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Bridget Napier

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Recent News

Recreation - Haldane - by Jeremy Price

Planning for Southland’s continued tourism growth is underway with an independent consultant employed to develop the Southland Murihiku Destination Strategy for 2018-28. Stafford Strategy has been appointed to advance the Southland Murihiku...

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Southland Business Update - October 2018 Southland Housing Needs Assessment A study is currently underway to establish a baseline assessment of the housing situation in the Southland region. To gather  information for this assessment we...

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Forage & Graze co-owners Tash Hamilton and Kath Menpes are stepping into the sales spotlight as they take their Winton-based whole food business to the next level. Forage & Graze’s trail mix, biltong, and wild mix (a mix of...

Farming Industry landcape

Southland farmers are being encouraged to consider how they can take advantage of increasing opportunities in tourism. Venture Southland is hosting four agritourism information sessions across the region from October 23-26, to highlight...

Janice Lee - Koha Kai 2018

A business accelerator programme is assisting Koha Kai to translate some big picture ideas into a plan for a more sustainable future. The Southland-based charitable organisation aims to achieve community integration and assimilation for people...

Stewart Fleming speaking at th Tourism Futures event

Great ideas and random interactions are the catalyst for a great innovation ecosystem, Southland Business Accelerator programme manager Stu Fleming reckons. The southern tech pioneer should know, being the founder of highly successful Dunedin...

Operators at the 2017 Southern Showcase

Southland Tourism operators and accommodation providers will be speed-dating on Wednesday in an attempt to increase their overall knowledge of tourism products in the region. Venture Southland is hosting the second annual Southern Showcase...

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Venture Southland’s Southland Business Update brings you the latest news, events and business services, training and funding opportunities. Expressions of Interest called for Anderson House Expressions of interest are due Monday, 26...

Invercargill Watertower

Southland’s participation in the 2018 NetHui Roadtrip has been boosted by confirmation of a rural connectivity panel. Nethui Southland is being held in Invercargill on 16 October 2018 and will provide Southlanders with the opportunity...

Carine Stewart - Future of Work event

Venture Southland is hosting three events this month focusing on the future of work. Preparing for an ageing workforce and adapting to changes in immigration policy are two of the major challenges currently facing Southland businesses. To...

Janice Lee - Koha Kai

An ethos of “entrepreneurs everywhere” is driving the Southland Business Accelerator with about 25 startups taking on the 12-week programme to date. The programme works with startups and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools and resources...

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...

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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,...

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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...

School education image

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...