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HPYD 5 Sponsors


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the Government”s international business development agency, supporting New Zealand companies in 50 locations around the world. Our role is to increase New Zealand companies” international success, by helping them boost their global reach and build capability.

We leverage our connections and government influence on behalf of businesses, and apply local knowledge – from the NZTE team and a network of private sector experts – to help them enter and grow in international markets.

We also link businesses with services designed to improve efficiency and operations, spark innovation, refine strategy, enhance leadership, and access capital – building the capability they need to be successful and grow bigger, better, faster. More successful international businesses will grow our economy to benefit all New Zealanders, by providing jobs and raising our standard of living.

NZTE currently works with around 4000 New Zealand businesses, and focuses intensively on around 700 of these customers.



Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development Limited (ATEED) is an Auckland Council Organisation with responsibility for the facilitation of tourism, major events, business and industry sector development and investment attraction activities. It is also responsible for marketing Auckland as a destination.

ATEED plays a key role in attracting people and investment to Auckland, providing world-class visitor experiences and major events, helping to improve the economic performance of the Auckland region as the growth engine of the New Zealand economy and supporting and enhancing Auckland”s worldwide reputation as a desirable place to visit, live, work, invest and do business.

Callaghan Innovation helps New Zealand businesses to be leading innovators and rapid adopters of new ideas and technology. We focus on the high-value manufacturing and services sector. We assist New Zealand businesses to succeed through technological innovation by:

  • Providing companies with R&D services based on in-depth science and engineering expertise
  • Leading seven national technology networks which harness New Zealand”s R&D capability in high-tech sectors
  • Providing advice on innovation for New Zealand businesses and access to R&D grants
  • Working with clusters of businesses to break through shared barriers to innovation
  • Making international connections that benefit New Zealand business and R&D providers.


Gurit specialises in the engineering design, development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, structures, related technologies and select finished parts and components. With a long history at the cutting edge of marine engineering for both sail and power, Gurit is proud to be both a sponsor and technical presenter at another instalment of the successful HPYD conference. The high performance yachting industry is an ever developing field that pushes structures and materials to their limits in search of every greater performance through innovation in engineering design and materials. Gurit supplies the world”s top end performance race and superyachts with a comprehensive range of products including fabrics, core materials, coatings, resins and consumables. The company provides global growth markets with composite materials on the one hand and composite tooling equipment, structural engineering and select finished parts on the other. Some recent high performance launchings with Gurit Engineering are the exciting new Juan K Race Yacht “Rambler 88” built by NEB, the Cutting Edge Finot-Conq 100” Superyacht “Nomad IV” built by Maxi Dolphin, and the Dubois 50 fleet of match racing yachts being built for the Hainan Ocean yacht Race by Farnova Yachts.

Southern Spars specialises in the design and construction of carbon fibre spars and components, rigging, and rig servicing. As the industry pioneer, Southern Spars built its first carbon spar in 1990. Since then the company has pursued a passion for delivering world class cruising and racing spars, carbon rigging and service. Its operation extends to four corners of the world with centres in the USA, Denmark, South Africa, Spain and Sri Lanka, with headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand. Southern Spars employs more than 350 staff worldwide. From the founding of Southern Spars to the present, major emphasis has always been placed on developing a powerful team of people not just skilled in their specialist fields, but also fired by a passion for yachting and providing excellence in customer service. Southern Spars is backed by the international Oakley Capital Group, a company renowned for investing in leading technology companies.