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What it’s like to be me – Transformation saves Shauna’s life

This is a series shining a light on people living and working in reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Southland transgender woman Shauna Scobie. A ONCE angry and tormented young boy is now a happy, confident woman living a "f------ fabulous" life. Invercargill transgender woman Shauna Scobie said the transformation saved her life. "In 2015, if I...

Camping space in question

NO room at the... campsite? Frequent visitors of the Monkey Island camping area are worried there would not be enough room to camp there this Christmas. The Bailey family have been visiting the campsite for years, and with Southland District Council (SDC) upgrading the site, they are concerned there would not be enough grass area left to pitch a tent. There have...

Windsor North pupils take to the airwaves

PUPILS from Windsor North School Radio Station hosted their first special guest on their show this week. Three pupils from the radio crew interviewed Southland artist and 2018/2019 Kiwibank Local Hero Award recipient Caley Hall on their Tuesday morning show. "People would think being on the radio is really hard but it's actually really easy," pupil Kenley Robb (9) said. From life...

Group has eyes on southern sky

IMAGINE the happiest moment of your life. What would it be? For a group of Southlanders, the answer is easy – the first time they saw an Aurora Australis. Viewing the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, is an increasingly popular hobby, and thousands of people are monitoring apps which plot the probability and predicted location. Southland residents Dakota Brown, David Whelan, Elizabeth...

Book sale benefits

THE Rotary club donated $10,000 to the Cancer Society from the proceeds from the Rotary Book Sale earlier this year. "We don't get any government funding, so every dollar we spend in Otago Southland we have to raise in Otago Southland," Ms Hart said. "So we were really honoured to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Rotary Book...

Rotarians give Refuge a hand

IT was a simple idea. Collect all those unwanted handbags, duffle bags, back packs and toilet bags, and fill them with toiletry items to donate to the Invercargill Women's Refuge as part of the Rotary Club of Invercargill North Hand-up Project. Invercargill North president Sharon Hamilton said the project aimed to give women and families in Women's Refuge a 'hand-up'. A small...

Corrections career ends

FROM carpentry instructor to probation officer turned service manager, Brian McKenzie's "investment in the city" kept him in a 40-year career with Invercargill Community Corrections, he says. Born and raised in Southland, he had just over a week left in his workplace. "I want this to be a good community. I'm one small cog in a big wheel but we...

‘Unsung hero’ awarded Rotary’s highest award

INVERCARGILL man Ken Bowie was surprised to receive Rotary's highest honour last week. Rotary Club of Invercargill members presented Mr Bowie with a Paul Harris Fellow for his tireless community work. "I'm well aware of significance," Mr Bowie said. "For them to go outside Rotary is a bit of an honour." He was very modest about the accolade. "You are only one...

Newborns to keep cosy

IN an effort to keep newborn babies warm this winter, one Southland woman decided to join forces with an Invercargill bank to support Southland Hospital's neo-natal unit. An experienced knitter, Ingrid Lindsay, of Invercargill, decided to form the N-EWE-B Stick Chicks, a group of three women who wanted to offer their skills and support to the neo-natal unit. After asking the...

Journey of peace to help children

THE Ruharuzas, of Uganda, travelled more than 13,500km to meet some of the supporters and share about the projects of the foundation they work for. Fountain of Peace (FOP) Children's Foundation Uganda chief executive William Ruharuza and his wife Stella were guest speakers at Rotary Clubs, schools and meetings throughout Southland and Otago last month to update people about the...
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