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To identify opportunities, constraints and pathways forward to diversify and grow/expand technology based and manufacturing businesses in Southland Murihiku.

Stabicraft Marine, Southland Murihiku


  • Beyond 2025 Southland are working with the local business community and Southland Business Chamber who led the Business Transitions Just Transition research project workstream.  They focused on start-up businesses, and companies (SME’s) supplying goods or services to New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) such as transport, maintenance and engineering firms acknowledging that these businesses may need a range of support to manage ongoing uncertainty around the fate of NZAS. This may include simple technology and advisory services to more tailored assistance, including training.  Starting early will give government and businesses sufficient time to work together to plan their response.

  • Other technology-based industries and businesses will be investigated in order to understand from their perspective the opportunities and barriers for growth and/or expansion.

Key Outcomes

  1. Support the businesses most affected by NZAS’ closure, to transition

  2. Focus on technology-based diversification and innovation opportunities, such as the space sector and data centres

Connection with other Workstreams:

The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams: