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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...

Trapped ‘‘horse’’ removed from ditch

‘‘JUST chuck him in the ditch.’’ And so a 250kg horse man› nequin ended up ‘‘trapped’’ at the Riding for the Disabled facility in Otatara. That was the easy part — then participants at a two›day large animal rescue workshop had to work out how to get it out again in a practical and humane way. Hosted by the Southern Insti› tute...

Club proves popular

MORE than 40 people have responded to Kath Gaines’ request to find others interested in being part of an Invercargill Coffin Makers’ Club. Since an article appeared in the Southland Express less than two months ago, Mrs Gaines said she had had a steady stream of inquiries. Some people told her they had been thinking about build› ing their own coffin...

Delays spark extra resources

THE Southern District Health Board (SDHB) says it has boosted staff and resources in the ophthalmology department at Southland Hospital after being ‘‘overwhelmed’’ by patients. Four patients were adversely affected by ophthalmology delays at the hospital, the board’s 2014›15 serious adverse event report released last month said. Two patients in their 20s were also adversely affected, but as their issues were...

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...
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