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 are you going to achieve them. Hold yourself accountable by writing everything down, even if it's only bullet points.

If you need some inspiration, come along to our Innovation in Business seminar and find out about how Ian Taylor became one of New Zealand's most prominent innovators, or get in touch with one of our Business Project Coordinators. 

Innovation in Business

21 February 2019, 12.30pm, Level 6 - Kelvin Hotel

Join us for this business seminar where one of New Zealand ’s most prominent innovators, Ian Taylor, will share his innovation journey filled with humour, motivation and passion.

Ian Taylor is the founder and owner of leading computer graphics company, Animation Research Limited, who, based in Dunedin, provides animation for sports events all over the world including America’s Cup and Formula One. 

Register for the seminar here

Tell us what is needed for a 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 have your say fill out the survey here

Innovation in the Construction Sector

To remain relevant and help construction businesses to grow faster, Callaghan Innovation has developed a workshop that will become a critical first step to helping construction businesses to thrive. 

“Understanding innovation for the construction sector” is a practical and interactive workshop, that will help build your innovation capabilities by focusing on technology foresight and an introduction to the 10 types of innovation.

You can expect to leave the workshop with a clear innovation framework that you can apply directly to your business. You will also receive 1:1 support from Callaghan Innovation to help apply lessons into your business.

Find out more about the workshops (Cost $50 (GST Inc) per person) that are being held in Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington and Taranaki here

Everyday Safety Leadership Programme

21 February 2019, Invercargill

Everyday Safety Leadership is a critical skill set required by all employees. This one day programme will provide an introduction to 'dynamic risk assessment' and help employees to develop the skills needed to identify and address risk in their workplace, and encourage conversations around good safety business practices.

Participants of Everyday Safety Leadership will take-away a clear understanding of the things that can be done every day to make a difference in good safety leadership.

More information on the programme which costs $600 (excl GST), or to secure your place can be found here or by emailing

This programme is registered with the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund so your business may be eligible for up to 50% funding for the course cost. Find out more by visiting or by contacting Adina or Kelly.

Southland benefits from record investment in low emission transport

Thirty-one low emission transport projects are set to benefit from the largest ever round of funding from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable fund, including Southland’s own McCallum’s Group and the Invercargill YMCA.

Find out more about the announcement here