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Bridget Napier

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Recent News

The BeatGirls 21st - Southland Arts Festival

The 2019 Southland Arts Festival is proving as popular as ever with at least three of its events looking to sell out before most of the festival even gets underway.  Tickets to the gravity-defying, extraordinary cirque performance Human...

Southland Pop Up Job Shop

A one-stop shop to connect Southland job-seekers with employment opportunities and advice is set to open at the end of this month. Now in its third year, the Southland Pop Up Job will be held between the 30 April and the 4 May 2019 at locations...

Awarua Satellite Ground Station - NIWA

Venture Southland has partnered with the University of Canterbury to provide a unique and rare opportunity for engineering students to work in the field of aerospace communications. University of Canterbury students (from left) Sam Pell,...

Te Anau Lakefront

Theatre enthusiasts are set for a treat with an award-winning puppetry and shadow play company set to visit Te Anau. As part of the 2019 Southland Arts Festival, The Road That Wasn’t There, will be performed at the Fiordland Community Events...

Southland Arts Festival - The Road that wasn't there

This year the Southland Arts Festival is helping to make award-winning theatre accessible to all. A Deaf interpretation show of The Road That Wasn’t There will be performed as part of the Festival in Invercargill on Saturday 27 April 2019. Following...

Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet - Southland Arts Festival 2019

Promising to push boundaries, inspire, and delight Southland audiences, this year’s Southland Arts Festival is encouraging even more people to celebrate diversity and enjoy the best of creative arts. The 2019 Southland Arts festival is...

Paul Casson staff profile photo

The tragic events of Friday, 15 March shocked our country’s core and reminded us that we are not immune to such unforeseen events. We are committed to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and unity are guiding pillars in our future regional...

Venture Southland - News

Increase your business productivity! Did you know there are seven different types of waste in business? They include transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overprocessing, overproduction and defects. Building business success is all...

Josh Hurring talks a Tokomairiro High School student through using a forestry harvesting simulator used to train new-comers to the industry.

Southland students have been encouraged to become the future of forestry. To coincide with the UN International Day of Forests, a forestry careers day was held on Thursday 21 March to introduce students to the many varied jobs available...

Venture Southland - News

Ian Collier, a former senior manager of Air New Zealand and Telecom, has been appointed as chair of the new Southland Regional Development Agency, which will incorporate Venture Southland. The new agency’s board is made up of local and...

Venture Southland - News

This month, we're encouraging you to share your views on two very important topics; Southland's water quality, and the Government's proposal to merge all of New Zealand's Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). Your feedback...

Paul Casson

Speaking in Southland last week, the recently crowned 2019 Innovator of the Year Ian Taylor said one of his main secrets to success is continuing to dream big – and his message is one we can relate to. It was thanks to a dream to introduce...

Venture Southland Chief Executive stepping down

Appointed as Venture Southland’s chief executive in 2012, Casson has lead the organisation to achieve many successful outcomes for the Southland region during his seven-year tenure.   Venture Southland Chief Executive Paul Casson...

Ian Taylor - Innovation in Business event

Southland businesses looking to embrace innovation will this week have the opportunity to be inspired by the 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year. Ian Taylor, who just last week was named the 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year, will...

The Road that wasn't there - 2019 Southland Arts Festival

The southern-most arts festival in the world is back and ready to treat Southland audiences to some of the best of New Zealand Arts. Today, the Southland Arts Festival, now in its 11th year, announced its exciting programme for 2019 with...

Venture Southland - News

Planning for 2019 Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019. It's still early in the year which makes it the perfect time to plan, think about the activities or areas your business should focus on this year, set goals and work out how...

EV Charger - Carbon Neutral Advantage - provided by Cathy Jordan

Southland is set to benefit from a record $11 million investment that will see more electric vehicles and chargers introduced across the region.  Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods yesterday announced the largest ever round of...

'Spirit of Munro' Indian Scout

Preparations for the iconic Burt Munro Challenge have received an eagerly anticipated boost with the safe arrival of the ‘Spirit of Munro’ Indian Scout. Last week the Southland Motorcycle Club welcomed the Indian Scout to Southland where...

Human - 2019 Southland Arts Festival

Tickets to the first show announced for the 2019 Southland Arts Festival, the highly acclaimed 'Human', are now on sale!  Designed to make audiences laugh, gasp and blush, ‘Human’ presented by MORE FM is set to wow...

Stewart Island Dark Skies - credit Rebecca Jennings Wilson

All eyes are now looking to the Stewart Island/Rakiura night sky with the Island officially recognised for its exceptional night sky quality. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has today confirmed that Stewart Island/Rakiura...