Export Southland

Formed in 2000 as ‘The Southland Export Forum’ and re-branded in 2012, Export Southland works to achieve four main purposes:

  1. Represent exporters’ views on policy issues
  2. Promote networking, educational and social events
  3. Recognise significant business and individual contributions to the export sector
  4. Assist start-up export orientated businesses

Valuable sponsorship from South Port and HSBC has meant Export Southland is open to both Chamber members and non-members. Businesses can attend and contribute towards events, training, regular information and updates as well as other services and connections. One of the highlights on the Chamber calendar is the biannual Export Southland Recognition dinner.

Export Southland also provides opportunities to meet business people from a range of countries as from time to time we host incoming trade delegations and lead outgoing trade missions.

For more information on Export Southland activities, take a look at the links on this page.

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Past Events

16 March 2016

Trade Minister Educates Southland Exporters

Export Southland hosted the Honourable Todd McClay, Minister of Trade, at a lunch time discussion at the Ascot Park Hotel on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

The Minister spoke to Chamber of Commerce members and Export Southland guests on the importance of trade to New Zealand’s economy. In particular, he spoke on how trade can grow regional economies by expanding markets, increasing investment, and creating new jobs. Individuals and businesses were informed about taking advantage of existing and new opportunities presented by trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He spoke in detail about the TPP and summarised the document.

The Export Southland Committee Chairman, Graham Dick, said of the event “we were pleased to host the Trade Minister to provide our members with access to up to date and relevant information about trading agreements and how this will impact on our regions’ businesses.”

Hon Todd McClay is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He has been in Parliament since 2008 and was promoted to Cabinet in 2014. He became Minister of Revenue, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade. In December 2015, following a cabinet reshuffle, Mr McClay became the Minister of Trade.