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Milford Opportunities Masterplan Launched

Milford Opportunities Masterplan Launched

5 August 2021

The Milford Opportunities Project Masterplan was launched in Te Anau last week, with bold plans that will be transformational for the whole region. Watch the video and read more here

Fiordland Business Association Announces Inaugural Committee

Fiordland Business Association Announces Inaugural Committee

26 July 2021

The Southland Business Chamber is delighted to announce that Nathan Benfell, Shakespeare House has been elected Chair of the inaugural Fiordland Business Association (FBA) Committee. The committee positions were contested by ten candidates.  Inaugural committee members appointed include– Bronnie Chamberlain (West Range Station)– Cameron Davies (The Fat Duck)– Christine Wallace (Milford Sound Lodge & Fiordland […]

Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidies

Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidies

20 July 2021

If you’re in manufacturing or residential construction, you might be eligible for an ACC subsidy to help pay for health and safety advice from a HASANZ-registered advisor. Who is eligible? Small to medium businesses (typically 6 to 99 employees) in specified sectors will be eligible for a relevant workplace injury prevention subsidy. Four subsidies are currently […]

2021 Law Changes Round-Up

2021 Law Changes Round-Up

20 July 2021

From sick leave updates to new investment property rules, below are this year’s law changes all in one place including:  Sick leave changes Minimum wage increase Tenancy Law Changes Healthy homes standards Vaping law changes Changes to consumer credit laws Investment property changes Click here for specific details on the above changes. Source: Business.govt.nz – […]

Z Business Partner

Z Business Partner

11 July 2021

Sign up for a Z Business Partner for Southland Chamber of Commerce fuel card and receive your choice of 250 Flybuys or 50 Airpoints Dollars™, along with everyday discounts and rewards. Use promo code CHAMBERSTH. Ends 20 August 2021. Full articleTerms and Conditions

Visa extensions and visa conditions

Visa extensions and visa conditions

11 June 2021

The Government has announced extensions to Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visas, and changes to Essential Skills visas, which may affect some of your employees. Working holiday visas Working holiday visas that are expiring between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 are being extended for a further six months. Visa holders […]

Workforce attraction and retention issues have taken on a whole new complexion post-Covid.

Workforce attraction and retention issues have taken on a whole new complexion post-Covid.

9 June 2021

Chamber members are crying out for staff across all industries. Southland is competing with other regions for the same pool of people, and we need to pull together as a region to make Southland a destination of choice. While it’s been an issue for several years, Covid has intensified the challenges with the migrant workforce […]

He Tohu Maumaraha ki a – Suzanne Spencer Māori Business Awards 2021

He Tohu Maumaraha ki a – Suzanne Spencer Māori Business Awards 2021

3 June 2021

On behalf of the Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru Business Network (KUMA), you are invited to take part in the Māori Business Awards 2021, which will be held at Friday 2 July at Elmwood Gardens in Murihiku / Invercargill from 5pm to 11pm. This awards night provides an opportunity for us all to come together, […]

Invercargill ‘Neat Places’ featured

Invercargill ‘Neat Places’ featured

3 June 2021

Great South has commissioned the marketing platform Neat Places to create a pocket guide featuring Invercargill’s ‘neat places’, with everything from eateries to unique stores included.  Pick up a guide in the city or view the listings online here.

Recognising and celebrating the brilliance of local business

Recognising and celebrating the brilliance of local business

24 May 2021

Our Southland Business Excellence Awards are back and nominations are open! Before entries open in June, we want to hear about local businesses and organisations doing great things! They could be someone you work with, a supplier, a client, or even your friends and family.  Know a deserving business? Nominate them! Do you know a […]

Budget 2021

Budget 2021

20 May 2021

The Budget at a Glance is a high level summary of key initiatives funded in the Wellbeing Budget 2021, along with an overview of the Government’s wellbeing approach and the fiscal and economic outlooks as presented in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update. The Budget Headlines WELLBEING BUDGET 2021: KEY HIGHLIGHTS Lifting weekly main benefit rates by between $32 and […]

Jobs in Southland

Jobs in Southland

12 May 2021

In Southland, we’re innovative, creative and entrepreneurial and as a result, Southland has one of the highest employment rates in New Zealand. There is a great range of employment opportunities available including medicine, engineering, agriculture, education, trade and professional services.  Click here to view the Southland Jobs Portal which pulls together vacant roles from multiple […]

$200m tourism package targets five South Island regions and future ‘recovery and reset’

$200m tourism package targets five South Island regions and future ‘recovery and reset’

6 May 2021

The funding is targeted at a number of areas including $49m kick-start fund for tourism businesses to restart ahead of international visitors arriving $26m for Regional Tourism Organisations to plan, promote and market tourism activities $20m to diversify the Queenstown-Wanaka region away from tourism $16.5m for local councils to apply for new spending $15m to […]

Invercargill labour shortage threatens development of much-needed construction

Invercargill labour shortage threatens development of much-needed construction

20 April 2021

Incentives are being considered to lure construction workers to Invercargill as a shortage of labour threatens its development. Local construction company ABL has already doubled their staff to keep up but they need more. “With Queenstown closing down we’ve had people come out of there but at the same stage with all the other work […]

Changes to labour market undersupply and oversupply lists

Changes to labour market undersupply and oversupply lists

16 April 2021

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has made changes to the under and oversupply lists in some regions following a quarterly review of where the labour shortages are in New Zealand.  From 16 April 2021, Immigration New Zealand will use the updated lists to assess Essential Skills work visa applications that are paid below the median wage (currently $25.50 an […]

You’re Due South

You’re Due South

13 April 2021

Great South, and its two Regional Tourism Organisations Visit Southland and Visit Fiordland, is proud to launch a new marketing campaign for the region, ‘You’re Due South’. Created in partnership with Christchurch advertising agency Strategy, the campaign quite simply tells kiwis they are “due south”, to explore the epic vistas of Milford Sound, the unforgettable […]

Youngest to be elected to board

Youngest to be elected to board

5 April 2021

Its youngest member ever has been elected to bring “vibrancy” and diversity to the Southland Chamber of Commerce board. Marketing consultant Simon Owen (23) was formally inducted to the board, along with Southland-Otago Farm Machinery group manager Tim Brown, at the chamber’s annual meeting last Thursday. Chamber president Neil McAra said Mr Owen was the […]

Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

30 March 2021

Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, and Gore District Council have identified that there is an opportunity for newcomers to hold leadership positions within Southland’s business, community and not-for-profit sectors. The Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship is a contestable fund whereby eligible applicants can apply to access funding to enable them to participate in the Southland […]

Nash to be quizzed on trans-Tasman plan during southern visit

Nash to be quizzed on trans-Tasman plan during southern visit

17 March 2021

Southern tourism bosses say they desperately need a date for when the trans-Tasman travel bubble will be a reality, so they can attempt to keep their businesses going.

Community Trust South boosts funding to $8 million for the upcoming year, including a $1 million Major Grants Round

Community Trust South boosts funding to $8 million for the upcoming year, including a $1 million Major Grants Round

15 March 2021

Community Trust South has announced it has approved an increase of $500,000 to the general grants budget, up to $7 million for this coming year. The Trust will also open a Major Grants Round for 2021, investing $1 million into the community for grant requests over $75,000. Together, this brings the total grants budget up to $8 million for the year ahead.

Southern public housing stock to grow by 83 homes

Southern public housing stock to grow by 83 homes

10 March 2021

Kāinga Ora and community housing providers plan to deliver 83 new public houses in Southland and Otago by June 2022. But Kāinga Ora regional director Tim Blake said it was too early to say where they would be built. Planning was progressing well and the agency was working with local councils, iwi and other stakeholders […]

A Conversation with Hon Stuart Nash

A Conversation with Hon Stuart Nash

4 March 2021

Hear from the Minister on the Digital boost package and how you, as a business owner or operator, can take advantage of it and move your business into a more digitally enabled future.

COVID-19 Alert Level update

COVID-19 Alert Level update

28 February 2021

Auckland is at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2. These Alert Levels came into effect from 6am on Sunday 28 February and will be in place for the next 7 days. Details of what it means to be at Alert Level 2 can be found here. Businesses […]

High school students turned young entrepreneurs

High school students turned young entrepreneurs

26 February 2021

Over 4000 New Zealand high school students are expected to launch their own business whilst taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) this year. Locally, we have around 135 students from Southland Girls’ High School, Aparima College, James Hargest College, Southland Boys’ High School, Mt Aspiring College and Wakatipu High School participating […]

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

25 February 2021

New Intakes of the Southland Leadership Academy have been announced. This inspirational programme ignites relationship building with like-minded people, fosters inspiration to take your leadership career to the next level and provides outstanding opportunities to learn from prominent Southland-Otago leaders. Available dates and locations include INVERCARGILLFridays, 14 May – 2 July 2021, 9am – 11am […]

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