Regional development

Growing a Region

HenleyHutchings has had a three year relationship with the Southland region working on regional development strategies.  It started with a non-statutory strategy for Environment Southland which fed into its Long Term Plan (LTP). There followed the creation of a regional development strategy called “SoRDS” – Southland Regional Development Strategy – in 2015, involving all local authorities and the private and community sectors. 

The SoRDS programme is now well advanced with its regional development Action Plan.  This is the product of over 100 volunteers in Action Teams working on opportunities overseen by a Governance Group. The focus of the strategy is on population growth, economic diversification and business growth with a key goal to increase Southland's population by 10,000 by 2025.

The Action Plan is focused on a number of lead drivers of development – aquaculture, international students, tourism and city rejuvenation in Invercargill and five support drivers including innovation and inclusive communities (immigration). The SoRDS programme has a high profile in the region and with central government and will soon be into its implementation phase.

HenleyHutchings has provided ongoing management and strategic advice to the SoRDS team and authored the 2015 strategy and the 2016 Action Plan. 

Download a copy of the strategy.
Visit the SoRDS website.