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Friendship programme goes virtual

MONTHS of lockdowns and social distancing have paved the way for innovative ways to build friendships for people with intellectual disabilities. IHC New Zealand’s friendship programme for people with intellectual disabilities has been run in Invercargill by volunteer co-ordinator Leon Hartnett for nearly four years, and they have expanded their methods of connecting people in the virtual realm. As a result...

Experience, long service honoured

EARNING a 25-year Gold Star service medal with the Thornbury Volunteer Fire Brigade didn't come cheap for Graeme Strang and cousin Linton Strang, who faced being dragged out of bed in the middle of a freezing night, putting the business on hold or having meals go cold. Graeme and Linton Strang, of the Thornbury Volunteer Fire Brigade, were presented with...

Pet of the week

Name: Izzie Age: 6 years but still acts like a kitten Breed: Domestic long hair Pet likes: Being brushed, Temptation treats, rolling round in the sun Pet dislikes: Vacuum cleaner, rubbish trucks and anything noisy Favourite food: Chef Chicken and Ocean Fish Casserole. Each Pet of the Week receives a $20 PetSmart.nz voucher. Thanks PetSmart.nz. To enter, email a pic of your pet and its...

Riders go the distance for a good cause

FORTY-SIX cyclists rode more than 240km to raise funds for rescue helicopters on Friday. The group left Queenstown at 5am and arrived in Invercargill 12 hours later as part of the Westpac Chopper Appeal Bike Ride to raise funds for the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust. Among them was Southland district councillor John Douglas who was celebrating his 10th year taking...

Pupils’ seating takes pride of place

THE placing of a large wooden bench near the Waihopai River in Invercargill is the result of a Southland Girls' High School (SGHS) Leo Club environmental project. The solid macrocarpa seat was established between Queens Dr and Racecourse Rd by the school's club members on Sunday. The pupils' parents, Environment Southland (ES) staff members and Invercargill Host Lion Club members helped...

Man shot by police enters not-guilty pleas

A MAN shot by police after he allegedly rammed a police car then threatened officers and the public with weapons is denying the charges. The 45-year-old man, who was granted interim name suppression, appeared before Judge John Brandts-Giesen in Invercargill District Court via audiovisual link on Tuesday. His defence lawyer, Sonia Vidal, has entered not guilty pleas to 17 charges in...

Date set for city murder trial

A 2024 trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a young father in Invercargill last month. The 26-year-old Invercargill accused, who has interim name suppression, appeared before Justice Cameron Mander in the High Court at Invercargill via audiovisual link yesterday. He is charged with murdering Chad Parekura and attempting to murder another man on April 23. About 10...

Man denies trips north used to source drugs

AN Otago man who made five trips to Auckland between March and November 2020, posting 109gm of methamphetamine and 28gm of MDMA to his own address on one trip, says he was not sourcing drugs, a Southland court has been told. The 33-year-old, who has interim name suppression, appeared last Wednesday to defend a charge of possession of methamphetamine for...

Boost for Fiordland tourism

DEPARTMENT of Conservation staff were astounded by the overwhelming response it received to Milford Track bookings this year. All available spaces sold within three minutes of opening last week, Department of Conservation (DOC) Heritage and Visitors director Tim Bamford said. "Each year, we think the Milford can't sell out any faster and each year we are proven wrong. "Yesterday was no exception....

Firefighters fulfill 28-hour mission

A WINTON trio took part in a Super Hero 28-hour treadmill fundraiser last weekend. Starting last Friday, Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade members Steve Turton and Guy Johnstone collectively walked 270km as part of their brigade's Sky Tower Climb Team which annually raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. This year, they had raised more than $5000. "It's been emotional, just...
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