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Kind gesture warmly received

MORE than 50 handmade quilts were donated to the Salvation Army Invercargill corps by members of the Waikiwi Quilt Circle on Sunday. Salvation Army Invercargill corps community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King said the quilts would be used in the emergency accommodation rooms at the corps' facility at 110 Leven St. "It'll be nice in our rooms to have a quilt on the...

Pupils ready for social sciences fair

SOUTHLAND Social Science Fair chairman Lloyd Esler is looking forward to this year's fair. Being held at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club upper convention rooms, the fair will open on Wednesday, at 9am. "School children from throughout Southland are working on around 200 exhibits, which will be on display for several days, with the fair closing on Saturday afternoon.'' Social sciences includes topics...

Guests have a ball for the Cancer Society

THIS year's Southland Cancer Society Gala Ball had a "Night in London'' theme. About 350 well-attired people were welcomed by four Beefeaters in full costume as they arrived at the red-carpet event, held at the Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday. New World Southland Cancer Society Gala Ball organising committee member Lindsay Moffat said the ball was held to raise funds for...

Annual Knitting Festival now on

The New Zealand Machine Knitters Society's (NZMKS) annual festival is being held at the Lindisfarne Methodist Church in Invercargill until Saturday, June 24. Organised by the Southland Area NZMKS, the event features a display for the general public and workshops, competitions and tours around Southland for the knitters participating in the festival. Event organiser and one of the judges Heather Smith said...

Kidzone to be a blast

THE 13th annual 2017 ILT Kidzone Festival promises to be out of this world. Festival director Claire Blau said the theme for this year's festival, Out of This World, reflected a range of new activities being added to this year's line-up, incorporating elements of technology, 3D and space. "The new activities are designed to inspire kids' creativity and imagination," she said. There...

Estuary Walkway shelters opened

Rotarians, Invercargill City Council parks staff and other volunteers plant 100 native shrubs after the official opening of the New River Estuary Walkway shelters near the Bond St car park on Sunday, June 11. Parks staff and the combined Rotary clubs of Invercargill have in the past 12 years planted more than 250,000 native plants along the walkway and around...

Santa locks in date

THE date is set and planning well under way for the much-anticipated Southland Christmas Parade. "We have started and the momentum is building for another great year... and we have put in a request for sunshine this year,'' parade manager Alice Pottinger said. This is Mrs Pottinger's fourth year organising the parade. "It is a humongous job... but it is fun and...

Let there be light

GLENGARRY will become a winter wonderland on Saturday as this year's Fire and Light Midwinter Festival is celebrated. Lanterns are continuing to be made, armour shined for the medieval sword fighting demonstrations, and entertainment and food prepared in anticipation of a good turnout. Co-ordinator Rebecca Amundsen said there would be lots of fun activities as part of the fifth annual festival,...

Community benefits from expansion

KOHA Kai has extended its operations. The Invercargill-based, not-for-profit group, which helps disabled Southlanders become engaged in the community and gain skills needed for paid employment, has launched its latest Lunches in Schools Programme at Te Wharekura O Arowhenua on Tweed St by suppling low-cost meals for pupils. Koha Kai project leader Janice Lee said workers who trained in the Lunches...

Kids have a say

SOUTHLAND school pupils will be running their own mock elections in September through the Electoral Commission's Kids Voting programme. Chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said the Kids Voting programme provided schools with resources for pupils to run a mock election. "Students learn about and vote for real candidates and parties, then compare the results with the outcome of the General Election,"...
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