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Journey of peace to help children

THE Ruharuzas, of Uganda, travelled more than 13,500km to meet some of the supporters and share about the projects of the foundation they work for. Fountain of Peace (FOP) Children's Foundation Uganda chief executive William Ruharuza and his wife Stella were guest speakers at Rotary Clubs, schools and meetings throughout Southland and Otago last month to update people about the...

Thank you Invercargill

What It's Like to be Me This is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be the Quinchoa-Jojoa family, Colombian refugees who have made Invercargill their home. ALOT can happen in a year. And, what a year it has been for former Colombian refugees Jose...

SPCA shuts doors on weekend temporarily

ANIMAL lovers will be unable to visit their furry friends as the Invercargill SPCA closes its doors for the next three Saturdays. Although open during normal weekday hours, the centre on Harewood Rd, Woodend, will be closed on August 17, 24, and 31. SPCA communications manager Jessie Gilchrist said the decision to shut up shop was made to allow time to...

Trip of a lifetime under way

EXCITEMENT filled Invercargill Airport as 10 children embarked on the trip of a lifetime. Children aged 12-14, who suffered serious illnesses, were part of a Koru Care Southland trip to California in the United States. Fight for Kidz fighters, who will be competing in September for the charity, were at the airport to wish the children good luck. Children and their support...

Pantry, dogs’ best friend

RESPONDING to a call for more sweet treats, The Pantry are whipping up cupcakes and pupcakes to support the SPCA's Cupcake Day. The multi-faceted community hub has agreed to extend a helping hand, or paw, to raise money for the Invercargill SPCA. The Pantry chairwoman Janette Malcolm said the initiative came to mind when she saw a Facebook post stating the...

Zonta Club gives women a voice

EMPOWERING women through service and advocacy is the goal of the newly-formed Zonta Club of Invercargill. Invercargill resident Carla Werder helped set up the Invercargill club with help from Lynette Grave from the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin. "I am over the moon to get a group of like-minded women from different walks of life come together with a common purpose." The...

Foundation gives southerners a second chance

THREE of former Southland MP Norman Jones' daughters made the pilgrimage home to honour the foundation which was established in their father's name. The Norman Jones Foundation (NJF) was set up to provide support for New Zealand citizens over the age of 25 years, who resided in Southland, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Glenorchy and Tapanui who were studying full-time at an NZQA...

Motorcycle club gives back to community

AFTER supporting his son through the loss of 18 people in his life to suicide, Southland man Phillip Rangi discovered a way to merge his lifelong love for motorcycles with his desire to "give back" to something bigger. Three years ago, Mr Rangi joined Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club (TNMC), which had raised thousands of dollars for some of New Zealand's...

Orphans Aid celebrates 15 years

AN epic journey is being planned to celebrate an epic achievement. Orphans Aid International, a charity started in Invercargill, is marking 15 years of helping vulnerable children around the world by embarking on an eight-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In September a team of Orphans Aid supporters will travel to Uganda to see the charity's Family Strengthening Project in Entebbe...

City ‘feels like home’ for Irishman

What it's like to be me This is a series shining a light on the people of Southland. Reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Leon Hartnett, an Irish immigrant living and working in Invercargill. WE have Irishman Leon Hartnett to thank for introducing the shenanigans that are St Patrick's Day to families in Invercargill. On moving to...
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