Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce was taking the pulse of South Canterbury businesses yesterday.
Mr Joyce was in town to talk to several local businesses, as well as make site visits to New Zealand Light Leathers, Waipopo Orchards and Juice Products New Zealand.
While the latest Household Labour Force survey revealed unemployment at its highest level nationally in more than a decade (7.3 per cent), Mr Joyce noted that South Canterbury was bucking the trend at only 5.2 per cent unemployment.
"The lesson for the rest of the country is to observe what these businesses are doing here to be successful, which is adding value to their product, and encouraging development," Mr Joyce said. He said the Ultra Fast Broadband roll-out - from which Timaru is one of the first cities in the country to benefit - would bring local businesses "closer to the world".
YMCA board vacancy Do you want to make a difference? The YMCA is seeking a board member for South and Mid Canterbury. Applicants will need spare time to commit to being part of the governance board.
Business moving Importers, wholesalers and retailers House of Jane Elliot is shifting from its present site at Turnbull Street to Cains Terrace, formerly the Mortons Auction Rooms. The shift happens today with the new site to be open on Tuesday.
Chamber board member The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce has a new member following its AGM at the end of last month. The new member Sharron Ballantyne, is the manager of Ballantynes in Timaru. There were two places available and at the meeting, re-standing board member Bruce McDougall was re-elected along with Mrs Ballantyne, unopposed. They join the board of Tony Howey (chairman), Chris McAuslin, Nigel Davenport, Jeremy Boys, Peter McAuley, Andrew Tombs and Lisa Baillie.
- The Timaru Herald