Great Things On The Horizon For Southland

Jul 01, 2019
1548 Views

What's On Invers Business News Presented by and

The future is looking great with an exciting new identity revealed to drive Southland’s regional success.

Today marks the first official day of trading for the Southland Regional Development Agency and to celebrate a new name has been unveiled.

Great South will be the trading name for the organisation with a new contemporary corporate brand identity also revealed.

Chairman Ian Collier said Great South reflects both the history of regional development to date and the ambitious goals that have been set for the future.

“It’s both who we are and what we want to be, literal in the sense that we are located in the great South and aspirational for what we will strive to be,” he said.

The development of the name and logo has been a collaborative process between the board and a local marketing and communications company and speaks to the exciting future of Southland and the regional development agency.

The new name represents the gritty, determined, passionate and pioneering elements attributed to the Southland region and the use of the koru symbolises the connection between the past and the exciting future.

Great South Chief Executive Ann Lockhart said the new name and corporate look signalled the start of an exciting new chapter.

“It’s now time to maximise on all the work and planning which has been undertaken in the last few years and be inspired by Southland’s unlimited potential to be recognised as the best place to live, work and play,” she said.

Great South has been established to address the challenges that were recognised in the Southland Regional Development Strategy and to implement a renewed sense of focus to growing the region.

The Southland Regional Development Strategy, Action Plan and significant pieces of work that are currently being developed, including the Southland Murihiku Destination Strategy and the Southland Story, will all help to form the initial direction for the organisation.
Ms Lockhart said the main focus of Great South would be to create better lives for all Southlanders through sustainable development, with this approach being evident whether managing, governing, facilitating, advocating for, or owning an initiative.

“There are many exciting changes taking place across the Southland region and we are thrilled to be sitting at the forefront of this change and being part of the work to grow Southland’s culture and lifestyle, economic diversity and overall population,” she said.
Southland District Council Mayor and chair of the Southland Regional Development Agency Shareholders Committee Gary Tong said Great South will build on the work previously carried out by Venture Southland.

“While Venture Southland was able to contribute to and achieve many wins for the region, the new commercial focus of Great South will allow ever greater expansion in the area of regional development – the possibilities are endless and we are all looking forward to what the future will hold for our region,” Mayor Tong said.

The new brand was managed by the Market South team. photo: whatsoninvers.nz

Great South is a council-controlled organisation with a broad range of shareholders helping to drive regional growth including the Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, Gore District Council, Environment Southland, Invercargill Licensing Trust, Mataura Licensing Trust, Southland Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Institute of Technology.
Great South also has the support of Community Trust South who is a member of the shareholder committee.
Lockhart is in the role of chief executive while a permanent CEO is recruited. She is looking forward to working with shareholders and staff to form a solid foundation for both Great South and the region moving forward.

H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected
Business, News
7607 views
Business, News
7607 views

H&J Smith The Latest Victim Of Covid-19: 175 Staff Affected

News Desk - May 27, 2020

After 120 years in business, H&J Smith is planning to close or downsize all of its stores other than its…

Stuff Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1
Business, News
1195 views
Business, News
1195 views

Stuff Chief Executive Sinead Boucher Buys Company For $1

News Desk - May 25, 2020

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1. The chief executive was…

‘It’s un-Australian and Heartbreaking’: Beer Dumped Due to Pub Closures
Business, News
1174 views
Business, News
1174 views

‘It’s un-Australian and Heartbreaking’: Beer Dumped Due to Pub Closures

News Desk - May 16, 2020

Millions of litres of beer are being tipped down the drain in Australia as huge quantities of the liquid gold…

Coworking Spaces to Reopen at Level 2
Business, Covid-19
1199 views
Business, Covid-19
1199 views

Coworking Spaces to Reopen at Level 2

News Desk - May 15, 2020

New Zealand coworking industry association, Coworking Aotearoa, is welcoming the return of coworking in Level 2, saying it will help…

Air NZ Turns Dreamliner Into Inter-Island Cargo Carrier
Business, News
1367 views
Business, News
1367 views

Air NZ Turns Dreamliner Into Inter-Island Cargo Carrier

News Desk - May 14, 2020

Air New Zealand has turned its Dreamliner into a cargo carrier. The airline said it would fly the Boeing 787-9…

Day 9 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 43 No New Cases In Southern
Covid-19, News
33 views
Covid-19, News
33 views

Day 9 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 43 No New Cases In Southern

News Desk - May 31, 2020

There are no new cases of Covid-19 today, and still just one active case, the Health Ministry has confirmed. COVID-19,…

Watch: SpaceX, NASA landmark launch of two astronauts succeeds
News
340 views
News
340 views

Watch: SpaceX, NASA landmark launch of two astronauts succeeds

News Desk - May 31, 2020

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida on Saturday in…

$250,000 Lotto Win For Southland
News
4880 views
News
4880 views

$250,000 Lotto Win For Southland

News Desk - May 30, 2020

Four Lotto players from Auckland (2), Marlborough and Southland will be celebrating after each winning $250,000 with Lotto First Division…

Day 8 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 42 No New Cases In Southern
Covid-19, News
601 views
Covid-19, News
601 views

Day 8 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 42 No New Cases In Southern

News Desk - May 30, 2020

For eight days in a row, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. Our…

Environment Southland Forecasts $3.5 Million Drop in Income
Environment, News
213 views
Environment, News
213 views

Environment Southland Forecasts $3.5 Million Drop in Income

News Desk - May 29, 2020

Environment Southland is forecasting a drop in income of around $3.5 million in the coming 2020-21 financial year due to…