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SGHS Old Girls’ celebrates a century

THIS year marks 100 years of Southland Girls' High School's Old Girls' Association and to celebrate, its members are presenting a sizeable donation to the school. They plan to present a cheque at the school's prizegiving ceremony next month, a contribution towards the upgrade of the school's library. Old Girls' Association president Anne McCracken said they wanted to keep the amount...

Cartoonist enjoys a ‘magic’ career

WHEN Southland cartoonist Shaun Yeo landed his first full-time gig at 27 years old, he felt like he had been born again, he says. "I never wanted to do the Southland thing, I didn't want to be an apprentice or an electrician." As a young boy, he came across New Zealander Murray Ball's comic strip, Footrot Flats, and "fell in love...

Rocket Lab chief inspires pupils

INDUSTRIAL espionage, Elon Musk and flat Earth theorists were some of the topics Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck covered during a visit to his former Invercargill high school last week. It's where it all started for Mr Beck. James Hargest College provided him with the resources to fuel his passion for engineering. An inspiration for some, one particular 10-year-old got to...

75 years on, first flight still fascinates

IT was an exciting adventure for a child aged 4. John McDougall, and his parents Jack and Henrietta, were among the first paying passengers on the Union Airways of NZ Ltd first commercial flight out of Invercargill Airport. Today marked 75 years of that event... November 7, 1944. Not that you could call it much of an airport back then, he said. "It...

Refuge packs made with care

THE Women's Refuge in Invercargill will soon be gifted care and beauty packs, courtesy of Five Rivers Rangers and Girl Guides. The project, which began in term one, raised awareness of domestic and family violence and taught the girls how to be an advocate. It also taught them what to do, how to be prepared and how to plan in...

Bee swarms kept under control

AS warmer weather hits the region, swarms of bees are being reported around the south. Local beekeeper and Southland Bee Society member Geoff Scott is someone who can lend a hand when things get a bit buzzy. While he demonstrated on Monday evening how to clear a swarm of bees from a fence, he said he had been called out several...

Native species under threat

The whitebait fishery is a peculiar one – four of the six whitebait species are threatened or at risk of extinction, yet it is one of the few, if not only, fisheries without a catch limit. Reporter Laura Smith takes a closer look at why that is. WITH less than a month left in the season, the last chance to...

Vandals destroy a commemorative glass table in Queens Park

Invercargill Host Lions Club needs the community's support to replace a glass table gifted to Queens Park which was badly damaged by vandals in Queens Park. Club past president Kevin Wall said the club had gifted the table to the community about six months ago to commemorate 100 years of Lions clubs worldwide. It was irreparably damaged last month. Club members...

Dominic rises above challenges

'What it's like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week, reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Dominic Buckby, an Invercargill teenager living with ADHD. ENDURING systematic bullying, social isolation and depression are among the many challenges Invercargill teenager Dominic Buckby faces on a daily...

Motorcycle club revs up for suicide awareness

''LIKE we always say, we bring the noise." The Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club is gearing up for several awareness rides across Southland and Otago. "Our mission statement is to support those in the community who are disadvantaged, disenfranchised and suffering serious illness, neglect, deprivation and abuse, whether physical or emotional, as well as addictions," Southland chapter member Phillip Rangi said. First on...
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