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Simulator provides a rural view

RURAL and non-rural people had to chance to experience what it might be like to drive across paddocks and dodge sheep and various other obstacles, at Southern Field Days at Waimumu last week. The only difference was no-one and no sheep were at risk, as the experience was via a side-by-side virtual reality simulator. Hosted by WorkSafe New Zealand, engagement lead...

School’s vibrant new vision

FERNWORTH Primary School is facing a bright new future. The school has been rebranded, complete with a new Maori name, logo, vision and a vibrant new uniform. Principal Alison Cook said the school's vision had not been reviewed since the school opened in 2005, so the board of trustees thought it was time to refresh it. "It was time to hit the...

A blooming great show

AFTER an overwhelmingly successful turnout, the first Bluff Garden show proved there is plenty to grow at the bottom of the country. From flowers to vegetables, handcrafts, baking and children's colouring-in, nearly 400 entries were part of the competition at the Bluff Senior Citizens Room on Sunday. Garden show helper Barbara Metzger said the purpose of the event was to encourage...

Helicopter saves the big day

A HELICOPTER ride with her treasured dress was not on the wedding checklist for Invercargill bride Khellsey-Anna Atley. When she started to plan her big day two years ago, she might have expected the odd hitch not one of Southland's biggest floods. Mrs Atley had her dream wedding in Invercargill on Friday, after a couple of "stressful days". Two days before she...

Family seeks home for beer collection

ONE of the biggest challenges sisters Robyn and Janis McNaught had growing up was trying to find a beer for Christmas or a birthday their father did not already have. Southlander Les McNaught spent the better part of 20 years, before his death late last year, searching, sourcing and collecting beer and beer-related items from around the globe. What he left...

‘Farmy Army’ shows rural spirit alive in the south

FOR Edendale dairy farmer Mike Henderson, land quality has become a major concern after his 250ha property was submerged with water about a metre and a half high during last week's Southland-wide floods. Like many other farmers, he now had to bear the brunt of the damage. "It definitely will knock us for a full round of grazing. We're feeding a...

Evacuation ‘unsettling’ for elderly residents

AN evacuation by an air force helicopter proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of elderly Wyndham residents caught up in Southland's flooding emergency last week. However, the experience was nerve-wracking rather than exciting for at least one of the residents who had never flown in a helicopter before. Wyndham Rest Home resident Betty Gray (83) said she did...

Epic ride to help special children

SOUTHLAND grandfather Eion McKenzie and his brother Allan are about to embark on an epic personal challenge, one which will also benefit a special group of Southland children. The brothers are among 1100 cyclists taking part in the Tour Aotearoa Brevet Challenge, cycling 3000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff within 30 days. They set off on Monday. Neither had any previous...

Fiordland in recovery but still open for tourists

"OPEN for business" is the post-storm message from Fiordland. Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock said the affects of the storm to Fiordland-based companies had been mixed. "The recent events have had an impact on operations in Fiordland, Milford Sound in particular." She said some companies were able to put in contingencies, and there were still many tourism opportunities in Fiordland. "Doubtful Sound is...

Celebrating 20 years of service to the community

NGA KETE Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust (NKMP) is a Southland success story. A success in terms of its effective business model, the continually expanding range of services offered to the community, and of the far-reaching positive impact its services have made during the past 20 years, and continue to have in the community. NKMP chief executive Tracey Wright-Tawha credited its success...
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