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Bluff triathlon an event for everyone

FAMILIES are pounding the pavement, putting pedal to the metal and donning their goggles in preparation for the annual Try-Whanau in Bluff next weekend. For the fourth year, Awarua Whanau Services is hosting the Try-Whanau triathlon at the Bluff Oyster Festival site. "It is a day for whanau to come together, have fun and be active," community health promotions Joyce...

Carver pushes limits to create taonga

A TREASURED piece of woolly mammoth ivory rests in mixed artist Lachlan Squires' workshop. A talented carver of bone and ivory, Lachlan says it will remain tucked away, waiting... until he is inspired with a "really good idea" on what to create with it. Surprisingly woolly mammoth ivory is not on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of...

Marae fosters connections

SEVERAL hundred people enjoyed a host of activities at the Murihiku Marae Family Fun Day and launch of the ILT-funded Play Pods on Saturday. There was face painting, disc golf, a range of traditional Maori games, indoor games, and more for families to enjoy. The Play Pods, at Murihiku Marae and Stadium Southland, are the result of collaboration between Sport Southland,...

Time for a spot of teapot racing

INTO its fourth year, the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists (SSSS) invites everyone to its annual free, family-friendly event – Teapot Racing – at the Queens Park bank rotunda on Sunday, March 17, from 2pm. Steampunk member Ange Gibbs said people of all ages were more than welcome to come along and watch, or compete, dress up in steampunk attire...

Drive 4 Life raises awareness

COMBINING a love of motor racing, a car show and parade, as well as touring laps and a motorkhana event, along with raising awareness for people who were struggling with mental health has inspired Drive 4 Life. A non-profit day of motoring-related fun, organisers Sam Hole and Bree Nutsford said the event was organised to raise funds for mental health...

Bluff Flower Show bows out

    Photos: Janette Gellatly

Waitangi Day a hit

TE ANAU'S theme for Waitangi Day was tutira mai, which means stand together, and the large crowd did just that to celebrate the day. As visitors entered Te Anau Lions Park last Wednesday, a karanga was performed, and the national anthem was sung. The Nga Hau e Wha Kapa Haka group from Invercargill also entertained, along with singer Jenny Mitchell...

Pod extension ready to use

'IT'S super exciting." South Alive manager Cress Evans is justifiably "super excited" about the completion of the 5m extension to the South City community centre – The Pod. Located behind The Pantry on the corner of Grace and Ness Sts, The Pod now has a volunteer's lounge which includes a kitchenette and sewing machine for volunteers to sew boomerang bags. Althought the...

Making tracks

IT was a festival of machinery like no other as generations converged on Edendale for the 2019 Crank Up to see a host of tractors, traction engines, cars on display last weekend. Enthusiasts celebrated New Zealand's rural heritage with machinery from yesteryear to that which was more than a century old. Lauren Hayes and Jason McCallum grew up on farms surrounded...

Club to disband after floral show

AFTER more than two decades of flowers, friendship and fun, the Lands End Garden Club will soon be wound down. But before the big day, there is still the annual Bluff Flower Show, which the members host in conjunction with The Southland Dahlia Circle. This year's show will be held at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff on February 9 and...
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