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Bridget Napier

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Recent News

Lumsden Railway

The Lumsden railway precinct is set to be future-proofed after a major funding win for the Lumsden Heritage Trust. The Trust has been granted $62,252 by the Lottery Grants Board for the restoration and preservation of the town’s heritage...

The Acting Prime Minister, The Rt honourable Winston Peters

The Acting Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston Peters, will be in Invercargill on Wednesday, July 18 to meet with the region’s community and business leaders. As part of his official visit the Acting Prime Minster will speak on...

NetHui Souhthland - Invercargill water tower

New Zealand’s favourite Internet gathering, NetHui, will be venturing to New Zealand’s southernmost city Invercargill on 16 October 2018.  NetHui brings people together to discuss the future of the Internet and the challenges and...

ILT Kidzone director Claire Blau and tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley

Invercargill’s famous living dinosaurs are getting ready to welcome crowds to the 2018 ILT Kidzone Festival. In a first for ILT Kidzone, a room will be set up at the festival for the tuatara from 11-16 July, 2018. Venture Southland’s...

Business survey

The 2018 Southland business survey results highlight growing regional confidence and the continued emergence of digital technology, while recruitment and retention of staff remains a challenge. This year’s business survey was the fifth...

Tourism Futures event May 2018

Southland’s first official presence during Techweek has been deemed a success. The region’s involvement in the 2018 week-long national event from 20-26 May was led by Venture Southland. Venture Southland business accelerator programme...

Auroa Australis - Oreti River credit videocopter

Southland’s dark skies will be the focus of an event held next month as part of Invercargill’s Matariki celebrations. ‘Seeing Stars’– the Southland Dark Skies Story will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, July 4 at the former ASB...

Awarua satellite ground station interior

Have you received a few emails recently with the title ‘We have updated our privacy policy’ and wondered what’s it all about? The General Data Protection Regulation (also known as the GDPR), which was enacted in May 2016 and came into...

MEETINGS 2018

Southland is in demand as a destination for unique and custom conferences after a strong presence at MEETINGS 2018 in Auckland. Representing Invercargill and Southland’s convention bureau, Venture Southland was one of 190 exhibitors...

Research Minds from NZ Story

Venture Southland will lead Southland’s contribution to the national Techweek’18, held from 19 -27 May. Techweek’18 is a national initiative, now in its second year, which focuses on finding local answers to global questions through...

2018 ILT Kidzone 'Around the World'

The term three holidays are set to be full of adventure as the ILT Kidzone Festival plans to give Southland kids an ‘Around the world’ experience.                   ...

Business Accelerator Programme - NZSTory image

The Business Accelerator programme delivered by Venture Southland could also be of benefit for social enterprises in the future. The Business Accelerator programme was initially designed to work with business start-ups but Venture Southland...

Tourism Team representing Southland at RTONZ in Auckland

Lower South Island tourism operators are ready to roll out the welcome mat at New Zealand’s biggest travel and trade event, TRENZ in Dunedin from 7 – 10 May. TRENZ, previously known as Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand, is an annual invitational...

Julia Croft of If there's not dancing at the revolution

The third week of the Southland Arts Festival has the potential to ruffle a few feathers. The festival which launched on the 25th April and runs until Sunday, 20 May is promoting the festival’s most risqué show to date. If there’s...

Geoff Pearman - Host of May Future Talks 2018

It’s no secret that Southland is facing an ageing population. To help the region prepare Venture Southland’s Future Talks in May centres on the challenges and opportunities presented by our ageing workforce. Geoff Pearman, a consultant,...

2018 Southland Arts Festival programme

The Southland Arts Festival is back for its tenth year and is celebrating by bringing some of the best of New Zealand Arts to the region. A range of theatre, story-telling, dance, comedy, music and interactive events are part of the festival...

International Education Manager, Joic Dondalski promoting the International Student

Study Southland is gearing up to crouch, bind and set with international students at the upcoming Rugby Give it a Go day. The International Students Rugby Give it a Go Day will be held Saturday, 5 May between 9:00m – 1:00pm at Rugby...

Feature article on the Southland region in the March 2018 edition of Kia Ora Magazine

Southland could be the New Zealand we all dream about on long haul flights after an article promoting the region was featured in Kia Ora magazine.   The article published in the 2018 March edition highlighted the growing attraction...

Invercargill i-SITE

The Invercargill i-SITE will temporarily relocate to the Northend Bowling Club in Queens Park by the end of this week (13 APRIL). Several relocation options for the i-SITE were considered by Venture Southland, which is responsible...

NZ Story Business Survey

The challenges facing Southland businesses are set to be identified as Venture Southland undertakes its annual business survey. The survey will determine the major concerns of Southland businesses and assess the overall confidence levels...