20 December 2021

Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

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 Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy.

The Southland Leadership Academy is a part time programme which runs for one evening per week (for approximately 2 hours) over eight weeks. In 2022 it is being held at several locations across the Southland region. The programme provides future leaders (in both the community and business sectors) with the opportunity to build their leadership capabilities through their own personal development and by learning from the experience of others. The successful applicant, at the completion of the programme will have the skills, connections, and confidence to be leaders in their receiving community. Each session is led by a senior executive from a significant Southland business or community organisation who provide tutoring to the group across several leadership topics.

To find out more information about the Leadership Academy including dates, locations, and testimonies from previous participants, please go to www.southlandchamber.co.nz/sla/


This scholarship is open to “ethnic newcomers” living within the Southland region. This may include but is not limited to working migrants, former refugees and international students.

The scholarship will cover the attendance fee – valued at $1,500+gst* per person – for the following dates:

  • Invercargill – Friday  11 February to Friday 1 April 2022, 9am – 11am
  • Gore – Friday 29 April to Friday 17 June 2022, 9am – 11am
  • Otautau – Tuesday 14 June to Tuesday 26 July 2022, 7pm – 9pm
  • Invercargill – Friday 5 August to Friday 23 September, 9am – 11am

It is expected that recipients of the scholarship attend all sessions where possible and work towards successful completion of the course. *This does not cover petrol costs to attend the sessions, this will have to be covered by the applicant.

Prior leadership experience is not mandatory, however a desire to hold a leadership position in your community will be looked upon favourably.

Application form

Click here to download an application form.

Welcoming Communities contacts

Please do not hesitate to contact one of the Welcoming Communities administrators if you have any questions

  • Southland District Council – Karen Purdue: 0800 732 732 or funding@southlanddc.govt.nz
  • Gore District Council – Mark McCann: 021 327 611 or mmccann@goredc.govt.nz
  • Invercargill City Council – Amelie Schuberth: 03 2111 799 or amelie.schuberth@icc.govt.nz

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