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Being able to work outdoors in the spectacular Catlins environment, where she grew up, beats a 9 to 5 office job any day, Cara Meyer reckons.

Mrs Meyer established her horse-trekking business, now known as Catlins Horse Riding, in December 2002.

She grew up on Te Taunga, a coastal South Otago farm farmed by her parents Bruce and Denise McGill, with its vistas of farmland, native forest and rugged coastline.


Roma Marae chairman John Paitai admitted that he had been a little surprised when photographer Kirsty Saxon approached the committee to explain that she wanted to portray the community's wairua.

"It was a big kaupapa, difficult to capture with a camera," he said on Monday evening as he prepared to open the resulting exhibition at Te Ahu.


The renovation of the teaching facilities at SIT's Queenstown campus was always going to be job requiring perfect on-site coordination. Despite tight timeframes and difficult site access a quick turnaround from the project team proved a class act.


Hey! My name is Troy Kendall, I am an eighteen-year-old student studying environmental management and renewable energy at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. I have always been extremely passionate about the outdoors doing activities such as tramping, camping, and surfing but had always wanted to do much more adventurous activities like mountaineering and climbing.


Growing up in Malaysia and struggling as a child meant Southern Institute of Technology student Stella Rozario wanted to use her passion to give back to needy families in the community.

Rozario, along with 13 other classmates who are studying the New Zealand certificate in cookery Level 4, baked and decorated gingerbread houses.

Nine students decided to donate their finished houses to charities or organisations in Southland.


Zespri are pleased to announce that their scholarship programme is once again open for applications.

Each year, they offer two $15,000 grants to encourage New Zealand's top students to pursue a career in the country's fast-growing kiwifruit industry.  Recipients will also be supported and mentored throughout their studies as well as being given opportunities to network with industry leaders.


The Bungalow Breakfast Cafe is now open on Fridays beginning August 25 until September 29!

Bookings available between 8am - 10am.

For further information or to make a reservation, please contact

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) students appreciate your support!


Coming up with career prospects when you’re on the cusp of leaving school is not always easy. Some of us have the next few decades mapped out, others have less than no idea what to concentrate on and some find it hard to pin down just one option.

For the creative types among us, a desk job is the stuff of nightmares and having avenues to explore artistic passions is essential.


The Otago Museum is a busy place, with over 350 000 people through our doors in the last year. A number of these visitors are researchers who have requested access to our world-class collection of 1.5 million+ objects to support their studies.

These researchers are doing really interesting things, and are often accessing items in our collections that aren't on public display, so we want to share some of their visits to provide another insight into what a behind-the-scenes day at the Museum looks like.

This week we meet Dr Ross Ramsay from the Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill.


PLUMBING apprentices are coming up trumps for Southland companies.

Justin Sutherland, of Bluff, employed by Plumbing and Building Services Ltd (PBS), of Invercargill, won the Mac McKenzie Top Apprentice of the Year Award for Southland for 2016.


IT may be a small Southland business, but The Seriously Good Chocolate Company’s owner Jane Stanton has big plans as she sets her sights on taking her products to the world.

The company is preparing to export chocolates from its Kiwiana and wine-infused ranges, with a new range being developed, to Singapore and Hong Kong.

Ms Stanton said she was also working towards establishing export markets in Dubai, Sri Lanka and Australia.


Lovers of the Hatea Loop can now enjoy the popular walkway from the comfort of home, with a coffee table book published by local photographer Natalie Guest.

For Natalie, the book began as a portfolio project towards a Diploma of Digital Photography at the Southern Institute of Technology. 


You’ve been eyeing the US, maybe Canada, maybe the United Kingdom for college or post graduate studies. But you’re concerned about being so far away from home, about safety, job security after college, and the quality of education vis-à-vis your parents’ investment. Maybe it’s time to train your sights further afield.

Enter New Zealand (NZ). Famous mainly for its breathtaking scenery and as the location for the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) series, New Zealand has emerged as a new favorite education destination among Filipino students.  In 2016, more than 3,000 Filipinos were registered as international students, which do not include the immigrants who have settled in NZ. In a country of 4.6 million people, you’ll be sure to bump into a fellow Pinoy wherever you go.


The SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks have taken an early and key step in their planning for the 2018 National Basketball League by re-signing Head Coach Judd Flavell for a further two years.

Being able to retain Flavell, who is also an assistant coach at the New Zealand Breakers, was a “no-brainer” according to Sharks General Manager Jill Bolger.


Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) will have the opportunity to help a select number of Information Technology students build lasting connections and form global links that will be priceless in future endeavours.

This experience of a lifetime is thanks to SIT being awarded a group scholarship for a select number of their IT students under the recent round of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.

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