Year: 2024

Chamber: Tiwai uncertainty leaves businesses in limbo

Chamber: Tiwai uncertainty leaves businesses in limbo

20 May 2024

Southland Business Chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said many businesses were in limbo ahead of Rio Tinto announcing whether the smelter would remain open or close.

Galvanising, plastics facilities proposed for Southland

Galvanising, plastics facilities proposed for Southland

17 May 2024

Cluster manager Brendan Gray said he was in talks with a business founder from Auckland that were “looking promising” for plastics processing, but no timeline had been set yet. “There was enough interest out there” for a galvanising plant, he said, and the idea was in a due diligence phase.

Southland Business Chamber Board Announced for 2024/25

Southland Business Chamber Board Announced for 2024/25

18 April 2024

The Southland Business Chamber is pleased to unveil its newly elected board members for the 2024/25 term, reinforcing the Chamber's commitment to fostering robust leadership and representation within the local business community.

Young Navigator: ‘I’m taking that pride in my school with me’

Young Navigator: ‘I’m taking that pride in my school with me’

16 April 2024

Year 13 Aurora College student Tristin Smith has been chosen as the Southland representative for the Young Enterprise Scheme’s Young Navigators business programme.

Proposal to solve Fiordland’s immediate worker accommodation crisis

Proposal to solve Fiordland’s immediate worker accommodation crisis

12 April 2024

A proposal to help solve Fiordland's immediate worker accommodation crisis as early as this Spring, was presented at two meetings in Te Anau today (12 Apr) by the Fiordland Business Association (FBA) and Timaru's Genius Homes.

Southland businesses hit as farmers slow spending

Southland businesses hit as farmers slow spending

27 March 2024

Southland Chamber of Commerce president Neil McAra said there'd been a considerable drop in farmers spending over the last year - which means surrounding service industries are doing it tough. "It's been very noticeable, both sheep and beef and dairy farmers have had to cut their budgets significantly which flows directly into the service sector and anything else that relates to that whether it be boats, cars or discretionary spend.

Life’s challenges spur Southland students’ Mexico business trip

Life’s challenges spur Southland students’ Mexico business trip

21 March 2024

Maddix Pettigrew and Kobi Harpur will be part of a team of eight students from New Zealand travelling on a ten-day, all-expenses-paid Young Enterprise Scheme business trip to Mexico in April.

Crucial insights for Southland’s business and workforce from the Decent Work Survey

Crucial insights for Southland’s business and workforce from the Decent Work Survey

7 March 2024

The survey design, delivery, and data analysis were overseen by independent experts at Massey University. CEO of the Southland Business Chamber, Sheree Carey, says the Decent Work Survey has significant benefits for the members of the broader business community.

“Get a Life” toolkit

“Get a Life” toolkit

25 February 2024

Southland Business Chamber’s members surveys consistently pinpoint staff recruitment and retention as the foremost issue confronting Southland businesses. Spearheaded by Great South, the "Get a Life" toolkit initiative is underdevelopment and will be launched in coming weeks.

The Print Farm

The Print Farm

25 February 2024

The Southland Business Chamber runs the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in the Southern Region and proudly announces a landmark initiative for Southland's youth entrepreneurship: the Print Farm. This pioneering effort coincides with YES's most significant year yet, featuring involvement from 10 schools and over 200 students, all diving into the challenge of creating their own startup businesses.

Southland contingent investigates hydrogen opportunities

Southland contingent investigates hydrogen opportunities

23 February 2024

“We have a real opportunity here. There is a large body of work already being done, and collectively, we can make some real impact and speed up the pace to move towards a more sustainable future."

‘No idea is a bad idea’: Fixing Te Anau’s housing crisis

‘No idea is a bad idea’: Fixing Te Anau’s housing crisis

23 February 2024

Innovation and action from authorities and local landowners is needed urgently to tackle Te Anau’s critical housing shortage and protect Fiordland’s economy, its business association says.

Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster identifies key themes: Collaboration and innovation at the forefront

Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster identifies key themes: Collaboration and innovation at the forefront

23 February 2024

Brendan Gray, Southland Engineering Cluster Manager, expressed his enthusiasm for supporting the engineering community, saying, “It has been enlightening working with industry, understanding the needs and desires of the engineering and manufacturing community to fully support their transition and growth into a new era of business opportunities.”

Community Development Fund seeks more applications

Community Development Fund seeks more applications

21 February 2024

The Murihiku Rūnaka and Rio Tinto / NZAS Community Development Fund, established by Murihiku Rūnaka and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, NZAS and Rio Tinto, is now inviting applications for the second round of funding. The Fund, launched in 2023 as part of a commitment when Murihiku Rūnaka and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, NZAS […]

Housing Crisis Threatens Fiordland Economy

Housing Crisis Threatens Fiordland Economy

20 February 2024

Business Association reveals urgent need for action. Nathan Benfell, Chair of the Fiordland Business Association, today shared the results of a recent survey conducted with local businesses, addressing the critical housing shortage in Te Anau. The findings underscore the urgent need for strategic solutions to address the housing crisis, which is affecting businesses, employees, and […]

2024 Annual General Meeting

2024 Annual General Meeting

19 February 2024

Noticed is given that the 2024 Annual General Meeting of the Southland Business Chamber will be held 10.30am, Thursday 11 April 2024.

Tiwai smelter closure would ‘bloody hurt’: Business Chamber

Tiwai smelter closure would ‘bloody hurt’: Business Chamber

16 February 2024

No decision had been made on the smelter’s future, and chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said she hoped it would remain open for many years. However, in the event it closed, Southland firms needed to be ready, she said

Chamber planning to offset possible smelter closure

Chamber planning to offset possible smelter closure

8 February 2024

The chamber is taking proactive steps to ensure the region’s businesses are well prepared for any transition as a result of the potential closure of the Tiwai Point alumnium smelter in December, while remaining supportive of its continued operation.

DHL Market Update

DHL Market Update

2 February 2024

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Business Confidence Survey

Business Confidence Survey

1 February 2024

The survey for the quarter ending 28 February 2024 is now open and we ask you to take a few minutes to complete this.

Southland Innovation Centre: A leap forward for business, community growth

Southland Innovation Centre: A leap forward for business, community growth

29 January 2024

Through strategic partnerships with local and national entities, the Innovation Centre aims to create an environment rich in collaboration, resource sharing, and growth opportunities.

Southland’s Chris Hughes Assumes Leadership Role on National Stage as NZCCI Chair

Southland’s Chris Hughes Assumes Leadership Role on National Stage as NZCCI Chair

24 January 2024

The Southland Business Chamber proudly congratulates Chris Hughes, a valued member of its Board, on his election as Chair of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Inc. (NZCCI) Board. Chris’s election is a testament to his outstanding leadership and dedication to the business community, both regionally and nationally. Having served one term on the NZCCI […]

Start Saving with the Chamber App

Start Saving with the Chamber App

17 January 2024

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Supporting Southland business

Supporting Southland business

16 January 2024

With the goal of being member centric, we set out to understand our members better, become a leader in member experience, and achieve and sustain a consistently high NPS®.

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