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Ready to roll in Bluff

BLUFF will become the Cheese Roll capital of New Zealand on Sunday, when the Southland New Zealand Red Cross branch holds the inaugural Southland Cheese Roll down Bluff’s Lee St. Anyone could enter and all participants had to do was come up with a contraption, either one they had built or a ready-made one, such as a skateboard, roller skate or...

Beach clear of rubbish

(From left) Southland G.J. Gardner Homes franchise owner Lisa Vaughan, Ursula Vaughan, her daughters Sienna (7) and Charlize (10) and Southland G.J. Gardner Homes administrator Tessa McKenzie were part of a group of about 50 community members who took part in the annual Oreti Beach clean-up, near Invercargill, on Saturday. Lisa Vaughan said while volunteer numbers were down on last...

Celebrating learning

The Festival of Adult Learning was held throughout New Zealand last week, and the Invercargill community got involved with the theme of Adapted Traditional Pasifika Games. Literacy Aotearoa cluster 10 manager Ana Pereira said the celebrations in Southland went well with a successful event last week. "An excellent turnout from our community, with a range of ages, Pasifika cultures, and Maori. "Everyone...

Community voice echoes

FOR one Southland couple, the official opening of Invercargill's transitional museum and art gallery was all about being able to share Southland's heritage and whakapapa (genealogy). Andrea Jerry Ryan and Tony Ryan were among the first people to get a look inside He Waka Tuia Art + Museum when its doors opened to the public on Saturday, on the corner...

Southlanders honoured for long service to St John

FOUR Southlanders from The Order of St John were presented with the organisation's most recent acknowledgement, the Ultra Long Serve Medal for 50 years of service. Of the 40 medals presented to members in the South Island, four were presented to Southlanders. Member of The Order of St John Fred Hawkes, of Invercargill, Commander of The Order of St John Marie...

Pet of the week

Name: Miss Piggy Age: 9 months Breed: Kune Kune Pet likes: Food, belly rubs, Otis the goat and Mary the lamb Pet dislikes: Sharing her food Favourite food: Everything Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its details (name, age, breed, likes, dislikes, favourite food) to win@ southlandexpress.co.nz

Building apprentices’ hard work acknowledged

TWO Invercargill apprentices took top prizes in the Southern Region Registered Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award. Brendan Smith and Josh Parkhill from Invercargill were judged second and third (respectively) in the competition, while Chris O'Connell from Dunedin took out first place. The apprentices were judged on a two-hour practical challenge, and their initial entry submission. Then, the top 10 progressed...

Seminars to explore alternative housing

STRAW houses is the first of six alternative housing topics the South Alive Housing Action Group has organised to raise awareness and promote discussions about sustainable homes. Being held at The Pod, behind The Pantry, on Grace St in South City, the series of seminars would bring knowledgeable speakers from throughout the country to talk about alternative types of homes. Convener...

Young plants to help Bushy Point grow

THE plants are ready, the site is prepared and Otatara Landcare Group (OLG) members are excited to celebrate Conservation Week 2020 with its annual planting day at Bushy Point in Otatara on Saturday. OLG members encouraged volunteers to come along and help plant the young plants, which had been grown from local cuttings at the Southland Community Nursery in Otatara. Up...

Cleaning up little pockets of the south

CLEANING up the rubbish around Invercargill's coastline, one spot at a time, is the goal of Invercargill student Sian Mair. The Southern Institute of Technology environmental management student said her motivation for improving the environment came after snorkelling in the Bay of Islands. "The rubbish on the ocean floor was terrible. "That was what lit the fire in my belly to want...
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