November Business Update

Southland's low emission future

Southland is leading the way to lower emissions with the successful launch of Carbon Neutral Advantage last month. Alongside this innovative initiative, Venture Southland is also involved in a Responsible Camping Monitoring and Education Programme, and will be hosting a workshop on the recent changes to Immigration. Find out more about each of these opportunities, and more, below!

Carbon Neutral Advantage

Officially launched in October, Carbon Neutral Advantage is an exciting three-year project aimed at transitioning Southland to a low emission future. The project will bring Southland businesses, councils, key stakeholders and the wider community together to support the adoption of low emission technologies and techniques in the Southland region.  

The project is being delivered by Venture Southland and is the first regional project of its kind!  

More information can be found here


Responsible Camping Monitoring and Education Programme 

This summer Invercargill City Council is running a Responsible Camping Monitoring and Education Programme to encourage travellers to plan their journey, use one of the high quality camping grounds available, keep New Zealand clean, leave no trace, manage their waste and protect our environment.

Brochures and Posters promoting these messages, as well as a map of the city highlighting holiday parks, key attractions and facilities has been made available at popular tourist destinations.

With visitor numbers across New Zealand predicted  to grow, Invercargill City Council would like to gain a more in-depth understanding of the movements of visitors to Southland to help better plan the infrastructure and services required to support the growth of tourism in Invercargill.

In order to gain this knowledge the Invercargill camping experiences survey will be open for the duration of the summer season. The survey will gather information on where visitors are staying, how they are travelling, what brings them to Invercargill and what they choose to do during their time in the city. Available from the Venture Southland website, every visitor who completes the survey will be entitled to a free barista coffee during their stay in Invercargill.

If you are interested in getting any Camp Responsibly posters or brochures or learning more about the survey please contact 


NetHui Southland outcomes

Over 100 people attended NetHui Southland and participated in the conversations surrounding internet and connectivity. Some of the actions and outcomes that have emerged from the day include a Venture Southland submission on the Commerce Commission study into mobile markets, collaborations on arts projects and activities, and the creation of various networks and groups to carry on the conversations held.

If you missed NetHui you can see the session recordings here

What to know more about recent immigration changes?

29 November 2018, 7.30am 

Want to know more about the recent immigration changes?

If you are an employer or manager interested in the most recent immigration visa policy changes and how these changes could affect your business come along to one of our sessions targeted at employers.

Registrations are required for catering purposes. Please RSVP by 26 November.

Agritourism Info Sessions

Venture Southland has been actively encouraging farmers to consider how they can take advantage of increasing opportunities in tourism and held four free agritourism information sessions in rural centres around the region durig October.

The sessions started in Tuatapere on Tuesday the 23rd of October then travelled to Lumsden,  Gore and finally Invercargill on Friday the 26th October, 2018.

The information sessions helped identify tourism opportunities for farmers at a range of stages on the product development journey, provide insights of current operations and connect farmers with industry resources and advice.

Laura Douglas from the Agritourism company ‘Real Country’ spoke at the sessions alongside Venture Southland Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low and Tourism Product Development Coordinator Cameron Richardson to give practical insights, especially in regards to the first two years of operating.

100 farmers and industry representatives attended the sessions and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with many enjoying the connections made, candid stories from Laura, and insights provided. 

To follow on from the sessions Agritourism clusters around the region will be established to assist farmers who are ready to take the next step in their tourism product development journey.



Tourism New Zealand Launch the Tiaki Promise

The Tiaki – Care for New Zealand campaign was launched by Tourism New Zealand on the 1st of November. The campaign aims to educate and encourage respectful, responsible and sustainable travel behaviour to ensure New Zealand is experienced in a way that keeps everyone safe, respects our culture, and protects our environment for future generations.

Tiaki itself means to care for people and place, and the Tiaki Promise asks all travellers in New Zealand to act as guardians, protecting and preserving the country. It invites visitors make a commitment to:

  • Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace
  • Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all
  • Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind

The campaign has been developed in partnership with Air New Zealand, NZ Maori Tourism, the Department of Conservation, Local Government New Zealand, Tourism Holdings and the Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Tourism New Zealand would also like to invite you to join them in promoting Tiaki, sharing its values with your staff, partners and customers.

You can find out more about Tiaki at If you would like a poster to promote the Tiaki Promise with your customers please contact Amie Reid