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Council to identify risk areas by air

WITH the spotlight on Southland winter grazing practices, the regional council will this week fly over farmland to identify risk areas. Environment Southland (ES), with support from DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand, will look at cultivated forage crop paddocks from the air, to identify areas which may pose water quality risks this winter. ES chief executive Rob Phillips said...

Five keen to join licensing trust board

AN advocate for entrepreneurs, a former city councillor, a lawyer/musician and two sports heads are among the nominations for the Invercargill Licensing Trust by-election. A vacancy was left at the licensing trust following the resignation of Mike Mika, who was appointed as a district court judge in February. Nominations closed last week. Those vying for the position on the six-person board are...

Power cut, birds blamed

BIRDS tampering with a network were the cause of a "massive boom" that left an area of Te Anau without power last week. Te Anau Signs owner Sue McMurtrie said she was halfway through an email when she heard the explosion about 10am on Wednesday near Sandy Brown and Caswell Rds. What followed was an awful smell, similar to burning plastic,...

Pet of the Week

Name: Meadow Age: 11 years old Breed: West Highland Terrier Pet likes: Toys , charming people , watching TV and meeting other small dogs Pet dislikes: Being ignored Favourite food: Royal Canin and crunchy carrots Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its name, age, breed, likes, dislikes and favourite food...

Air quality project seeks volunteers

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to take part in a Community Air Watch Project. South Alive projects manager Julz Orr said last year's air quality monitoring project pilot into indoor air quality was such a success the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) was keen to extend the project. "Following a successful pilot study last year, NIWA in conjunction with...

Proposal to expand ED in the works

SOUTHLAND Hospital's embattled emergency department may be in line for an expansion. The Invercargill facility is regularly overrun with patients: in February, Southern District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming said the building and its staff were under tremendous pressure and that something had to be done. In a report by Mr Fleming to be considered by the board on Thursday,...

Mystery dining event raises $42k

AN evening of wining and dining saw $42,000 raised for the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital. Ronald McDonald House South Island chief executive Mandy Kennedy said after events were cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, the organisation was grateful to be able to bring back the unique dining experience this year. "We are so incredibly thankful to Alliance Group, the...

Final funding push for care village

THE Hawthorndale Care Village Charitable Trust launched Gift a Tree this week, in an effort to raise the last funding for the $33m development. The project aims to develop an aged care facility inspired by the world leading Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk, which removes the "hospital feel" and replaces it with residents living in small groups in houses where...

Toxic algae confirmation sparks river warning

SOUTHLAND'S first toxic algal bloom this season has prompted a warning to swimmers and dog owners. Environment Southland's latest monitoring has found elevated levels of toxic algae in the Mataura River. The latest discovery was near the bridge in Mataura and follows confirmations toxic algae was present in the Riversdale bridge and Gore areas. Toxic algae, Benthic cyanobacteria, can be recognised at...

Bible Society celebrates 175th

THE Bible Society NZ has a long history in Aotearoa. Invercargill-based action group chairman John Beckham said it was thought to be the fourth oldest non-business organisation established in the country, behind the police, army and St John's Theological College. Established in 1846, only six years after the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), the society will...
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