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Southlanders show support for super day

SOUTHLAND residents used their community spirit, creativity and sense of humour to motivate people in the region to be vaccinated against Covid-19 last Saturday. And the work seemed to pay off. Hundreds of Southlanders took part in Super Saturday with nearly 10,000 doses of the vaccine administered in the south, the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) said. SDHB Covid-19 vaccine rollout incident...

Pet of the week

Name: Bo Age: 12 years old Breed: Golden labrador-cross retriever Pet likes: Loves to sit on the back of the four wheeler and hang out with family Pet dislikes: Loud noises Favourite food: Venison and pigs’ ears Each Pet of the Week 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...

Sophie shares her space view

THE trip of a lifetime taken each year into the heart of Fiordland's Deep Cove is set to pack a little extra punch for Southland pupils after a selfless donation from Southland Girl's High School Year 8 pupil Sophie Ineson. Sophie donated her Sky-Watcher 6-inch Dobsonian telescope to the Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust after she won it with her...

Upset residents seek legal advice over coastal erosion

IN sleepy Colac Bay/Oraka, a battle is brewing behind the veneer of perfect waves and summers. The popular holiday destination in Southland, home to about 60 permanent residents, is protected from the Southern Ocean by a sprawling rock wall. But the sea is rising up to meet the town that faces Foveaux Strait. Fearful an old dump could be exposed where the...

Mayors inspire farmgate drive

PLANNING is well under way for Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks and Southland District Mayor Gary Tong's "farmgate tour" of the deep south in early November to visit up to 25 small communities to boost vaccination rates. The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) earlier this week said the Southland district had 54% of its population over age 12 double-vaccinated and 77%...

Ollie on a mission, with a little help

A DISABLED cockatiel wants to become the first bird to shake its tail feathers and walk the length of New Zealand. Ollie the cockatiel was hand-raised by Cambridge woman Robyn Chappell after being attacked as a young chick. Having overcome many obstacles in his life, the 20-month-old bird now has a new mission become the first cockatiel to walk the length...

Upcycling for wheelchairs

MAY 22 is Abbie Sansom's birthday. It is also the date stamp on the bread tag at the centre of an art work she recently donated to South Alive. A venturer at the Georgetown Scout Group, Abbie (12) created the colourful creation by using bread tags as part of her Scouts Aotearoa Sustainable Choices Badge. "I tried to find what you could...

Stop and smell the herbs

SHARING a passion for herbs, the Southland Herb Society will host its Spring Festival Celebrating Herbs this weekend as part of its 40th celebrations in Invercargill. As well as beautiful displays, demonstrations and information, there would also be sales of indoor and outdoor plants, crafts, preserves, lavender, herbal products, and bric-a-brac, as well as a stall hosted by artisan florist...

Public helps with dead seal retrieval

IT was a race against time to retrieve a dead leopard seal from an Invercargill beach last week, so the body could be sent to a chiller for scientific research. LeopardSeals.org co-founder Dr Krista van der Linde was excited to learn how large the taonga (treasured) animal was. While the cause of death of the almost 3m-long mammal was unknown, Dr...

Plastic waste a big feature in island clean-up

SEEING mollymawk carcasses containing plastic beads lying on the remote coastline of Stewart Island is motivation for Southern Coastal Charitable Trust volunteers to keep clearing rubbish from such areas. A recent trip to Stewart Island saw 16 volunteers collect an estimated 28 tonnes of rubbish from Mason Bay at Stewart Island. Trust co-ordinator Joyce Kolk said the rubbish contained lost fishing...
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