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Oyster Festival sells in record time

SELLING out months ahead of time is nothing new for the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. However, this year's event has set a record: all 4500 tickets were sold by the first week of January. Festival committee member Kylie Fowler said the festival was getting bigger each year. "We usually sell out our tickets in February but for the first time in...

Kathryn leaves immense legacy

IT is about the people. Orphans Aid International (OAI) charity shop manager Kathryn Casey is about to say goodbye to more than a decade of charity work, to farewell her volunteers and a chapter of personal and professional growth. It is with mixed emotions she is leaving the much-loved Spey St shop and its volunteers. But it was time, Kathryn said, it...

Southland crew to help fight bushfires

FOUR Southland firefighters are ready for the "biggest challenge" of their careers. Volunteers Ken Keenan, Graeme Appleby, Brodie Butcher and Nigel Milne were among 21 firefighters being deployed yesterday by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) to assist with Australia's devastating bushfires. Hedgehope rural fire controller Mr Keenan said this would be the second time his team had travelled overseas to...

Alianna starts new year early

A MIDNIGHT helicopter ride to hospital was not how Queenstown woman Katrina Henderson thought her New Year's Eve would go. Sat at the dinner table with family, her waters broke at 8.30pm on Tuesday, she said. The problem was, her second child was not due for another month. Instead, she became the first baby to be born in Southland Hospital this...

Providing dental care a passion

THE first woman to set up her own dental practice in Southland has retired. After studying at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin, Robyn Hunter graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1977. Three years later, having working as a dentist, the former Southland Girls' High School pupil established her own practice in Windsor in 1980. Asked...

What’s on the civic leaders’ lists?

WITH just six days left until Christmas, Santa Claus is letting us in on some Southland secrets. He is a good friend of ours, at the Southland Express, so this year he offered to share civic leaders' wish lists. While some had very practical requests from the man in red, others were hoping for a little bit of magic. The first letter...

New initiative to help Southland parents delay teen drinking

SCHOOL's out and the Christmas party season is upon us, followed closely by the summer party season. This can mean increased opportunities for teens to drink can help. The Plan is a new initiative being rolled out in Invercargill which aims to support parents to delay drinking and reduce alcohol related risk to their teens. It encourages and supports parents to stick...

Appeal support overwhelming

THE Southland community has once again gone above and beyond to ensure women and children experiencing family violence in the region receive some Christmas cheer this year. For the second year in a row, Invercargill Workingmen's Club president Peter Kennedy and his wife Cindy organised a Gift for Kids' appeal for families being supported by the Invercargill Women's Refuge during...

‘Living taonga’ heading north

ABOUT 80 of Invercargill's iconic tuatara will be released on two islands in the Marlborough Sounds next year. Southland Museum & Art Gallery (SMAG) manager David Luoni said last week during the trust board meeting the translocation plan for the tuatara was scheduled for autumn 2020. However, Mr Luoni highlighted the translocation was the "precursor to Department of Conservation granting its...

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...
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