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Ollie on a mission, with a little help

A DISABLED cockatiel wants to become the first bird to shake its tail feathers and walk the length of New Zealand. Ollie the cockatiel was hand-raised by Cambridge woman Robyn Chappell after being attacked as a young chick. Having overcome many obstacles in his life, the 20-month-old bird now has a new mission become the first cockatiel to walk the length...

Upcycling for wheelchairs

MAY 22 is Abbie Sansom's birthday. It is also the date stamp on the bread tag at the centre of an art work she recently donated to South Alive. A venturer at the Georgetown Scout Group, Abbie (12) created the colourful creation by using bread tags as part of her Scouts Aotearoa Sustainable Choices Badge. "I tried to find what you could...

Stop and smell the herbs

SHARING a passion for herbs, the Southland Herb Society will host its Spring Festival Celebrating Herbs this weekend as part of its 40th celebrations in Invercargill. As well as beautiful displays, demonstrations and information, there would also be sales of indoor and outdoor plants, crafts, preserves, lavender, herbal products, and bric-a-brac, as well as a stall hosted by artisan florist...

Public helps with dead seal retrieval

IT was a race against time to retrieve a dead leopard seal from an Invercargill beach last week, so the body could be sent to a chiller for scientific research. LeopardSeals.org co-founder Dr Krista van der Linde was excited to learn how large the taonga (treasured) animal was. While the cause of death of the almost 3m-long mammal was unknown, Dr...

Plastic waste a big feature in island clean-up

SEEING mollymawk carcasses containing plastic beads lying on the remote coastline of Stewart Island is motivation for Southern Coastal Charitable Trust volunteers to keep clearing rubbish from such areas. A recent trip to Stewart Island saw 16 volunteers collect an estimated 28 tonnes of rubbish from Mason Bay at Stewart Island. Trust co-ordinator Joyce Kolk said the rubbish contained lost fishing...

Summer market returns to South Invercargill

THE Village Markets, held next to The Pantry in South Invercargill, will return on Saturday with monthly markets planned throughout the summer. Hosted by The Pantry, 133 Grace St, up to 30 stallholders set up monthly last summer in the community space alongside the shop. The Pantry chairwoman Janette Malcolm said the markets had been a thriving community space for people...

Biosecurity between two islands key focus

THE next steps towards a predator-free Rakiura are being taken, with a trust to lead the project being formed. Predator Free Rakiura formally invited Environment Southland (ES) to hold a board position with voting rights on the soon-to-be established Te Puka Rakiura Trust. The trust is being established as the legal entity for Predator Free Rakiura. From there, the existing leadership group...

Pet of the week

Name: Huckleberry mish mash Age: 4 days old Breed: Coopworth/Suffolk Pet likes: Milk, nibbling everything within reach, jumping about Pet dislikes: Being held, late feedings 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 and favourite food to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

Ohai locals recall once bustling town

FOR more than 100 years, Ohai has been a coal town. The small western Southland settlement sprang up around large coal deposits discovered in the 1910s, but the coal mine closed last Thursday. On a cold and blustery day, there is a whiff of coal in the air as many of the town's residents rely on it not just for heating...

Vaccination clinic aimed at removing barriers

BREAKING down barriers and enabling people to be vaccinated in a familiar environment, were just some of the reasons the Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) team held a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Invercargill on Saturday. The clinic, which included the sounds of the Pasifika, food and giveaways, encouraged families to get vaccinated in a place where they were comfortable. Queens...
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