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Human books ready to share

A LIBRARY with a difference, where real people are the books on loan to readers, will be held on Sunday, August 15, as part of the Kick It Women's Festival. KIND Women, who are hosting the festival, have included the Human Library to be held at He Waka Tuia Art + Museum on the corner of Kelvin and Don Sts,...

St Theresa’s embraces Olympic spirit

AN Invercargill school brought its own version of the Olympics to ILT Stadium Southland on Friday. About 300 St Theresa's School pupils were divided into 16 teams, each one representing a different country. They competed in several modified sports, including the popular sock wrestling, indoor hockey and sailing. Teachers took part in an entertaining equestrian competition using stick horses. St Theresa's School principal...

Youth scheme has NZ launch

INVERCARGILL has been chosen as the first centre in New Zealand to take part in the Thriving Rangatahi project investment aimed at helping young people who are excluded and disadvantaged. The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation-funded project, in which at least $500,000 will be invested in local groups, was officially launched at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on Sunday night,...

New speed limits enforced for high-risk Milford Rd

PLANS to upgrade Fiordland's Homer Tunnel have had to shift, with originally proposed safety improvements proving too expensive for the Government-funded project. State Highway 94, from Te Anau to Milford Sound, was one of five stretches of state highway in New Zealand which had a persistently high personal risk throughout a 15-year period from 2002 to 2016, meaning the risk...

Concert offers plenty of variety

THERE will be a diverse range of entertainment at the Invercargill Irish Society's Variety Concert on Sunday. Into its fourth year, the concert will feature dancers, fiddlers, singers and humorous prose. Secretary treasurer Mary Rae said although the target audience would be older people, everyone was welcome. "They don't go out during the winter time, so we hold it on a...

Tourism operators ‘disheartened’

A BOLD plan to manage the number of tourists visiting Milford Sound has been criticised by Queenstown tourism operators, the cruise ship industry, and fixed-wing operators. The master plan for the Milford Opportunities Project was released to the public last week, at a presentation in Te Anau. The reaction from locals was cautiously optimistic, but tourism operators further afield were not...

Pet of the week

Name: Goose Breed: Cockatiel Age: About 7 months old Pet likes: Attempting to speak, making very weird noises and training Pet dislikes: His head being touched, vegetables, being stuck in his cage, and our other bird, Bettie Favourite food: Millet, sunflower seeds, VetaFarm parrot essentials pellets. Each receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name,...

Council has concerns over water reform

INVERCARGILL city councillors raised concerns about the possibility of the government forcing all councils to join its Three Waters reforms. The proposal would move management of drinking, waste and stormwater systems from council hands into four regional water authorities. Council infrastructure group manager Erin Moogan gave a verbal update to councillors on Tuesday during the infrastructural services committee meeting. She said they...

Sir Graham schools boys on expectation

BEFORE Sir Graham Henry took to the stage at a Southland Boys' High School (SBHS) senior assembly on Thursday, the boys were reminded of his mana. The pupils were told by SBHS associate rector Ray Laurenson, of Sir Graham's coaching pedigree, his former job as a boys' school principal and the fact he was a Sir. So it came as no...

Arts centre’s future at stake

A TUG-OF-WAR between a proposed new liquor store and concerned residents in a small Southland town is putting the future of an unlikely third party in jeopardy. The Southland district licensing committee is expected to release its decision this week on whether the Otautau Hotel, in Otautau, can open the fourth off-licence in Riverton, which has a population of about...
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