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Outstanding service awarded

A MEMBER of the Southland Masonic Centre in Invercargill has been acknowledged for his years of pastoral care work. During the recent dedication of the new Southland Masonic Centre in Invercargill, Brother Neil O'Rorke was awarded the Grand Master's Order of Service to Masonry certificate and jewel in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Freemasonry as an Almoner (pastoral care)...

Poppy Flight drops in

"IF there's time to spare, go by air." Those were the words of Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre representative Laurie Officer who was the ground officer for the arrival of a Tiger Moth at the Southern Wings Invercargill base last week. He was part of a national relay to raise money for the Returned and Services Association (RSA), the Starship Foundation and...

Mai Mai high tea to help city seniors

EVERYONE is welcome to the Mai Mai High Tea being held at South Alive's The Pod community rooms on May 1. Limited to 60 tickets, and organised by The Pantry Events Team, the high tea was also a fundraiser to help some seniors in South Invercargill with their electricity bills. South Alive director Sue McNeill said the events team had regularly...

The Pod to come alive with school holiday fun

IT'S going to be more than just a picnic these school holidays at South City. Grab your Teddy bears and rock on up to South Alive's The Pod community rooms to join in the fun of Teddy Bears Picnic Yoga, Safari Yoga Journey, and many other events. Hosted by South Alive, community development and operations manager Courtney Ellison said the community...

Bluff oysters show no infection with bonamia

HUNDREDS of wild Bluff oysters have shown no infection through testing after last month's discovery of an oyster-killing parasite. Biosecurity New Zealand has been working with communities around Foveaux Strait since three infected oysters were found during a routine check. The parasite, Bonamia ostreae, is capable of increasing mortality in oysters but little is known of the species or how big...

Refugee family loses all in city house fire

THE sickeningly sweet smell of smoke greeted the Buitron family when they returned to their fire-ravaged home last Wednesday. The family of five had lived there for two years after arriving in the country as refugees from Colombia three years ago. An electrical fault in their kitchen stove sparked the fire last Tuesday morning. Luisa Buitron said, through a translator, all that...

Pet of the week

Name: Bree Breed: Tortoiseshell long-haired cat Age: 1 year old Pet likes: Loves her dad Pet dislikes: Taking medication Favourite food: Chef kitten and Hills skin/food sensitive diet biscuits Each receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age, breed, likes, dislikes and favourite food to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

Use of personal locator beacons surges in NZ

THE uptake of locator beacons this summer has rocketed, despite a lack of international tourists. Southland Locator Beacon Charitable Trust spokesman John Munro said he believed a consolidated push from Land Search and Rescue, the Department of Conservation, New Zealand Police and the Mountain Safety Council to promote locator beacon use was the reason behind the increase. "So that really has,...

Helping mates aim of city workshop

REDUCING the rates of suicide and making sure men are getting the help they need, are some of the reasons an Invercargill woman has organised a workshop in the city. Mates helping Mates event organiser Wendy Hansen said the motivation for organising the workshop came after attending a similar course and also noticing what was happening in the community, with...

10th bike ride to raise funds for rescue chopper

ABOUT 100 cyclists, including Sir John Kirwan and three Black Spokes, will set off on their two-wheeled machines next month to raise money for the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust. Cyclists Andrew Moreton, who has taken part eight of the nine previous rides, and Reece McDonald, who will be taking part in his eighth, will be among the many who...
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