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It’s all about the journey for Tomica

FROM Slope Point to Matamata – the 1500km walk one Croatian man travelled over three months. After he started in his home town in Croatia on October 13, 2015, Tomica Kristic finished his hitch hiking and trekking journey on June 13 in Matamata – three years and eight months later. During that time he hitch-hiked through 25 countries before deciding to...

Vaping gains a following

VAPE retailers are popping up throughout Southland as the "healthier alternative" to smoking with only positive responses from customers, owners say. While there had been much scepticism since it was introduced to New Zealand, a number of Southlanders had capitalised on the new craze. Vape Box owner Craig Dawson, who opened the first dedicated vape shop in Invercargill in 2016, said...

Hump Ridge status elevated

SOUTHLAND'S Hump Ridge Track will get $5 million and likely bus-loads of tourists with its new Great Walk status. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced last Sunday the 61km tramp, in the far south of Fiordland near Tuatapere, will join 10 others in the country with the prestigious title. About $5 million would be spent to bring it to "Great Walk standard",...

Charity event goes national

A UNIQUE event designed to support the Southland community's most in need is catching on nationwide. The Free Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need event conceived and realised by Melissa Aitken is being replicated in Wellington next weekend. "It is amazing that my wee idea has gone huge in Southland and now people are wanting to get it going...

Items needed for community event

MELISSA Aitken is calling on the kindness and generosity of Southlanders to support members of the community in need. She is organising the eighth Free Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need event in Invercargill next month, and is putting the call out to the community for donations. "Thanking you in advance for having a kind heart and helping us...

Life-changing surgery

AN Invercargill resident says her days of low self-esteem are now in the past. After being told there was no funding in the public health sector for her to have breast reduction surgery, Khellsey-Anna Atley decided to fundraise to have the "life-changing" operation. The cost of the surgery was $20,000 and she could not afford it. As published in Southland Expressin May,...

Fire increase concerns

AFTER an "overwhelming" number of structural fires in Southland in the past three months, Fire and Emergency New Zealand are asking the burning question – have you done the check? From electrical malfunctions to flammable liquids, commercial buildings and homes across Southland have become "uninhabitable" in recent times after being devastated by fire. Invercargill's fire risk management officer Murray Milne-Maresca stressed...

What it’s like to be me…Georgia, a teen mother

What it's like to be me is a series in the Southland Express shining a spotlight on people living and working in Southland. This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Georgia – a teen mother living and studying in Invercargill. BEING a young mother is no walk in the park, but Southland teen Georgia...

Petition handed over at ‘final farewell’

BLAIR Vining has handed over a 140,000-signature petition calling for a better way to help cancer sufferers in New Zealand. It has been the 38-year-old, Winton father-of-two's goal since being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in October last year, when he was given eight weeks to live. Since that day, he started a bucket list and proudly ticked off the...

TaxiBus ideas sought

A COMMUNITY-led initiative for a transportation service in and around Riverton and Invercargill is being planned. The Riverton group behind the idea, Riverton-Aparima Renewable Energy-Hub Group, believe the area is in need of additional transport options – and their idea is to offer a zero-emission TaxiBus. While the idea is still in the planning stage, the group of 22 environment-minded individuals...
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