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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.


Penny Simmonds, CEO at the Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand, sees India as a powerhouse that is not quite recognised.  She tells Vaishali Dar that she was in talks with Indian institutes for a student exchange programme.

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Art and science might be two different  areas but a group of Dunedin artists and scientists have proved there can be a meeting of minds even on complicated concepts such as genetics. Rebecca Fox talks to some artists involved in the Art and Genetics Exhibition.


Keeping New Zealand's culture alive, hundreds of students are enrolling in te reo and Maori culture subjects at the Southern Institute of Technology.

Those from different backgrounds, ethnicities and of different socioeconomic status', are coming together to learn about New Zealand's indigenous culture and language.

In recent years, te reo and tikanga classes increased in numbers of enrolments and participation, and achievement of Maori students in all subjects at SIT had gone up.


Aparima College students have won this year's Young Enterprise Scheme Dragons' Den challenge with their recycled dog toy idea.

The school used materials from old clothes and recycled tennis balls from the Waihopai Tennis Club to make cheap, durable dog toys.

Year 12 and 13 students from James Hargest College, Southland Girls' High School, Aparima College and Mt Aspiring College pitched their ideas to business people at the Southern Institute of Technology on Thursday.


Have you ever dreaded an upcoming school assessment?

Well, imagine having to take that assessment in front of a room full of strangers.

For Southern Institute of Technology bachelor of music student Deb Wattes, being stared at by members of the public during a school assessment is common place. 


With our world becoming increasingly concerned about how to protect and conserve our environment, there has never been a better time to become an expert in this area.

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) student Raphael Karnuth has always had a passion for the environment, its biology and especially New Zealand’s native species. 


Song, dance and Indonesian food will be a growing trend with an increasing number of students from Indonesia studying at the Southern Institute of Technology.

Newly elected Indonesian ambassador Tantowi Yahya was in Invercargill on Sunday meeting with the city's Indonesian community.


Outgoing Southern Institute of Technology Council chairwoman Sarah Brown has more than 11 years of memories at the SIT.

Brown stood down from the position at the council's AGM on Monday.

She has been chairwoman for six years, but on the council for 11.

She had seen many changes at SIT in those years, the most notable being the steady increase in international student numbers and advances in facilities.


With New Zealand screaming out for workers skilled in the construction industry, students like Narcisse Carr have their wits about them, knowing they will be in hot demand once their studies have finished.

Narcisse completed her Certificate in Joinery, graduating in 2016. One of only two females on her course, she quickly became a skilled joiner, her interest in woodwork fostered from a young age by helping out with projects in her dad’s garage.


Southern pupils were surprised with stationary donations this week.

Staff from the Southern Institute of Technology delivered care-packages full of stationery to Ascot Community School, Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, New River Primary and Invercargill Middle School.

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