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Family a vital support in a crisis

A COLOMBIAN-BORN resident says living overseas is a life dealing with daily challenges. However, among all the scenarios Invercargill resident Adriana Rincon could think of, the idea of a Covid-19 outbreak and a country's lockdown was never in her mind. Mrs Rincon said the past few weeks had been "hard to cope with". Away from part of her family, she had already...

Wind generation on island a step closer

SOUTHLAND district councillors have decided on a contractor for the pre-development stage of a Stewart Island wind power project. The council's services and assets committee was this week asked to approve the recommendation of direct negotiation with consultant Roaring 40s Wind Power for the pre-development phase, which it did. The company will provide consultancy services on identifying, investigating and developing wind...

Put your best paw forward

ST John Invercargill is looking for "four-legged and two-legged" volunteers to help with its newly introduced Outreach Therapy Pets programme. St John Invercargill area executive officer Tracy Kilkelly said the initiative was aimed at providing human and animal friendship to rest-home residents. "It would be ideal to have people who have had first-hand experience caring for people in rest-homes, are...

Many events cancelled or deferred

ORGANISERS of major events in Southland are taking a pragmatic approach to the Covid-19 situation with many now on hold or cancelled with one case of Covid-19 being confirmed in Invercargill. Last night, the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival committee was meeting to confirm the cancellation of the festival with organisers still working out how to refund ticket buyers. The event...

Early childhood centre to use grant to revamp vege patch

CHILDREN at Best Start North Road are reeling with excitement over an upgrade announcement for their community vegetable garden, centre manager Gemma Cairns says. The early education centre was the only learning provider in Southland to receive a Growing for Good grant from Countdown aimed at helping encourage tamariki (children) to protect New Zealand's environment. "We couldn't believe it when we...

Two wins icing on the cake for showjumper

FOR horse rider Michelle Coombes, there could be no better birthday surprise than winning first place, not once, but twice, at the 152nd Southland A&P Show in Invercargill last Saturday. The Invercargill woman spent her special day taking on 1.10-metre showjumping courses with her 13-year-old mare Just Amber at the Donovan Park event. "My pony was very good today, she jumped...

Children get gift of literacy

UP to 900 copies of the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionarywill be given to Year 4 pupils throughout Southland and Stewart Island as part of the Rotary Club of Invercargill North annual Dictionaries in Schools project this week. Begun in 2007, this year's launch was held at Bluff School on Monday where 17 of its pupils were joined by Year 4...

Historian pushing for William Cargill statue

INVERCARGILL historian Lloyd Esler is calling for expressions of interest to commission a statue of William Cargill, after whom the city is named. Last year, a statue of composer Alex Lithgow, who wrote the Invercargill March which was still played by throughout the world by brass bands, was unveiled beside the Civic Theatre after $50,000 was raised. Now it was William...

Campaign marks 50 years

CAMARADERIE between guardians, old friends and allies was evident at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Save Manapouri Campaign in Te Anau last weekend. United by the common goal of protecting some of Fiordland National Park's most famous spots, which are also host to several indigenous botanical species, environmental activists launched a campaign 50 years ago which would protect those...

Home and garden tour raises $98k

A RANGE of homes and gardens were on display last weekend during the Ray White Home and Garden Invercargill Tour 2020. The event, which was held to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital, consisted of 13 properties from the Invercargill area. Homes on show were varied; from grandiose converted churches to spacious cul-de-sac living, there was...
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