Notice is hereby given that a Meeting of the Community and Policy Committee will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

1pm

Council Chambers
15 Forth Street, Invercargill

Community and Policy Committee Agenda

OPEN

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Julie Keast

 

 

Mayor Gary Tong

 

Councillors

Stuart Baird

 

 

Brian Dillon

 

 

John Douglas

 

 

Paul Duffy

 

 

Bruce Ford

 

 

Darren Frazer

 

 

George Harpur

 

 

Ebel Kremer

 

 

Gavin Macpherson

 

 

Neil Paterson

 

 

Nick Perham

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Group Manager - Community and Futures

Rex Capil

Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton

 

 

Contact Telephone: 0800 732 732

Postal Address: PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840

Email: emailsdc@southlanddc.govt.nz

Website: www.southlanddc.govt.nz

 

Full agendas are available on Council’s Website

www.southlanddc.govt.nz

 

 

 


Terms of Reference – Community and Policy Committee

 

The Community and Policy Committee is responsible for:

·                 Assessing and providing advice to Council on:

-      Key strategic issues affecting the District and Council;

-      Community development issues affecting the District and Council;

-      The service needs of the District’s communities and how these needs might best be met;

-      Resource allocation and prioritisation processes and decisions.

·                 Developing and recommending strategies, plans and policies to the Council that advance the Council’s vision and goals, and comply with the purpose of the Local Government Act.

·                 Monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of strategies, plans and policies.

·                 Developing and approving submissions to government, local authorities and other organisations.

·                 Advocating Council’s position on particular policy issues to other organisations, as appropriate.

·                 Considering recommendations from Council’s Subcommittees and make decisions where it has authority from Council to do so, or recommendations to Council where a Council decision is required.

 

The Community and Policy Committee is also responsible for community partnerships and engagement.  This includes:

·                 Monitoring the progress, implementation and effectiveness work undertaken by Venture Southland in line with the Venture Southland Heads of Agreement and specific Service Level Agreement between Southland District Council and Venture Southland.

·                 Allocations of grants, loans, scholarships and bursaries in accordance with Southland District Council policy. 

·                 International relations. 

·                 Developing and overseeing the implementation of Council’s community engagement and consultation policies and processes. 

 

The Community and Policy Committee shall have the following delegated powers and be accountable to Council for the exercising of these powers:

 

(a)            Approving all submissions made by Southland District Council to other councils, central government and other bodies.

 

(b)           To approve scholarships, bursaries, grants and loans within Council policy and annual budgets. 

 

(c)            Monitor the performance of Venture Southland in the delivery against its Business Plan and Council’s letter of expectation. 

 

The Community and Policy Committee has authority to consider and make recommendations to Council regarding strategies, policies and plans.

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM                                                                                                                                                                                  PAGE

Procedural

1             Apologies                                                                                                                                                                5

2             Leave of absence                                                                                                                                                5

3             Conflict of Interest                                                                                                                                             5

4             Public Forum                                                                                                                                                         5

5             Extraordinary/Urgent Items                                                                                                                        5

6             Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                                                               5

Reports for Resolution

7.1         BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?                                                                                                                                                          13

Reports

8.1         Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures - Stage 2 - Where are we heading?                                                                                                                                                               21

8.2         Venture Southland third quarter report 2017-18                                                                        51   


1             Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

2             Leave of absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

3             Conflict of Interest

 

Committee Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

4             Public Forum

Notification to speak is required by 5pm at least two days before the meeting. Further information is available on www.southlanddc.govt.nz or phoning 0800 732 732.

 

5             Extraordinary/Urgent Items

To consider, and if thought fit, to pass a resolution to permit the committee to consider any further items which do not appear on the Agenda of this meeting and/or the meeting to be held with the public excluded.

Such resolution is required to be made pursuant to Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and the Chairperson must advise:

(i)            the reason why the item was not on the Agenda, and

(ii)          the reason why the discussion of this item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

(a)           that item may be discussed at that meeting if-

(i)            that item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

(ii)           the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

(b)          no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”

 

6             Confirmation of Minutes

6.1         Meeting minutes of Community and Policy Committee, 09 May 2018


 

Community and Policy Committee

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of Community and Policy Committee held in the Council Chambers, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 1pm.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Julie Keast

 

 

Mayor Gary Tong

 

Councillors

Stuart Baird

 

 

Brian Dillon

 

 

John Douglas

 

 

Bruce Ford

 

 

Darren Frazer

 

 

George Harpur

 

 

Gavin Macpherson

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Chief Executive

Steve Ruru

Group Manager - Community and Futures

Rex Capil

Communications Manager

Louise Pagan

Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton

 


1             Apologies

 

Apologies were received from Councillors Paterson, Perham, Duffy and Kremer.

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Dillon, seconded Cr Harpur  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee accept the apologies.

 

 

2             Leave of absence

 

There were no requests for leave of absence.

 

 

3             Conflict of Interest

 

Chairperson Keast declared an interest on Item 7.3 in regards South Catlins Promotions Incorporated funding application and took no part in discussion or voting on this matter.

 

 

4             Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

5             Extraordinary/Urgent Items

 

There were no Extraordinary/Urgent items.

 

 

6             Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Frazer, seconded Cr Dillon  and resolved:

That the minutes of Community and Policy Committee meeting held on 8 February 2018 be confirmed as a true and correct record of that meeting.

 

Reports for Resolution

 

 

7.1

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Financial Report and Application Summaries - March 2018

Record No: R/18/4/9537

 

Administration Manager, Bronwyn Affleck was in attendance for this item.

 

1               Mrs Affleck advised the purpose of the Sport NZ Rural Travel fund is to assist with transport costs associated with participating in regular local competitions.  Sports clubs and school based clubs with young people aged between 5 – 19 years are eligible to apply.

2               The Committee noted $13,000 is available for distribution per annum.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Ford, seconded Cr Douglas  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Financial Report and Application Summaries - March 2018” dated 2 May 2018.

 

b)           Approve the allocation of funds for the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund as follows:

 

Aparima College Clay Target Shooting Team

$250

Central Hockey Club

$1,000

Central Southland College – Ice Skating Club

$250

Fiordland Athletic Club

$1,200

Fiordland College – Football Team

$500

Hokonui Aquatics

$250

Netball Fiordland Club Inc

$1,200

Northern Southland College

$1,200

Riversdale Tennis Club

$250

Southland Girls’ High School

$250

Winton Football Club Inc

$1,200

Wyndham Town Football Club

$500

 

 

 

 

7.2

District Heritage Fund Financial Report and Application Summary - March 2018

Record No: R/18/4/9540

 

Administration Manager, Bronwyn Affleck was in attendance for this item.

 

Mrs Affleck advised the purpose of the Southland District Council Heritage Fund is to support the conservation of heritage collections and encourage the development and application of professional museum standards to heritage collections.  Mrs Affleck added the Fund is available to assist with the day-to-day running of local museums, heritage centres or similar type organisations within the Southland District Council boundaries.

 

3               The Committee noted $60,000 is available for distribution per annum.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Macpherson, seconded Cr Baird  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “District Heritage Fund Financial Report and Application Summary - March 2018” dated 2 May 2018.

b)           Approve the allocation of funds for the District Heritage Fund as follows;

 

Central Southland Vintage Machinery Club

$5,800

Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum Inc      

$5,550

Otautau Museum Trust

$2,500

Rakiura Heritage Trust

$9,400

 

 

 

 

7.3

Community Initiatives Fund Financial Report and Application Summary - March 2018

Record No: R/18/4/9597

 

Venture Southland, Administration Manager, Bronwyn Affleck was in attendance for this item.

 

Mrs Affleck advised the Southland District Council Community Initiatives Fund is available for the development of community facilities and amenities including: community centres / halls, War Memorials, local reserves and picnic areas, walkways and tracks, sports fields, swimming pools and changing room facilities.  Sport and recreational opportunities, community programmes, activities or events.

 

Chairperson Keast declared an interest on the application relating to South Catlins Promotions Incorporated and took no part in discussions or voting on this matter.

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Ford, seconded Mayor Tong  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Community Initiatives Fund Financial Report and Application Summary - March 2018” dated 3 May 2018.

 

b)           Approve the allocation of funds for the Community Initiatives Fund as follows with an amendment to item 2 Camp Columba (as indicated with strikethrough and underline);

 

1

Aparima College

$1,300

2

Camp Columba

$1,000

$2,500

3

Friends of Lumsden School

$200

4

Holy Trinity Anglican Church - Winton

$2,000

5

Lumsden and Areas Activities for Miniature Bodies Society

$500

6

Northern Southland College

$5,000

7

Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust

$2,000

8

The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division

$2,300

9

Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee

$1,500

10

The Makarewa Bees

Nil.

11

Venture Southland                                                                                    a

                                                                                                                                     b

$2,400

$1,800

12

Waimatuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band        a                                                                                                                                     b

$2,000

$1,000

13

Winton Community Gardens

$1,500

14

Winton Skate Park Trust

$4,653

15

Wyndham District Community Pool Inc

$1,500

16

Lumsden Playcentre

$2,000

17

Mokoreta Redan Hall

$1,000

18

Northern Southland Community Resource Centre Charitable Trust

$950

19

Rakiura Heritage Trust

$2,000

20

Riverton District Baths Society Inc

$1,324

21

Riverton Heritage and Tourist Centre Trust                       a                                                                                                                                     b

$1,000

$1,500

22

Spring Flower Show Committee

$500

23

Stewart Island Pavilion Trust

$1,800

25

Mossburn Senior Citizens Inc

$2,000

 

 

 

Resolution

Moved Mayor Tong, seconded Cr Baird and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Approve the allocation of funds for the Community Initiatives Fund as follows;

 

24

South Catlins Promotions Inc

$2,000

 

 

 

 

At the conclusion of discussion on the item relating to the South Catlins Promotions Incorporated Chairperson Keast resumed the chair.

 

 

Reports for Recommendation

 

 

8.1

Corporate Performance Framework Project Update

Record No: R/18/2/4367

 

Group Manager, Community and Futures, Mr Rex Capil was in attendance for this item.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Mayor Tong, seconded Cr Dillon  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Corporate Performance Framework Project Update” dated 2 May 2018.

 

 

8.2

Community Futures - Research and Analysis Work Programme

Record No: R/18/2/4484

 

Group Manager, Community and Futures, Mr Rex Capil was in attendance for this item.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Mayor Tong, seconded Cr Dillon  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Community Futures - Research and Analysis Work Programme” dated 28 April 2018.

 

b)           Endorses the Community Futures – Research and Analysis Work Programme approach.

 

c)            Notes the Executive Leadership Team is to complete a more detailed scoping exercise for each of the work streams and is to complete a prioritisation process to ensure the projects are delivered in a logical sequential manner and will report back to this Committee on progress on a regular basis

 

d)           Notes individual topic project plans are to be developed and recognises flexibility is required in the delivery of the outputs for each of the work streams and updates will be presented to the Committee on a regular basis for comment, feedback and endorsement.

 

e)            Notes the completion of the individual projects is important to inform the development of the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP) and associated strategies and activity management plans and these agreed milestones are to be included in the 2021-2031 LTP Project Plan accordingly.

 

 

Reports

 

 

9.1

Creative NZ Communities Funding Scheme Financial Report and Summary of Grants Awarded

Record No: R/18/4/9732

 

Communications Manager, Louise Pagan was in attendance for this item.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Douglas, seconded Cr Frazer  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Creative NZ Communities Funding Scheme Financial Report and Summary of Grants Awarded” dated 2 May 2018.

 

 

9.2

Financial and Reserves Contribution Fund Financial Report to 31 March 2018

Record No: R/18/4/9541

 

Group Manager, Group Manager Community and Futures, Rex Capil was in attendance for this item.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Ford, seconded Cr Harpur  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Financial and Reserves Contribution Fund Financial Report to 31 March 2018” dated 27 April 2018.

 

 

9.3

Venture Southland Second Quarterly Report 2017/18

Record No: R/18/2/3925

 

Group Manager, Events Tourism and Community, Bobbi Brown was in attendance for this item.

 

 

Resolution

Moved Cr Frazer, seconded Cr Douglas  and resolved:

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Venture Southland Second Quarterly Report 2017/18” dated 9 March 2018.

 

 

 

The meeting concluded at 2.29pm.                      CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Community and Policy Committee HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018.

 

 

 

DATE:............................................................................................

 

 

 

CHAIRPERSON:........................................................................

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

Record No:             R/18/5/10473

Author:                      Rex Capil, Group Manager Community and Futures

Approved by:         Steve Ruru, Chief Executive

 

  Decision                                        Recommendation                                  Information

 

 

Purpose

1        The purpose of this report is to seek the Committee’s endorsement to proceed with engaging BERL to complete Project 3 - Where we actually want to be?. This project would be the final piece of work in a three staged project titled “Southland District Council - How BERL can help to shape Positive Community Futures.”

Executive Summary

2        Over the past two years the Community and Policy Committee and Council have identified the need and recognised the importance of undertaking research and analysis work to assist planning and decision-making for future community wellbeing and appropriate infrastructure and service provision at local and district level.

3        There are various work streams that will be coordinated to assist with this work being progressed.

4        A foundation piece of work which will be used to provide some baseline information is the BERL project based on its proposal ‘Southland District Council – How BERL can help to shape Positive Community Futures – June 2017.’

5        The Community and Policy Committee at its 9 August 2017 meeting resolved to

·    Receive the report titled “Community Futures 2040 - Next Stage Planning and Implementation Requirements” dated 16 July 2017.

·    Endorse completion of Project 1 and Project 2 as set out in the proposal.

·    Consider the results of this work once completed to then determine the next steps for Project 3 and any associated work to be undertaken in 2018-2019.

 

6        Project 1 and Project 2 have now been completed by BERL and presented to the Community and Policy Committee for information and feedback.

7        It is recommended to the Community and Policy Committee that BERL be commissioned to proceed with completing ‘Project 3 – Where do we actually want to be?’ from the original proposal.

 

Recommendation

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?” dated 5 July 2018.

 

b)           Determines that this matter or decision be recognised as not significant in terms of Section 76 of the Local Government Act 2002.

 

c)            Determines that it has complied with the decision-making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 to the extent necessary in relation to this decision; and in accordance with Section 79 of the Act determines that it does not require further information, further assessment of options or further analysis of costs and benefits or advantages and disadvantages prior to making a decision on this matter.

 

d)           Endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?”

 

e)            Note that this Project 3 Where do we actually want to be? is the final piece of work in the three staged project titled “How BERL can help to shape Positive Community Futures.”

 

 


 

Background

8        The Community and Policy Committee at its 17 May 2017 meeting resolved to:

·    Receive the report titled “Community Futures 2040”

·    Endorse the approach to undertake the ‘big picture research and analytics’ work to inform the associated work programme as part of the 2018-2028 LTP consultation process

·    Endorse the approach to proceed with scoping the next stage planning and implementation requirements post the initial ‘big picture research and analytics’ work and to report back to the Committee once scoped.

9        As a result Council officers worked alongside BERL to further develop the overall project scope.

10      BERL prepared a proposal “How BERL can help shape positive community futures’ in June 2017.

11      The Community and Policy Committee at its 9 August 2017 meeting resolved to:

·    Receive the report titled “Community Futures 2040 - Next Stage Planning and Implementation Requirements” dated 16 July 2017

·    Endorse completion of Project 1 and Project 2 as set out in the proposal

·    Consider the results of this work once completed to then determine the next steps for Project 3 and any associated work to be undertaken in 2018-2019.

12      BERL was commissioned to complete Project 1 and Project 2 as set out in the proposal.

13      “Project 1 – Where are we now?” – involved undertaking a thorough statistical analysis of the local economy and the communities in the District.

14      The output for project 1 was for BERL to produce a report to include:

·    Current situational analysis of the Southland District Council

·    Trend analysis of the social and economic environment in the District

·    Classification of industries according to their degree of specialisation and growth

·    Identification and analysis of core industries

·    Analysis of the strength of different communities and their relationship to the core industries.

15      BERL also has now completed “Project 2 – Where are we heading?” – involving scenario modelling and desk based research to consider:

·    Projection of future employment and population under a Business As Usual scenario

·    Future industry growth and decline.

16      The output for project 2 had BERL produce a report to include:

·    Employment projection, broken down by industry, and population projections, broken down by area unit

·    Commentaries on the projections, particularly to highlight what changes are inevitable, and which can be influenced through strategic action

·    A preliminary set of possible actions intended to support sustainable economic and population growth in the District.

 

17      The Community and Policy Committee now has the opportunity to consider the results of this work and to determine the next steps for Project 3 and any associated work to be undertaken in 2018-2019.

18      With the labour market projections to 2033 in Southland District, Council can passively wait or actively shape the future for the district local communities of interest. “Project 3 – Where do we actually want to be?” supports the premise that Council can and is willing to work strategically to shape the future it wants to achieve.

19      Project 3 is concerned with defining SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Responsible and Time-bound) actions that will enable the vision for Community Futures 2040 work to support the development of the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan to be realised. Projects 1 and 2 have identified various potential action areas for consideration.

20      It is also important Council aligns this BERL work with the SoRDS Action Plan and priorities in looking at population growth and diversification of the local economy.

21      It is important that any SMART actions defined by this project for Council will inform and complement the regional priorities of SoRDS while fulfilling the specific needs of the district and local communities of interest.

22      Any actions for Council’s consideration to be determined through this Project 3 process will be developed on the basis of a research approach to define the market opportunities for district local communities of interest.

23      It is intended the actions and associated implications of such will be incorporated into the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan process and be considered by Council, Executive Leadership Team and Activity Managers in developing Council’s strategic framework, strategies and activity management plans.

Issues

24      Council has endorsed the overall approach of community futures work and expressed a willingness to undertake the necessary big picture research and analytics work to inform the associated work programme going forward.

25      Project 3 is a natural next step and will link and align the previous BERL work to support associated work to be completed in preparing for the 2021 -2031 Long Term Plan development.

26      Timing is an important consideration for ensuring this work is completed in a timely manner so it can be used to inform and populate strategy and associated implications for activity management plans to ensure consistency of approach and standardisation of baseline data.

27      An important issue is to recognise and acknowledge Council’s community leadership function in supporting local community development and to enhance social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes for communities – ‘the four well-beings.’

Factors to Consider

Legal and Statutory Requirements

28      There are no legal or statutory requirements for Council to undertake this research and analysis work.

29      However, it is responsible and prudent for Council to commission and complete this work as it has identified as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan that this work is a priority for the upcoming 2021-2031 Long Term Plan processes and will assist in informing decisions that will come out of such processes in the future – which are a legal and statutory requirement for Council.

Community Views

30      Over the past 24 months Council has participated in various discussions, conversations and future thinking work that is needed to be undertaken to prepare for community futures across the district.

31      The overall community futures work stream and allocation of funding for such work was identified and consulted on as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan Consultation Document and associated submission process.

Costs and Funding

32      The completion of Project 3 as set out in the original BERL proposal will be completed from existing approved operational budgets for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Policy Implications

33      There are no policy implications in undertaking this work – but it should be noted as a result of the findings, proposed actions and subsequent decisions there may be implications for current policy and future policy considerations.

Analysis

Options Considered

34      There are two options available for consideration

·    Option 1 – to endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

·    Option 2 – Not to endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

Analysis of Options

Option 1 – Endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

Advantages

Disadvantages

·        Supports the approach to continue to invest in and undertake the ‘big picture research and analytics’ work to inform the associated work programme as part of the 2021-2031 LTP development process.

·        Allows officers to proceed in getting the required information together in a timely fashion and to undertake the required baseline research and analysis.

·        Assists in developing an overall organisation approach to support the long term planning requirements for Council into the future.

·        It provides a reasonable timeframe to prepare, adapt and adopt future position papers to be considered by Council and communities so any change processes can be developed and managed for best results for Council and communities.

·        Assists in supporting the delivery of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan strategic framework, strategic objectives and priorities identified and agreed by Council.

·        There are no disadvantages based on the previous support and endorsement provided by Council in support of this work being a priority to assist in future planning and decisionmaking processes.

 

Option 2 – Not to endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

Advantages

Disadvantages

·        There are no advantages when considering in the context of Council’s recently adopted 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

·        Does not support or allow for the required actions to deliver the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan strategic framework, strategic objectives and priorities identified and agreed by Council

 

Assessment of Significance

35      This project is not considered significant in relation to Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

Recommended Option

36      It is recommended that the Community and Policy Committee endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be?

Next Steps

37      If the Community and Policy Committee resolves to endorse engaging BERL to complete “BERL Helping to Shape Positive Community Futures - Project 3 Where do we actually want to be? then Council officers will liaise with BERL staff and commission the work to be undertaken and will manage the process accordingly.

 

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report. 

  


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures - Stage 2 - Where are we heading?

Record No:             R/18/5/10470

Author:                      Rex Capil, Group Manager Community and Futures

Approved by:         Steve Ruru, Chief Executive

 

  Decision                                        Recommendation                                  Information

 

 

Purpose

1        The purpose of this report is to provide the Community and Policy Committee with an update to the Community Futures Research and Analysis work being undertaken and specifically the BERL project ‘Shaping Positive Community Futures – Stage 2 Where are we heading?’ report attached.

 

Background

2        The Community and Policy Committee at its 17 May 2017 meeting resolved to:

·    Receive the report titled “Community Futures 2040”

·    Endorse the approach to undertake the ‘big picture research and analytics’ work to inform the associated work programme as part of the 2018-2028 LTP consultation process

·    Endorse the approach to proceed with scoping the next stage planning and implementation requirements post the initial ‘big picture research and analytics’ work and to report back to the Committee once scoped.

3        As a result Council officers worked alongside BERL to further develop the overall project scope. BERL prepared a proposal “How BERL can help shape positive community futures’ in June 2017.

4        The Community and Policy Committee at its 9 August meeting resolved to

·    Receive the report titled “Community Futures 2040 - Next Stage Planning and Implementation Requirements” dated 16 July 2017.

·    Endorse completion of Project 1 and Project 2 as set out in the proposal.

·    Consider the results of this work once completed to then determine the next steps for Project 3 and any associated work to be undertaken in 2018-2019.

5        BERL was commissioned to complete Project 1 and Project as set out in the proposal.

6        The Community and Policy Committee at its 8 February 2018 meeting resolved to

·    Receive the report titled “Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures Draft Compendium Report December 2017” dated 26 January 2018.

·    Endorse the report titled “Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures Draft Compendium Report December 2017” dated 26 January 2018.

·    Consider the results of “Project 1 – Where are we now?” work completed and provides any insights and direction to BERL who will undertake the “Project 2 – Where are we heading?” piece of work commissioned by Council.

7        Following the presentation to the Committee and receiving the associated feedback BERL has now completed the “Stage 2 – Where are we heading?” May 2018 report which is attached.

8        A BERL representative will be in attendance at this meeting to present and discuss the findings and receive feedback.

 

Southland District - Stage 2 – Where are we heading? May 2018 BERL report

9        This report presents business as usual projections for the Labour market of Southland District and the seven communities of interested as defined for this project.

10      The report is part two of a three part process related to shaping community futures in Southland District. A summary of the findings and projections are outlined in the attached report.

 

Key highlights and points for consideration

11      There are various key findings that highlight some high level points for consideration when considering implications for industry, local communities of interest, the Southland District and the Southland region.

12      Across Southland District there is projected to be a significant tightening of the labour market by 2033 “to a point where labour demand exceeds the entire population aged from 15 to 64 years old.”

13      In four of the identified communities of interest (Waihopai Toetoe, Winton-Wallacetown, Fiordland, Stewart Island Rakiura) by 2033 labour demand is projected to exceed labour supply.

14      In the other three identified communities of interest (North Eastern, Northern and Waiau Aparima) the labour market will tighten, although local labour supply is projected to remain greater than local demand.

15      Across the various communities there are a number of points required to be considered to ensure that the labour demand requirements are met. This includes, but is not limited to, further investigation and targeted strategies and investment in partnership with private sector industry and public sector agencies related to:

·    Retention of young people

·    Return of young people

·    Labour attraction – domestic and international

·    Encouraging more labour participation.

16      While these factors need to be considered for the specific requirements related to the Southland District and its rural communities it is also important consideration is given to issues related to the wider Southland region and New Zealand as a country.

17      The issues raised, while specifically relating to Southland District, are reflected on a global scale and are common and raise consistent issues across a number of rural provincial areas in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Where to from here?

18      It is recognised the “How BERL can help shape Positive Community Futures” project is important in laying the foundation for various planning and research and analytics work required to assist Council and Council staff in planning and making decisions for the future wellbeing of Southland District communities.

19      The proposed stage three work will build on the information presented in stage one and stage two and explore options available in each community.

20      The stage three work will look at how to overcome Southland community’s unique challenges and opportunities and the tightening labour markets to shape a positive future for each identified community of interest and the District as a whole.

 

Recommendation

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures - Stage 2 - Where are we heading?” dated 4 July 2018.

 

b)           Endorses the report titled “Southland District - Shaping Positive Community Futures - Stage 2 - Where are we heading?” dated 4 July 2018.

 

c)            Considers the results of the Southland District Stage 2 Where are we heading? BERL Report – May 2018 and provides feedback.

 

 

Attachments

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Venture Southland third quarter report 2017-18

Record No:             R/18/5/11321

Author:                      Bridget Napier, Communications Coordinator

Approved by:         Rex Capil, Group Manager Community and Futures

 

  Decision                                        Recommendation                                  Information

 

 

 

Purpose

1        This report provides an update on the key objectives, projects and performance measures for Venture Southland for the 2017/18 third quarter.

 

Recommendation

That the Community and Policy Committee:

a)            Receives the report titled “Venture Southland third quarter report 2017-18” dated 12 June 2018.

 

Attachments

a             Report to Community and Policy Committee - Venture Southland quarter three report 2017-18     

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

QUARTERLY REPORT

Third Quarter (January, February & March) 2017/18

This report contains a complete breakdown of Venture Southland’s key objectives/performance measures for 2017/18. The Venture Southland work programme was formulated out of the letter of expectation received from Southland’s three territorial local authorities.

Each measure has a commentary and a status provided; green for completed, orange for ongoing and red indicating work is yet to start.

Quarter three Highlights:

Burt Munro Challenge

Historically held in late November each year, the 2018 Burt Munro challenge moved to February in attempt to guarantee better weather. The move was a successful one with record numbers of participants and spectators converging on Invercargill for the challenge. The event featured a number of racing disciplines, including a Hill Climb, Beach racing, Circuit Racing, Speedway, and new to 2018, Drag racing. The Invercargill Honda street races that were scheduled for the last day of the challenge had to be called off due to a large oil spill on the track. Despite this disappointing end to the challenge, the Burt Munro Organising committee have said that the event is the biggest held to date with a 40% increase in rally attendees from the 2016 challenge.

What on Earth Colloquium

Venture Southland was a principal partner for the second What on Earth colloquium held at Te Papa in Wellington on 6 and 7 March.  The event was sold out, with 265 people from 118 organisations, across a variety of sectors attending. This included central and local Government, academic institutes, data industry, industry data users and the space industry.  84% of attendees rated the event, which set the strategic agenda for the sector for the next ten years and established a new community organisation, as very or extremely valuable. The event was a useful opportunity to profile Southland’s space industry and hold parallel meetings with international partners for new projects at Awarua Ground Station. Significant media coverage of the event was also achieved and follow up opportunities for Venture Southland have been actively pursued both within New Zealand and at an international level.

Dark Skies Project

The Dark Skies project was developed to assess astro-tourism opportunities in Southland. As part of this project Venture Southland carried out a survey during the quarter to assess community support of a Dark Sky Sanctuary on Stewart Island. The results of the survey showed strong support for the creation of an internationally accredited Dark Sky Sanctuary on the island. Worldwide interest in the southern night sky and the Aurora Australis means a dark sky accreditation would promote Stewart Island internationally as a top night sky observation destination.The community survey was undertaken in partnership with the Stewart Island Promotion Association following an assessment that determined the island’s night skies to be of the quality required for official Dark Sky Sanctuary status. Venture Southland is exploring funding options to assist in the preparation of an official application to the International Dark Skies Association.

Oats

Venture Southland continues to work with leading parties to establish an oat-based industry in the Southland region. Group manager for business and strategic projects, Steve Canny and Business services manager Alistair Adam represented Venture Southland at a trial in Singapore to verify the formulations of beverages made with Southland Oats. The trial involved manufacturing oat-based health and wellness products, such as skin creams, medications, yoghurt, energy replacement drinks and desserts. The trial determined that Southland oats produce unique formulations that perform extremely well in blind tastings. Following the success of the trial Venture Southland is now looking to secure investment for the production of high-end oat-based food products and nutraceuticals for the Asian-pacific market.

Kia Ora Magazine

The Southland region was promoted as a feature article in the March edition of the Kia Ora magazine. Kia Ora magazine is a complementary inflight magazine that has a readership of 357,000. The article highlighted the growing attraction for New Zealand’s southernmost region, with Venture Southland playing a key role in the article’s development. Venture Southland was approached by Laura Williamson, a freelance journalist based in Wanaka, to help develop an itinerary that would showcase the very best of Southland for the article. As the regional tourism organisation for Southland Venture Southland has strong connections with tourism and trade operators that result in extensive and exciting itineraries being developed. This is just one example of where Venture Southland has provided support for media representatives in promoting the region to national and international markets.

International Education

Southland’s education providers were showcased at several events around Latin America in March as Joice Dondalski, International education manager, attended the Education New Zealand Latin American Roadshow. At the roadshow associated events Joice met with 57 educational agents and more than 270 potential students from Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.  Venture Southland has produced promotional flyers translated to Portuguese and Spanish to resonate better with Latin American markets.   Venture Southland is now working to consolidate the relationships and evaluating new international markets to promote Southland as an international education destination.


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Regional Statistics

Priority Area: Increase in Population

SOURCE: 2013 CENSUS

Population

93,339

+2,463                                                                

Up on 2006 Census

 

 

 

                                                                                      

Projected 30 June 2017

98,400

 

Source: MBIE Regional statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NZ

Population Over 65

16.8%

+0.4%

between 30 June 2016 and 2017

 

15.1%   

At 30 June 2017 

 

Priority Area: Increase in Regional GDP

SOURCE: MBIE Regional Economic Activity Tool[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 NZ

GDP Per Capita

$57,902

Year to Mar 2017

7.3%

% change between 2016 and 2017, year to March

 

 $57,002

For the year to March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional GDP[2]

$5.7 billion YE Mar 2017

$60 million

On YE Mar 2017

 

 

 

Priority Area: Increase in Number of New Businesses

SOURCE: Stats NZ (2017) Geographic units by region and industry 2000-17[3]

Southland Business Units

14,019

 

2017

 

 

 

 

New Businesses

30

Down on 2016

 

Priority Area: Increase in Job Opportunities

SOURCE: MBIE Regional Economic Activity Tool (Year to December 2017)[4]

 

 

 

 

 

NZ

 

Participation Rate

73.2%

-2.4%

 

 70.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate

4.5%

-0.5%

 

 4.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEET Rate (15 to 24 year olds not in employment, education and training)

11.5%

-2.3%

 

 11.8%

 


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Job Seeker Benefit Recipients by Territorial Local Authority (TLA)

Source: Ministry of Social Development: December Quarter 2017[5]

 

March Quarter Total

 

December Quarter Total

 

March 18-24 age total

 

Dec Quarter

18-24 age Total

Gore District

302

333

 

110

130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invercargill City

1372

1,627

 

551

691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southland District

371

407

 

127

154

 

Commentary on Job Seeker Benefit Recipients statistics

The decrease in job seeker benefit recipient numbers for the March quarter could be attributed to seasonality with many shearers and freezing work employees returning to work during the quarter, and also the increase in tourism opportunities across the region.

 

Priority Area: Increase in Household Income

Source: MBIE 2017[6]

 

Southland

 

 

 

New Zealand

Mean Household Income

$74,100

For 2017

-14.5%

down on 2016

 

$97,100

For 2017

 

The 14.5% decrease in mean household income for the Southland region is thought to be an anomaly in the data, as to date year end reports have been steadily increasing. This will be reviewed next quarter to assess if there is a developing trend.

 

 

Mean Weekly Rent

$242

year to August 2017

4.2%

Between the year to Jan 2017 and 2018

 

$433

Year to January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mean House Value

$273,870

year to December 2017

+8.6%

Between year to December 2016 & 2017

 

$671,145

Year to December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deprivation Index*

5.0

 2013 Census

 

0.2

Change between  2006 and 2013

 

NZ: 5.4

2013 Census

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Household Internet Access

71.6%

   2013 Census

 

18.5% between 2006 and 2013

 

76.8%

 2013 Census

 

*The New Zealand deprivation is an index of socioeconomic deprivation based on census information. Meshblocks (the smallest geographic area defined by statistics New Zealand) are assigned to deciles, with 1 representing least deprived areas, and 10 representing most deprived areas.

Commentary on Household Income Statistics

 

Priority Area: Increase in Number Visitor Nights and Occupancy Rate

SOURCE: STATISTICS NZ COMMERCIAL ACCOMODATION MONITOR YEAR END (YE) Dec 2017

*Statistics are from commercial sources only

Total Expenditure Southland Region

7.6%

$606 million YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

·    Southland RTO Expenditure*

7.6%

$399 million YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

·    Fiordland RTO Expenditure*

7.6%

$222 million YE Dec 2017

*Revised figures not yet available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Guest Nights

Total Southland RTO Guest Nights

1.4%

445,611 YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

·    Southland RTO International Guest Nights

10.2%

163,910 YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

·    Southland RTO Domestic Guest Nights

-3.2%

177,280 YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Guest Nights

Total Fiordland RTO Guest Nights

8.2%

686,051 YE Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

·    Fiordland RTO International Guest Nights

10.4%

508,772 YE Dec 2017 

 

 

 

 

·    Fiordland RTO Domestic Guest Nights

2.6%

177,280 YE Dec 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupancy Rate

Total Southland Region Occupancy Rate by territorial local authority

40.8%

1.7% up on YE Dec 2016

 

 

 

 

·    Overall Invercargill Occupancy Rate

39.2%

0.4% down on YE Dec 2016 

 

 

 

 

·    Overall Southland District Occupancy Rate

41.2%

2.2% up on YE Dec 2016   

 

 

 

 

·    Overall Gore District Occupancy rate

44.2%

2% up on YE Dec 2016   

 

Commentary on revisions made to Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs)

In late January 2018, MBIE published revised MRTEs data based on benchmarking against the Tourism Satellite Account. There are significant methodology issues related to these figures at a National level, particularly related to the International Visitor Survey. The implications for the Southland region are as follows (All figures are October 2017):

-     Overall 2017 spend has been revised down 4% to $606 million from $628 million.  This reduces the annual increase in spend from 2016 from 9.5% to 6%

-     International spend has been revised down 12% to $234 million from $266 million.  This reduces the increase in spend from 2016 from 18.4% to 11%

-     Domestic spend has been revised up 3% from $362 million to $373 million.  This increases the increase in spend from 2016 from 3.7% to 4%


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1. Regional Strategies, Assessments and Advocacy

As Venture Southland is not confined by traditional council boundaries, it is uniquely positioned to promote and provide direction for the whole Southland region.  This includes the planning and development of strategies that ensure a clear pathway forward for the region that aligns with local and central government and the wider industry and community.

Prioritisation of key projects across the region allows for efficient and appropriate allocation of resource as well as successful implementation.

Venture Southland advocates on behalf of the Southland region at a national level and continues to work closely with central government for the benefit of Southland.

 

 

Status

Notes

1.1

Support the implementation of the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan

UNDERWAY

Venture Southland (VS) continues to support the implementation of the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan with 25 of the projects listed facilitated and/or implemented by Venture Southland.

 

A meeting was held with Sarah Hannan and Sarah Brown in March 2018 to confirm project transition from the Southland Regional Development Strategy office to Venture Southland for the other projects outlined in the Action Plan.

 

VS CEO and MBIE regional advisor will meet every four weeks to oversee this transition.

1.2

Southland Destination Strategy

 

UNDERWAY

VS is facilitating the development of the Southland Destination Strategy which is a key project identified in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan. 

The advisory group, which will guide the development process, is currently being established. Once established the group will outline a proposal for an external consultant to undertake the work. 

1.3

Southland Digital Strategy

 

COMPLETE

Strategy is complete and available for review.

1.4

Southland Regional Heritage

 

ONGOING

Strategic regional planning of heritage continues with VS playing a key coordination and support role.  Some projects include Project Arc (Regional Museum Digitisation and Storage Project) as well as museum redevelopment at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery (SMAG), Andersons House and the Living Dinosaur experience. 

 

This involves partnering with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to review all funding options.

 

 

1.5

Advocate on behalf of the region for services/revenue

ONGOING

Work is currently being undertaken with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) regarding telecommunications, roading and cycling. 

 

Venture Southland is also involved in discussions of key tourism issues at a national level relating to freedom camping, Airbnb and social license of tourism to operate.

1.6

Regional response to Central Government tenders and submissions

ONGOING

Ongoing – as required


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2. Destination Development

There are a number of exciting new projects and initiatives which will contribute to Southland’s goals of attracting 10,000 new people by 2025 and generating $1billion tourism revenue.  One of the areas of focus is developing Southland as a destination for visitors, students, prospective migrants and investors, while retaining Southland’s current residents.

The destination development section of the business plan overlaps with almost all other sections and reflects the integrated approach of Venture Southland. This involves a number of projects which aim to develop Southland as a destination, including international education, attraction and retention of a skilled workforce and commissionable trade tourism products.

Venture Southland has and will continue to be instrumental in laying the foundations for a number of tourism projects. This includes facilitating feasibility studies and investigation (including the provision of market insights and data) through to project planning and working alongside community and central government funders to attract external funding and investment.

International Education and Attraction and Retention of a Skilled Workforce are shown as separate sections due to the scale of these activities.

Please note that the Southland Destination Strategy (see 1.2) is a key plan currently under development which aligns directly with destination development but has a wider brief to look at overall management and sustainability alongside growth.

 

 

Status

Notes

2.1

Market Analysis and Statistics

 

Work alongside Statistics New Zealand and MBIE to source and interpret statistics and market insights.

ONGOING

Three monthly tourism key indicator documents published in the last quarter.

 

VS participated in the MBIE Tourism Domain Plan review into how tourism data is gathered and analysed. It is also contributing to the review of the International Visitor Survey (IVS).

 

Qrious reviewed methodology and recommenced work on travel patterns analysis.

2.2

Market Insights Data Project

 

Work alongside Air New Zealand, MBIE to identify and test key regional themes for Southland Identity.

 

ONGOING

 

This project overlaps with the Southland Story project and VS is providing support as required.

2.3

Regional Event Strategy and Development

YET TO

START

 

A review of the strategy, including consultation, is to be undertaken.

2.4

Assist Invercargill City Council (ICC) with the Inner City Rejuvenation Project

 

ONGOING

VS will provide assistance to this project as requested by ICC.  Key projects could be supported in a variety of ways including preparation of funding applications.

2.5

Southland Cycling Strategy (Referred to as “Ride Southland”)

ONGOING

A complete draft of the strategy has been adopted by Gore District Council and is moving through the ICC, Southland District Council (SDC) and Environment Southland (ES) processes.

 

A submission to ES prepared as part of Regional Land Transport Plan.

 

Support is being provided to ICC regarding the development of alternative cycle trail routes between Invercargill and Bluff.

2.6

Southern NZ Cruise Strategy

ONGOING

VS recently contributed to the review of Environment Southland’s Cruise Deed of Agreement associated with the Marine Fee.  Work has begun on establishing a forum for review of the strategy and partnership with key stakeholders including Cruise NZ continues

2.7

Catlins Tourism Strategy 2016-2026

ONGOING

VS has provided support to both Catlins Coast and South Catlins Charitable Trust on the implementation of the strategy. This has included considering the impact of the Tumu Toka Curioscape project and associated infrastructure projects as well as freedom camping.  Recent work involved partnering with Clutha District Council to look at the provision of tourism infrastructure and desire of community to view the Catlins as a ‘whole’.

2.8

Tumu Toka Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre (Referred to as “Tumu Toka Curioscape”)

 

ONGOING

VS is supporting the South Catlins Charitable Trust with final accountability and funding elements of Tumu Toka Curioscape, as well as ongoing reporting which is required for the next three years.

Additional support is being provided to the operators to support their business success. This includes engaging an external consultant to review marketing and customer service.

The official opening for Tumu Toka Curioscape is planned for Friday, 20 July 2018 and Venture Southland is supporting overall planning for the event.

2.9

Southland Museum and Art Gallery (SMAG)

 

ONGOING

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery (SMAG) was closed indefinitely to the public in April due to safety concerns of the museum buildings. 

 

The outcomes of the ICC’s Long Term Plan (LTP) will determine direction of associated priority projects and VS will provide support and resource where required.

2.10

Anderson Park

 

COMPLETE

Option 4 (shared revenue, multi-use model) of Anderson House proposal was investigated with final report presented to ICC for consideration and inclusion in Long Term Planning process.

 

While this work is complete ICC have indicated they may require further support with the next steps of the project depending on the outcome of their LTP consultation.

2.11

Tourism Industry Capability Building

Hold workshops building capability of current and future tourism operators.

ONGOING

One trade development workshop held with Tourism New Zealand.

 

Digital, trade marketing and health & safety workshops have been scheduled for later in the year.

2.12

MBIE Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF)

 

Assist Council staff to prepare and support applications to this fund.

 

ONGOING

Coordinated the submission of an application to the TIF for funding to upgrade the Lumsden Railway Precinct on behalf of SDC in October 2017 which resulted in a successful allocation of $220,000.

 

MBIE have recently announced the second round of this fund and Venture Southland is currently preparing 2 applications for both the Invercargill City Council and the Southland District Council relating to Bluff, Waikawa, Monkey Island, Clifden Bridge and Te Anau.

 

2.13

Support applications to the MBIE Tourism Growth Partnership Fund

COMPLETE

This fund is no longer in existence.

2.14

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail operational requirements

ONGOING

Support provided through marketing initiatives including the Official Partner Programme (OPP) (accommodation, tour, and food/beverage operators along the trail) and national marketing – with the SDC and ATMCT Ltd.

 

Reported back to all OPP members on trail development and marketing.

 

Supported the development of new contracts, alongside SDC.

 

Planning currently underway for the reprinting of maps.

2.15

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail interpretation project

ONGOING

Implementation of this project is underway alongside SDC, including site selection and signage design 

2.16

Living Dinosaur Project

(formerly known as “Kakaporium”)

 

ONGOING

The feasibility of the project has been assessed and report presented to ICC. 

 

Negotiations are commencing with DOC and potential commercial partners.  Venture is providing a range of support including project coordination through to support for inclusion in the Council’s Long Term Plan.

 

 The Long Term Plan consultation process will determine the direction of the project and VS will continue to provide support and resource as required.


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26 July 2018

 

3. Diversification of Southland’s Economy

Venture Southland works to identify opportunities for investment which are complementary with the regional economy and ensure they are promoted to relevant domestic and international markets. Venture Southland’s role is to investigate the potential of these opportunities to broaden Southland’s economic base.

This area is significant to reduce Southland’s dependency on a narrow range of industries.  This also creates jobs through the formation of new industries and within the support services. Some of the projects are ongoing. It is important to have relevant and up to date information available so that when the time is right, an investor will take up the opportunity.

 

 

Status

Notes

3.1

Aeromagnetic Geological Survey

ONGOING

Final flying for the Southland region will take place in summer 2018/2019 with interpretation of the data to follow.  

A brief has been produced for a local science partner to undertake further analysis in 2018. This work rests on the completion of the initial data sourcing work as outlined above.

3.2

Awarua and Lochiel Ground stations

 

Deliver services to five satellite and space organisations.

ONGOING

An intern from the University of Canterbury has been on site since February to help with installations and site upgrades, under the supervision of the Ground Segment and Engineering Manager.

 

Negotiations for ground station services have commenced with three additional agencies over the last three months.

 

Venture Southland was able to provide critical support to Rocket Lab’s Electron Launcher ‘Still Testing’ from its Southland ground stations and will also provide support to the next launch window which opens in April/May 2018.

 

The potential for a ground operations centre is being scoped and forward contract for services with CSST being discussed. Expert input into strategic and financial planning has commenced with the support from NZTE. Additional negotiations for two potential new contracts were undertaken at the What on Earth Colloquium in Wellington on 6 and 7 March

3.3

Identify film opportunities for the region

Aim for 52 production days for the year.

 

 

 

 

ONGOING

This work is ongoing alongside Film Otago Southland.

 

The final statistics regarding production and filming days are not released until June so an update on production numbers will be supplied then.

3.4

Promote opportunities for investment

 

Facilitate six significant investment opportunities.

ONGOING

Investment opportunities being worked through include:

·    Oat based health and wellness foods.

·    Radio science related investments.

·    Agriculture and food manufacturing.

Applications have been made to the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Strategic Investment Fund to assist with further scoping of space sector opportunities and Oat based health and wellness foods.

3.5

Tourism product development

Assist in bringing eight new tourism products to the market

ONGOING

In depth business cases have been completed for ICC for the Living Dinosaur and Anderson Park projects as well as the Tumu Toka Curioscape project in the Catlins.

Fifteen small tourism operators have been assisted in the quarter, four of whom have brought their product to market in the last quarter.

 

Diagrams showing completed and planned tourism products across the region can be seen in the additional information section at the end of this report.


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26 July 2018

 

4. Business Service Efficiency and Competitiveness

Venture Southland offers business services to Southland businesses, such as business advice referral services, funding support, and facilitating mentoring services as part of the national Regional Business Partner Programme with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand.

 

This support ensures Southland businesses are operating as efficiently as possible, and are therefore competitive in the marketplace.  Venture Southland has a range of services including Lean Manufacturing, Lean Dairy (Farm Tune) and workshops to drive efficiency.  This is especially important given the labour market challenges highlighted in the Southland Labour Market Strategy.

 

Innovation and the development of innovative processes are critical to the ongoing competitiveness of Southland businesses.  Venture Southland is able to support businesses through the Callaghan Research and Development funding.  Processes and programmes will continue to be developed to support Southland businesses with innovation and development.

 

 

 

Status

Notes

4.1

Facilitate the Regional Business

Partner Programme

 

ONGOING

The delivery of the Regional Business Partnership is ongoing throughout the year.

 

$200,000 in funding allocated to Southland businesses

 

ONGOING

Over 80% of the funds have been allocated. To ensure fair and even access of the funds careful monitoring of allocation is being applied. This year the allocation of annual funding is $220,000.

 

$178,543.15 of matched funding has been allocated to date to support SMEs with access to business training.

 

VS is currently working with NZTE to look at accessing additional support funding.

 

Facilitate 50 mentor client matches and train 50 mentors

ONGOING

There has been steady growth in the mentors programme over the last quarter.

 

There are now 55 mentors trained.

 

Over 30 matches have been made in this year. Growth in the numbers of mentors will allow increased matches to be made throughout the year.

 

Allocate $250,000 from the Callaghan Innovation and Development Fund

 

ONGOING

Over five million dollars of funding has been approved to date for the 2017/18 year.

 

A number of high value projects are currently in the pipeline, with potential for funding of over $750,000.

 

Connections are being established with the Callaghan Innovation research and technical services team to provide support around new projects.

A Callaghan Innovation business event “Succeed in a Changing World” was run on the 14th March with over 80 businesses participating. This event has resulted in an increase in enquiries about funding and services available through VS.

 

Complete 140 client business assessments

ONGOING

161 client assessments/discovery sessions have been undertaken to date this year. This is 107% of NZTE target with 75% of the contract period completed.

 

The net promoter score of the programme is 63 to date, exceeding the annual KPI of 50 for the year. This score ranks Venture Southland 5th out of 14 National Regional Business Partners.

4.2

Innovation support and

Programmes

 

Deliver workshops as a need is identified

ONGOING

Creative HQ Innovation and Accelerator programme commenced in early December with Stewart Fleming appointed to the role.

 

18 businesses are currently being supported by this programme in their innovation journey.

 

Work is ongoing with Creative HQ around the business innovation support platform to ensure appropriate functionality is tailored to the needs of local businesses.

 

Callaghan Innovation’s “Succeed in a Changing World” was a successful event, with over 80 local businesses attending.

 

The programme has many events planned for the remainder of the year including a Tech Week, a start-up weekend and Design Thinking workshops.

4.3

Business training and support

 

 

Deliver training as a need is identified.

ONGOING

New programmes have been identified on various topics including future jobs, design thinking, retail and digital enablement.

 

Planning is underway to identify training that can be delivered in 2018.

4.4

Conduct a survey of Southland businesses

ONGOING

The fourth annual Southland business survey began on the April, 10 and concludes on the May, 10.

 

Early responses have been encouraging with good promotion of the survey through partners and the media.

 

Analysis will be undertaken during May with results to be released at the beginning of June.

 

 

4.5

Deliver LEAN Management training to   seven businesses

ONGOING

Planning for the 2018 programme is underway with initial responses from businesses being positive.

 

LEAN Training and support will be delivered in 2018 through a series of smaller more focused workshops that cater for a broader audience.

Deliver Dairy Lean to 12 farm

ONGOING

Work is underway with DairyNZ for the delivery of the 2018 Farm Tune programme with support from the Regional Business Partner Programme.

30 Businesses attend other Lean support initiatives

ONGOING

The 5s, small business improvement programmes and LEAN forums are currently planned for 2018 with promotion of these events currently underway for attraction of business attendance.

4.6

Methane recovery

Continue to investigate the opportunity for capturing methane from effluent ponds and converting it to energy

ONGOING

Monitoring of methane at Glenearla farm under a contract funded by EECA has started.

 

Additional scoping to support an application for further assessment through the waste minimisation fund has also commenced.

 

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

5. Attracting and Retaining a Skilled Workforce

Southland, like other regions, is facing a workforce shortage due to an aging population. For business to grow, skilled staff are required. Venture     Southland is active in attracting migrants to the region, and also ensuring the skilled workers remain in the region. Without people, new businesses and new industries cannot develop, and existing industries cannot be extended.

 

Venture Southland signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016 with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Immigration New Zealand based on prior initiatives and collaboration to build on regional migrant settlement and retention strategies. The agreement assists in the implementation of the Southland Labour Market Strategy.

 

 

 

Status

Notes

5.1

Work with MBIE and Immigration New Zealand to implement the Southland Labour Market Strategy.

 

ONGOING

Work is ongoing with MBIE and Immigration NZ regarding implementation of the strategy.

 

VS has partnered with MBIE to deliver a regional migrant skills placement role to assist skilled migrants, and spouses of skilled migrants, in finding meaningful employment.

 

A Welcoming Communities partnership has also been established.

 

All roles within the labour market team are now filled including;

·    Southland Labour Market Coordinator

·    Skills Placement Coordinator

·    Welcoming Communities Coordinator

·    Southland Youth Futures Coordinator

5.2

Southland Youth Futures – Invest in Youth

 

Deliver in-school programmes to over 1200 secondary students across Southland.

 

ONGOING

Work is ongoing with schools and students to connect with support programmes.

 

Delivery for the 2018 Southland Youth Futures programme delivery is underway. The Southland Youth Futures school delivery typically has a focus period of the first half of the calendar year, as it fits better within school timetables. Already in-schools talks have been delivered to six schools with on-site visits planned.

 

All secondary schools in Southland are part of this programme and see it as a critical link between youth and local career options.

Deliver 12 workplace site visit days

ONGOING

Work place visits are scheduled for the second half of 2018 with dates to be finalised in early May.

 

These site visits follow-on from the broader career information provided during the school careers talks.

Have over 30 ‘youth friendly’ employers in the region

 

COMPLETE

45 youth friendly employers have registered as part of the programme.

 

The increasing number of enquiries from employers will assist ongoing work to increase this number.

5.3

Build partnerships to drive migrant attraction and retention

 

ONGOING

The Southland labour market coordinator continues to develop strong partnerships that drive the attraction and retention of skilled workers.

 

Programmes such as the skills placement role further enhance this activity with good connections and networks established with employers and recruitment agencies. Workshops focused on migrant retention are also being delivered in partnership with MBIE.

 

Partnership established with MBIE around the development and delivery of the i-SITE attraction programme.

5.4

Rural migrant working and newcomers project (now Known as “Te Anau Ambassador Pilot”)

ONGOING

SDC have provided the project brief and implementation will soon begin.

 

The project will no longer be focused on Te Anau as community feedback determined that there were already welcoming mechanisms in place.

 

Research will be carried out to determine a new location to develop this pilot project.

5.5

MBIE i-SITE Attraction Pilot

(see 7.10)

ONGOING

See 7.10 for full update.

Venture Southland is facilitating a national pilot project in partnership with MBIE to investigate the potential to transition visitors into migrants using the Invercargill i-SITE.

 

5.6

Welcoming Communities Pilot (see 9.6 Community Development)

 

ONGOING

Southland was selected as one of five regions across New Zealand to participate in the MBIE Welcoming Communities Pilot.  To date progress has included:

 

-    Feedback provided for the national standard which has now been confirmed

-    Reports prepared for three Councils and other stakeholders including iwi and Community Trust of Southland.

-    Confirmation of total funding to deliver the project and funding contracts entered into.

-    Establishment of advisory group which will assist to drive the pilot programme.

-    Benchmarking process which all Councils will undertake in preparation for the development of the Welcoming Plan has been completed.

-    Participation in the national stakeholder pilot group continues.

-    Welcoming Plan draft has been developed and is currently being consulted on alongside the Advisory Group and MBIE.

-    This plan will be confirmed by end of June and implementation of key projects will follow.

 

 

5.7

Pathways to employment

 

Work with Education New Zealand, local education providers and industries to provide pathways for graduating international students into employment

ONGOING

The first Southland Pop Up Job Shop was held in Invercargill from 4-9 September 2017 and showcased the number, and range of jobs, available in Southland at that time. 520 people visited the Pop Up Job Shop and over 100 people had free interviews with Southern Directionz staff. The initiative exceeded job seeker and publicity expectations.

 

The second Pop Up Job Shop was held in April 2018. Building on the success of the 2017 event, the 2018 shop increased the number of workshops with recruiters, employers and support agencies and was delivered in Invercargill, Te Anau and Gore. The initiative was a success with over 500 jobs on offer across the region.

 

The MBIE funded skills placement role provides a direct connection between skilled migrants and employer needs, with a particular focus on skilled spouses and students.

 

Previous events to promote pathways to employment have included job speed-dating evenings.

 

 

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

6. International Education

Venture Southland administers the Education New Zealand Regional Partnership Programme for Southland.  This is designed to support the development and growth of international education in selected regions of New Zealand. It is a partnership and collaboration between international education providers, local educational groups, local government, economic development agencies, and the international education industry.

 

Over the past decade the international education sector in Southland has developed increasingly with significant investment, relationship building, direct marketing and delegations overseas. These initiatives have resulted in a steady growth in international student numbers in the Southland region.

 

 

 

Status

Notes

6.1

Partner with Education New Zealand (ENZ) to develop the implementation phase of the Southern Education Strategy. 

 

COMPLETE

VS works in partnership with Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the regional education providers as part of its Regional Partnership Programme (RPP).

 

The Southern Regional International Education Implementation Plan 2017-2020 has been developed based on the initial strategy put forward in November 2016. The plan has been approved by Education New Zealand.

 

Education New Zealand have confirmed funding arrangements and contract for the 2017/18 period.

Establish the Southern Education Alliance (SEA) Governance group

COMPLETE

A SEA Governance Group has been formed to discuss the programme roll out across the region. Discussions have included the business plan for 2018, the development of the International Education Prospectus and regional school contacts, marketing material and confirmation of the Study Southland brand.

Set targets for the region based on current market trends

COMPLETE

The recently submitted plan to Education New Zealand for the 2017/18 financial period breaks down the actions required to align the six goals identified in the strategy.

 

This includes timeframes, success measures, who is lead agency, and identifies the total budget per annum.

 

Promote Southland as a destination for students

COMPLETE

The first International Study Workshop was held on the 23 November 2017 and hosted by Study Southland, another workshop is planned for mid-2018.

 

The international education manager has prepared a submission for the Ministry of Education for projects related to the International Student Wellbeing Strategy (ISWS).

 

This proposal has been successful in securing additional funding to assist in hosting international students in Southland.

Southland was promoted as a preferred destination for international students at the Latin America Road show in Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil over February and March.

 

VS hosted the Argentina Ambassador - His Excellency Mr Fausto Lopez Crozet, on behalf of the Southland Councils, during his visit to Southland and Queenstown on the 20th February 2018.  The Ambassador is was keen to build relationships in Southland and explore opportunities within the tourism, education, agriculture and fishing sectors.

Develop generic marketing collateral, aligned to the Southland Destination Strategy and Southland Labour Market Strategy

COMPLETE

International Education prospectus for Study Southland developed and 1000 copies delivered to education providers and councils in the region.

 

1000 USB pens also developed for use at Expos, and to easily provide agents with promotional material.

 

 

Facilitate the development of the Southern Education Alliance website.

 

 

Develop branding for Southern

Education Alliance

ONGOING

Southland as a preferred international education destination is currently promoted via the Southlandnz.com website. 

 

The website will continue to be developed as we progress forward with the strategy and operational planning. The SEA Governance Group is very pleased with the progress to date and outcomes achieved to support the growth of the international sector in Southland.

 

Consultation with Education New Zealand (ENZ) and education providers is underway to identifying marketing opportunities and new agents for education providers.

 


 

7. Destination Promotion

Venture Southland is focused on maximising the regional benefits of increasing the number of tourists for the region. Promotion of the region nationally and internationally through consistent marketing and communication to strengthen the Southland brand is essential to drive demand, alongside product development which gives reasons to spend more and stay longer.  Venture Southland will continue to build Southland as a destination and the evolution of the Southland identity to market to New Zealand and the world, which in turn attracts visitors that support the private and public operations in the region.

 

Partnerships that have been developed over numerous years are essential to promote Southland.  This is through marketing alliances where different organisations or regions pool financial and human resources to leverage greater promotional opportunities, or through relationships developed at a national level within entities that include Tourism New Zealand, Tourism in Aotearoa (TIA), Air New Zealand, Cruise New Zealand, Region Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ), CINZ, and DOC.

 

Destination promotion within Venture Southland includes Attraction and Retention of a Skilled Workforce and International Education. However, as these are significant areas of focus, these are presented in sections 5 and 6 respectively. Also note the importance of 1.6 the Southland Destination Plan in providing an overall regional blueprint.

 

 

 

Status

Notes

7.1

Conduct 18 marketing and promotional campaigns

ONGOING

Three marketing and promotional campaigns undertaken for the quarter (13 undertaken to date in total).

Four campaigns are in development

1.        1st of the Season (Savour the South)

2.        Southern Steel - Social Media Campaign (Preparation)

3.        People of Southland - Content Campaign (Preparation)

4.        TravelWireAsia

5.        Neuseland News

6.        Southland NZ V2.0 (preparation)

7.        Southern Rumble - SPW (preparation)

 

7.2

Tourism publicity and media engagement

ONGOING

For a detailed listed of media engagement and tourism publicity please see additional notes at the conclusion of the report.

Generate 96 media pieces

COMPLETE

57 media results have been achieved for the quarter and

158 media results have been recorded to date, more than achieving the set target of 96.

 

Highlights for the quarter include Kia Ora magazine’s Southern Stars feature, North and South Catlins Story and @youngadventuress Hump Ridge Track coverage.

Coordinate 18 media famils

ONGOING

Five media famils have been conducted during the quarter, with 19 carried out in total to date.

 

A highlight of the quarter includes the media famils that were coordinated for international media such as Zeit Online, Germany and Wanderlust Magazine, UK

7.3

Tourism supply and trade development

Engage with 200 agents

ONGOING

Simon von Tunzelman appointed as new Trade and Relations Coordinator at the start of this quarter.

33 agents have been engaged with during the quarter with 182 engaged with to date for the year.

 

For further information on this engagement please see additional notes at conclusion of the report.

Attend minimum of four trade shows

ONGOING

Preparation is currently underway for attendance in Australian Mega Famil and TRENZ.

To date three trade shows have been attended for the year.

Present regional profile and product offerings of 70 Southland operators

COMPLETE

The trade manual, profiling regional offerings and showcasing Southland as a preferred conference and trade destination is now complete.

Coordinate 10 trade famils

ONGOING

One trade famil conducted during the quarter with Tourism New Zealand – North China.

Nine trade famils have been completed for the year to date.

Participate in eight international marketing alliance (IMA) activities

ONGOING

Participation in three IMA activities to date.

Develop three trade itineraries

COMPLETE

Four trade itineraries have been developed, achieving the set target of three.

7.4

Digital Marketing

 

Obtain top three ranking for regional search engine searches

COMPLETE

Maintained the number one and two ranking for regional search engine searches, achieving the target of a top three ranking.

 

Anke Ruwette appointed as new Digital Marketing Coordinator, as maternity cover for Maree Boyle.

Growth of website traffic (+10%)

ONGOING

126% of the website traffic target has been achieved through the first 3 quarters. This achievement has been based on TravelWireEast campaign and new content.

For more information on this please see additional notes.

Growth of operator listing on Southlandnz to 420 (+19%)

COMPLETE

There has been significant growth in operator listings on Southlandnz with 441 listings (+25%) live on page, with a total of 1309 listings (+211%) in the database. Currently working on the development of SouthlandNZ 2.0 to launch new listings.

Growth of consumer/trade/ industry databases (+8%)

COMPLETE

There has been a 1% growth in consumer/trade/industry databases for the quarter (annual growth of 13% of databases).

Growth of social media engagement (+12%)

ONGOING

To date 97% of the social media engagement growth target has been achieved.

 

For more information on this please see additional notes.

7.5

Southland promotional merchandise

ONGOING

Southland promotional materials created and shared including posters, bags, beanies, pens, duck callers and tea towels. Further materials being developed include chocolates, key rings, blankets, bandanas and table runners.

 

Destination Fiordland

7.6

Marketing via Destination Fiordland

ONGOING

Continued promotion of Fiordland through the weekly newsletter, Fast Facts. This newsletter is engaged with well by those on the distribution list with an average of 42.59% of people reading the information each week.

 

Attendance of Destination Fiordland at key meetings throughout the quarter;

 

·    Southern Lakes IMA (February)

·    South Meeting with Tourism New Zealand, MBIE, TIA and RTNZ to discuss Fiordland and the RTO working relationships (March)

 

Destination Fiordland representation at trade shows over the quarter:

·    RTO Workshop in Sydney (February)

·    South East Asia training (March)

·    Tourism New Zealand in bound Operator days. 160 inbound operators engaged with (Auckland)

 

Destination Fiordland arranged and coordinated the Tourism New Zealand famil for Ingo Feiertag of Germany.

 

Conference Attraction

7.7

Promote Southland as a conference destination and support potential conferences

 

Develop relationships with national conference sector (including  Professional Conference Organisers) and local conference sector providers

ONGOING

28 conferences held during the quarter (67 conferences have been held to date). Conferences held during the January to March 2018 quarter:

18/01 Rayonier

20/01 Jehovah Witness Conference

23/01 Southland Bowls

29/01 Warrant Officers Training Conference

29/01 NZ Blood

30/01 Probus East

24/2 Highlands Motorsport Park Members Dinner

28/2 Classic Holidays Roadshow

28/02 Southpac Trucks

01/03 Central Friendship Group

07/03 Southland Interagency Forum

07/03 Site Safe

08/03 Christian Women Communicating international

08/03 Industry Systems Management

08/03 Invercargill combined friendship group

12/03 60’s up movement

12/03 Faculty of Law

12/03 Statistics NZ

13/03 Real Estate Conference

15/03 UBT Conference

16/03 NZPI Southland

20/03 Mitre Ten

20/03 REAP conference

21/03 Otago/Southland Regional Dairy Awards

21/03 NZEI

21/03 DIA

27/03 Probus East

27/03 Farmlands

30/03 Jaguar Car Rally

Provision of bid support information

COMPLETE

The bid template and Conference Manual has been finalised. Investigation is currently underway into interactive digitisation of this via Southlandnz.com

Coordinate the Conference Incentive Fund

ONGOING

Coordination of the conference incentive fund continues alongside the ILT.

Prospect 50 conference opportunities, undertaking 12 bids to attract six additional conferences

ONGOING

15 conferences prospected during the January to March quarter (see 7.7)

 

37 conferences prospected to date.

Represent the region through four events, activities and industry channels

COMPLETE

Representation at 3 event (8 to date)

Conference Promotion/Representation

1.    MBIE CAS - Report

2.    Master Joiners - Famil

3.    Young Farmers Committee Member

 

Invercargill i-SITE

7.8

Manage the Invercargill i-SITE including implementing the review undertaken in 2016/17

ONGOING

Recommendations of review undertaken in 2016/17 continue to be implemented.

 

The recommendations have resulted in a saving made of $18,000 for the year.  The March quarter was slightly higher than the previous year as additional staff were used to cover the busy peak season.

 

The i-SITE has temporarily moved to the Northend Bowls Club following the decision to close SMAG due to safety concerns. Venture Southland is investigating permanent new location options for the i-SITE, with support from ICC.

 

The Northend Bowls club provided a good interim solution at short notice, with the i-SITE only being closed for approximately two hours.

Longer term solutions are currently being looked at, with the likelihood of a medium term (2-3 years) option being required before a permanent location is found.

7.9

Grow revenue 8%

ONGOING

Revenue

2016/17

2017/18

Variation

%

Commission

$35,112

$42,377

$7,266

20.70%

Other

$4,049

$8,560

$4,510

111%

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

Salaries

$45,205

$49,270

($4,063)

(9%)

Other*

$16,495

$10,654

$5,841

35.4%

*Retail sales, advertising revenue and ticket sales commissions.

 

Commission is showing as being $7,266 above budget. This due to the timing of the Burt Munro Challenge and also changes in how commission is received.  Historically some contracts had a wash-up based on total sales for the year and various targets, however this is now paid on sales throughout the year.

 

Retail sales are higher than the prior year by $8,000 although these appear to be at a lower margin.

 

Staff costs are above the prior year as additional staff are used to cover the peak season.  This was expected.

7.10

MBIE i-SITE Attraction Pilot

(see 5.5)

ONGOING

The facilitation of a national pilot project, in partnership with MBIE, to investigate the potential to transition visitors into migrants using the Invercargill i-SITE is ongoing.

 

Portal and interactive material had been placed in the i-SITE to allow people to explore regional employment and lifestyle opportunities, and register interest in future employment opportunities.  With the recent relocation of the i-SITE due the closure of SMAG, we have had to put this pilot on hold.

 

 

7.11

Department of Conservation i-SITE partnership

ONGOING

As part of the partnership with the Department of Conservation, i-SITE staff have had training on the Great Walks and other DOC products with the site developed to hold information and sales commenced.

The partnership has also included the Responsible camping initiative.  Note with the relocation of the i-SITE due to the closure of SMAG, implementation of the promotional plan scheduled alongside DOC has been delayed.

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

8. Events

Southland is known for high quality events which add diversity, vibrancy and a sense of well-being to the region’s residents and ratepayers. Venture Southland believes that events are an important aspect of our approach to develop and promote Southland as an attractive place to live, study, work and visit.

 

In 2016, Venture Southland undertook an internal evaluation of their role with delivering events with a view to looking at how to prioritise allocation of resources and gain efficiencies. Outcomes from this review are reflected in this year’s work programme as below.

 

The next step and a key project for this year in line with the Southland Regional Development Strategy is the development of a Southland Regional Event Strategy (see 2.3).  This framework will involve multiple stakeholder involvement and will assess event development and promotion from a regional perspective. 

 

 

 

Status

Notes

8.1

Delivery and support of events

 

Generate spectatorship in excess of 40,000 per annum

ONGOING

The delivery and support of events across the Southland region has resulted in spectatorship of 32, 500 + CONF to date.

During the quarter delivery and support of the following events was carried out:

-          Southland District Council Holiday Programme

-          Southland Buskers Festival

-          Shakespeare in the Park

-          Burt Munro Challenge

The 12th annual Burt Munro Challenge was held from 8-11 February 2018. This was the first time the event was held in February (formerly held in November). The event included six different racing events (including new Twilight Drag Racing event) over four days across Southland, and a rally with camping ground - record crowds of over 2,000 people were recorded at the rally site alone. The event attracted domestic and national visitors as well as international visitors from Australia, the UK and further abroad.

Planning for the following events was also carried out during the quarter:

-          Southland Festival of the Arts

-          Southland Heritage Month

-          ILT Kidzone

Planning is underway for Southland’s favourite family event - the ILT Kidzone Festival. This year the ILT Kidzone Festival enters its 14th year and will be held at James Hargest College Senior Campus in Invercargill from 11-16 July.

 

 This year’s theme will be ‘Around the World’ and will look at diversity and multiculturalism. This theme is timely with the resettlement of Colombian refugees in Invercargill and ties in with other current projects including the Welcoming Communities project and the International Education projects that are designed to attract new residents to Southland.

8.2

Grow and promote the Southland events calendar

 

Provide marketing support to 32 events

 

Undertake event promotion for iconic and significant events

ONGOING

12 event newsletters have been distributed with 146 events promoted in the Southland events calendar during the quarter.

 

 

8.3

Develop an approach and platform for aligning, planning, coordinating and funding events in the region

ONGOING

The Southland Regional Event Strategy will align with this target (see 2.3).

 

The Event Capability Workshop was delivered in November in partnership with Sport Southland and included 45 people from the events industry.

 

New event capability content has been published online in the last quarter and work is continuing with ICC on council support for event managers in the region.

8.4

Facilitate event capability development

 

Provide support to 12 regional events

 

ONGOING

As above 8.3.

 

Support has been provided at ten regional events including the HopNVine, Heritage Month, and Lap the Lake.

8.5

Economic and social impact assessment

 

Work with key stakeholders to establish a process to identify and prioritise key events to be evaluated in order to understand the economic and social impact

ONGOING

Economic and/or social impact assessments to be completed where a need is identified.

 

An economic impact assessment was completed post the 2018 Burt Munro Challenge that was held for the first time in February.

 

The event reported a 20% increase in the number of Rally-goers alone due to better weather conditions.

 

 


 

9. Community Development

Southland is known for its strong and vibrant communities which contribute to a quality of life not found elsewhere. The Southland Regional Development Strategy aims to attract 10,000 more people by 2025 and quality of life opportunities are essential to not only attracting, but also retaining people. 

Venture Southland supports the Southland District Council in supporting local communities to maintain a proud Southland community spirit, particularly in rural areas.  The approach is twofold and relies on a relationship approach of working alongside local people and groups and partnering with Councils, community funders and other stakeholders on a range of projects and initiatives.

There is a close relationship between the Southland District Council Community and Futures group and Venture Southland’s Community Development team. Venture Southland’s Community Development team helps to deliver Southland District Council’s priorities and support Council on a range of projects and initiatives. 

The 2017-18 work programme builds on key projects completed in the previous year and detailed briefs for new projects listed below are yet to be fully scoped. Scoping of these projects will be undertaken alongside the Southland District Council to establish objectives, timeframes and resource requirements.  Note: Depending on the scope of these projects, some priorities may change.

Please note that there are four projects as outlined in the Southland District Council Letter of Expectation which are detailed in other sections of this quarterly report. 

Project/Initiative

Section

Rural Migrant Worker and Newcomers Project (now known as Te Anau Ambassador Pilot – see 5.4)      

Attraction and Retention of a Skilled Workforce

MBIE Tourism Infrastructure Fund (see 2.12)

Destination Development

Cycle Strategy Implementation  (see 2.5)

Destination Development

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Operational Requirements (see 2.14)

Destination Development and Destination Promotion

 

Community Development is split into the following sections:

Community Capacity and Capability Building

 

 

Status

Notes

9.1

Community Organisation and Volunteer Sector

Project

 

The project aims to prioritise and implement the key findings determined from the research undertaken in 2016-2017

ONGOING

Shared Service Pilots

Following discussions with SDC and various communities in Southland, it was decided to pursue two pilots for the Shared Service in the Winton township community and the Wyndham/Edendale area. Rather than be geographical or topic based, it was decided that both will focus on a shared officer role (chair, secretary or treasurer), one with an urban focus (Winton) and one with a rural focus (Wyndham/Edendale).

 

An initial desktop research report has been sent to SDC, outlining the project and identifying similar shared service models both local and nationally. The Community Development team are now focussing on contacting potential community groups in each area to discuss the project. A further update report is due to SDC in July. 

9.2

Community Facilities Project

 

The project aims to prioritise and implement the key findings determined from the research undertaken in 2016-2017

ONGOING

The final report for the community facilities project was submitted to SDC on 31 August 2017. 

 

SDC are yet to advise of further projects flowing on directly from this research, however have sought the community team’s assistance in engaging with some communities regarding the use of key facilities.

 

 

Community Planning

 

 

Status

Notes

9.3

Southland District local community sustainability strategic approach

ONGOING

This project is aimed at developing a District-wide approach to community development which will be ratified by SDC.

 

An initial workshop was held in November (facilitated by SDC), and the Community Development team are awaiting information from SDC regarding a follow up workshop.

9.4

Community futures and community leadership

plans

ONGOING

Assisted SDC with the delivery of a series of workshops held in November that allowed the wider community to have input into the development of Community Leadership Plans in Invercargill, Gore, Te Anau, Otautau and Wallacetown.

 

Following the workshops held late last year, and the community consultation “fete” on Stewart Island, the team are awaiting further information from SDC regarding the next phase pf the project. This is likely to be a series of “fetes” in various communities around the district. Fetes allow more informal and one-on-one engagement with residents. Assistance will be provided as required when these are implemented. 

9.5

Community Education

 

Deliver a series of workshops to be held throughout Southland to educate the local community about a relevant issue or topic.

ONGOING

Pool water quality training has been carried out over the quarter.

 

The committees which run Southland’s pools were offered the opportunity to attend a one day water quality training with subsidies secured via the SDC Community Initiatives Fund and Community Trust of Southland.

 

Fourteen Southland pools attended and consultation with the pools has commenced around their interest in meeting again in May/June for a networking event.

 

The meeting would include a guest speaker on pool heating (to complement the launch of Venture Southland’s pool heating guide), information on funding and sustainability strategies, and would be attended by pool suppliers.

 

Volunteer group workshops

The Volunteer group workshop series is ongoing and research is being undertaken into the topic and method of engagement for the workshops this year.

 

Engaging additional partners, the topic of funding sustainability, and the opportunity to wrap a mentoring program around the workshops is being explored by the team at present.

 

Venture Workshop series pilot

A pilot of Venture teams collaborating to deliver a series of workshops is being trialled on Stewart Island in 2018 with the support of the Stewart Island Promotion Association.

 

This included Worksafe and the Venture business team providing an information session in February 2018. The tourism team are planning a Digital marketing workshop for September and a third community-related topic is being explored for May.

9.6

Welcoming Communities Pilot

 

ONGOING

Direct assistance with the delivery of the pilot programme alongside individual councils, the labour market coordinator and welcoming communities coordinator.

(See 5.6 for full update)

 

 


Community and Policy Committee

26 July 2018

 

Local Initiatives

 

 

Status

Notes

9.7

Local Community Project Support

 

A minimum of 100 community groups assisted to support and lead their own community projects which align with District priorities and regional and national initiatives.

 

Supporting volunteers empowers local communities as per the Southland Regional Development Strategy

 

 

ONGOING

65 groups assisted in the second quarter to lead their own community projects. These organisations and/or projects are detailed below and further information is available on request:

Aparima College

Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Balfour Gun Club

Catlins Coast

Catlins Coastal Walk

Chorus Cabinet Art Programme

Community Workers

Cycle Trail - Invercargill to Bluff

Dark Skies

Dave Frew

DOC, Predator Free New Zealand

Dr Tom (KYND)

Edendale Memorial Restoration

Fiordland Arts Centre

Fiordland Retirement Housing

Generosity NZ

Gunns Camp (Hollyford Museum Trust Board)

Riverton CB

Hollyford Museum Trust

Holt Park Recreation Centre Inc.

Lumsden Heritage Trust

Menzies College Rugby Club

Menzies Memorial Archway

Mossburn Community

Mossburn Senior Citizens

Nightcaps CDA

Nightcaps War Memorial

Oranga Tamariki

Otatara Bird Park

Otautau Flowers Quilts and Crafts Day

Otautau Museum Trust

Otautau Skate Park

Poppycock

Quarry Hills Memorial Restoration

Rakiura Museum

Riverton Baths Committee

Riverton Community House

Riverton Environment Centre & Akina

Rural Women’s Network

Ryal Bush Community Centre

SI Promotions

Social enterprise networking - with Southland social enterprises and Akina Foundation

Southland AMP

Additional Notes:

3.5 Tourism product development (assist in bringing eight new tourism products to the market)

The following diagrams have been developed to demonstrate the growth of availability of tourism product in the region.

Activity for this quarter includes:

7.1 Promotional Campaigns

 

1.     1st of the Season (Savour the South)

2.     Southern Steel - Social Media Campaign (preparation)

3.     People of Southland - Content Campaign (preparation)

4.     TravelWireAsia

5.     Neuseland News

6.     Southland NZ V2.0 (preparation)

7. Southern Rumble - SPW (preparation)

 

7.2 Publicity and Media Engagement

 

Media Results

1.     Media Result - Stuff, NZ Seafood festival to bookmark in 2018, BOFF - January 2018

2.     Media Result - Singapore, Buro 247, The Catlins - January 2018

3.     Media Result - Indonesia, Syndicated story - Bacaberitaupdate.co, Idntimes.com, The Catlins - January 2018

4.     Media Result - China, Mag Premier Trip, NZ First ray of sunlight, Stewart Island - January 2018

5.     Media Result - CHCH Airport Gateway Magazine, BOFF and Riverton Harvest Festival - Autumn 2018

6.     Media Result - IMP File Vogue Online, Stewart Island - February 2018

7.     Media Result - Germany, Laviva, Stewart Island - February 2018                  

8.     Media Result - Tourism New Zealand Media Newsletter - Autumn 2018 in NZ Events Highlights BOFF - Feb 201         

9.     Media Result - Stuff, Southern Stays; in search of character and adventure....in Invercargill - Feb 2018

10.   Media Result - KiaOra Event Listing, Southern Field days - Feb 2018

11.   Media Result - Stuff, Liz Carlson, Hump Ridge Track - Feb                             

12.   Media Result - Motorhome, Caravan Destination,  Invercargill - Feb 2018

13.   Media Result - Germany, Spiegel Online, Aileen Tidermann, Surfing The Catlins - February 2018

14.   Media Result - Malaysia, Wanderluxe Nomad, 5 Stunning secret places, The Catlins - February 2018

15.   Media Result - Germany, Freizeit Express, On the trail of the Maori, Stewart Island - February 2018           

16.   Media Result - Germany, Neuseeland News 20th Anniversary Special Expo Edition,  Southland Feature - February 2018

17.   Media Result - AMA Insider, NZ Natural Paradise, Stewart Island - Feb 2018                                    

18.   Media Result - World of Cruising NZ by Cruise, Stewart Island - March 2018

19.   Media Result - TNZ Media Newsletter, 5 places only kiwis know about, The Catlins - March 2018

20.   Media Result - Food Wine Travel Magazine, The Catlins, NZ: An Insider's Guide - March 2018

21.   Media Result - KiaOra Magazine, Southern Stars (Southland Feature) - March 2018.

22.   Media Result - RV Travel Lifestyle, Catlins Camping - March 2018

23.   Media Result - Australian Motorcyclist News, Burt Munro Feature - March 2018

24.   Media Result - Liz Carlson, youngadventuress.com, Hump Ridge Track - March 2018           

25.   Media Result - thisNZlife, Lisa Scott, Shark Experience - March 2018

26.   Media Result - Sun Live (Bay News), All roads lead to Gore - March 2018

27.   Media Result - Stuff, Falling in love with island life is not for the faint hearted, Stewart Island - March 2017

28.   Media Result - Zeit Online, Article about Cribs in NZ, The Catlins and Riverton - March 2018

29.   Media Result - USA, 10 Insanely Affordable Spring Destinations, The Catlins & HopnVine- March 2018       

30.   Media Result - Germany, Landeszeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018          

31.   Media Result - Germany, MSN.com, Doesn't get more remote than this, The Caltins and Riverton - March 2018

32.   Media Result - USA, Freehub.com and Freehub, Until the Bitter End, Bluff - March 2018

33.   Media Result - Germany, Neue Deister-Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

34.   Media Result - Germany, Taglicher Anzeiger, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

35.   Media Result - Germany, Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018    

36.   Media Result - Germany, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

37.   Media Result - Germany, Markische Allgemeine, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

38.   Media Result - Germany, Lubecker Nachrichten, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

39.   Media Result - Germany, Elbe-Jeetzel-Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

40.   Media Result - Germany, Gottinger Tageblatt, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

41.   Media Result - Germany, Aller Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

42.   Media Result - Germany,  Alfer Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

43.   Media Result - Germany, Neue Presse, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

44.   Media Result - Germany, Kieler Nachrichten, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

45.   Media Result - Germany, Die Harke, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

46.   Media Result - Germany, Segeberger Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

47.   Media Result - Germany, Walsroder Zeitung, Strange Birds, Stewart Island - March 2018

48.   Media Result - Walk My World, Why everyone should visit Stewart Island — March 2018

49.   Media Result - Walk My World, 38 photos to inspire you to visit Stewart Island - March 2018

50.   Media Result - Walk My World, The Rakiura Track - March 2018      

51.   Media Result - Walk My World, Everything you need to know to hike the Rakiura Track - March 2018

52.   Media Result - Walk My World, social media posts - March  2018

53.   Media Result - Carpe Diem Our Way, 8 Realities of Road Tripping New Zealand, Invercargill and The Lodges - March 2018

54.   Media Result - Canada, Carpe Diem Our Way - Family Travel Blog, Dig This & The Lodges - March 2018     

55.   Media Result - China, TNZ China, Diary of Your Travel Frog Meeting Friends in New Zealand, Shark Experience, Bluff - January 2018

56.   Media Result - China, Tours For Fun, Food Safari Around NZ, Bluff Oysters and Food Festival - January 2018

57.   Media Result - China, ETrip, “The World’s Most”s in New Zealand, Bluff Oysters - February 2018ws.com, Suara.com, Dream.co.id, Viva.co.id, 5 Secret Destinations in NZ you can't miss, The Catlins - December 2017

 

Media Famils (including social)

1.       Australian Motorcyclist Magazine - February 2018

2.       Haberlien & Mauerer Agency, Germany Media - January 2018

3.       Zeit Online, German Media - February 2018

4.       Walk My World - February and March 2018

5.       Tourism New Zealand IMP File -  UK, Wanderlust - March 2018

 

7.3 Supply and Trade

 

1.     RTO Workshop Sydney (48 agents)

2.     Tourism New Zealand South East Asia Specialist Programme - Auckland(76 agents)

 

Trade Famils

3.       TNZ North China Famil

 

7.4 Digital

 

Channel

Current Total Community - As at Mar 31 2018

Total Community

as at June 30 2017

(Last year)

Total Reach July 1 2016 - June 30 2017

(Last year)

Total New Community

Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018 (This Quarter)

Total Reach

Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018 (This Quarter

Total

85,347

79,407

N/A

1,274

N/A

Databases (Target +8% 15,528)

16,210

14,378

N/A

10 (+1.0006%)

N/A

Facebook Southland NZ

35,672

34,535

1,616,925

451

204,549

Instagram Southland NZ

25,613

23,438

N/A

578

77,449

Twitter Southland NZ

3,802

3,529

97,142

186

20,705

Facebook INV i-Site

4,060

3,527

685,887

49

44,641

Total Social Media (Target +10%, Reach 2.67m, Comm 71.5k)

69,147


65,029

2,429,954

1,264

347,344

 

 

Channel: southlandnz.com

Data sourced from Google Analytics

Sessions

Users

Page views

Pages/Session

Bounce Rate

Operator Listings

Year: July 1 2016 - June 30 2017

79,702

62,897

214,812

N/A

N/A

352

Quarter 1: July 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017

22,973 (26%)

17,446 (25%)

60,933 (26%)

2.65

54.85%

441 (+25%)

Quarter 2: Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017

29,839

(34%)

22,606

(32%)

83,188

(35%)

2.79

56.87%

442

Quarter 3: Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018

57,739

43,060

152,566

2.64

63.94%

1309

Quarter 4: April 1 2018 - June 30 2018

Year: July 1 2017 - June 30 2018

Annual Target (+10% )

87,672

69,187

236,293

2.70

35%

420

 

 

Additional Notes:

8.1 Event Delivery:

 

Date

Facilitated (VS Lead Role)

Supported

(VS Support Role)

ILT Kidzone

Jul

11,000

Hokonui Fashion Awards

Jul

1,200

Interschool Speech Competition

Sep

200

New Zealand Men’s Netball Nationals

Sep

400

Spring Festival

Sep - Oct

7800

Conference Estimate for quarter

Jul - Sep

1000 (*17)

DownRiver Dash/Cycle to Celebrate

Dec

200

200

Conference Estimate for quarter

Oct - Dec

 

1500 (*22)

SDC Holiday Programme

Jan

300

Summer Sounds

Jan

150

Rev Up

Jan

120

Shakespeare in the Park

Feb

1000

Burt Munro Challenge

Feb

8,000

Southern Field Days

Feb

n/a

Heritage Month

Mar

600

Conference Estimate for quarter

Jan - Mar

 

2400

HopNVine*

Apr

900

Southland Festival of the Arts

Apr - May

5,000

Southern Steel

Apr - Jun

8,500

Bluff Oyster and Food Festival*

May

500

4,500

Southland Buskers Festival

Jan

6,000

Southern Professional Wrestling

Year

 

1,500

Other Events Supported

Year

200

12,000

TOTAL

 

 

  

     



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