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St John keen on new building

ST JOHN is about to begin fundrais› ing at least $1 million towards a new building in Jed St. The new offices and ambulance station will be built on the current Jed St site next to the Invercargill Fire Station, and an adjacent car park currently used by St John. It will be a single›storey building with open plan offices,...

Ex-manager still supports charity

THE volunteer manager of Invercargill’s Save the Children shop says she will continue to support the international charity, despite the shop’s closure last week. Jenny Keen, who ran the Windsor store for six years, plans to sell items at markets and craft fairs and organise occasional fundraisers. ‘‘It’s for the children, isn’t it.’’ The shop operated for 42 years, but in August,...

Yule House open to the public this Saturday

MEMBERS of the sixth genera› tion of the couple who first occupied Invercargill’s Yule House are expected at an open day on Saturday. The house, at 11 Ness St, is the city’s oldest surviving wooden house. It was built in 1866 for draper Robert Yule and his wife Sarah (nee Rout), who raised their family of six children there. In 2002,...

Honourable start to the new year

SOUTHERN Institute of Techno› logy (SIT) chief executive Penny Simmonds has been made a Com› panion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education, sport and the community. In 2000 she was instrumental in setting up SIT’s zero fee scheme, which allows all domestic students to attend the polytechnic free of charge. It had proved to be an...

Staying connected with SeniorNet

EVEN in their 90s, Charlie Ham› mond and Mary Matthews are still learning — exploring the world of computers through the voluntary organisation SeniorNet. Mr Hammond (91) remembers using a slate to write on at school. Eight›plus decades later he is thoroughly enjoying learning using the latest technology. The retired JP, qualified char› tered secretary and former Eden› dale town clerk has...

Recognition for Southlanders

SOUTHLANDERS of all ages and walks of life were honoured in ceremonies in the lead›up to Christmas. As part of the 2016 New Zea› lander of the Year Awards, nine Southland Kiwibank Local Heroes were presented with specially made medals. Southland District Mayor Gary Tong presented the medals and congratulated the recipients. ‘‘These fine people embody the qualities that have long held...

Growth plans for trades academy

THE Southern Institute of Techno› logy (SIT) plans to grow a new trades academy which will offer entry›level trades training to secondary school pupils. Government funding was announced last month for the Murihiku Trades Academy, with 40 places funded in the first year for pupils from Invercargill schools. ‘‘This year will be like a pilot. We have to stick to what...
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