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New ES website makes reporting pests easier

ALMOST 140 pest species are listed on the new Environment Southland (ES) Pest Hub website to help residents identify and control unwanted species in the region. ES biosecurity and biodiversity manager Ali Meade said the recently launched resource was created as a simple and interactive tool to help Southlanders know what pest species were in the area, as well as...

An experience to remember

THE last time Gill Isherwood went in a helicopter she was being rescued from Lake Monowai. Yesterday, she was given the chance to turn her traumatic experience into a positive memory by taking to the skies over Invercargill once again. This time, she was one of more than 80 attendees at the second annual Southland Race4Life Track Day held at Teretonga...

Diabetes won’t hold Alice back

'What it's like to be me', is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week Southland Express reporter Petrina Wright caught up with Southland girl Alice Henderson, a Southland tennis representative and recently diagnosed diabetic. AUGUST 23, 2019, is a date Alice's parents won't forget in a hurry. That was the day they received the...

Relief after oil company pulls plug

A GROUP of Riverton environmentalists are "relieved" Austrian oil and gas company OMV has stopped drilling off the coast of Otago... for the time being. Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the company permission to drill up to 10 exploration and appraisal wells, along with consent for associated discharges, in the Great South Basin. As a result of not...

Wasps make late but unwelcome arrival

FEARED by some and disliked by many, the dreaded wasp is back in town. Flurries of the black and yellow pests could be seen in Southland properties as wasp season has a delayed start. Geoff "the bee man" Scott said the season was only just beginning. He said the "aggressive" insects could impact on the lives of those who found themselves...

Well-being walkway explores creativity

"IT'S going to be a story that grows." Aparima College English teacher Lynne Grove said of the 130 schools nationwide which had applied for the Ministry of Education Creatives In School Project, only 34 had succeeded, with Aparima College being one. "It was very unexpected , so it is awesome to be accepted. "We have been given resources to enable a creative...

Simulator provides a rural view

RURAL and non-rural people had to chance to experience what it might be like to drive across paddocks and dodge sheep and various other obstacles, at Southern Field Days at Waimumu last week. The only difference was no-one and no sheep were at risk, as the experience was via a side-by-side virtual reality simulator. Hosted by WorkSafe New Zealand, engagement lead...

School’s vibrant new vision

FERNWORTH Primary School is facing a bright new future. The school has been rebranded, complete with a new Maori name, logo, vision and a vibrant new uniform. Principal Alison Cook said the school's vision had not been reviewed since the school opened in 2005, so the board of trustees thought it was time to refresh it. "It was time to hit the...

A blooming great show

AFTER an overwhelmingly successful turnout, the first Bluff Garden show proved there is plenty to grow at the bottom of the country. From flowers to vegetables, handcrafts, baking and children's colouring-in, nearly 400 entries were part of the competition at the Bluff Senior Citizens Room on Sunday. Garden show helper Barbara Metzger said the purpose of the event was to encourage...

Helicopter saves the big day

A HELICOPTER ride with her treasured dress was not on the wedding checklist for Invercargill bride Khellsey-Anna Atley. When she started to plan her big day two years ago, she might have expected the odd hitch not one of Southland's biggest floods. Mrs Atley had her dream wedding in Invercargill on Friday, after a couple of "stressful days". Two days before she...
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