Meraki open to all

Meraki Workspace was the brainchild of Susanne Lorenz (left) and Emma Sinclair (right). Meraki means the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself put into your work.

It’s Techweek ’18 Waikato this week, part of an annual national festival, with a spotlight on innovation around the region. In honour of National Coworking Day, Meraki Workspace is offering free coworking days throughout this week, from Monday, May 21 through to Friday, May 25.

Running for just over a year, Meraki Workspace provides office facilities to people without an office as such, with a hot-desking option or a designated desk, as well as a meeting room.

The brainchild of friends Emma Sinclair and Susanne Lorenz, Meraki is a unique way of working that the women say is “gathering momentum”. And they are hoping that their participation in Techweek ’18 will see even more Cambridge people discovering the benefits of having an office space on tap.

“We are keen for people to experience a new way of working and looking at work, by giving people a chance to come in and see that it’s not that difficult,” Emma said.

Taking a while to find a suitable space before they could launch the co-working initiative last year, Meraki Workspace is gathering momentum. The premises have capacity for 6 – 8 permanent desk spaces and a maximum of 10 full-time hotdesking memberships at any one time, plus there’s a boardroom as well.

With technology increasingly taking people out of their offices, Meraki is bound to be the first of many co-working setups in the Waikato, as New Zealand follows the rest of the world, becoming more flexible in the way we work.

Techweek’18 Waikato is focused on showcasing “innovation that is good for the world” through a week-long series of events, panel discussion and a showcase of developments. Speakers, exhibitors and participants include a mix of start-ups, technology companies, business, tertiary institutions, schools and community groups from across the Waikato as well as other regions of New Zealand.

For more information on Techweek ’18 Waikato, visit and to find out more about Meraki Workspace, visit

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