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Dominic rises above challenges

'What it's like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week, reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Dominic Buckby, an Invercargill teenager living with ADHD. ENDURING systematic bullying, social isolation and depression are among the many challenges Invercargill teenager Dominic Buckby faces on a daily...

Motorcycle club revs up for suicide awareness

''LIKE we always say, we bring the noise." The Tribal Nations Motorcycle Club is gearing up for several awareness rides across Southland and Otago. "Our mission statement is to support those in the community who are disadvantaged, disenfranchised and suffering serious illness, neglect, deprivation and abuse, whether physical or emotional, as well as addictions," Southland chapter member Phillip Rangi said. First on...

Nude modelling ‘liberating’

'What it is like to be me' is a series shining a light on people living and working in Southland. This week reporter PETRINA WRIGHT found out what it is like to be Shannon Taylor, a nude model. DRAPED among the rocks on a Riverton beach enduring the cold of the ocean and a sandfly invasion without a stitch of...

Thornbury pets on parade

DOZENS of children celebrated the "rural lifestyle" at Thornbury Primary School's Pet Day this week. Students brought their pets which they dressed up in costumes such as "All Lamb" (a lamb wearing an All Blacks uniform), a princess and even a spider. During the day, children took part in competitions like lamb drinking, fancy dress and young farmers. Thornbury Primary School pupil...

Bluff train disaster remembered

IT should never have happened. But tragedy struck on Monday, April 23, 1917, as the 5.10pm train from Invercargill to Bluff pulled out from the Woodend station. Francis Kipling Dixon was just 13 years old when the disaster took place. More than a century later, he has been remembered. Author Alex Glennie, who wrote and compiled The Invercargill-Bluff Railway and Bluff School Trainrecently...

Netball rally raises funds for Darnae

HUNDREDS of Southlanders rallied for a 12-hour netballathon on Sunday in support of a young community member recovering from major surgery overseas. Teams, including local body election candidates, took part in a non-stop rally from 8am to 8pm, to raise awareness and money for 13-year-old Darnae Lowe-McPherson. The Bluff youngster has, for the past month, been in Barcelona, Spain, recovering from...

Satellite station on show

IN light of International Space Week, the astronomically inclined were invited to tour the world's southern-most ground station – right in Southland's backyard. One of five events across Southland between October 4-10, Great South hosted a tour of the Awarua Satellite Ground Station on Tuesday. "Seeing what looks like big white golf balls from the road sort of mystifies everyone, so...

The power of family

THE Pikias have rediscovered the true power that comes from family. The Southland family had been separated by distance for decades, but following a family tragedy they have returned home to Southland, and their lives have become richer for it. Teri Pikia and her six siblings were born and bred in Southland. But, as they grew up they had gradually moved...

Finding solace in a supportive place

WHEN Helen White started to lose her sight, she was in denial. "I didn't want to believe it for a long time, I'd always worked with my hands, crocheting and knitting." Diagnosed with the genetic condition choroideremia, Mrs White began to lose her vision about six years ago. "Usually men get it and women are the carrier. Nobody in my immediate family...

Steamologists to host family fun

KITE flying, 'games from yesteryear' and a car trek are some of the old-fashioned, family orientated fun events everyone has been invited to. Hosted by the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists, the group has invited everyone to join in the fun at its "free family day out" as part of the society's Great Southern Excursion Playtime on Saturday, October 12,...
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