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Pet of the week

Name: Oscar Age: 4 months Breed: Borgi (boarder collie corgi cross) Pet likes: Toys that make noise Pet dislikes: The vacuum cleaner Favourite food: Anything really... he just loves food 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, favourite food to win@ southlandexpress.co.nz

Putting waste in its place

DANIEL Moore is passionate about recycling. So much, the Year 8 Aparima College special eduction needs pupil, from Riverton, was named Keep New Zealand Beautiful Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month for October. With help from teacher aide Susan Mailman, Daniel (13) looked after the school's recycling station, sorting the different types of plastic bottles and recording how many were recycled...

Full steam ahead for mental health

UP to 60 people took part in a fun, steampunk-themed arts day last week in Invercargill. Hosted by Able (Southern Family Support) Charitable Trust, the day was part of Mental Health Awareness for clients, staff and whanau, to get-together and socialise, Able Charitable Trust peer support worker Rachael Roberts said. The theme of steampunk (Victoriana meets the industrial future) was suggested...

Spotting the elusive kakariki

ONCE widespread but now hard to find, the small green parrots known as kakariki can be seen in Southland. Both the yellow-crowned parakeet and red-crowned parakeet, similar to the one pictured, can be seen in the region's forests. Meaning in Maori, kakariki of both kinds can be found particularly on Ulva Island, near Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Bluff Hill. However, they might also...

Deputy mayor’s role to be defined

INVERCARGILL City Council chief executive Clare Hadley has denied proposed changes mean the deputy mayor will effectively be taking over from Sir Tim Shadbolt as mayor. Changes to the deputy mayor role were suggested in a damning review which highlighted a leadership void and said Sir Tim was struggling to perform significant aspects of his role. In the review, Richard Thomson...

Edible houses add to magic

SUGAR, several cups of flour and a lot of imagination is what it takes to create a gingerbread house masterpiece. Invercargill resident Eva van Eeden spent about four weeks creating her gingerbread village. The architectural student is among 50 people taking part in the Invercargill Gingerbread House Competition at H&J Smith. Mrs van Eeden said it was only her second attempt at...

In bloom

Te Anau children Ari Horwell (5, left) and Isaac Wairau (3) look for strawberries during the opening of the Fiordland Community Garden at Te Anau recently. About 70 people attended the opening at the Te Anau Memorial Park last week with Fiordland Community Garden trust president Andrea Staben officiating. Fiordland Community House community, family and youth worker Dale Wairau gave...

Pupils’ sculptures make connections

CREATED by fire, the recycled metal birds seem to be flying among the trees along the Wellbeing Walkway at the rear of Aparima College in Riverton. The flock of birds was created by Year 10 pupil Samantha Moore as part of a Creatives In School Project which the school had undertaken throughout 2020. Samantha (15) said she had been inspired by...

Annual drive helps restock food bank

SANTA Claus and his helpers will be driving all over town tonight collecting donations for the Southland Food Bank. The Harcourts Southland Food Bank Drive would have 100 volunteers driving across Invercargill and Otatara to collect non-perishable food items. Among them would be Harcourts representatives Wayne Ellis and Sean Bellew, who had been leading the initiative for six years. Mr Bellew said...

Christmas spirit alive in Te Anau

FIORDLAND residents are busy decking the halls in preparation for the annual Te Anau Santa Parade this month. The parade, on Saturday, December 12, would feature a variety of floats and displays created by community groups and businesses in the region. Entering a float in the parade had become a tradition for families attending The Key Playcentre. Co-president Emma Phillips said it...
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