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New home needed for vintage railway stock

THE Southland District Council (SDC) is calling for expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations prepared to lease vintage railway stock and display it to the public. It was hoped two wooden carriages, a guard’s van and a diesel locomotive shunter would be restored and displayed, along with information about the rolling stock’s original owner, the Ohai Railway Board, community...

Munro made a life member of club

SOUTHLAND motorcycling legend Burt Munro is now a life member of the Southland Motorcycle Club (SMCC), albeit posthumously, and has also been nominated to become a life member in Motorcycling New Zealand’s (MNZ) Hall of Fame. SMCC committee member Stephen Winteringham said he was surprised when he discovered Munro wasn’t a life member, especially as the club had organised the...

Burning of used oil prohibited

Organisations which have been burning used oil in small scale fuel› burning appliances will soon have to find alternatives. Burning used oil will be pro› hibited in Invercargill and Gore airsheds this time next year as more of Environment Southland’s (ES) revised Regional Air Quality Plan rules come into force. ES revised the air plan last year to address the region’s...

Browns Sports Day brings back memories

COMMONWEALTH Games gold medalist Dick Tayler remembers fondly running the track at the Browns Domain back in the 1970s. Tayler was the special guest at the Browns Athletic Society’s 118th annual sports day on Saturday and said it was ‘‘quite special’’ to come back to the track for the first time since then. ‘‘These community tracks and coun› try competitions were...

Signs lead to long career

RAY Whitaker credits an inspirational art teacher for his decision to begin a lifetime career as a signwriter. Mr Whitaker, who began as an apprentice in 1965, has operated his own business since 1971. At the end of last year he sold his clients to Creation Signs and will work for them part›time. Mr Whitaker (67) said he decided to scale back...

Turtle carcass creates excitement

OVER the years, Lloyd Esler has recreated the skeletons of creatures ranging in size from rats to an ostrich. 'When I am visiting schools I do a lot of talking about birds and animals and anatomy.' — Lloyd Esler But the Invercargill teacher, his› torian and author is particularly excited about his latest challenge — reassembling his first sea turtle. ‘‘This is the...

Pipe band set to open tattoo

IN six weeks Southland’s Waimatuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band will be performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Welling› ton. The tattoo is a large›scale perform› ance of music and displays by military, marching and other bands. More than 1200 performers are expected to take part, at the Westpac Stadium over four nights, from February 18›21. The venue...

Crank Up to feature Italian›made cars

NEW Zealand champion and World Champion shearer Sir David Fagan and well›known com› edian Te Radar are special guests at the 29th annual Crank Up weekend in Edendale on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31. The event attracts visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas each year. The main machinery feature this year will be Ferguson tractors and farming implements —...

Track nears completion

THE creation of a new walking track at Omaui is nearing com› pletion, but volunteers are needed to help lay gravel along the track before it can be officially opened to the public. ‘‘You need good arms, good legs and a good back,’’ Omaui Track Trust chairman Lloyd Esler said. ‘‘We don’t have a date for an official opening yet, but...

A fascinating find

OUT of the thousands of family photographs Jane King has sorted through, two very special sepia ones will soon be sent to England. Captioned Epsom College 1862, one shows the 2nd XI cricket team and the other is of the school’s marching band. Mrs King found them after going through photographs and paperwork inherited from her parents. She said her curiosity got...
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