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 is crucial to ensuring that our favourite fresh-water places continue to be well-managed and that the Government is aware of the significant impact their proposal is likely to have upon Southland businesses and the region's development. Find out how you can have your say below.

Stand Up for SIT

We want your feedback on the vocational education review currently underway. 

If successful, the Government's proposal to merge New Zealand's ITPs will have significant implications for Southland, including affecting the growth of the region's economy, communities and culture.

To have your say, and help the Government recognise the potential impact of their proposal, you can either fill out an individual submission here or take part in the questionnaire the team at Market South have put together. Have your say today!

Share your Wai

Tackling Southland’s water quality is a big, complex challenge.

Environment Southland is keen to understand more about your favourite freshwater places so that they can work out the best ways to manage Southland's rivers, lakes, streams and estuaries for our future generations.

To take part, complete the survey, or share a photo from your favourite freshwater place and you'll go in the draw to win a Real Journeys’ Experience.

Share your Wai here

Low Emission Vehicles Funding 

Round six of the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) contestable fund is now open for applications. 

This fund supports projects that encourage innovation and investment in electric and other low emission vehicles in New Zealand.

If you have a project that matches the application criteria you have until 9 am, Thursday 21 March to apply. 

For more information please see here

Payday filing

Are you ready for payday filing on 1 April 2019? If not, McCulloch & Partners are hosting two, free seminars with Logan from PaySauce payroll software to help. 

The seminars will be held on Tuesday 19 March 2019 from 10 am - 12 pm or from 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm, and will focus on:

  • What the changes to payday filing mean for you and your staff
  • What other employment law changes are happening on 1 April 2019
  • How PaySauce payroll software can benefit your business

Secure your place here.

Agri-Tourism Success Programme

Are you interested in starting or growing your Agri-tourism business? 

Then the new Agri-Tourism Success Programme, an accelerated 9-month course for New Zealand farmers interested in diversifying into tourism, or growing their tourism venture, could be for you. 

Developed by one of NZ's leading tourism marketing specialists, the course covers all aspects of developing, marketing, running and growing a successful agri-tourism business. The Invercargill-based programme will launch on April 10 with a strategic planning day. 

Read more here

Pakihi Workshops for your business 

This month, Pakihi are offering two free workshops for Maori businesses.

The first workshop will be held on Tuesday 19 March 2019 and focus on improving profitability, and the second will focus on marketing and networks and will be held on Tuesday 2 April 2019.

Transform the way you do business, and improve your profitability and marketing by registering for the workshops today!

Register here

2019 ICC Surf to City

Are you looking for something to help strengthen your team at work? Or a fun challenge to sink your teeth into?

Entries are now open for this year’s Invercargill City Council Surf to City, and Sports Southland is encouraging workplaces to get their corporate entries in.

Held on Sunday, March 10, the event includes the opportunity to bike, walk or run three distances; 12km, 6km or 3km.

Any workplaces wanting to enter a team can email Rachel at Sports Southland for help with bulk entries.

Register here