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Southland Situation An Overview July 2009 Jeff Troon Chief Executive Venture Southland Location Global turbulence Geographic isolation - previously a negative Location Emerging potential benefits Climate Change 2007 2008 Peak Oil 2010 2011 2001 Outlook

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Southland Situation

An Overview

July 2009

Jeff Troon

Chief Executive

Venture Southland

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Location

  • Global turbulence
  • Geographic isolation - previously a negative

Location

  • Emerging potential benefits
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Climate

Change

2007

2008

Peak Oil

2010

2011

2001

Outlook

Continuing periods of fair weather

Changeable conditions

Some isolated clouds

Prolonged period of fair weather

(economic growth)

Low trough across Tasman

Chart new course

Retain crew, develop skills

Stay in race

Outlook

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Employment – Skilled Workforce

Demand Assessment and Strategy July 2008

  • Unemployment Southland 1.6% now 2.6%
  • Growing demand with developments
  • Aging workforce replacement – 7,000 by 2016
  • Looking at growing local skill base
  • Targeted approaches to attract skilled migrants (scaled back)
  • Development potential still exists(12,500+ by 2016 still valid projection)
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Water

Southland Competitive Global Advantage

Rain Rivers Lakes Aquifers

Water Study with ES 2005

Increasingly valuable resource

Production, processing, lifestyle

Careful planning and utilisation

Changes – global warming

Potential retention dams, flood events, utilisation

agriculture food

Agriculture & Food

  • Demand
  • Exponential projected growth in world population
  • Increasing affluence and demand – Asia, India, China
  • Efficient Production
  • Arable soils, temperate climate, technology
  • Topoclimate Data – 800,000 hectares mapped(detailed soil and microclimate data)
agriculture food7

Agriculture & Food…

  • Dairying
  • Growth and efficiency – 200,000 hectares
  • Sheep
  • Still main activity – 750,000 hectares
  • Timber
  • Continuing supply – 1.6 million m3 per annum
  • Cropping
  • NZ net importer of wheat
  • Potential demand. Living Cell establishment
food adding value

Food – Adding Value

  • Niche Markets
  • Elk
  • Sheep cheeses
  • Nut products
  • Organic production
  • Food Network South – 85 members
aquaculture

Aquaculture

  • Longest regional coast line 3,150 kms
  • Established Mussel and Salmon farming
  • Rapidly developing farmed oyster and abalone opportunities
  • Potential for deep ocean farming
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Energy

Great South Basin(Potential 10 x size of Maui)

  • Oil or Gas - Seismic testing completed
  • Announcement drilling decisions late 2009 – mid 2010(350 workforce)
  • Potential onshore LNG plant

Lignite (6 billion tonne resource)

  • Separate Assessments – Solid Energy, L&M Mining(potential 700 workers + 1,800 servicing)
  • 5 – 10 year timeframe
  • $7 - $10 billion
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Energy…

Coal Seam Gas

L & M Mining

  • Western Southland
  • Positive signs

Wind

  • Kaiwera 240MW consented ($500 million)
  • Slopedown 150MW – consent application stage($300 million)
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Energy…

Marine - Some Potential - Medium Term

  • Tidal
  • Wave devices

Energy Consortium(176 members)

  • Maximise benefits to Southland
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Manufacturing

NZ Aluminium Smelters

  • $506 million or 13.5% of Southland’s GDP
  • Produces highest purity aluminium in the world – 99.98%
  • Directly employs 780 staff and 140 contractors
  • 2400 FTE jobs (Smelter and support industries)
  • Overcoming recent setbacks – transformer
  • Commitment to Region
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Opportunities

  • Silica
  • Reserves (350 million tonnes)
  • Chemical composition analysis
  • Potential photovoltaic, silicon wafer manufacture
  • Communication
  • Building on benefits of Broadband (96% coverage)
  • Potential announcement enhanced rural service
  • Urban Fibre Optic network
  • Significant potential benefits all sectors
space technology

Space - Technology

  • Geographic location
  • Low radio interference and flat horizons
  • Unwin Radar
  • Rocket & Satellite Tracking (European Space Agency)
  • Global lightning detection network
  • (Square Kilometre Array - Radio Telescope)
  • Potential construction – technical skills
living cell technology

Living Cell Technology

  • Auckland Island Pigs (potential Type II Diabetes)
  • Break through with approvals – trial phase
  • Significant potential development in Southland(quarantine facilities)
  • Construction, employment, servicing
tourism

Tourism

  • Some drop off in long haul visitors
  • Targeting Australia and domestic markets
  • Developing and linking attractions
  • Promoting extended stays
  • Visiting Media
  • Southern Odyssey
  • Southern Scenic Route
  • Cycle Trails – assessing potential

“Southland – the New Zealand we all dream of” - Lonely Planet

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Tourism Opportunities

  • Cycle Trails
  • PM priority initiative
  • Key routes – local routes
  • Commercial and recreational benefits
  • Spread benefits to communities
  • Investigation being undertaken
  • Heritage
  • Story of Southland
  • Southern Odyssey
  • Spread benefits
  • Local Pride – commercial opportunities
  • Complementary to cycle trails
lifestyle

Lifestyle

  • Quality of Life
  • High level of connectivity – Broadband, Fibre Optic
  • Vicinity of rivers, lakes, fishing, tramping (Skiing – Queenstown)
  • Quality of Life – minimum travel times, no queues
  • Quality Facilities - Stadium, Indoor Velodrome, Splash Palace, 26 Golf Courses
  • Time Opportunity Space Freedom
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Destinational Events & Conferences

  • 2009
  • Bluff Oyster & Food Festival May - annual
  • NZ Gold Guitar Awards June - annual
  • Hokonui Fashion Design Awards July - annual
  • Rural Contractors NZ Conference July
  • Hockey Oceania Qualifying (tbc) August
  • National Young Performer of the Year October - annual
  • Hockey World Cup Qualifying November
  • Cycle Tour of Southland November - annual
  • Burt Munro Challenge November - annual
  • Oceania Cycling November
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Destinational Events & Conferences

  • 2010
  • Buskers Festival (tbc) February
  • Wolseley Car National Rally March
  • Americana Classic Car Rally (tbc) March
  • NZ Masters Hockey (tbc)
  • NZ Track Cycling Champs March
  • Farms Forestry Conference April
  • NZ Apparel Masters Conference May
  • NZ Road Transport Conference July
  • Eco Tourism Conference August
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Destinational Events & Conferences

  • 2011Rugby World Cup (70,000 projected visitors to NZ)
  • Games Scotland and Argentina
  • Possible team hosting
  • Pre and post tours
  • Business/ Industry leverage
  • 2012Cycling – Junior World Champs
  • 40 countries
  • 400 riders + officials and supporters
other opportunities

Other Opportunities

  • Film
  • Potential Studio- Ocean Beach
  • Converting existing facility
  • Low cost – high potential
  • Solray
  • Algae to fuel
  • CO2 absorption
  • International interest
summary

Summary

  • Current turbulence in World Economy
  • NZ and particularly Southland a good place to be
  • Positive outlook and significant potential for development
  • Review approach, hone skills and prepare for growth
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Leisure

Venture

Energy

Tourism

Digital

Transport

Water

Workforce

Assessments & Strategies

scenario planning

Scenario Planning

  • Assess potential changes and appropriate responses
  • Position Southland to maximise opportunities in a changing global environment