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Bridget Napier

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Recent News

Venture Southland - News

Ian Collier, a former senior manager of Air New Zealand and Telecom, has been appointed as chair of the new Southland Regional Development Agency, which will incorporate Venture Southland. The new agency’s board is made up of local and...

Venture Southland - News

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...

Paul Casson

Speaking in Southland last week, the recently crowned 2019 Innovator of the Year Ian Taylor said one of his main secrets to success is continuing to dream big – and his message is one we can relate to. It was thanks to a dream to introduce...

Venture Southland Chief Executive stepping down

Appointed as Venture Southland’s chief executive in 2012, Casson has lead the organisation to achieve many successful outcomes for the Southland region during his seven-year tenure.   Venture Southland Chief Executive Paul Casson...

Ian Taylor - Innovation in Business event

Southland businesses looking to embrace innovation will this week have the opportunity to be inspired by the 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year. Ian Taylor, who just last week was named the 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year, will...

The Road that wasn't there - 2019 Southland Arts Festival

The southern-most arts festival in the world is back and ready to treat Southland audiences to some of the best of New Zealand Arts. Today, the Southland Arts Festival, now in its 11th year, announced its exciting programme for 2019 with...

Venture Southland - News

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...

EV Charger - Carbon Neutral Advantage - provided by Cathy Jordan

Southland is set to benefit from a record $11 million investment that will see more electric vehicles and chargers introduced across the region.  Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods yesterday announced the largest ever round of...

'Spirit of Munro' Indian Scout

Preparations for the iconic Burt Munro Challenge have received an eagerly anticipated boost with the safe arrival of the ‘Spirit of Munro’ Indian Scout. Last week the Southland Motorcycle Club welcomed the Indian Scout to Southland where...

Human - 2019 Southland Arts Festival

Tickets to the first show announced for the 2019 Southland Arts Festival, the highly acclaimed 'Human', are now on sale!  Designed to make audiences laugh, gasp and blush, ‘Human’ presented by MORE FM is set to wow...

Stewart Island Dark Skies - credit Rebecca Jennings Wilson

All eyes are now looking to the Stewart Island/Rakiura night sky with the Island officially recognised for its exceptional night sky quality. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has today confirmed that Stewart Island/Rakiura...

Venture Southland - News

Direct Flights between Invercargill to Auckland confirmed Travelling to and from Southland is set to become significantly more straight-forward with one of New Zealand’s largest air carriers on board to connect people between Invercargill...

Venture Southland - News

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...

University of Canterbury Rocketry Group

Southland’s involvement in the space industry has been boosted by the first-ever launch of a serious rocket from within the region. On Monday Venture Southland assisted a team from the University of Canterbury rocketry group to launch...

Santa Run 2014

Queens Park is set to be inundated with Santa and Mrs Claus lookalikes when the Great New Zealand Santa Run takes place next month. Invercargill is one of 18 locations around New Zealand to participate in the Great New Zealand Santa...

I WILL training basketball shot

It’s tempting to say the stars are aligning for Izaac Williams in 2018. The reality is the Invercargill basketball player and aspiring businessman is putting into practice some hard learned life lessons as he rolls out his I WILL skills training...

Awarua Satellite Ground Station

Southland space operations continue to gain momentum with the region yesterday playing a support role to Rocket Lab with their first fully commercial launch. Venture Southland started its launch season yesterday by providing radio telemetry...

Venture Southland - News

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...

SDC Holiday programme

There’s plenty to look forward to over the next couple of months with Christmas, the start of the New Year and of course, the Southland District Council Holiday Programme. Staff at Venture Southland, who coordinate the programme on...

International Education image - NZ story

The value of international education continues to grow in both Southland and wider New Zealand The significant economic value of international education to New Zealand has been identified in the 2017 Economic Valuation of International Education...