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Roll numbers on increase at schools

TWO Invercargill schools are bulging at the seams, but while one is getting new classrooms to accommodate its growing roll, the other is making do. Donovan Primary School is getting a new $350,000 classroom — the fifth the Government has funded in the past 18 months. Waverley Park School had been using its library for classes for two years and this...

Special occasion marks 70 years of marriage

IT is a love story more than 70 years in the making. And the story continued for Southland couple Brenda and George Hicks (both 97) when they renewed their marriage vows on Sunday, the day after their 70th wedding anniversary. The couple, faithful churchgoers, said ‘‘I do’’ again in front of more than 100 family and friends at Eastside Baptist Church...

Cardiac arrests spark change of heart

A HEART attack might not be as dramatic as you think. This is the message the Heart Foundation team wants to share in its heart attack awareness campaign which launched last month. 'I thought to myself ‘no, it can’t be a heart attack. Only sick people have heart attacks’.' — Linda Blomfield Two Invercargill woman know this first-hand, and share their experiences with...

Contestant ready for challenge

AFTER spending 11 action-packed days in the Philippines, Miss Universe New Zealand finalist Hannah Jackson is now turning her attention to the competition’s entrepreneurial challenge. The 19-year-old University of Otago student, who is from Invercargill, is organising a quiz night to raise money for Variety — The Children’s Charity. The quiz will be held at Eastern Suburbs Tavern, Glengarry, on Thursday,...

Trust donates $50k to programme

INVERCARGILL’S 1000 Days Trust has received a significant funding boost. The Southern Trust has donated $50,000 towards the early intervention pilot programme which supports parents for the first crucial 1000 days of their baby’s life. Southern Trust chief executive Karen Shea said the trust was excited to be involved with a forward-thinking and committed organisation which was making such a positive...

Pair meet notable kakapo namesake

DEIDRE Vercoe has had the ultimate holiday experience — visiting renowned natural historian Sir David Attenborough at his London home two weeks ago. The Department of Conservation (Doc) kakapo recovery operations manager and her partner Dr Andrew Digby, who is a scientist with the programme, spent 90 minutes with Sir David, updating him on efforts to save the endangered native...

Community service acknowledged

THERE were flowers and good wishes last Wednesday for Joyce Martin, who has retired after 26 years as the Invercargill Meals on Wheels co-ordinator. Craig Smith, of the Rotary Club of Invercargill, said Mrs Martin was well-known to all the volunteer drivers and the club wanted to acknowledge the work she had done for so many within the community. ‘‘She is...

Theology and religion courses proving popular

A SERIES of short theology and religion courses by the University of Otago has attracted good patronage in Invercargill. Reverend Nyalle Paris, of First Presbyterian Church, said the ‘‘taster courses’’ which began in May were proving popular. ‘‘The courses are designed to help broaden and deepen people’s knowledge of the Christian faith.’’ The next course, tomorrow and Saturday, discussing German Lutheran pastor...

Campaign to increase population

‘‘Get a life in Southland’’ will be the basis of a new Southland Regional Development Strategy (SoRDS) campaign, governance group chairman Tom Campbell told Southland businesspeople last week. The slogan, which would head a new branding identity for the region, was being developed by the Destination Attraction team led by Carla Forbes, of Market South, to attract people to live...

Decision made, hall to go, money to be returned

THE proposal for a new Edendale Community Centre is dead in the water after a decision by its community board to return the $305,000 tagged for the project. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Edendale-Wyndham Community Board, the board also formalised its request to the Southland District Council (SDC) to dispose of the existing Edendale Hall, closed since November, 2014. Options for...
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