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Ministry to meet costs of search

THE Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will meet all costs associated with an intensive eightweek ‘‘search and destroy’’ exercise to rid Southland farms of the invasive crop weed velvetleaf. The weed is believed to have come in New Zealand in contaminated fodder beet seed. Searching saw plants recovered from 251 properties, including 55 in Southland and 45 in Otago. Environment Southland...

Talented pupils exhibit

VIBRANT colours cover the South Alive Artspace walls in the South City Mall. Twenty-one pieces of art, including watercolours, pencil drawings and framed carved necklaces from senior and junior pupils at Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, Aurora and Verdon colleges, are on display as part of the Secondary School Art Exhibition 2016. Although the exhibition was open to all Invercargill secondary school...

Orange Roughies delighted with finals time

INVERCARGILL is filling up and there’s a buzz in the air as players, family and friends arrive for the National Basketball League (NBL) finals weekend. With the Auckland Super City Rangers, Wellington Saints and Canterbury Rams all making the finals there is a nice geographical spread of visitors. But the loudest, most loyal fans are here already, spurring on ‘‘their’’ team,...

CBD upgrade slow but ongoing

WORK has not started on the next stage of Invercargill’s inner city upgrade despite it being about six months since the first stage was completed. But those overseeing the project confirm it is still going ahead. ‘‘We are still progressing it, but it is slower than we would have liked it to be,’’ Invercargill City Council (ICC) Inner City Working...

Cessna on display in city

THE public have a chance to check out a Cessna 206 which is used to get critically needed resources and people into remote places around the world. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) communications manager Tim Houghton said an operational MAF Cessna 206 had been brought to New Zealand for the first time to be used to train and prepare pilots for...

Scientists converge on Fiordland

SCIENTISTS are using high›tech equipment in Fiordland this month to find out more about what happens when a river meets the ocean. The Manapouri tail race in Doubtful Sound will act as a natural laboratory for National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (Niwa) marine scientist Dr Craig Stevens, University of Auckland PhD student Rebecca McPherson, and scientists from Oregon State...

New apartments needed for students

ANOTHER 17 apartments will be built in Invercargill this year to meet the growing needs of Southern Insti› tute of Technology (SIT) inter› national students and help offset a rental accommodation shortage in the city. ‘‘We like to have our international students accommodated in our own apartments for the first six months until they get set› tled into the city...

Road safety idea worth replicating

ASSOCIATE minister of trans› port Craig Foss says getting truck drivers involved in moni› toring road safety and road conditions is a Southland initiative worth replicating in other parts of the country. Southland has revamped its road safety group and created the Southland Road Safety Influencing Group. As well as transport planners and engin› eers the group includes representa› tives...

Island ready for visitors

THEY coped with hoards of well› wishers and media during the visit of Prince Harry last year, and now Stewart Island locals are preparing for an even bigger challenge — the biggest›ever influx of visitors on a single day. The Pacific Pearl cruise ship will arrive on Sunday and, depending on the weather, most of its 1800 passen› gers were...

International friendship group encourages peace

RIVERTON resident Les Gibbs and his wife Janet have seen quite a bit of the world, thanks to Friendship Force Southland. Founded in the United States (US) in 1977 with the support of then President Jimmy Carter, the aim of Friendship Force International is to develop friendships, mainly through home hosting programmes, in turn helping to generate understanding and encourage...
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