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Big yellow crane has a name

THE CRANE dominating the skyline of Invercargill's CBD now has a name - Lofty the Yellow Lifter. It was Newfield Park pupil Harley Coutts who came up with the new moniker for the crane, which has dominated the Invercargill skyscape for about five months. ILT board chairman Alan Dennis and Leighs Construction site manager Phil Pasco were tasked with the challenging...

New River kids warmed up

MANY children at New River Primary School will have toasty, warm feet thanks to Inner Wheel of Invercargill member Patricia Munro. Mrs Munro and club president Dariel Osborne delivered 91 pairs of hand-knitted indoor slippers to the school in South Invercargill last Friday, all bagged according to size. The annual project was into its third year for the women's service organisation...

Group aims to help women

ENSURING all women can lead their best life possible is the impetus behind a Southland woman starting up a group to make sanitary supplies for women in Southland and overseas. Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust kaimahi (employee) Taylor Hill is gathering volunteers to assist in producing the products, with the support of Nga Kete. "We can all help someone somewhere...

Kiwi treasures sought for show

SOUTHLANDERS are being asked to scour their homes in search of national treasures for TVNZ’s new programme. Te Karere presenter Scotty Morrison and his wife, TV presenter Stacey Morrison, will present National Treasures and lead the search to find Aotearoa’s most treasured items. The programme will explore New Zealand’s recent history; the wonderful, the hidden and the controversial, and Kiwis are encouraged to submit...

Lake clean-up to go below surface

BEACH clean-ups are generally self-explanatory. But one Southland town is stepping it up for a one-of-a-kind event. From scuba divers to jet boats and underwater rovers, Te Anau's community will be pulling out all the stops to clean up their lake. Hosted by the Department of Conservation , The Lake Te Anau Community Clean Up will be held on Tuesday, July 7,...

Young Enterprise business helps tutor pupils

A GROUP of Aparima College pupils used their home schooling experience to create a business to help their classmates. Year 13 pupils Adam Winders (17, left), Alexis Halder (17) and Levi Mennel (17) want to provide tutoring for pupils from year 7 to 10. Alexis said she had struggled a bit to keep focused while studying at home and the group...

Reaching out with music

THE Outreach Singing group is hosting its first post Covid-19 Lockdown outreach at Enliven Peacehaven Village last Tuesday. A group of Southland Girls' High School (SGHS) pupils who volunteered to be part of the outreach, spent their lunchtimes on Tuesdays practising and visiting rest-homes to sing and chat with the residents. Last Tuesday, the group held its first outreach since the...

Trainer lays down a challenge

ABOUT 700 people from throughout New Zealand took part in Te Anau personal trainer Casey Brown's exercise challenge during Covid-19 lockdown. The free 30-day programme included 45-minute workouts. "I was blown away by the number of people that partook in my free 30-day challenge. People were messaging in from all over New Zealand and even from Australia. It was great to...

Models gain experience

AN initiative aimed at filling a gap and creating a safe space for aspiring models has launched in Invercargill. Southlanders Monica Toretto and Tania Horton founded the Invercargill Models Collaborative earlier this year. Ms Toretto said the idea came after she realised there were no agencies in Invercargill for those wanting to get into the industry. "There's some really talented people here...

Cook Islands crafts shared

COOK Islander Tina Wichman Tamanui (right) made the most of being stuck in New Zealand during lockdown by linking up with Southland's Taokotaianga (Cook Islands community group). She held workshops on tivaevae, a form of artistic quilting traditionally done by Polynesian women, for about 20 Cook Islanders who live in Invercargill. Resident Peka Strickland (left) was one of the attendees...
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