Better lives through sustainable development

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Our purpose

Better lives through sustainable development

We believe Southland has the potential to be recognised as the best place to live, work and play in the whole world. To create a contemporary, connected and competitive region that helps people realise our potential, we’re focused on creating better lives through sustainable development, something that we believe regardless of sector, industry or background, we can all contribute to and enjoy the benefits of.

To achieve this, we’re committed to building trusting, enduring relationships that encourage more growth, more social and economic diversity, and inspire more people to call Southland home.


How we operate

Established in March 2019, we are a council-controlled organisation focused on developing the Southland region. We have nine shareholders contribute funding towards the organisation on both an operational and contract basis with the overall goal to develop the Southland region. 

Our backers

The Southland Regional Development Agency is the Economic Development Agency for Southland, delivering a wide range of initiatives, services and events to promote and grow the region alongside Southland communities

Who are we?

These are the people that make it all happen

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About Great South

Our history and organisational structure of the Southland Regional Development Agency

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Southland Regional Development Strategy

Learn more about the regional strategy

Business Services

We provide support to business from start-up to innovation

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