Established in 2001 as a joint initiative of the Invercargill City, Southland District and Gore District Councils, Venture Southland works to promote and grow the Southland region.

Traditional council boundaries do not affect Venture Southland and therefore initiatives, strategies and work plans are developed for the whole region and not just specific areas.

Venture Southland is funded through contributions from key stakeholders; the Invercargill City, Southland District and Gore District Councils and from contributions from the Community Trust of Southland and Environment Southland. Due to its unique structure Venture Southland is able to access significant external project funding not normally available to local authorities.

The organisation has a regional focus and promotes the benefit of an integrated approach with community organisations to work together to leverage support and resources. The business, destination marketing, events and conferences, and community development teams collaborate on many projects to maximise their benefits to Southland.

Venture Southland regularly sends out media releases and agendas for the Venture Southland Joint Committee meetings, as well as circulating a quarterly report that provides an update on all activities and initiatives undertaken by the organisation. In addition, media are also provided with monthly progress updates on individual projects.

Staff Member



  • Overall Venture Southland
  • Business
  • Strategic Projects
  • Community Development
  • Conference and Events
  • Tourism
  • Invercargill i-SITE
  • Conference and Events
  • Tourism
  • Business Services/Support
  • Business Survey
  • Labour Market
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Renewable Energy
  • Cycle Strategy
  • Strategic Projects
  • Labour Market
  • Enquires
  • Communications
  • Satellite Tracking
  • Telecommunications
  • International Education
  • Southland Youth Futures
  • Lean Programme
  • Community Development
  • Creative Projects
  • Southland Arts Festival
  • Events

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  • Conference Attraction
  • Finance
  • Planning
For further information contact
Bridget Napier - Venture Southland

Bridget Napier

Communications Co-ordinator