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Winton Mitre 10 wins national store challenge

WINTON’S Mitre 10 store has romped away with Mitre 10 franchise accolades, winning the brand’s ‘‘With You All the Way’’ challenge for best customer experience — leaving the other 83 stores around the country in the dust. Winton store owner Craig Flynn said he was ‘‘over the moon’’ with his team. ‘‘We were sort of blown away to win it ... I’m...

Pandemic delays library upgrade

SUPPLY chain disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused months of delays to Winton’s revamped library. The Southland District Council closed its Winton office and library in May 2020 after mould spores were discovered at the site. While work was under way to remove the toxic mould, council staff investigated ways to bring the building back up to a safe...

‘Stunning’ Queens Park up for award

INVERCARGILL residents have the chance to show how much they love Queens Park as voting for the Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s annual Beautiful Awards is now open. The park is a finalist for the Kiwis’ Choice award, competing with four other special spots from throughout New Zealand. Invercargill City Council parks and recreation manager Caroline Rain said it was time to...

Pet of the week

Name: Mischief Age: 1 Breed: Domestic short haired Pet likes: Being a mum, chasing the laser Pet dislikes: The neighbour’s dog Favourite food: Temptations Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age, breed, likes, dislikes and favourite food to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

New home for Loss and Grief Centre

Staff at The Loss and Grief Centre are welcoming the public into their new building. Situated at 17 The Crescent, the organisation reopened its doors on January 14. Director Caroline Loo said the change of venue was to be able to cater to the growth of its client base. The centre offers support for people living with loss and grief of any...

Meeting to gauge interest in forming electric bike group

Proposals to form an electric bike group are at the front of the minds of some Waihopai Lions Club members. A meeting to gauge the interest of the public will be held in the upstairs room of Invercargill City Library this Saturday at 10.30am. Lions club secretary Rodger Millar said the gathering would welcome input from the public on suggestions of...

Library catering for special needs

THE Invercargill city library team has a sensible and simple gesture to make the space more inclusive and safe for visitors with special needs. Community connections librarian Saniya Thompson said the library had been working with Autism New Zealand and Learning Differences Aotearoa Trust to offer a ‘‘sensory box’’with weighted lap blanket, ear muffs, dark glasses and a variety of fidgets...

Targeted pool rate under consideration

THE Southland District Council will consult on a new targeted rate to help keep Mossburn and Lumsden’s pools open. Northern Community Board councillor John Douglas said the Lumsden and Mossburn Community Pool committees approached the council last year requesting ongoing funding to help with pool operating costs. The Mossburn pool committee requested $8625 and the Northern Southland (Lumsden) pool committee asked for $9200. Cr...

Invercargill to pilot laptop scheme

Invercargill has been chosen to pilot a new initiative by the Te Rourou Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation, which will support young people with laptop devices. The foundation was formed in 2002 and seeks to enable better outcomes for youth, especially those who experience disadvantages and exclusion. Schools selected to be a part of the Device Equity programme trial run were Aurora College...

Grants save day for walking group

When PH Vickery Charitable Trust and Mee Henry Law fronted up with some much-needed operational cash, the Tuesday Walk Group was saved from extinction. Tuesday Walk Group chairwoman Margaret Bell said the group had been struggling to secure funding to keep operating. Funding was often difficult to secure because it was predominantly used to subsidise group travel expenses. The bus travel was...
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