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Winning chef to fly the flag for NZ

KEEPING calm under pressure is chef Stefenpon Sitinjak's specialty. So much so it won the Invercargill man The Lee Kum Kee Developing Chefs Challenge 2020 earlier this month. Originally from Indonesia, The Ascot Park Hotel demi chef used his years of experience growing up around cooking with his family to take out the title in Auckland on October 12 against five...

Pavluber organisers to share Christmas spirit

THOSE with a sweet tooth can celebrate. A door-to-door service delivering desserts is back on the menu for one night only. Organiser Leon Hartnett, of Greenlight Innovations, said it had been six years since James McRobie and Liv Cochrane came up with the idea of Pavluber. "However, for the past three years, Greenlight Innovations had organised this event, which had become a...

In case of emergency, kids in Riverton know the drill

THERE is no better time to prepare tamariki (children) for a natural disaster, Emergency Management Southland community adviser Aly Curd says. After recent large weather events in Southland, it was timely Riverton pupils took part in the New Zealand ShakeOut event last week a national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi (evacuation/trek) to teach people about warning signs and what to...

Stumpery set for spooks

IF you go down to the Queens Park Stumpery on Thursday, October 29, you better beware. You may encounter Halloween-styled pumpkins with creepy grins, spider webs with huge spiders, flying bats and all things spooky as part of the Queens Park Stumpery Halloween Fun Night. Children and adults were encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes as part of the free family...

Pet of the Week

Name: Pickle Age: 4 years Breed: Bengal-cross tabby Pet likes: Sleeping, and male member of the household Pet dislikes: Visitors Favourite food: Purina One nuts 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

Model train buffs roll in

MODEL train enthusiast Rob Read always wanted his own train display when he was a child. However, it took him 20 years to be able to buy his first model train second-hand one. Now the firefighter has a collection of more than 30 model trains in his house. Mr Read was among 19 enthusiasts who showed their model trains at the Invercargill...

Bright spot at Rimu School

BRIGHT and colourful, the new Rimu Full Primary School mural was celebrated last week. In front of a crowd of pupils and parents, principal Kate Webster thanked Dunedin artist Jemima Pedro (pictured) for helping the pupils create the artwork, which replaced an old mural, and explained the significance of its design. Pupils involved in the Samoan and kapa haka groups...

‘Great support’ pushes veteran cyclist

DESPITE cycling 100km in just more than hours, 88-year-old Peter Grandiek is already thinking about how he will beat it next year. "I'll be 90 so I'll have to do 120km." The Southland cyclist took the rubber to the region's roads last week with a support crew of about 20 riders, including ex-Olympian Glen McLeay and world champion cyclist Barry...

Fiesta celebrates Mexican culture

THE colours and flavours of Mexican culture filled the Southern Institute of Technology last weekend. The Southland Multicultural Council held the Mexican Fiesta last Saturday. Co-organiser Rodrigo Revilla said the Mexican community was getting bigger in Invercargill so they decided to create the event to celebrate its culture. "As we have more and more people from the community living here, we decided...

Bluff to bring festive colour

BLUFF Promotions are calling for floats, community groups, stilt walkers, performers, and others who can lend colour and activity to the annual Christmas Parade in Bluff on Sunday, December 6. Several groups have committed to the parade including Bluff Coast Guard, Bluff School, Foveaux Pearls Leisure Marchers and Southern Society of SteamPunk Steamologists to provide a colourful spectacle to get...
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