Funding & Support

Government and council support for start-ups in Rotorua is outstanding

Rotorua Lakes Council and other government agencies actively seek individuals looking for a location to set up shop.

With lower levels of start-ups than a major centre (due to a smaller population), fierce competition for support faced by businesses in other locations does not exist.


  • Business Mentors – The nationwide Business Mentors programme is active in Rotorua.
  • Council – Rotorua Economic Development Ltd has been specifically tasked with bringing more businesses and start-ups to the region, and provides information as well as the means to access support for your business.
  • New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) – Providing multiple channels of support to businesses that are serious about expanding and growing internationally, NZTE can provide expertise, market gateways and co-funding to eligible businesses. With a Bay of Plenty hub office located nearby in Tauranga, there is regional, sector, and overseas market expertise available to smooth the way.