Ashburton Grand Opening: celebrating The Regions new office in Canterbury

Where do you find balloons, banter and a whole lot of celebration? At The Regions’ grand opening of our Ashburton Office, that’s where! And, that is certainly what our team enjoyed when the doors to our new Canterbury office opened on Friday 29 November.

We have been supporting the South Island farming community since The Regions was founded in 2017, but the time had come to have a more permanent presence. The Central South Island’s growing rural community, and Canterbury’s significant dairy economy, means there is an ever-increasing demand for farmworkers in the south. Our new Ashburton office will help us to continue to provide this much-needed support and recruitment to the region.

Local VIPs in attendance

As well as our wonderful Canterbury team,  the grand opening saw The Regions founders, Ben and Patricia De’Ath fly down for the official ribbon cutting ceremony, with Key Account Managers, Julie and Michelle, and Business Support, Sonja. In attendance was the honorable Neil Brown, Mayor of Ashburton and fellow council members.

“It was great to have local politicians welcome us to the community and acknowledge the importance of the recruitment and support services we provide,” says The Regions managing director, Ben D’Ath. “The farmworkers and their families who we help recruit onto New Zealand farms are looking for opportunity, stability and a community where they can achieve betterment. They’re certainly able to find that here in the South!”

With the doors to The Regions new Ashburton office now open, the local community has welcomed our presence. “Everyone has been very appreciative of the services we provide to the South Island region and expressed the need for more! The team have already had some great conversations and created good connections within the dairy industry,” says Ben.

Lobbying for betterment

The opening of the Ashburton office comes almost a year after The Regions Stand Against the Stand Down campaign, advocating for a realistic understanding of immigration and how it affects New Zealand’s dairy industry.

“Nowhere are the changes Immigration New Zealand needs to make for work visa holders more evident than here in the South,” says Ben. “There is a thriving rural economy down here, but a severe shortage of hardworking and loyal farmworkers. We’ve seen the problem growing over the two years we’ve been supporting these communities with initiatives like our Community 500 scheme, so the time is certainly right for our team to be more prominent here,” says Ben.

The Regions Ashburton office has licensed immigration advisors as well as key account managers to provide immigration and recruitment care to farmers and farmworkers in the region.

“Canterbury is a special part of New Zealand, but also an incredibly important one for our dairy industry,” says Ben. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our commitment to providing integral support and pastoral care to help our farmworkers acclimatise to their new home and grow the local economy.”

And, with a herd of people walking through our doors since we opened, we believe our move into Ashburton will be an exciting one.

Thank you from The Regions

From The Regions team, we’d like to thank everyone who came down to support our new office opening, or has set foot through the doors since then. We look forward to working with you across the years to come, providing betterment for the Canterbury community and beyond.

 

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