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Dogs enjoy a day out at Ocean Beach

RECENT upgrades to a Bluff off-leash area mean it is no dog's breakfast. Dozens of dogs and their owners headed to the Ocean Beach Dog Off Leash Area last Saturday to celebrate the improvements at a Dogs' Day Out. The Invercargill City Council (ICC) event was held to highlight the recent improvements, such as fencing and gates, to the only place...

Southlanders savour top brews

HOP 'N' VINE was held for the fourth time last Saturday and its organiser is hoping to break even after losing thousands of dollars when a ticketing company went into receivership. The beer and wine event was meant to be held earlier this year but was delayed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Organiser Kevin Downie said when ticket company Ticket Rocket...

Farmers to help insulate hospital

FROM shaved heads to shaved sheep, the latest fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital involves bales of wool turned into insulation and carpet. Bales4Blair was started by three Southland and Otago farmers. Slopedown sheep farmer Amy Blaikie pitched an idea to friends Brooke Cameron and Sarah Dooley, farmers from Eastern Southland. To help support the Southland Charity Hospital (SCH), the idea was...

Pet of the week

Name: Spongebob Age: 8 Breed: Shetland Pony Pet likes: Grass, being brushed while eating grass Pet dislikes: Too much exercise Favourite food: Apples, especially ones from the postman Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its details (name, age, breed, likes, dislikes, favourite food) to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

Pronoun lowdown has positive interaction

THE inaugural Pronoun Lowdown workshop, held last Saturday, stimulated healthy discussion about how to address each other and, by doing so, show respect and give a feeling of inclusion. Hosted by Chroma Initiative for LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Takatapui, Queer/Question and Intersex people) and Miharo, the aim of the workshop was to help people understand the evolution of personal pronoun...

Stroke victim ‘one of the lucky ones’

INVERCARGILL resident Beverly Sherman knows she is one of the lucky ones. Three weeks ago, she had a stroke and managed to get to Southland Hospital quickly enough to receive proper care. She was discharged from hospital last week after a full recovery. Her story could have been very different if she and her husband, Errol, had not acted quickly. Southern District...

International students celebrated

NVERCARGILL'S Chinese community was one of the first in the world to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China last week thanks to New Zealand's proximity to the international dateline. About 100 people gathered at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to be part of a flag-raising ceremony last Thursday. A protest by members of...

Flower fans flock to annual Te Anau show

THE 47th Te Anau Spring Flower Show attracted locals and visitors alike to check out the displays. Many exhibitors come from as far away as Christchurch, Boggyburn, Waihola, Mossburn, Winton and Invercargill. Te Anau Spring Flower Show Committee spokeswoman Judy Matthews said: "There were over 1800 stems of daffodils, which was a similar number to last year and 150 for the...

Walk a chance for families to pay tribute to babies

AN Invercargill woman who suffered a miscarriage says she feels guilty, even though she knows she could not have done anything else to save her baby. Jan McBain lost her "dearest" Nate when she was close to being 12 weeks' pregnant in 2014. She felt lonely when she learned she had miscarried as she said many people did not want to...

Deputy reaches gold status

BRENT Shepherd still gets a buzz when he hears the Edendale fire siren go off. It has been 25 years and that feeling has never gone away. "Thinking, what's it going to be' - it's still there. I can't give it up," Mr Shepherd said. The deputy chief fire officer was awarded his gold star for 25 years of service to the...
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