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Refuge packs made with care

THE Women's Refuge in Invercargill will soon be gifted care and beauty packs, courtesy of Five Rivers Rangers and Girl Guides. The project, which began in term one, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and taught the girls how to be an advocate. It also taught them what to do, how to be prepared and how to plan in...

Bee swarms kept under control

AS warmer weather hits the region, swarms of bees are being reported around the south. Local beekeeper and Southland Bee Society member Geoff Scott is someone who can lend a hand when things get a bit buzzy. While he demonstrated on Monday evening how to clear a swarm of bees from a fence, he said he had been called out several...

Native species under threat

The whitebait fishery is a peculiar one – four of the six whitebait species are threatened or at risk of extinction, yet it is one of the few, if not only, fisheries without a catch limit. Reporter Laura Smith takes a closer look at why that is. WITH less than a month left in the season, the last chance to...

Vandals destroy a commemorative glass table in Queens Park

Invercargill Host Lions Club needs the community's support to replace a glass table gifted to Queens Park which was badly damaged by vandals in Queens Park. Club past president Kevin Wall said the club had gifted the table to the community about six months ago to commemorate 100 years of Lions clubs worldwide. It was irreparably damaged last month. Club members...

Dominic rises above challenges

'What it's like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week, reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Dominic Buckby, an Invercargill teenager living with ADHD. ENDURING systematic bullying, social isolation and depression are among the many challenges Invercargill teenager Dominic Buckby faces on a daily...

Motorcycle club revs up for suicide awareness

''LIKE we always say, we bring the noise." The Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club is gearing up for several awareness rides across Southland and Otago. "Our mission statement is to support those in the community who are disadvantaged, disenfranchised and suffering serious illness, neglect, deprivation and abuse, whether physical or emotional, as well as addictions," Southland chapter member Phillip Rangi said. First on...

Nude modelling ‘liberating’

'What it is like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Shannon Taylor, a nude model. DRAPED among the rocks on a Riverton beach enduring the cold of the ocean and a sandfly invasion without a stitch of...

Thornbury pets on parade

DOZENS of children celebrated the "rural lifestyle" at Thornbury Primary School's Pet Day this week. Students brought their pets which they dressed up in costumes such as "All Lamb" (a lamb wearing an All Blacks uniform), a princess and even a spider. During the day, children took part in competitions like lamb drinking, fancy dress and young farmers. Thornbury Primary School pupil...

Bluff train disaster remembered

IT should never have happened. But tragedy struck on Monday, April 23, 1917, as the 5.10pm train from Invercargill to Bluff pulled out from the Woodend station. Francis Kipling Dixon was just 13 years old when the disaster took place. More than a century later, he has been remembered. Author Alex Glennie, who wrote and compiled The Invercargill-Bluff Railway and Bluff School Trainrecently...

Netball rally raises funds for Darnae

HUNDREDS of Southlanders rallied for a 12-hour netballathon on Sunday in support of a young community member recovering from major surgery overseas. Teams, including local body election candidates, took part in a non-stop rally from 8am to 8pm, to raise awareness and money for 13-year-old Darnae Lowe-McPherson. The Bluff youngster has, for the past month, been in Barcelona, Spain, recovering from...
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