Small businesses may qualify for vouchers to help them pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Capability Vouchers are only available through the Regional Business Partners.  In the Nelson Tasman region please contact the Nelson Regional Development Agency.  In the Marlborough region please contact the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.

Your first step is to register with the Regional Business Partner programme.

We will assess your business to determine your business needs and to produce a plan to help you develop, grow and innovate.  As part of the assessment process we help you to identify management capability training needs and direct you to a NZTE-approved training provider in one of the following areas:

  • Business planning
  • Business sustainability
  • Business systems
  • Capital Raising
  • Exporting
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Managing resources
  • Marketing strategy


A business can be allocated vouchers which are worth up to 50 percent of the cost of the training, up to a maximum of $5,000 per business per annum.


To qualify for a voucher funding your business must:

  • Be GST registered in New Zealand
  • Have fewer than 50 fulltime (or equivalent) employees
  • Be currently trading
  • Be privately owned or a Maori trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership
  • Complete an assessment with a Regional Business Partner.


How to access the Voucher funding

If you are a Nelson Tasman business and wish to find out more information or to arrange for a business assessment, please contact Mark Maguire on (03) 545 6858 or

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce delivers this service on our behalf in the Marlborough Region.  If you are a Marlborough business and wish to find out more information or to arrange for a business assessment, please contact the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce on (03) 544 7347 or

Other Funding Options Available

As the Nelson Regional Development Agency is the official Regional Business Partner we also work with Callaghan Innovation to distribute R&D grants and support that accelerate commercialisation of innovation in businesses across the Top of the South.  Click here to find out more.




Regional Business Partner