Powered by the Hutt City Council and delivered by Creative HQ, 1st Assembly has been established to support and strengthen the region’s thriving hardware industry and build upon the momentum created by NZ’s first ever product focussed business accelerator, Lightning Lab Manufacturing, operating out of the same address in late 2015.


1st Assembly is a space for hardware-focussed Hutt startups to work and collaborate. The residency comes with the support needed to build your network, knowledge, resilience and growth potential. Use 1st Assembly to:

Work: Residents have access to the essential office facilities startups need, like fast internet, printing and meeting rooms.

Build: With workbenches (and a growing toolkit, 3D printers and soldering facilities) you can experiment when developing and testing prototypes. And we link you up with supportive designers, engineers and experts from our network, so you get the right advice as your product develops.

Grow: 1st Assembly is here to actively coach ventures, through open access to Creative HQ’s longstanding growth programmes, integrated with HCC’s own business development initiatives.



Tom Rabone
1-A Manager

Tom was Lightning Lab Manufacturing's Programme Manager when it was based out of the same space last year. Tom thinks the best thing about hardware is our ability to experiment and prototype – something New Zealanders, in general, are especially good at.


Stuart Munro
1-A Resident

Stuart is UBCO's product designer, and previously designed furniture for Formway Design. He enjoys the hands on element of hardware and has moved into the space to surround himself with likeminded makers working on solutions in real time.


Owen Evans
1-A Resident

Owen is the CTO of Hoist, a developer tools platform for integration code. He thinks there is massive crossover between hardware and software, and has moved into the space for the Hutt convenience, as well as wanting to help shape the 1A story.


Cyndi Christensen

Cyndi is the CBD development manager of the Hutt City Council for over three years, and hot desks out of 1st Assembly every Tuesday. She sees 1-A as an opportunity to continue to connect with the Manufacturing/Tech sector, help to build the community and to offer support to startups, established businesses and solo entrepreneurs alike.