Venture Southland busy with satellite launches

Southland's involvement in the space industry has been boosted by an action-packed line-up of satellite and rocket launches.  Venture Southland’s satellite ground stations have supported five customers on three different rocket launches over the past two months, from Mahia in the North Island, India and the USA. 

This included Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, named “It’s Business Time”, that was tracked from Invercargill, alongside two of the satellites it launched then tracked from the Lochiel ground station.

Venture Southland was also involved in the first official rocket launch from Southland soil when they assisted the University of Canterbury Rocketry Group to launch a sounding rocket at Taringatura in Northern Southland earlier this week.

Another Rocket Lab launch is set for mid-December and Venture Southland will also be tracking nine satellites from an Orbital ATK launch in February.

Involvement in the Orbital ATK launch required a new antenna and electronics to be installed at Awarua Ground Station, with Archer Construction completing the civil works and ASI Ltd undertaking the antenna and electronics installation.

It's all eyes to the sky as Southland increases its dominance in the space sector.

Help visitors get free coffee this summer! 

This summer Venture Southland wants to find out more about visitors to Invercargill and to encourage participation we're shouting coffee.  Every visitor who shares their experiences with us through the Responsible Camping Survey will get a free barista coffee from Tuatara Café or The Pantry!

All visitors need to do is complete a short survey found on the Venture Southland website, letting us know how they are travelling, where they are staying and what they are choosing to do during their time here. The results will help to inform decisions on services and infrastructure and support growing tourism in the region.

If your business welcomes or interacts with visitors to Invercargill, let them know how they can get their free coffee by heading along to the Venture Southland website or contacting Amie Reid for more information. 

Tell us what is needed for our low emission future

We want to hear from businesses about their priorities, challenges, pressures and opportunities to embrace a low emission future in Southland.

We're carrying out a survey to find out what businesses are currently doing to achieve this, and what support is needed as a result of the changing legislative environment and the impact of climate change in our region.

To take part in the survey please click here 

 Young and seeking work

Can you provide a part-time job for a Southland student who wants to work?

Don’t write off Southland’s 14 and 15 year-olds. Many of them are seeking part-time work right now, and are already thinking seriously about their career path once they leave school. These are among the significant findings of a Year 10 Careers survey just completed by Venture Southland/Southland Youth Futures.

In September, students at 14 secondary schools across Southland were invited to participate in the survey and 667 responded. Almost 46% of them lived in Invercargill while the rest were spread across the province and as far afield as Mosgiel and Queenstown.

We asked students if they had a part-time after school or holiday job or wanted such a job. Perhaps surprisingly, almost 84% said they already worked or wanted work. Our goal now is to harness that enthusiasm and encourage more employers to consider hiring students in part-time roles.

Almost 81% of students said they intended to obtain a full driver’s licence in the next three years – good news for the employers who say a driver’s licence is an important consideration when hiring new staff.

A full analysis of the survey will be published soon, and if you are after more information contact Southland Youth Futures Coordinator Allison Beckham 

Southland Youth Futures Update

Southland Youth Futures is a collaborative community programme which connects young people with employers in the primary sector and associated industries (primary processing, manufacturing, trades, transport and logistics, science and technology, IT and exporting etc). We do this through a range of career exploration opportunities including employer talks in schools and workplace visits.

This year, 16 employer talks were held reaching about 1375 students from 15 schools.The talks involved 56 speakers from 41 companies, a significant increase from the 38 speakers from 25 companies who participated last year.

The 11 tours this year focused on science, technology and IT. Participating were 178 students and 23 adults from 11 secondary schools and three foundation studies providers. Participants had the chance to see everything from computerised forestry harvesting, boat building and sawmilling processes and robotic milking systems to virtual reality applications, software development and satellite tracking equipment. Where possible the tours have also included trades information and experiences.

Southland Youth Futures continues to enjoy wonderful support from Southland employers. This year, representatives from 60 companies both large and small have been involved in some way, including 31 who are youth-friendly Employer Excellence Partners.

We look forward to providing more young people with an even wider range of career exploration opportunities next year.