About Us

Volleyball Southland Inc, Association is the governing body, and Regional Sporting Organisation as well as the club Volley South for all Volleyball within the Southland and Queenstown Lakes Regions, and is one of fourteen Associations linking back to the National Sporting Organisation,  Volleyball New Zealand. Volley South is a non-profit organisation that run many indoor programmes from the  ILT Stadium Southland and throughout our region. They also run Beach Volleyball from their new beach courts located at Otepuni Community Hub, 40 Forth Street, Invercargill. Read more below.

Organisational Structure:

International Governance Body
Federation International Volleyball (FIVB)

National Governance Body
Volleyball New Zealand (VNZ)

Regional Governance Body
Volleyball Southland Board

Volunteer coaches and casual paid staff help run our organisation and we thank them dearly for their passion and time.

Volley South Board Chair:
Chair: Donna Milne

Email: info@volleysouth.org.nz

Cell: 027 4710782


Duncan Mckenzie

Dave McKissock

2022 Volley South Board:

  1. Donna Milne- National Sales Manager Knode
  2. Stephanie Roberts - Business Advisory Services Manager, BCom, Chartered Accountant -McCulloch and Partners
  3. Opini Toomalatai- Youth Worker- Oranga Tamariki
  4. Jorgelina Leiva​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  5. John Knowler
  6. Patrick Ines Bonjoc

  1. LGBTQA+ representative 
  2. Youth Voice Group


About us:

These services are delivered with the assistance of trained deliverers, contractors, and volunteer coaches/managers. Overall, the Southland and Queenstown Lakes region is seen as a significant area of new growth within VNZ.

VS is a Regional Sporting Organisation that prides itself in knowing that they deliver quality and compelling opportunities to a wider range of participants and a timely, suitable location and in a suitable manner whether it be players, coaches, referees, volunteers or even whanau support. Volleyball is a fun, social and safe environment where people of all ages and ethnic groups can feel they have a sense of belonging. VS run school-based and community deliveries and events, competitive and social competitions for all age groups, a Saturday night drop-in centre, Rangatahi Sports Days as well as a representative level programme for junior and senior age groups. VS supports local coaches and referees to develop their skills and offer next-level opportunities when necessary.

Volley South Mission

VSA's mission is to deliver quality and effective Volleyball opportunities and support to all age groups at all levels.

Volley South Vision

Volley South aspires to provide quality Volleyball opportunities and experiences for Anyone, anywhere at any time.”

Volley South Values

  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Passion
  • Determination
  • Admiration
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment/fun
  • Teamwork

Covid-19 Response to change

A full organisational change occurred on the 26th of February 2021 to enable the leadership of the association to grow, be agile, and become more financially sustainable. The Board believed they had sufficient cause to make changes to the Association and restructure the business to be the most effective way to deliver to our customers and continue our strategy whilst maintaining financial sustainability.

VS is now governed by a volunteer board that set the strategic direction and manage the day-to-day business with the help of a casual and geographically spread mobile workforce of trained Growth Leaders, team leaders, deliverers, referees, community groups, volunteer coaches and managers. Volley South coordinates and facilitates the entire Southland and Southern Lakes volleyball sporting region: Invercargill, Winton, Riverton, Queenstown, Te Anau and Gore.

The Board also needed to understand that generating revenue from various sources is essential to the Association's financial sustainability and for community involvement across our entire Southland and Southern Lakes region.  This is especially the case given the uncertainties within our current social and economic landscapes regarding the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 and its impact both now and in the future.

The Board recognised the need to manage the Association's ability to generate a range of revenue streams and reduce their dependence on external funders. Currently, this has moved from external funding to 100% to 56%; however, they still rely on funders as a significant source of income, and as happened in 2020, they received a 50% reduction and a 4-month delay in receiving annual grants. The funding rounds for 2021-2022 are not guaranteed or confirmed as funders are still working through them, so the worst case is their only option to consider as actual.

With Covid-19 and the issues outlined below, VS needs to consider their future suitability in even more detail, and thoroughly review their Association. The Association needs to ensure its viability at an operational level and cease its use of cash reserves while being innovative during a crisis and building a beach hub to use as new revenue.

  • A shift in VS market requirements, product changes to include Beach and a refocus to all of Southland and Southern Lakes
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on finances, use of all cash reserves, funders impact and competitions numbers
  • More productive Business Processes - Improved technology & Organisations Structure
  • Cash reserves and the investment into the Otepuni Community Hub facility