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Girl guides earn Queen’s award

THREE Southland Girl Guides have worked their way towards earning a Queen's Guide Award, the highest achievement a girl guide can earn. The achievement can take up to three years to earn and focuses on building skills such as responsibility, planning and leadership. Five Rivers Rangers unit team leader Carla Werder said it had been years since so many girls had...

Fostering a passion for poetry

A BOOK of love has been created. Amelia Fernandez has a passion to write, with poetry one of her favourite genres. Born and brought up in India, Amelia moved to Invercargill at the age of 7 with her parents, Rani and Jimson, and younger brother in 2016. A pupil at Middle School, Rani explained how Amelia was "very passionate about writing, drawing...

Dancers aiming for the top

LEAVING with New Zealand titles to their names is the goal of three young Southland dancers competing for the last time in the 2019 Junior Rock 'n' Roll Nationals in Invercargill next weekend. Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club members Quinn Robins, Isabella O'Donnell and Caitlin van Miltenburg (all 17) are among 60 juniors from the club who qualified to compete...

Kakapo chicks on show in the city

OUTLANDERS will have a chance to see some of the world's rarest birds this weekend at a kakapo chick viewing session. The Department of Conservation's (Doc) Kakapo Recovery Programme team is inviting the public to see some of this year's chicks at Doc's hand-rearing facility in Invercargill before they are returned to their offshore island homes. Kakapo advocacy ranger Bronnie Jeynes...

Family visits namesake hotel site

THE family of William Langlands are "overwhelmed" a new hotel in Invercargill will have their family name. The architect and Justice of the Peace played an important role in the city during the mid-1800s when the city was being established. Nearly 170 years later, his great-great-great grandchildren Alison Langlands Joyce (59), Jocelyn Hurring (64) and Vivienne Clarence (62) visited the city...

Weight loss journey reaches pinnacle

PROUDLY flexing her newly-acquired muscles and sculptured physique will be the "pinnacle" of Invercargill woman Paula Brown's journey to self-acceptance. She is celebrating her weight loss journey by competing in the Southland Bodybuilding Championships in Invercargill next weekend. This would be her first time entering a body building competition. "The thought of wearing a bikini is terrifying. I have never shown...

Teviot St Reserve a hive of activity

AN Invercargill park once destined for disposal was alive with families last Saturday. More than 100 people attended the Teviot St Reserve picnic in the park, supported by representatives from the Invercargill City Council, Sport Southland, Healthy Families and YMCA. "I was so happy to see so many families coming together, using the field and having fun with their kids... which...

Reality TV show contestants out of their comfort zone

INVERCARGILL'S Hetaraka-McKay family stepped well outside their comfort zone when they participated in the XVenture Family Challenge television series recently. Team Hetaraka consists of mother Chloe, her sons Phoenix (13) and Cyrus (12) and her niece Cherub (19). Chloe said the teams did not know what challenges they would face until the day of filming, making it an unpredictable experience which...

Journalist, comforter, friend to all

PAT Veltkamp Smith's friends and colleagues poured into St Theresa's Church on Tuesday to acknowledge a person who had given so much to so many, to celebrate a life well-lived, and say farewell to a much-loved Southland identity. As well as a pioneer in the women's movement, Pat was also a journalist of 57 years, still writing a weekly column...

Macular degeneration on the rise

MACULAR degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly, with one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 affected by the disease. Sometimes its onset is rapid, and in other cases it is a slow progression, but the impact is debilitating with people losing the ability to drive, read and do day-to-day tasks. According to Macular Degeneration...
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