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Petition handed over at ‘final farewell’

BLAIR Vining has handed over a 140,000-signature petition calling for a better way to help cancer sufferers in New Zealand. It has been the 38-year-old, Winton father-of-two's goal since being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in October last year, when he was given eight weeks to live. Since that day, he started a bucket list and proudly ticked off the...

TaxiBus ideas sought

A COMMUNITY-led initiative for a transportation service in and around Riverton and Invercargill is being planned. The Riverton group behind the idea, Riverton-Aparima Renewable Energy-Hub Group, believe the area is in need of additional transport options – and their idea is to offer a zero-emission TaxiBus. While the idea is still in the planning stage, the group of 22 environment-minded individuals...

Work to begin on new Splash Palace hydroslides

WORK is about to get under way on the $2.89 million project to build three new hydroslides at Invercargill's Splash Palace Aquatic Centre. Invercargill City Council (ICC) aquatic services manager Peter Thompson said work was expected to start in August with the physical build completed by the end of the year/mid-January. At present trees were being cut back in preparation for...

What it’s like to be me…..homeless in Invercargill

This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Dan (not his real name) – a homeless man living rough on the streets of Invercargill. HE is one of our own. A Southlander born and bred. And yet, his life experience is about as far removed from the majority of us as you can get. Dan is...

Kindy kids in touch with nature

WINTON kindergarten's nature-based approach to learning has earned it a spot as a finalist in the 2019 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards. With only 20 selected, the kindergarten is one of four in its category of "excellence in teaching and learning". Members of an independent judging panel of education experts will visit Winton Kindergarten on July 30. Ministry of Education deputy secretary...

Top of the crops

EXCEPTIONAL growing conditions for hay and baleage ensured a "good number of entries" in the Te Anau Lions Club Hay and Baleage Competition and Sale. The event has been held annually for the past two years, but previous dry summers had put hay in short supply. This year's event included 110 bales of lucerne and baleage, which was judged by Steve...

Book lover’s dream

ROTARY Club of Invercargill president Neil Boniface and Book Sale Committee member Richard King hit a milestone this week after sorting more than 400 boxes of recycled books for the Rotary Book Sale. The Civic Theatre in Invercargill will open to the public from 4pm today till Sunday. The club celebrates its 39th year running the event since the first...

Matariki focus on well-being

MURIHIKU Matariki Cultural Trust is shining a light on Matariki celebrations in the south. Chairman Jay Coote said the goal of the newly-formed trust was to educate Murihiku about Matariki and to encourage more people to recognise and celebrate the event. The more people involved in the celebrations, the more ownership the community had over the event and the bigger its...

Maori voice to be heard

EXCITED and with a healthy dose of nerves, Moana Maniapoto is ready to tackle current affairs through a "strong Maori lens" on her new Maori Television show Te Ao With Moana The show aired its first episode this week and would continue to run for 30 episodes on Maori TV, on Tuesdays at 8pm. The award-winning recording and performing artist, documentary...

A decade of enriching young minds

FOR 10 years Enrich@ILT has been enriching, challenging and extending hundreds of gifted and talented young minds in Invercargill, but prime mover Marlene Campbell says it still has a way to go to achieve its original "lofty goal". "It is hugely successful... The children here are very engaged and happy in their learning, she said. " my ultimate goal hasn't been...
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