Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region and is also a district within that region. It consists mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island / Rakiura. The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and spans over 3,400 km of coast. Southland has a strong economy with an abundance of natural resources and is based on primary production and process industries such as dairying, meat processing and the world class Tiwai Aluminium Smelter. With dairy prices having recently shown sustained signs of recovery, Southland’s economic outlook for 2013 has improved. Unemployment is also tracking more favourably than the national economy.   Paul Casson – Chief Executive PO Box 1306 Invercargill P: 03 211 1400