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Support for trip humbles family

INVERCARGILL boy Ollie Walton’s dream is coming true thanks to support from family, friends and complete strangers. ‘‘More people have supported us than we know. It has been really humbling,’’ Ollie’s mother Andi said. ‘‘We feel so grateful. We can’t say thanks enough.’’ Ollie has Cohen Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by conditions including diminished muscle tone, deteriorating vision and intellectual...

Mike King faces the battle head on

New Zealand television/radio personality and former comedian Mike King sat down with Southland Express reporter PETRINA WRIGHT while he was in Invercargill last week to talk about his work raising awareness about mental illness. 'Depression and suicide prevention are so dark and so horrible... someone needs to shine a light in this space.' MIKE King is arguably best known as a comedian...

Budding designers encouraged to enter upcycle award show

ORGANISERS of this year’s Southland Upcycle Awards are encouraging sewers and charity shop staff to get creative. 'The only criteria is it must be the first time an outfit has been shown...' Organised by Sharleen Kiff and Lisa Hook, the fashion show and competition will be held in September, with proceeds to Orphans Aid International (OAI). This year’s event has two sections...

English imports conquer track

SIX months ago Ruth and Andy Whelan had never been on a track bike. On Sunday, the cycling newbies and their team-mates powered home to third place in the annual Cycling Southland Corporate Pursuit event. And to top it off, Mrs Whelan won the women’s scratch race. They were results which surprised the couple. ‘‘We’re completely stoked... Andy and I had basically done...

City apprentices compete

FOUR electrical apprentices squared off on Monday in the Southland heats of the 2016 Master Electricians Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition. Now in its 15th year, the competition is organised by the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (Ecanz). The competitors had four hours to complete four specialised tasks, including designing a programmable logic controller to run a pump and...

Kapa haka group off to nationals

A GROUP of Southland secondary school pupils will perform in front of thousands in Napier this month at Te Haaro o Te Kaahu — the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition. ‘‘For secondary schools there is no other bigger event,’’ Te Wharekura o Arowhenua teacher Gary Davis said. ‘‘It is great to see a real positive event for our Maori kids.’’ Hosted...

Fog delays early morning take-off

IT was a slower than expected takeoff for Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets expecting their first taste of real flying recently. The cadets, from No. 12 (City of Invercargill) Squadron ATC, were delayed by early morning fog at Invercargill Airport and had to be content with training in the Southern Wings flight simulator until the fog cleared and flying instructor...

NZ rabbit history revealed

DURING the late 1880s and throughout the 1900s, rabbits rampaged through the country. So prolific were these small, four-footed, furry beings, Bluff had a canning factory for their meat which was shipped overseas and there were also rabbit processing plants at Woodlands and Gore. Rabbit fur was also shipped back to England to be made into felt hats. Those are...

Telehealth rolled out in Southland

PATIENTS in Stewart Island and Te Anau will soon be able to access medical advice without the need to travel long distances. The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) is rolling out a $495,000 investment in telehealth across the district to provide patients in remote rural communities with more accessible medical consultations. Telehealth involves the use of IT and video technology to...

Egg-mazing show of birds

WANT to know how to tell a good egg from a bad egg? Just ask Jill Maxwell. The Lochiel poultry breeder is one of a select group of New Zealanders qualified to judge eggs at poultry shows. There were only about 20 qualified judges nationally and five in the South Island, she said. To qualify, Ms Maxwell, a life member of the...
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