MartinJenkins opens office in the Waikato
Continuing their recent growth in the upper North Island, professional services firm MartinJenkins has now opened an office in Hamilton.
Managing Director Allana Coulon says: ‘We have a growing number of clients in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and establishing an office in the area was the logical next step. We’re thrilled to have regional economic development expert Harvey Brookes join the MartinJenkins whānau and be our first representative in Hamilton.’
Harvey Brookes has maintained close connections with the wider Waikato – Bay of Plenty – Auckland region throughout his nearly 30 years’ experience in economic development. Since 2015 his main focus has been on the Waikato, where he is originally from – in that year he led the region’s economic development programme, and oversaw the design, funding and establishment of Te Waka, the region’s first economic development agency (EDA).
As Te Waka’s Chief Operating Officer, Harvey led a range of major projects, including the Southern Waikato Economic Action Plan, work on a cultural tourism cluster, and various industry development initiatives across the region.
Before joining Te Waka, Harvey’s work focused on Auckland, including roles in both central and local government. At Auckland Council for example he developed the Auckland Economic Development Strategy and the economic development components of the Auckland Plan.
MartinJenkins co-founder Kevin Jenkins says attracting Harvey to represent the firm in the region is a significant step forward: ‘We’ve always had strong bonds with the Waikato, with many of our consultants working closely with the regional agencies. Opening a Hamilton office now allows us to supply direct services for the Waikato, from the Waikato.’Harvey Brookes has joined MartinJenkins in the newly established role of Lead for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.