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School to trial Koha Kai model

JANICE Lee's dream to roll out the Koha Kai model to other communities is in the process of being realised, with Waiau Area School in Tuatapere set to trial the Lunches in Schools Programme next term. "It is going to be really exciting," Mrs Lee said. However, there was also some apprehension because it was the first time the programme had...

It’s in the bag

MANY hands make many shopping bags. A sewing bee was held at the Orphans Aid International op shop on Spey St last Thursday to make as many fabric bags as possible. Shop manager Kathryn Casey said the bags were made in preparation for when the shop's supply of single-use plastic bags ran out and to give customers the option of buying...

Pupils proud to share their culture through Polyfest

JUNIOR Lafoga and Elisara Kuresa have been actively involved in Murihiku Polyfest since its inception 12 years ago, as performers and backstage volunteers. The Southland Boys' High School (SBHS) pupils said they had got involved in Polyfest while at New River Primary School because their older siblings and cousins were involved, and they had continued on at secondary school because...

To Kenya with love

SOUTHLANDERS' financial support has gone a long way to improving the lives of a group of Kenyan children, Children of Maasai Educational Programme (CMEP) deputy chairwoman and New Zealand correspondent Zoe Dawson says. The 20-year-old Southern Institute of Technology first-year nursing student recently returned from a three-week CMEP charity mission to the township of Kumpa, about 80km south of Nairobi. She...

Tour raises more than $3000

SIXTY to 70 riders sweated it out at ASB's Invercargill offices last week as part of the Tour of Don & Deveron. ASB put together the Tour of Don & Deveron as a fundraising event for St John Invercargill. This year's tour attracted eight teams and they pedalled the stationary bike at the ASB offices to rack up as many kilometres...

An award-winning hobby

INVERCARGILL man Bruce Clay has rediscovered his childhood passion – building models. The model enthusiast started building model cars as a pre-teen. "I have always had a fascination with cars, aircraft, anything with an engine on it," he said. "I also have a fascination with making things." The hobby of his childhood fell away as life got busier, he said, and he became...

Committed to the community

PETER Templeton's lifetime of service to his community was recognised when he received a Southland District Council Community Service Award at Riverton this week. Southland District Mayor Gary Tong presented the award at a function attended by family, friends, Western Southland sporting colleagues and community board members from Riverton/Aparima and Tuatapere, where Mr Templeton has left a huge impression through...

Kmart complex to ‘complement’ CBD

THE Kmart "shopping mall" being built in Invercargill will not be in direct competition with the HWCP retail precinct planned for Invercargill's CBD, Windermere Holdings Ltd director Paul Smith says. Windermere Holdings is developing the complex for Kmart and eight other tenants. The Kmart complex is being built at 15 Clyde St, about a block from the retail precinct planned for...

Novel fundraiser makes a mark

NINE year old Ella McEwan simply wanted to help her granddad. Five years ago Ella's grandfather, Ron McEwan, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This year, without prompting, Ella came up with an idea to try and help those who have to deal with Parkinson's disease. She went about making bookmarks and selling them for 50c each. Since April, Ella has made and sold...

Sit down for a chat

TO help to break down social barriers and reconnect people, a conversation table has been set aside at The Pantry's cafe in South City for those who may want to enjoy a cuppa and a chat. "It is a way for people to mingle and meet... some people may enjoy the company," South Alive community project co-ordinator Janette Malcolm said. Described...
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