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Bridget Napier

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Recent News

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...

Pop Up Job Shop visitors view job listings

Southland’s one-stop shop for jobs and career advice is back and ready to provide a helping hand for job-seekers in Southland. The Southland Pop Up Job Shop is returning for its second year and is expanding across the region with pop up...

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...