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Putting on a final show

IT'S been the talk of the neighbourhood. The agave americana, or century plant, at Maree and Ivan Ladbrook's property has taken about 29 years to flower, and now it's about to die. It's a plant they were given 19 years ago by Mrs Ladbrook's sister. "She didn't want it... I think it was 10 years old then." So it was replanted, more like...

House project ‘all go’

THE building consent is in, material is in place, the surveyors have been and now it's all action for the Building a Rotary Dream house project. Spokesman Graeme Hegan, of Sunrise Rotary, said after a couple of years of planning and background work getting sponsorships, the team managing the project had finally got consent to start the build. "We're all go...

Rector Ian Baldwin is bowing out

AFTER nearly four decades at Southland Boys' High School (SBHS), long-standing rector Ian Baldwin is bowing out. He retires at the end of the term. Mr Baldwin said he was too busy to be excited about it yet. "I am sure when I have got time, I will regret not having daily interaction with the kids and the staff. That is what...

Environment Centre recycled

AFTER 16 years educating the community about environment awareness, the Invercargill Environment Centre (IEC) closed its doors permanently on 31 March. Established by Southland Forest and Bird committee members in Martin St, South City, before relocating to the SIT Arcade for many years, the centre was an information bureau displaying pamphlets and information for various environmental groups and had also...

Orphans Aid fun fundraiser

A CHARITY which helps people locally and overseas has been donated a child's outdoor fort to be auctioned. Orphans Aid International op-shop manager Kathryn Casey said she had asked Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) staff for an object to be donated towards the charity's van fundraiser, and was pleasantly surprised to be offered the substantial fort. "They have been so supportive...

Bangers To Bluff car rally fundraiser

NINE cars will be auctioned in Invercargill on Sunday at 11.30am as part of the Bangers to Bluff car rally fundraiser. This was the third rally, organiser Ian Thomsen, of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, Auckland, said. Although the rally began in 2014 as just a bit of fun, it had since evolved into a fundraiser for the Rotary...

Top honour for Koha Kai

"We are just over the moon. It is absolutely rewarding for the ," Koha Kai project lead Janice Lee said. "There were 25 teams and every one of them was a supreme winner of their region. It was a really humbling experience." The social enterprise charity gives people with disabilities the opportunity to learn hospitality and horticultural skills, by preparing lunches...

Riding towards a good cause

WHAT began as an excuse to go for a ride has turned into a major annual charity motorcycle run. Grover's annual motorcycle Easter Egg Run, including a free poker run of about 100km, will be held on Sunday, April 9, beginning from Woodlands Tavern at 12.30pm and Ascot Park Hotel at 1pm. Organiser Stephen Hackett said this year was the run's...

‘Shed’ a place to work together

A SPECIAL meeting will be held at the Invercargill Working (IWMC) next week to decide whether a "Menz Sheds" will be established in Invercargill. Sycamore said the goal of the Menz Sheds was to bring men together in one community space to share their skills. "Sheds around New Zealand take on a variety of community projects in which members of the...

Mural a warm welcome

Ascot School pupils (from left) Tenshi Arnold, Kady Gill and Ani Tengu (all 12) with a mural they helped create for the school. Inspired by American artist Karla Gerard, pupils from the senior school and their art teacher Christine Ferris created the artwork, consisting of six panels, to be displayed on the exterior of the main block. Tenshi said...
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