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, author and managing director of Partners in Change, will host the talks.

Pearman says that although the ageing population is one on the great success stories of the 20th century, employers must learn how to identify the associated opportunities.


“The fact that we are living longer and healthier lives is now presenting new opportunities and challenges for individuals and businesses,” Pearman said.

Venture Southland labour market coordinator Kirsten Diack agreed with Pearman that employers and businesses needed to adapt to the changing demographic.

“We are excited to have Geoff provide businesses with the information they need to succeed in the changing workplace demographics in Southland,” Diack said.

Pearman will host three events that focus on life and work after 50, the opportunities for businesses and the regional economy and how to become an age-friendly employer.

Venture Southland will also be coordinating a drop in entrepreneur session with Pearman, who is the founder of Senior Entrepreneurs NZ, on Wednesday, 16 May. 

Pearman is passionate about supporting people who go into business over the age of 50 and says it is becoming a fast-growing global trend.

“I first went into business when I was over 50 so am always happy to talk and share what support services are available to encourage success,” Pearman said.

Diack said Pearman was an excellent addition to the Future Talks programme and would provide employers and businesses with the skills needed to address Southland’s ageing workforce.

All three events are free of charge but those planning to attend must register with Venture Southland by Wednesday, 9 May.

The Future Talks programme was developed by Venture Southland to provide businesses with information on current labour market trends such as an aging workforce and recruitment.