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Southland bucks job advertisement trend

Southland bucks job advertisement trend

10 July 2024

Southland Business Chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said "The announcement of the 20 year Tiwai deal has in turn ensured confidence in a flow-on of industries to expand and also new industry to invest in the region, bringing a diverse range of employment opportunities across key sectors such as agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, tourism and healthcare." She said people were drawn to work in Southland for various reasons. "Its high quality of life, affordable living costs, strong community spirit and proximity to stunning natural landscape.

Need a job? Move to Southland

Need a job? Move to Southland

9 July 2024

Sheree Carey CEO Southland Business Chamber said, "We are not surprised about the increase in job ads in Southland, highlighting the region's resilience and growing opportunities. The announcement of the 20 year Tiwai deal has in turn ensured confidence in a flow-on of industries to expand and also new industry to invest in the region bringing a diverse range of employment opportunities across key sectors such as agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare. People are drawn to work in Southland for its high quality of life, affordable living costs, strong community spirit, and proximity to stunning natural landscapes. Whether you're looking for career growth, a balanced lifestyle, or a supportive community, Southland has much to offer.

Booming Southland needs to find 2800 skilled workers

Booming Southland needs to find 2800 skilled workers

5 July 2024

Southland will need more than 2800 additional skilled workers to meet the projected surge in demand from a $3.9 billion pipeline of work, according to Waihanga Ara Rau, the Workforce Development Council for Construction and Infrastructure. This work includes the $687 million remediation of Tiwai Point, a new wind farm at Kaiwera Downs, and the T4 Group Data Centre in Invercargill.

A reminder of the ‘really good stuff’ happening in Southland

A reminder of the ‘really good stuff’ happening in Southland

4 July 2024

At number 8. Chamber: 'This is momentous for Southland - Securing the future of the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter.

No 1 ranked region: Southland topples Auckland for top spot

No 1 ranked region: Southland topples Auckland for top spot

3 July 2024

Southland has been ranked No 1. “We are now being seen as a growth region because the confidence is there for people to come and invest in our region" - Southland Business Chamber CEO, Sharee Carey

Southland Business Chamber Calls for Accountability in Leadership

Southland Business Chamber Calls for Accountability in Leadership

20 June 2024

The Southland Business Chamber, while advocating for this change, remained dedicated to working with the city council to promote business growth and foster a vibrant economic and cultural environment in Invercargill, she said.

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14 June 2024

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More polytech ‘upheaval’ to restore autonomy – Simmonds

More polytech ‘upheaval’ to restore autonomy – Simmonds

10 June 2024

It was time for communities to take back ownership of their polytechnics and their training needs, Simmonds told a Southland Business Chamber meeting on June 7.

Region set for boom, leaders say

Region set for boom, leaders say

9 June 2024

Southland Business Chamber chief executive Sheree Carey also expected last week’s announcement to positively impact employment opportunities and population growth. "We anticipate increased confidence among residents and businesses alike, fostering an environment conducive to population growth," she said. "Encouraging entrepreneurship and fostering a thriving business ecosystem would be crucial in accommodating the needs of a growing population." Investing in trades training and development programmes would ensure Southland’s workforce remained skilled and adaptable to meet new demands, she said

South exultant on Tiwai power deal

South exultant on Tiwai power deal

31 May 2024

Southland Business Chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said the announcement not only secured the future of the smelter, but it provided a foundation for the entire region to thrive.

Chamber: ‘This is momentous for Southland’

Chamber: ‘This is momentous for Southland’

31 May 2024

The Southland Business Chamber says securing the future of the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter, marking a monumental milestone for the region. The organisation says the agreement, guaranteeing energy supply from three generators until at least 2044, brings unparalleled certainty to the community, staff, and suppliers for the next two decades.

ENGAGE Cluster Champions Long-Term Opportunities for Southland’s Engineering and Manufacturing Sector

ENGAGE Cluster Champions Long-Term Opportunities for Southland’s Engineering and Manufacturing Sector

31 May 2024

The Southland Engineering and Manufacturing Cluster (ENGAGE) stands poised to champion and maximise the long-term opportunities emerging in the wake of recent developments in the region.

Certainty Secured for Tiwai Aluminium Smelter: A Milestone for Southland

Certainty Secured for Tiwai Aluminium Smelter: A Milestone for Southland

31 May 2024

The Southland Business Chamber is thrilled at the announcement securing the future of the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter, marking a monumental milestone for the region. The agreement, guaranteeing energy supply from three generators until at least 2044, brings unparalleled certainty to the community, staff, and suppliers for the next two decades. The Chamber is ecstatic for the stability this announcement brings and the positive impact it will have on the wider Southland community.

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.

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