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Southland Situation An Overview July 2009

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  1. Southland Situation An Overview July 2009 Jeff Troon Chief Executive Venture Southland

  2. Location • Global turbulence • Geographic isolation - previously a negative Location • Emerging potential benefits

  3. 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

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. Food – Adding Value • Niche Markets • Elk • Sheep cheeses • Nut products • Organic production • Food Network South – 85 members

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Energy… Coal Seam Gas L & M Mining • Western Southland • Positive signs Wind • Kaiwera 240MW consented ($500 million) • Slopedown 150MW – consent application stage($300 million)

  12. Energy… Marine - Some Potential - Medium Term • Tidal • Wave devices Energy Consortium(176 members) • Maximise benefits to Southland

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

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

  24. 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

  25. Leisure Venture Energy Tourism Digital Transport Water Workforce Assessments & Strategies

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