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The merger of the Van Asch Deaf Education and the Kelston Deaf Education centres into a collaborated Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand, was marked at the Invercargill offices last week. Deaf pupils (from left) Holly Driver (14), Grace Matthews (10), and Tiana Petre (14), joined pupils, staff, parents and members of the deaf community to mark the occasion. All...

A helping hand through hard times

DEAR grief... Helping children and young people come to terms with the bereavement process, Auckland mother Nic Russell established the registered charity Kenzie’s Gift in 2008. The charity provided support, resources and therapy sessions for children, young people, their caregivers and families affected by grief or a life-threatening illness. Named after her daughter Kenzie, who died in 2005, aged 2-and-a-half, two Memories Are Forever...

Dr leads discussion on LGBTQI+ health

AN Invercargill doctor is worried patients in the LGBTQI+ community are not receiving proper health care because they feel uncomfortable with the process. GP Dr David Sar Shalom wanted to start a discussion with medical staff for them to have a better understanding of the health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex people and to deliver appropriate...

Families honour their loved ones

ALMOST four months after her mother died, an Invercargill resident felt she finally had the chance to properly say goodbye last Sunday. Coral Brown and her father were among 30 families who were part of a remembrance service held at the J Fraser & Sons funeral home chapel in Invercargill for people whose family member or friend died during the...

Southlanders show generosity

ABOUT 150 businesses and organisations will dress in red, white and black as part of tomorrow's Casual Friday, Buy a Brick Day to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital. However, the southern region has already had a multitude of events and fundraisers in the build-up to the day. On Monday, the team at Kaos hair salon in Invercargill worked a...

Wheelchairs and whale tails

BREAD bag tags are being made into whale tail earrings, with half the proceeds going to the charity Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs Invercargill-based organiser Kathryn Sansom said the project had been run in South Africa for the past 14 years, with the proceeds from the recycled tags used to provide wheelchairs for the needy. Previously recycled into...

A poetic take on retirement

IT was a novel way of resigning but for 85-year-old Ruth McIntosh, it just seemed perfect. The former cleaner of the Scholefield Law offices for the past 30 years, she took a bit of poetic licence and handed in her resignation via a poem. Mrs McIntosh, who turns 86 on Monday, confessed this week she'd actually started writing the poem about...

Te Anau gets behind Pink Ribbon breakfast

TE ANAU is turning pink. Some businesses in the town, including tour operators and restaurants, were supporting the Te Anau Turning Pink campaign to be held on Saturday, August 1. The annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast would be held the following day at the Te Anau Club from 10.30am. Organiser Leona McCracken said some local tour operators were donating a percentage of their...

Cut for a cause

Surrenity Hair Design & Beauty hairdresser Cheyenne Ngatai, of Invercargill, will be offering male haircuts for $10 this Saturday to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital’s Buy a Brick Campaign. She said the idea came about after salon owner Bernie O'Neill suggested it would be a good way to support the Southland community. ‘‘We've all lost someone to cancer, we've...

Sports day connects Pasifika youth

AFTER losing a young Pasifika person to suicide in Invercargill last year, four church ministers are on a mission to prevent it from happening again. Earlier this month, ministers Reverend Lole Fiso, Pastor Jim Wasasala, Reverend Mose Peteru and Reverend Vilisoni Vehekite formed the Southland Pasefika Pastoral Committee (SPPC) an initiative aimed at addressing the issue of suicide and mental...
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