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Ice skating rink to feature at Kidzone

THE new, surprise activity being added to the ILT Kidzone Festival line-up this year has been announced — a portable ice skating rink. ILT Kidzone Festival director Sally Hayes said when this year’s theme Winter Wonderland was set for the festival, organisers really wanted an ice skating rink to top it off. ‘‘I am pretty stoked to get that one across...

City to host speech comps

INVERCARGILL is set to host the Otago/Southland Nga Manu Korero speech competitions next week. The annual speech competition for secondary school pupils is run by New Zealand’s Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA). Nga Manu Korero Otago/ Southland co-ordinator Cherie Ford said alongside the national kapa haka competition, Nga Manu Korero was the largest event for Maori in New Zealand. This year marked...

Jetty to be replaced

PLANS to replace the ageing wooden jetty at the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, Stewart Island, have taken a major step forward. The subcommittee overseeing the project has been granted $80,000 in the latest round of Stewart Island/Rakiura visitor levy fund allocations, and final plans have been received from the design company. Southland district councillor Bruce Ford, who represents the island and...

Extra funding sought for museum staffing

PROPERLY cataloguing the vast collection of historic items stored at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery (SMAG) would take an estimated 20 man years of work, manager Paul Horner says. In a report to the Invercargill City Council (ICC) this month he said there was enough work to keep four staff fully occupied for five years recataloguing, digitising, reshelving and...

New loss and grief centre to open

A NEW centre to support those experiencing grief and loss is opening its doors in Invercargill next week, but further funding will be needed to secure the service longterm. The centre, which had been four years in the making, is a project close to Loss and Grief Centre facilitator Caroline Loo’s heart. Since announcing plans for the centre many businesses had...

Grab a bargain at pop-up-shop for charity

UP to 1000 items of clothing are expected to be on sale at the Invercargill Next Rotary Generation (NRG) club’s one-day Pop-up Op Shop later this month. President Leon Hartnett said the idea for the shop came from the Dunedin NRG group which made $5000 from its most recent one. The Invercargill club would donate money raised from its shop to...

Kakapo chick viewing proves popular in city

CHICK viewing at the Department of Conservation’s (Doc) chick raising facility in central Invercargill has been so popular it has been extended. This year has been a bumper season for the slow-breeding endangered native parrots, with 46 eggs hatching and 36 chicks surviving. Working in shifts around the clock, Doc staff have been raising 11 chicks in a building in Esk...

President supports water and land plan

FEDERATED Farmers Southland president Allan Baird has given his ‘‘guarded support’’ to Environment Southland’s (ES) proposed Water and Land Plan. The plan was released on Friday after a 15-month voluntary consultation period. Formal consultation has now begun, with submissions closing on August 1 and hearings scheduled for early next year. Mr Baird said his first impression was ES staff had ‘‘made...

More public consultation needed on library

THERE is to be further public consultation on plans to change the layout of the Invercargill Public Library, it was decided at an Invercargill City Council (ICC) community services meeting on Monday. ' It wasn’t very well notified last time. ' Former children’s librarian Liz Miller was one of several people who spoke at the meeting against proposed changes to the children’s...

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...
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