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Mullet fundraiser makes an impact

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MORE than $9000 has been raised for mental health awareness through the mullet-growing initiative Mullets for Mental Health. Started by Invercargill firefighters in September, November 30 marked the last day of the campaign that aimed to get people talking about mental health. Senior firefighter Waka Miller said the campaign may have done some good as he was told helplines had received...

Gardening guru’s new adventure

PACKING up her writing instruments and computer, long-time gardening columnist Betty Munro is off on a new adventure. A regular contributor to the Southland Express since 1997, Betty had been asked by former newspaper manager Camille Alabaster to write a gardening column. "It was quite strange," Betty said. "Camille Alabaster came in one day and asked me to write a column for...

Memory diaries to help with grief

DEATH comes in many forms, and as hard as it is for an adult to process bereavement, children often find it more difficult. To help parents and caregivers guide children through the grieving process, Greenlight Innovations director Leon Hartnett has organised the donation of 40 Kenzie's Gift memories are forever diaries and parents' kits to the Invercargill Loss and Grief...

Christmas appeal gives feeling of hope

THE spirit of Christmas will be alive and well at Invercargill Women’s Refuge this year, thanks to the generosity of the members and supporters of the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club (IWMC). For the second time, IWMC president Peter Kennedy and his wife Cindy are running a ‘Give a Gift for Kids’ appeal for families being supported by the refuge. ‘‘It’s about giving...

Machinery checks encouraged

MACHINERY users are being urged to inspect warm, sheltered areas where birds may nest to avoid fire risks this summer. Fire and Emergency New Zealand data revealed Southland had experienced seven nesting-related fires in the past three months from birds building homes in areas where heat was produced. FENZ East Otago-Southland area fire risk management officer Scott Lanauze said it...

Escaping a life of abuse

'What it's like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Jane, a survivor of domestic abuse. The former Southlander escaped an abusive relationship seven years ago, moved out of the region and rebuilt her life. However, the psychological and...

Radio hosts to represent region at Latin awards

THREE Latin Americans, who choose Invercargill as home, are representing Southland at a national awards event. Colombians Adriana Rincon Carolina Ortiz were nominated to New Zealand Latin Awards with their variety radio programme Frecuencia Latinaland. Mexican Rodrigo Revilla was a finalist in the arts and culture/visual arts category with his 3-D animated short film Share it. "The theme of the story is...

SGHS Old Girls’ celebrates a century

THIS year marks 100 years of Southland Girls' High School's Old Girls' Association and to celebrate, its members are presenting a sizeable donation to the school. They plan to present a cheque at the school's prizegiving ceremony next month, a contribution towards the upgrade of the school's library. Old Girls' Association president Anne McCracken said they wanted to keep the amount...

Cartoonist enjoys a ‘magic’ career

WHEN Southland cartoonist Shaun Yeo landed his first full-time gig at 27 years old, he felt like he had been born again, he says. "I never wanted to do the Southland thing, I didn't want to be an apprentice or an electrician." As a young boy, he came across New Zealander Murray Ball's comic strip, Footrot Flats, and "fell in love...

Rocket Lab chief inspires pupils

INDUSTRIAL espionage, Elon Musk and flat Earth theorists were some of the topics Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck covered during a visit to his former Invercargill high school last week. It's where it all started for Mr Beck. James Hargest College provided him with the resources to fuel his passion for engineering. An inspiration for some, one particular 10-year-old got to...
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