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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...

Teenager’s design selected as logo

AN intricate Maori tohu (design) created by a Bluff teenager has been selected as the logo for a new social triathlon and community festival. Next month’s Try›Whanau event is being organised by Awarua Wha› nau Services (AWS) to encourage people to get more active. While aimed at Maori and Pacific Island families, it is open to everyone. AWS community health pro›...

Politician to contest the city seat

THE Labour Party has selected a promising Dunedin politician to contest the Invercargill seat in next year’s general election. Child health researcher Dr Liz Craig’s selection was announced on Friday night. She was the sole nominee. Dr Craig is one of a group of child poverty advocates who put the issue on the national agenda by compiling an annual child poverty...

Harness racing still being held at Ascot Park Raceway

HARNESS racing is still being held regularly at the Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill. Invercargill Harness Racing Club president Mark Shirley said because there had been so much publicity about the state of the galloping track many people did not realise there was more than one track and that the harness racing track was unaffected by all the problems. Southern Harness...

Suppliers challenged to ‘cook off’

THE group spearhearing protests about the quality of the food being served in southern hospitals and to Meals on Wheels recipients is to challenge food suppliers Compass Group to a ‘‘cook-off’’. Some of Compass’ food is prepared in Auckland and trucked south frozen and reheated, with many complaints the food is bland, watery, visually unappealing and sometimes inedible. The Real Food...

Project reaches fundraising target

STRONG international support has enabled a ground-breaking kakapo research project to reach its first fundraising target in just six weeks. A crowd-funding appeal for the Kakapo 125 Genomes Project was launched at the start of last month. The collaboration between researchers from the Department of Conservation’s Kakapo Recovery Group, Otago University and its NZ Genomics Ltd business, Duke University in the...

Public interest in preschool sought

TRAINED early childhood educa› tor Rose Cardoso is passionate about opening a Montessori preschool in Invercargill. Now she wants to find out whether others share her dream. She has organised a public meet› ing later this month where parents can find out more about the educational philosophy and ask questions. If there is enough support, Mrs Cardoso hopes to have the new...

Specialist contractor hired for sewerage jobs

A SPECIALIST contractor has been hired to carry out two major sewer› age projects in the city which are expected to cost well over $1 million. Connell Contractors staff were replacing a 120m section of a major pipeline alongside Bluff Highway, and would then begin an even more complicated project to renew 600m of pipeline in Mersey St, Invercargill City...

Library plans upset local storyteller

SOUTHLAND identity, storyteller and well›known former children’s librarian Liz Miller is upset about plans to incorporate the children’s section of the Invercargill public library into the adults’ section. ‘‘It’s absolutely ludicrous,’’ she said. ‘‘Children can’t be real and them› selves if they are in the adult area.’’ The Invercargill City Council (ICC) renovation plans include removing the walls currently separat› ing the...

Council looks to invest in building

THE Invercargill City Council (ICC) may invest in student apartments in Yarrow and Spey Sts built by the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). ‘‘Investing in property is not new business for us. Student accommodation however would be new for council,’’ ICC deputy mayor Darren Ludlow said. Councillors held a public excluded meeting last week to discuss the possibility of invest› ing...
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