Past Events

Courageous Conversations for Leadership Academy Alumni

Courageous Conversations for Leadership Academy Alumni

27 February 2020

On a beautiful Southland evening, Southland Leadership Academy Alumni were invited to come along to this session to learn how to have courageous conversations – that effect positive and permanent change.

BNZ Biz Bites – Why should we fight for the smelter?

BNZ Biz Bites – Why should we fight for the smelter?

5 February 2020

Our first BNZ Biz Bites for 2020, was a capacity crowd. Today we hosted NZAS CEO and General Manager, Stew Hamilton.

Have your say on better protections for contractors

Have your say on better protections for contractors

3 February 2020

This afternoon Nehal Davison, Principal Advisor, Labor & Immigration Policy, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment consulted with our members around law changes that are being consider which could affect contractors.

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 4

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 4

29 November 2019

Congratulations to our Southland Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy graduates today! Our new Alumni include Andie Sherlock, Royal Wolf NZ Brent Webster, EIS Group Ltd Carl Hamilton, Jennian Homes Southland Ltd Charlotte McCurdy, Todd & Co Realty Christina (Tina) McColgan, Careerforce Christine Shearer, Habitat for Humanity Invercargill Courtney Forde, Presbyterian Support Southland Daniel Alexander, Invercargill […]

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 5

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 5

20 November 2019

Congratulations to our Stewart Island Rakiura Southland Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy graduates. Our new Alumni include Bridget Carter, Predator Free Rakiura Charlotte Jenkinson, Stewart Island Four Square Cherie Hemsley, Department of Conservation Edward Small, Rakiura Charters and Water Taxi Josephine Shepard, Stewart Island Experience, Real Journeys Kirsten Hicks, Southland District Council Kylie Bakker, Stewart […]

Glass Elevator – Women Inspiring Women

Glass Elevator – Women Inspiring Women

20 November 2019

On Friday we hosted members and guests to the inaugural Southland Chamber of Commerce ‘Women Inspiring Women Conference NOT Conference’ at the impressive Bill Richardson Transport World. We had the privileged of being inspired from our five inspirational leaders – Tania Kura, Jackie Clark, Jocelyn O’Donnell, Rebecca Keoghan MNZM and international guest speaker, Karin Volo. […]

TradeQual Southland

TradeQual Southland

8 November 2019

Congratulations to all the graduates at the annual TradeQual Awards held on Friday 8 November 2019.  Presentations took place during a Gala Dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel. Gareth Dykes from FI Innovations, was not only the guest speaker, but a graduate himself. An inspirational story from Gareth and his journey to the success of […]

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

30 September 2019

Blue Sky Meats have taken home the Westpac 2019 Supreme Award along with winning the Findex Primary and Primary Services Sector Awards and were also finalists in the Invercargill City Council Construction, Trades, Manufacturing & Distribution Sector Award.

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 3

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 3

13 September 2019

Congratulations to our new Southland Leadership Academy Alumni Adam Ronald, Bonisch Consultants Brian Hopley, Rugby Southland Carla Harper, FMG Claire Hunter, VetSouth NZ David Denholm, Southern Steel Windows Ltd Fiona Adams, Habitat for Humanity Invercargill Kirsty Bell, Invercargill City Council Mike Sanford, What’s On Invers Michael Flynn, BDO Invercargill Rachael Poole, HW Richardson Group Steve […]

Export Southland – EU NZ Free Trade Agreement breakfast

Export Southland – EU NZ Free Trade Agreement breakfast

10 September 2019

This morning at Bill Richardson Transport World Export Southland hosted Ali Hamilton, Lead Adviser and John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We heard about the latest on the EU – NZ free trade agreement and where negotiations were at. Thank you to Geoff Finnerty, Chair […]

Export Southland – Engaging the China Challenge

Export Southland – Engaging the China Challenge

31 July 2019

Thank you to Jerry Clode, The Solution Consultancy who shared his extensive experience of China markets with our members today. Definitely a lot for us to think about when trying to engage Chinese consumers, tourists, and students.

Glass Elevator – Angela Strang

Glass Elevator – Angela Strang

20 July 2019

Yesterday we enjoyed an inspirational presentation from the lovely Angela Strang from Miss Stage about her journey to financial freedom. Thank you to our sponsors BDO Invercargill, BNZ Invercargill , Southern Institute of Technology, H&J Smith Department Store, HR South. Also to Kelvin Hotel Invercargill for the venue, and to our coffee and cake sponsor […]

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 2

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 2

28 June 2019

Our second intake of the Southland Leadership Academy graduated today. Congratulations to our 12 new Alumni Aaron Higham, BDO Invercargill Alexis Wadworth, BNZ/Bare Hill Farming Partnership Amanda Kingi-Potiki, Hokonui Runanga Research and Development Jaime McNaught, McCallums Group Selector Uniforms Janina Bautista-Santos, Blue River Dairy LP Jason Paul, South Port NZ Ltd John Mander, Migamz Ltd […]

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 1

Leadership Academy Graduation – Intake 1

12 April 2019

LOOK OUT SOUTHLAND! Our first intake of the Southland Leadership Academy graduated today, celebrating in style! Congratulations to Brenda Nom, Brenda Nom Ltd Catherine Frost, EIS Group Ltd Dave Bennie, Focus Technology Group Debbie Hodges, E Hayes & Sons Ltd Erin McCall, Market South Hayden Mikkelsen, South Port NZ Ltd Jenny Green, Southland District Council […]

Glass Elevator – Hon Paula Bennett

Glass Elevator – Hon Paula Bennett

26 March 2019

This morning we had the privileged to share a breakfast with Hon Paula Bennett. The MP for Upper Harbour and has served in Parliament since 2005. Paula shared her life story, the struggles as a young solo Mum, from growing up in a staunch family, with a father whom taught her resilience – a skill […]

Eastern Southland – Business House Golf Tournament

Eastern Southland – Business House Golf Tournament

25 March 2019

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Eastern Southland Golf Tournament. We had 17 teams – 68 participants. Some insider trading became evident as taking out the winners title was Sam Grant’s Craigs Investment Partners team on 49 followed by Julian Morris’s Craigs Investments team 50.7 and ANZ on 51.8. Closest to the pin […]

Eastern Southland BA5 – Mataura Valley Milk Tour

Eastern Southland BA5 – Mataura Valley Milk Tour

28 February 2019

Last night members jumped on a bus and headed to McNab for a tour of Mataura Valley Milk. The nutrition plant is a $240 million start-up business. The purpose-built nutrition plant, is one of the world’s most technologically advanced, employs 78 highly skilled staff, and started production in August 2018. Thanks to Brent Robinson, Project […]

Export Southland Recognition Awards

Export Southland Recognition Awards

22 September 2018

The Export Southland Recognition Awards were held tonight, Friday 21 September at the Ascot Park Hotel. The Export Southland Trust hosted the Minister for Trade & Export Growth Hon. David Parker and over 250 other dignitaries, export businesses and their supporters at the prestigious awards dinner, a record number of attendees. Export Southland Chairman Graham […]

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

2 October 2017

FI Innovations have taken home the 2017 Supreme Business Excellence Award along with winning the Market South Innovation Award.

Export Southland Recognition Awards

Export Southland Recognition Awards

12 September 2016

The Export Southland Recognition Awards Dinner was held Friday 9th September to recognise the value of export activity within the Southland economy and celebrate the role businesses and passionate individuals make to our region’s economic wellbeing. Acting Chair of Export Southland, Nigel Gear said, “The dinner is an excellent opportunity for exporters and supporters to […]

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

29 September 2015

The Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards 2015 winners are: Westpac Supreme Award Recognising a winner in one or more of the other award categories that has demonstrated the highest overall level of business excellence. South Port NZ Ltd Crowe Horwath Business (less than 15 FTE) Award Recognising any enterprise with less than 15 full time […]

Export Southland Recognition Awards

Export Southland Recognition Awards

5 September 2014

The Export Southland Recognition Dinner was held last night to recognise the value of export activity to the Southland economy and celebrate the role leading individuals and businesses make to the region’s economic wellbeing. Chair of Export Southland, Mark O’Connor said, “The dinner is an excellent opportunity for exporters and supporters to come together and […]

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards

22 October 2013

The inaugural Westpac Southland Business Awards were held in October 2013. Winners were announced for eight categories with a supreme award winner chosen from those finalists. Westpac Southland Supreme Winner – Business of the Year EIS The Southland Times Retail Business Award Professionals MacPherson Realty Ltd Finalists – Pita Pit / Southland Disability Enterprises Ascot […]

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