Shaping the future for a Thriving Southland

We are inviting passionate Southlanders to participate in two free workshops in early December:
Workshop One - Strategy  |  Workshop Two - Leadership

These leadership workshops should not be missed. They will arm you with the tools to develop your strategic leadership capability, and give you the opportunity to play a role in shaping Southland’s future.

The leadership and strategy workshops are delivered by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust NZ (Rural Leaders) who also deliver New Zealand’s two foremost rural leadership programmes; the Nuffield NZ Farming Scholarships and the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme. They passionately believe in the power of leadership to determine the type of world future generations will inherit.

Let’s create a Thriving Southland

Thriving Southland exists to foster a prosperous and sustainable future for our region by inspiring positive community action. 

  • We support and enable the region’s Catchment Groups
  • We build on the innovative leadership already in our farming community
  • We promote this creative mindset to meet current and emerging challenges
  • We find ways to help accelerate our community’s leadership capability
  • We’re passionate about Southland.

Are you future focused?

Do you want to develop your strategic leadership skills?

  • Are you involved in a farmer-led Catchment Group?
  • Are you passionate about Southland, your community and farming?

To apply

Download and complete the application form and email it to

Think to Thrive, two-day Strategy Workshop

Day One
10am to 5.30pm  |  1 December

Day two
8am to 12.30pm   |  2 December

The Salvation Army Winton, 7 Dejoux Road, Winton

Think to Thrive is a strategy workshop designed to form a pathway between today’s Southland and where it could be tomorrow. The workshop will enable you to conceive and create a gameplan for a happy, healthy, and prosperous future. The Thriving Southland you want to see.

What can you expect from the Think to Thrive Strategy Workshop?

Using the Three Horizons Framework you will:

  • challenge your current thinking
  • form a combined vision for a Thriving Southland
  • design a strategic concept that defines Southland’s future
  • agree on five bold steps to take Southland to that future
  • build the game-plan to deliver a thriving future for Southland.

Teams that Thrive, two-day Leadership Workshop

Day One
10am to 5.30pm  |  6 December

Day two
8am to 12.30pm   |  7 December

Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk Street, Invercargill

The Teams that Thrive Leadership Workshop builds on the outcomes of the strategic workshop. Based on the belief that leadership is a team game, it is designed to draw on world-leading military intent-based team-building frameworks. It empowers teams to work and win together. 

What can you expect from the Teams that Thrive Leadership Workshop?

Using leading military and scientific thinking you will:

Learn what it takes to build teams that deliver

  • receive a Deeper Signals Personality Assessment worth $125
  • gain an understanding of yourself and others, to help build a high-performance team.

Empower and enable action

  • gain access to leading facilitators Rob Hoult and Chris Parsons
  • learn how the military build empowered teams that operate and innovate in challenging environments.

Activate catchment teams

  • team up to design your own approach to activating others within catchment
  • co-design a leadership culture and ambition that creates a Thriving Southland

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