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Hamilton, situated in the Waikato region of the North Island, is  New Zealand's seventh largest territorial authority. The Hamilton city is also New Zealand's fourth largest urban area. As per the June 2009 census, the population of Hamilton urban area was 200,300. The population of Hamilton is diverse and the people residing in the city belong to different ethnic groups. Though the majority of population is made up of Europeans, the city also has a good mix of Asians, Maori, Latin Americans and Africans.


Hamilton is a city that is set amidst lush and fertile pastoral land. Due its natural setting, the agricultural industry in Hamilton has significantly contributed to the New Zealand's national exchequer and its overall economic development. The city has one of the most productive pastoral regions in the world and is the center of New Zealand's dairy and purebred animal breeding industry.


The academic sector of the city is growing at a fast rate. Also the research and technological sector, and the manufacturing and retail industry of the city are gaining momentum. 


The Hamilton City council has identified the city as the center of New Zealand's drive for economic transformation and attracting business investment. The city council has laid out an ambitious economic develop strategy for the city with a vision to boost Hamilton as well the country economy.


The strategy is centered around the economic development of the city. The council has identified the following as key elements for economic development:

  1. Harness and make optimal use of knowledge
  2. Innovate the production process
  3. Increasing the production capacity
  4. Find new markets for the manufactured goods.
  5. Develop networks and make global connections.
  6. Acquiring new skills


This strategy laid down by the Hamilton City Council has yielded great results. The city is growing at an unprecedented pace. The geographical, political and economic advantages are the root cause of sustained growth and investment in the industrial, commercial and real estate sectors of the city. The drive and ambition amongst the residents of Hamilton City to see their city attain great heights is another reason for the city to grow at the rate at which it is growing.


The Hamilton City Council has already visions for future development of the city. The council aims to develop the city by embracing international practice in planning so that the city has a distinctive position in the global market to attract investment.




Hamilton City has also signed the NZ Urban Design Protocol, the NZ national government initiative in 2005. The protocol focused on the following points:


  1. To make Hamilton City a place that grows economically and facilitates innovation and creativity.
  2. To make the city an environmentally responsible city and address global environmental issues
  3. A place where all the citizens get deserved opportunities.


The Hamilton City Council has been committed to this protocol and has always adhered to this. The protocol has made the city safe and crime-free. It has also given investors the confidence to make extra investments. This, in turn, has led to quality urban development. The Hamilton City Council has always been focused on the idea that Good Urban design is not just 'nice to do', but it is a must do.


Hamilton is well placed to deliver top-notch facilities and great returns to foreign business investors. The city with all its amenities, infrastructures and work force is set to emerge as a leading city in the global business market.


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