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Bridget Napier - Venture Southland

Bridget Napier

Communications Co-ordinator

Recent News

Paul Casson 2018 Census

Stand up and get Southland counted is the call from Venture Southland in preparation for the 2018 New Zealand census. The census is being held on Tuesday March, 6 2018 and Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson is urging Southlanders...

Welcoming Communities Survey rolled out in Southland

How welcoming are Southland communities and what can be done to help those new to the region settle in? Venture Southland is undertaking a survey to determine how welcoming the Southland region is for newcomers. The survey is part...

Burt Munro Challenge riders ready to compete in the beach race

Sun, sand and sunblock all went hand in hand at the 2018 Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Champs held on Friday afternoon. The beach race is perhaps the most iconic event of the Burt Munro Challenge due to its close connections to Burt...

Burt Munro Challenge 2018

The rolling thunder has returned south for the 12th edition of the Burt Munro Challenge with hundreds of motorcyclists converging on Bluff for the Classic Motorcycle Mecca NZ Hill Climb on Thursday. The hill climb champs kicks off four days...

Venture Southland Accelerator Programme Manager, Stu Fleming

Southland’s reputation for innovation is continuing to grow with Venture Southland securing Govenment funding to run a business accelerator programme in the region. Venture Southland business services manager Alistair Adam said the Callaghan...

Steve Canny speaking at the NZ Airports Conference in Wellington, 2017

At the 2017 New Zealand Airports Conference, Venture Southland's business and strategic projects general manager, Steve Canny, identified the important role airports are playing in driving tourism opportunities across New Zealand. In...

Awarua Tracking Station

Venture Southland’s successful foray into the lucrative space industry is about to take another step forward as the organisation lends a hand toward New Zealand becoming a significant space-faring nation. A Venture Southland managed satellite...

Tourists, Fiordland

Southland is one of the top three regions in the country for tourism spend, which is up 10% for the year ended September 2017. The Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) produced by MBIE, show the Southland economy benefiting to the...

Wood Energy South

Two co-operative initiatives are in the running for accolades at the 2017 Southland Community Environment Awards. Venture Southland has a long standing commitment to supporting community and industry to undertake ground breaking projects...

Cycle and Celebrate

Time to get your bike out of its winter resting place and celebrate the new cycling season with the Northern Southland community at the second Northern Southland Cycle and Celebrate on 11 November. The event is a family focused one including...

Motorcycle Mecca

Increasing southern tourism product knowledge through a speed dating approach is behind the inaugural Southern Attractions Day in the city this Thursday. Around 70 of Southland’s accommodation providers, i-SITE and information centre staff...

Invercargill Spring Festival

Spring Festival entertainment is set to heat up as we head into the school holidays with bands, DJs, curling and skating demonstrations plus refreshments from food trucks and a bar. This evening Ice Sports Southland are providing an ice skating...

Speech Competition

The best young speech writers in the region went head to head on Friday night to decide the winner of the annual Venture Southland Interschool Speech Contest. 57 Southland schools were involved in the event which has been a feature on the...

Paul Casson

Venture Southland CEO Paul Casson has stepped into the role of Acting Chair of the new Economic Development New Zealand, replacing Dr David Wilson who is standing for Parliament during the upcoming national election. Mr Casson,...

Pop Up Job Shop

Help is on hand for Southlanders starting out in the workforce or looking toward a career change. The Southland Pop Up Job Shop will be a place where job seekers can get free advice on careers, CVs, tips about what employers are looking for...

Invercargill Airport

Latest research into Southland air travel has uncovered invaluable data surrounding peoples travel patterns, key to making informed decisions when planning and advocating for services into and out of Invercargill Airport for the region. Venture...

Snow Globe

It’s almost spring and there’s going to be a celebration to get the season off to a festive start during September. The inaugural Spring Festival is all about three weeks of outdoor fun and recreation revolving around a giant snow globe...

Events
Wood Energy

The Wood Energy South initiative took centre in Auckland at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards after winning the Large Energy User Initiative of the Year award. Wood Energy South was a three year carbon emissions reduction pilot project...

Energy Initiatives
Young Farmers

Invercargill has been selected to host the 50th FMG Young Farmer of the Year Competition 2018. The prestigious rural competition is expected to attract 1000 contestants and supporters to the city to see the seven regional finalists tested...

Events
Event Support
Migrant Worker

Another boost towards Southland’s goal of attracting 10,000 more people by 2025 with Southland selected as one of 5 regions to pilot a new Welcoming Communities initiative. The initiative aims to support Southlanders in welcoming newcomers,...

Workforce and Labour Market