2018 Sponsorships

Southland StagsThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window

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.

SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks

Zero Fees Southland SharksThe 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. 



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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

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.


Southern Performance Hub

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.



SIT Sponsorship News

SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist The artists confirmed as 2019 finalists for the Pacific Music Awards are eligible for the SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist Award.  The winner is solely determined by...
SHARK BITES: Welcome back Chief!The SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks have added another large piece to its 2019 roster with confirmation that Tall Black and Melbourne United centre Alex Pledger will return for his fourth year with the...
Sharks land big fish in McCarronThe SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks have landed a big fish to aide in its New Zealand National Basketball League title defence. Melbourne United and Australian shooting guard Mitch McCarron will join t...
Experienced campaigners Gina Crampton and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit will join forces to lead the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel in 2019.
The Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel has completed its 2019 squad with a trio of southern talent.   Defender Abby Erwood returns for her fourth season in the Steel ranks, midcourter Kate Hef...
South African shooting star Lenize Potgieter will add even more firepower to the ranks of the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel in 2019.   The SPAR Proteas shooter bolsters a formidable line-...
Some of New Zealand’s burgeoning young track cyclists impressed in the first round of the new Subway National Track Series at Invercargill over the weekend. The competition at the SIT Zero Fe...
The first round of the Subway National Track Series will commence this weekend in Invercargill at the SIT Zero Fee Velodrome. Cycling New Zealand announced the new national track series to further dev...
It will be a more confident, more attacking-minded Tayler Adams who returns to Southland rugby after finding his mojo across the Tasman. The Melbourne Rebels playmaker has signed on with the Stags ...
Steel recruit new defenderHer elevation into the elite ranks of the ANZ Premiership may have come as a surprise, but Courtney Elliott is determined to make an impact. Just a few days ago, the Waikato defender was preparing ...