Formed in 1887, Rugby Southland has forged a very proud tradition of teams known for their tenacity, grit and strength. Despite our regions small population, more than 50 Southlanders have played for the All Blacks, including two double internationals. 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, and SIT is proud to have a long standing association as the title sponsor of the team.
The Zero Fees Southland Sharks are Southland's regional representative mens' basketball team competing in the New Zealand National Basketball League. SIT has sponsored the team since their inception in 2009. The Southland Sharks were semifinalists in the national basketball league competition 2017 after winning the National title in 2015 and 2016.
With a focus on providing opportunities for students to learn in an elite international sporting environment, the Southern Institute of Technology has joined forces with the Southern Steel. The Southern Steel has had an amazing season in 2017 with an unbeaten record to take out the inaugural ANZ Netball National League Competition, to top off their perfect season the Southern Steel also won the Super Club final!
Marshall Hall is the current and seven time New Zealand Discus Champion and part of the NZ High Performance Throwing squad working towards the Rio Olympics this year.
He is a National Diploma in Business (Level 5) student and chose SIT because the flexible mixed mode delivery learning options through SIT2LRN, SIT’s distance learning faculty, gave him the flexibility to work around both his training and employment.
The Southern Performance Hub is based in Invercargill at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome at ILT Stadium Southland, and gives talented young cyclists 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. SIT is proud to be the naming rights sponsor, helping to nurture and develop these talented athletes.
Mike Piper Training Centre
The Mike Piper Training Centre honours the late sporting administrator who was passionate about fostering sport in Southland. As one of the sponsors of the centre, SIT wholeheartedly supports the initiative to assist various sporting codes and high performance athletes to work closer together. Academy Southland provide athlete support services from the centre, including: strength and conditioning, mental skills, nutrition and physiotherapy.
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.
The Polyfest Cultural Festival is a celebration of Maori 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.