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Name: Soot Breed: Blackmore fish Age: 6 months Pet likes: Food and putting his face in the corner of the tank Pet dislikes: Twitch eating his food Favourite food: Fish flakes 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

Tomato grows charity coffers

A FRESH take on fundraising, Diacks Nurseries' Vining tomato plant has raised more than $1000 for the Southland Charity Hospital. Community liaison and sales representative Ann Robbie said 1068 of the specially grown plants had sold, including to tomato grower David Cook. Mr Cook said the variety grew very well and he especially enjoyed eating them in a sandwich. His wife, Gail,...

Queens Park to host family fun

SUNDAY'S Family Fun Day at Queens Park will run from 1pm-4pm. Hosted by Invercargill North Rotary, the free family event would include plenty of activities including painted rock hunts, dog demonstrations, fire trucks, free ice blocks and music to entertain everyone from youngsters to grandparents all afternoon. A wheels event would also be held from the Herbert St Gates to the...

Helping little trees thrive

HALF a dozen pairs of hands, and two sets of paws, headed to Bushy Point at Otatara on Sunday for a working bee. Managed by the Otatara Landcare Group, many trees planted at the reserve last year now needed tended. Group spokesman Douglas Black said it was hoped to be the beginning of a major tree-releasing programme. The work was to free...

Dahlia devotees show their blooms

OVERWHELMING colour and perfume hit the senses of those attending this year's South Island National Dahlia Show held in Invercargill last weekend. More than 700 vases of dahlias were submitted in the event, hosted by the Southland Dahlia Circle. The floral colours and scents filled the air as people wandered around the hall. The event had not been held in Invercargill since...

Get on your trolley for day of family-friendly fun

RIMU St will rumble into life on Sunday, March 7, for the annual South Alive Trolley Derby. More than 16 homemade trolleys took part last year, with drivers aged from 7 years to grandparents, South Alive organising committee member Margaret Cook said. "The Trolley Derby and Children's Day celebrations (which also took place nearby) was a much-loved neighbourhood event and one...

Thrill of vintage planes lives on

MANDEVILLE Fly-in organiser Maeva Smith celebrated a century-long family connection with the Mandeville airfield at last weekend's event. The fly-in was held on the grounds surrounding the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre which was originally part of the farm her great-grandfather, Robert Crombie, owned after he and his wife, Mary, immigrated to the area. Mrs Smith said her great-uncle, John Crombie, and...

‘Come and have a go’

IT was an invitation which couldn't be refused. "Come and have a go," they said. "You'll enjoy it." They were right. So it was I picked up a croquet mallet on Monday morning and tried a sport I have never tried before. Worried about whether I would look stupid, whether I would hit it hard enough, if it would end up anywhere near the...

Smelter gives $90k lifeline

A SIZABLE donation will help a Southland initiative to continue encouraging people living with disabilities to gain independence. Rio Tinto, which owned New Zealand's Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) at Tiwai Point, announced on Monday the $90,000 donation to Koha Kai as part of its Covid-19 relief package to support communities affected by the pandemic. NZAS chief executive Stew Hamilton and smelter staff...

Flower show growing well

THE quality of the blooms was excellent and, with 1600 entries, the Mossburn Flower Show surpassed all expectations, according to its organisers. This year's theme, The Golden Years, attracted entries in several categories including floral art, cut flowers, farm produce, jams and preserves, baking, industrial (crafts), photography and a children's section at last Friday's show. Mossburn Flower Show vice-president and children's...
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