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Recent News

Southland Pop up job shop - April 2018

Nearly 50 job-seekers found jobs through the Southland Pop Up Job Shop held earlier this year, a survey shows. Results from a post-event survey show at least 47 job-seekers found employment as a result of the pop-up shops held in April. Venture...

Southland Business Update

Venture Southland’s Southland Business Update brings you the latest news, events and business services, training and funding opportunities. Who doesn’t like a good hui? Have you heard NetHui is coming to Southland on 18 October? NetHui...

Venture Southland - News

A new chapter for Destination Fiordland is to begin after Tourism Manager Sharon Salmons tendered her resignation from the organisation. Venture Southland Chief Executive Paul Casson, who is responsible for the management of the tourism organisation,...

Venture Southland - News

Councils approve changes to Venture Southland’s joint committee Southland Mayoral Forum chair Gary Tong will chair the Venture Southland joint committee until the board for the new Southland Regional Development Agency is appointed later...

Venture Southland electric vehicle, Sparky

The Southern Scenic Route is planning for an electric future with funding confirmed for electric vehicle chargers on the Southern highway. Energy and Resources Minster Megan Woods yesterday announced co-funding for a Southern Scenic Route...

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Data released by Education New Zealand has shown an increase in the number of International education enrolments for Southland. Southland achieved a 3% increase in international student enrolments for 2017 when compared to enrolment data...

Youth Leadership Summit - China 2018

Southland was represented at the Youth Leadership Summit held in China, from 9 – 20 July 2018. Venture Southland international education manager Joice Dondalski attended the summit alongside representatives of two Southland secondary schools. The...

Invercargill i-SITE

Plans to rejuvenate Invercargill have been boosted with the Invercargill i-SITE confirmed to move to the inner-city. The Invercargill visitor and information centre will move to a purpose-built portable building in Wachner place in early...

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...