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Fonterra loans milk tanker to SIT

SOUTHERN Institute of Technology (SIT) commercial driving students now have a milk tanker to practice in. Fonterra boss Barry McColl yesterday handed over a tanker and trailer on long-term loan for at least the next two years. It was the second tanker on loan, Mr McColl, national transport and logistics general manager, said. The other is at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic...

Local teens off to Samoa with outreach team

TWO Invercargill teenagers have been busy fundraising to travel to Samoa as part of a church youth outreach team. Hannah Simpson and Sophie Squires are among 50 people spending three weeks on the Pacific island presenting programmes promoting good decision making and positive relationships in primary and secondary schools, using puppets, drama, personal testimonies and singing. The visit has been organised...

Horse rider’s legacy lives on with donation

INVERCARGILL rider Anne-Marie Flynn’s legacy to riding will live on. Despite a riding accident in October 2003 when she fell off her horse, broke her back and became a tetraplegic, Ms Flynn continued to instruct many up-and-coming young riders and assisted at Southland Riding for the Disabled for several years. Just before her death this month, she gave her pony Sparky...

Clubs combine for ambitious project

INVERCARGILL’S six Rotary clubs have combined in an ambitious project to raise money for a city trust working with the homeless. Two homes will be built over the next few months and, once sold, the proceeds will boost the coffers of the Breathing Space Trust, which supports homeless people and provides short-term accommodation. ‘‘We’re raising the money locally to help local...

‘Motorbike legend’ up for challenge

INTERNATIONAL motorcycling road racer Guy Martin, described as the ‘‘hottest thing on the planet’’, will take part in this year’s Burt Munro Challenge (BMC) in late November. When not racing, Martin (34) was at his happiest at his day job as a truck mechanic despite constantly being asked to front various TV programmes, including Top Gear, and taking part in...

Old bikes given new lease of life

WHEN Invercargill Idea Services staff appealed for bikes last month they were amazed at the massive response. About 140 bikes of all ages, sizes and conditions — plus a few push scooters — were donated from residents throughout the city and rural Southland. ‘‘We weren’t expecting that many. It’s been great,’’ bike project coordinator Daniel Goss said. ‘‘Many people said they had...

New owner needed for stocking repair machine

LYN Noble has a dilemma. She has an intriguing machine she inherited from her mother, and wants to find the right person to give it to. The machine, used to repair stockings, was brought in the 1940s by her mother, Doreen Black, and was used during the World War 2 years through to the 1950s. Before pantyhose, stockings were often made...

South looks to the stars

CHILDREN’S activities, cultural events, storytelling and a stardome are just some of the events being held this month to celebrate Matariki, the beginning of Maori new year. Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster which reappears in the northeastern predawn sky in late May or early June and traditionally marked the start of a new phase of life. Also known...

Gymnasts to flood city for nationals

INVERCARGILL will be flooded with at least 900 gymnasts when the Gym Sports New Zealand (GSNZ) Nationals 2016 are held in the city in three months’ time. Although the event is organised and hosted by GSNZ, members of the Invercargill Gymnastic Club are fully behind it. About 3000 people were expected to attend, including about 900 athletes, plus supporters, coaches, and...

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...
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