ science, technology, engineering, design or business students from a tertiary education institution, studying for a degree at NZQA levels 7 to 10 or equivalent, and who have appropriate immigration status at the time of application.
  • Offers support for undergraduate summer internships and postgraduate internships as well as PhD and Masters studies.
  • For firms with active R&D programmes.

If you have any questions about which programme you are eligible for, please contact Callaghan Innovation, phone 0800 4 Callaghan (0800 422 552) and we'll talk you through the options.

Global Expert

Access to the Global Expert service to locate and connect businesses to the appropriate national and international experts

Service Providers

Interested in delivering training?

If you deliver business training or coaching services in your region and are interested in registering your services for the NZTE Capability Development Voucher scheme please register with or log on to the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) and download the relevant expression of interest document (GETS number 30918).

For more infomation:

  • Contact Fiona Hill - 03 769 7023, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Visit the Regional Business Partner website

Hokitika Automotive

Hokitika Automotive is one of the many local businesses that has benefited from the Regional Business Partner programme. The business has a team of nine and has been operating in Hokitika for 10 years.

Hokitika Automotive received Capability Development vouchers through the RBP programme. Owner, Chris Rea, says the ability to attend training courses in governance, leadership and finance not only benefits his small business, but the skills have also been transferrable to other areas, including in his role as trustee on the Westland High School board.

Mr Rea says the assistance from DWC is more than just financial – the guidance and information he has received has been invaluable.

“The more people that realise what’s available to support local business, the better. The benefits show not just in the individual business but will make a difference for the wider community, and that can only be a good thing for the region.”