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Name: Keith Sollitt Age: 2.5 years Breed: Collie x kelpie Pet likes: Footballs and frisbees Pet dislikes: Baths Favourite food: Pepperoni pizza Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age, breed, likes, dislikes, favourite food to win@ southlandexpress.co.nz

Tulip fans flock to open day with a difference

COLOUR and brightness are among the reasons tulips are Mia Murdoch's favourite flower. For the past few years, on Labour Day, the Invercargill girl had visited Triflor New Zealand Ltd's annual tulip open day, in Edendale, with her mother Anna Murdoch. However, due to Covid-19, this year's event was held at the Edendale Presbyterian Church, where tulips were on display on...

Support for show overwhelms

WITH more than 400 train rides in the first hour and a half, Invercargill's Great Little Train Show hit a record for its 36th year of the show's running. Show co-ordinator Wendy Metcalfe said she was success of the event, which took place at the Southland Model Engineers Club the show's host Park last weekend. "So many people have just come...

6+6 teams on an adventure

AFTER nine months of training, Ignacio Sande was gutted when he pulled a muscle in his back during training just a few days before the Maxis Projects 6+6 Adventure Race. However, he was not one to give up. The Invercargill man waited at the transition site at Flat Hill Wind Farm on Saturday, about 3km from Bluff, for his team of...

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary celebrates the arrival of takahe chicks

"LITTLE PUFFBALLS - the newly-hatched Te Anau takahe chicks will help with the species' population recovery. Department of Conservation (Doc) Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ranger Kiri Klein said there were two pairs of resident takahe at the sanctuary, one pair with two 2-week-old foster chicks. "Very cute, really hard to see because they are really good parents and secretive with their...

Great walk on track to be open for summer

REPAIR works millions are set to be completed for the summer opening of the Milford Sound Great Walks. In February, flooding caused damage across the South, and Fiordland had more than 820mm of rain 10% of the region's annual rainfall, 600mm of it in a 24-hour period. More than 78 tracks on public conservation land were damaged, totalling more than 440km,...

Passing on a little bit of love

YOU could say Nicole McKnight stands by the pay it forward philosophy. She was the recipient of kindness in many forms when her husband, Sam, had a medical emergency which left him with a chronic, debilitating illness. It was during his initial health problems, the McKnight family received many forms of kindness, some from people involved in her husband's care...

Southland youth celebrated

THE remarkable feats of Southland teens were celebrated at the annual Youthmark Young Achiever Awards at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill last night. Showcasing some of the region's most talented youth, the awards and accompanying photography exhibition featured a plethora of national and international champions across a diverse range of genres from sports to academia and the arts. First initiated...

Community backs Te Anau events

LABOUR Weekend had Te Anau buzzing with 11 events keeping locals and visitors busy. The first Southern Waka Ama event, the Ki Uta Ki Tai Waka Challenge was held on Saturday at the Marakura Yacht Club, Lake Te Anau. Southland clubs and others from as far away as Dunedin, Christchurch and Nelson attended the first waka ama racing to be held...

Time for a spruce-up

REPAIRS are under way at the Troopers' Memorial in Invercargill. The repairs were being funded by the $680,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund granted for repairs of memorials, removing invasive vegetation and beautification works. The Troopers' Memorial was opened in 1908, created as a reminder of the contribution of Southland men in the Boer War from 1900-1902. The 24 names on the...
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