Who We Are 

  • An independant and self- financing operation with income derived from the management of its properties and assests.
  • We are all about growing a vibrant Kawerau.
  • We are identified as the 'go-to' people as we work collaborativley with the community, its people, businesses and the District Council to respond to gaps and opportunites. 
  • We act as an "umbrella" to several organisations and projects offering both help and support.
  • Our goal is to add value to projects to help them realise their potential and grow Kawerau.

Our History

  • Established on 14th March 1985 to stimulate new business in Kawerau following a reduction in labour at the various Kawerau Mills.
  • The concept was mooted by Graham Ogilvie of Tasman Pulp & Paper Co in 1984, following his visit to Britain where he had seen Enterprise Agencies backed by Corporates.
  • A steering commitee which included Ron Wells, Graham Oglilvie, Ron Hardie, Bill Lockyer, Allan Baker, Bev Adlam, Frank Duxfield and Lyn Hartley was set up to develop the idea.
  • Allen Mayo and Alison Beer from Tasman Lumbar were also key contributors in the early stages, although they weren't an initial part of the start up team, a few years later they became key to KEA's survival. 
  • Special mention must be made to long-time Chairman Peter Sligh who ensured Tasman's on-going commitment
  • Also long-time Kawerau Mayor, Lyn Hartley, who kept Council involved from the outset.

 


 

About KEA

"Business confidence, improved job prospects and community pride are KEA's purpose, contributing to increased economic development."

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