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Positivity a winning strategy

A LIFE-CHANGING event can lead to either a life filled with negativity or positivity. Southland woman Sue Morrison-Bailey made a decision when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February last year she was going to face it as a fighter, not a victim. Her strategy worked and Sue can now say she is free of the big C. "Cancer is always...

Pet of the week

Name: Tora. Age: 1 year and 5 months. Breed: Swedish Vallhund. Pet likes: Dogs and kids, treats, being chased. Pet dislikes: Not sleeping on the bed. Favourite food: Organic Nesquik cereal, aka bunny poops. Each receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age, breed, likes, dislikes and favourite food to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

Enrolments spike in SIT nursing programme

IN the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, more students than ever are enrolling in the Southern Institute of Technology's (SIT) nursing programme. SIT acting chief executive Maree Howden said the tertiary institution had a 30% increase in enrolments in its bachelor of nursing programme in 2021, compared to last year. "We have also received some early applications for the bachelor of...

Sign of the times

FOR many a place of peace and reflection, the efforts of the Kew Bush restoration will be acknowledged with the installation of a new sign. For the past two decades, volunteers have worked to remove pests, plant native bush and help increase birdlife in the area behind Southland Hospital (pictured). Allan McPherson and friend John Tait are two of the people...

Te Anau sees record crowds

WET weather failed to deter a record crowd at Te Anau's Anzac Day dawn service on Sunday, with about 250 people gathering at Te Anau Club Memorial flagpole at 7am. Fiordland RSA president Geoff Trumper said the dawn service and the parade were well attended considering the wet weather. "The dawn service is a unique opportunity for people to experience a...

Advocate welcomes healthcare changes

SOUTHERN cancer care advocate Melissa Vining is preparing to farewell another person close to her who has been failed by the healthcare system and says change cannot come fast enough. Ms Vining's late husband, Blair Vining, was responsible for New Zealand's largest cancer petition. Now, Ms Vining said a dear friend had been diagnosed with lung cancer. It was curable when...

Love Local delivers the goods

EATING your greens is much easier thanks to the new Love Local delivery van. A social enterprise business, the Southland charity's main aim was to provide more fresh, local produce to the community, as well as support southern market growers with another way to supply consumers. Designed to support and encourage Southlanders to eat healthy by providing affordable fresh fruit and...

History revealed through postage

AN enjoyment of postage stamps, collecting postage covers, CALs (Custom Advertising Labels) and researching postal history has fascinated philatelist George Stewart for more than 40 years. A member of the Southland Stamp Club and editor, Mr Stewart said the hobby not only gave enjoyment, it could also increase people's knowledge, especially if they were keen to research various stamps, the...

A day of remembrance

ANZAC Day is not about glorifying war, but remembering and learning from mistakes of the past, one Southland RSA president says. Riverton RSA president Paddy Lewis said there were lots of people in the district to whom the day meant a lot. "Whether it be because of family ties, or their patriotism... it really is one of those days when you...

An interest in all-things military

IT'S not the vegetables in McGregor's garden which are enticing people to visit, it's the collection of historic military vehicles - row upon row. On the way to Te Anau from Mossburn, at the bottom of Gorge Hill, were two large sheds which housed the family-owned Fiordland Military Vehicles Museum. War veterans, various car clubs, community service groups and even a...
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