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Rugby Southland - SIT Southland Stags

SIT is proud to have a strong and long-standing association as the title sponsor of the team. Formed in 1887, Rugby Southland has forged a very proud tradition of teams known for their tenacity, grit and strength. As one of the premier sports teams in the region, the Southland Stags represent Southland on the national stage in the Mitre 10 Cup (the country′s top-level professional provincial competition).

SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks

SIT is proud to be the naming rights sponsor to support these athletes. The Zero Fees Southland Sharks are Southland's regional representative men’s basketball team competing in the New Zealand National Basketball League. SIT has sponsored the team since their inception in 2009.

SIT Southern Performance Hub

SIT is proud to be a naming rights sponsor. The SIT Southern Performance Hub gives talented young riders access to world-class facilities and a wealth of experience through a dedicated Hub coaching team. Promising riders from Southland and Otago are invited by Cycling New Zealand to join the SIT Southern Performance Hub which provides a connecting pathway through development towards high performance. The Hub is based at the SIT Velodrome at the ILT Stadium in Invercargill.

Southern Steel Netball Team

SIT is proud to be a major sponsor of the south’s national athletes. The Southern region of New Zealand is now proudly represented in the ANZ Championship by the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel - formed through the original amalgamation of two regional netball entities - Netball Otago (Otago Rebels) and Netball Southland (Southern Sting).

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Southland Mike Piper High Performance Centre

The Mike Piper Training Centre (named after a Southland sport’s visionary leader) is the high-performance base of Academy Southland, the Cycling NZ Southern Performance Hub, Netball South’s Southern Steel, the Southland Stags, Rugby Southland’s High-Performance Academy and a variety of other Southland regional sports. The MPTC provides a high-quality training environment with a range of fit-for-purpose equipment and is overseen by Academy Southland. SIT is a Major Sponsor of the Southland Mike Piper High Performance Centre for Professional Athletes.

SIT Zero Fees Velodrome

The SIT Velodrome at ILT Stadium Southland and was New Zealand's very first indoor cycling velodrome. The SIT Zero Fees Velodrome was officially opened on May 26, 2006 and is still the only indoor velodrome in the South Island. The 250-metre international standard track has been the venue for many national and international competitions and meets.



Murihiku Polyfest

The Polyfest Cultural Festival is a celebration of Māori and Pasifika culture in Murihiku-Southland. SIT is a proud sponsor of the event as well as the commitments the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust seeks to adhere to. These include uplifting and celebrating Maori and Pasifika cultures, making these cultures accessible to all, and providing excellent opportunities for rangatahi (youth) and their whanau. Polyfest is a showcase of cultural performances from Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary School students. SIT is a Sponsor of Murihiku Polyfest.

Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

'YES' is The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme which sees students set up and run a real business as part of an experiential programme. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market, taking students through a series of entrepreneurial experiences to help develop 21st century skills in real-world situations. As the regional partner for this initiative, SIT is excited to work with our future business entrepreneurs by assisting these high schoolers to work to their strengths and see that they can achieve their goals in business, which is likely to kick start their study and/or career journey. SIT is a Regional Sponsor for the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)
YES Website

Street Smart

Street Smart is a world-class, cognitive based driver programme that aims to positively influence the lives of young kiwis across the country, and help them to become a safer and more aware driver on our roads. The Programme has been developed with the involvement of world-renowned road safety expert, Peter Sheppard. In addition, passionate road safety advocate, Greg Murphy, is our Programme Ambassador. Offering a practical hands-on learning experience, Street Smart is a one-day event providing young drivers and their parents/caregivers the opportunity to undertake supervised driving practice. There is a focus on developing good decision-making strategies for safe driving, including assessing themselves, reading the road environment, resisting peer pressure, managing or eliminating distractions and planning ahead. Street Smart takes place in safe, controlled, off-the-road environments, under the watchful eye of qualified coaches plus the parent/caregiver. This provides the parent the opportunity to also assess themselves, in order to be a better coach and mentor to their teen.
Street Smart



Southland Business Excellence Awards

Category Sponsor of the Southland Business Excellence Awards

Queenstown Business Excellence Awards

Category Sponsor of the Queenstown Business Excellence Awards

Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

SIT is a Category Sponsor of the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards