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Sharing the joy of literature

Jubilee Budget Advisory Services general manager Sharon Soper (centre) and Jubilee Budget Advisory Services educator Jade Blackley (right) gladly receive a donation of children’s picture books from Essential Resources administration manager Rebecca Smith last week. The books were donated by members of a book club who have been donating children’s books to various Southland charities for the past five years, club...

Pet of the week

Name: Dream Breed: Quarter horse paint pony Age: 6 years old Pet likes: Jumping, grass, treats, swimming, company and stealing food from the tack room Pet dislikes: Pigs, cows and other horses Favourite food: Literally everything that is edible 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,...

Variety gives festival an edge

THE inaugural Kick It Women's Festival will be held over two weeks next month. Hosted by KIND Women, event organiser Rebecca Amundsen said the festival was "inclusive of all women". The charitable trust KIND Women was established following its successful hosting of former prime minister Helen Clark in 2018 which celebrated 125 years since women in New Zealand won the right...

Plaque honours environmental hero

FRED Inder earned himself many titles in his life. Although the Te Anau fisherman, conservationist, community advocate and family man died on the first day of lockdown last year, his work on the Manapouri Lake Control Fish Pass was recognised last week. Family members from near and not-so-near, gathered at the Mararoa Weir site, near Lake Manapouri, last Tuesday, where his...

Nanogirl set to speak in the city

SOUTHLAND Football has scored a coup hosting Dr Michelle Dickinson (MNZM), aka Nanogirl, for two speaking engagements on Thursday, September 2 the south's junior footballers and one for the corporate and business sector. As a keynote speaker, Dr Dickinson loves to speak about the future of education and work, innovation and technology, change management, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)...

Historic railway carriage added to Lumsden precinct

A HISTORIC railway carriage has been added to the collection of locomotives, wagons and carriages on display at the Lumsden Railway Precinct. Built by New Zealand Railways at Addington, Christchurch, in 1883, the A199 was recovered from Wairio in Western Southland last September by the Lumsden Heritage Trust and transported to Lumsden. Settled in 1862, and formerly known as The Elbow,...

Couple eager to donate chamber

ROB Smith was told he had maybe three years to live. That was eight years ago. The 68-year-old New Zealand Army veteran was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2013 and has found the use of a personal hyperbaric chamber helpful in relieving symptoms. No longer able to use it, he wants to pass the machine on to someone else. His symptoms...

Vaccinating port workers ‘paramount’

ABOUT 68% of active port workers in Bluff and Port Chalmers have been fully vaccinated, the Ministry of Health (MoH) says. The ministry revealed last week that 15 of 21 crew members of the container ship Mattina, which is quarantined in Bluff, tested positive for Covid-19. Five crew, who have tested negative, have been transferred to managed isolation facilities onshore, the...

Award ‘a shock’ for model buff

JOHN Fenton has been a model enthusiast since he was a child. But in his teenage years, he started giving more attention to "girls and music" than his displays and his modelling passion was put aside for years. Three years ago he reconnected with it and, on Sunday, he was rewarded for one of his creations. Mr Fenton won best model in...

A fusion of colour and fun

FAST dancing, flashes of brilliant colour and plenty of food. This was how Colombian Independence Day was celebrated in Invercargill on Saturday. Colombian Fusion, a collaboration between the Southland Multicultural Trust and Mar Colombia, involved an explanation of the importance of the day as well as a showcase of Colombian culture. Held at the Southern Institute of Technology's (SIT) Hansen Hall, the...
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