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Boost for Fiordland tourism

DEPARTMENT of Conservation staff were astounded by the overwhelming response it received to Milford Track bookings this year. All available spaces sold within three minutes of opening last week, Department of Conservation (DOC) Heritage and Visitors director Tim Bamford said. "Each year, we think the Milford can't sell out any faster and each year we are proven wrong. "Yesterday was no exception....

Firefighters fulfill 28-hour mission

A WINTON trio took part in a Super Hero 28-hour treadmill fundraiser last weekend. Starting last Friday, Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade members Steve Turton and Guy Johnstone collectively walked 270km as part of their brigade's Sky Tower Climb Team which annually raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. This year, they had raised more than $5000. "It's been emotional, just...

Duck-shooting widows flock to get a bargain

SIX Southland women organised a pop-up pre-loved and labels sale in Winton as a way to entertain women while their partners were away duck-shooting last weekend. Organised by Mary Witsey, Dianne Morrison, Linda Riordan, Kate Brown, Jane Brown and Irene Souness, the Duck-shooting Widows' Pre-loved and Labels Sale was hosted at Winton's former heritage building, on Great North Rd. Spokeswoman Mrs...

Pet of the week

Name: Nico Age: 6 months Breed: Superb Parrot Pet likes: Hanging upside down on the washing line like a bat Pet dislikes: When he is put back right side up (and very much voices his strong opinion on this) Favourite food: Sunflower seeds and pineapple Each receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age,...

Climbers mark first year in style

THE Fiordland Climbing Wall hosted an inaugural PUMPFEST Competition to celebrate its first anniversary last weekend. “We are just stoked that the new community asset situated in the Fiordland Community Events Centre, has become such a big part of the community,’’ event co-organiser and NZ outdoor rock climbing instructor Vaughn Filmer said. The style of the event was a take on...

Drugs, cash were presents, court told

A MONGREL Mob member told police the five bags of methamphetamine and more than $600 found in a bag he was carrying were birthday presents from friends, a court heard on Tuesday. Liam Johnston (30) was sentenced to 20 months' jail when he appeared for sentence before Judge Peter Rollo in the Invercargill District Court on possession of methamphetamine for...

Rakiura Cr steps down

AFTER more than 40 years, the Stewart Island community will need to find another voice to advocate for them. Stewart Island/Rakiura councillor Bruce Ford has been in local politics since 1977 but decided this term would be his last at the Southland District Council. He will stand down in October. There were a mix of emotions - while he was relieved...

Duck-shooting widows well catered for at Winton clothing sale

A QUACKING good pop-up designer clothing sale in Winton on Saturday is set to entertain local ladies, while the men are off duck-shooting. The Duck Shooting Pre-loved and New Designer Sale is being organised by a group of local women, who have carefully selected their favourite designer clothing to on-sell, at the same time supporting a local charity. “We’ve chosen Hospice...

Youths have an eye for design

FOR the first time, Youthline Southland is partnering with Northbound and Ara Taiohi to give away 100 free t-shirts designed by young people for Youth Week, May 7-15. Youth between the ages of 12 to 24 years old can submit their t-shirt designs through their social media event page or to Southland Community House, 47 Kelvin St, Invercargill, before May 10. A...

Join the next park Fungal Foray

SOUTHLAND'S mushroom season has come a little later this year because of the drought, Invercargill historian and naturalist Lloyd Esler says. Mr Esler, hosted a "Fungal Foray" involving foraging for mushrooms in Queens Park last weekend where people learned about the different kinds of fungi growing in the region. Different tree species influenced the type of mushrooms growing beneath them. Many of...
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