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Reflecting on community spirit

AFTER more than three years of serving the Invercargill community, South Alive manager Cressida Evans is flying the coop – but will not be leaving the community behind. After working in different places across the world, Ms Evans was drawn back to her home-town of Invercargill three-and-a-half years ago to work as a support mechanism for the community. Ready for...

Name change positive for Miharo

WHAT was once the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust is now simply Miharo. The trust launched its new name and brand and officially opened its new offices at a function attended by whanau, local runanga, funders and supporters last week. Miharo director Pauline Smith said Miharo means to look with wonder and awe. "We love the positivity of this name. "We think...

Cancer care petition back on track to reach goal

EACH second of each day is precious for Blair Vining, which is why when his last-wish petition for better cancer care appeared to stop working last weekend, there was pressure to get it running again. Last October, Mr Vining was given eight weeks to live after having been diagnosed with terminal stage four bowel cancer. When faced with the information he...

‘Boob voyage’ raises $7.5k

AFTER years of being bullied and suffering from low self-esteem, a young Invercargill woman is determined to have her life back. For Khellsey-Anna Atley that means a bilateral breast reduction. The 22-year-old nursing student has struggled with her large breasts since she was a teenager and was a size 18F. "The kids bullied me at school and started to call me tissues....

Creativity celebrated

MEMBERS of the first embroidery guild in New Zealand celebrated its 60th anniversary in colourful style last month. More than 70 fabric artists of the Southland Embroiderers' Guild enjoyed catching up, sharing ideas and listening to guest speaker Jenny Gillies, of Christchurch. Guild president Christine Whitaker said the afternoon was an opportunity to celebrate the past, the future, and what people...

Fiordland remembers

FIORDLAND'S Anzac Day spirit was shown by the 40 people who attended the Dawn Service at the Te Anau Club Memorial flagpole and the 1000 at the morning service at the Te Anau War Memorial. RSA president Geoff Trumper said the Dawn Service was a unique opportunity for a special time for reflection. "We have flagpoles at all venues with the...

Firefighters set for race to the Sky

TWO Invercargill-based firefighters are preparing to take on the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on May 18. Chris Hewton and Anthony Haines will head to Auckland for the timed run up the 1103 stairs of the tower. Mr Haines said the event, which raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, this year had about 1000 firefighters entering from all...

A chance for a fresh start

AFTER years in and out of the justice system, one woman has found the support she needed to get her life back on the right track. One of 14 learner drivers, who did not want to be identified, took part in a six-week rehabilitation programme aimed at helping repeat drink-drivers put an end to their offending. The Right Track programme was...

Girl guides earn Queen’s award

THREE Southland Girl Guides have worked their way towards earning a Queen's Guide Award, the highest achievement a girl guide can earn. The achievement can take up to three years to earn and focuses on building skills such as responsibility, planning and leadership. Five Rivers Rangers unit team leader Carla Werder said it had been years since so many girls had...

Fostering a passion for poetry

A BOOK of love has been created. Amelia Fernandez has a passion to write, with poetry one of her favourite genres. Born and brought up in India, Amelia moved to Invercargill at the age of 7 with her parents, Rani and Jimson, and younger brother in 2016. A pupil at Middle School, Rani explained how Amelia was "very passionate about writing, drawing...
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