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Summer market returns to South Invercargill

THE Village Markets, held next to The Pantry in South Invercargill, will return on Saturday with monthly markets planned throughout the summer. Hosted by The Pantry, 133 Grace St, up to 30 stallholders set up monthly last summer in the community space alongside the shop. The Pantry chairwoman Janette Malcolm said the markets had been a thriving community space for people...

Biosecurity between two islands key focus

THE next steps towards a predator-free Rakiura are being taken, with a trust to lead the project being formed. Predator Free Rakiura formally invited Environment Southland (ES) to hold a board position with voting rights on the soon-to-be established Te Puka Rakiura Trust. The trust is being established as the legal entity for Predator Free Rakiura. From there, the existing leadership group...

Pet of the week

Name: Huckleberry mish mash Age: 4 days old Breed: Coopworth/Suffolk Pet likes: Milk, nibbling everything within reach, jumping about Pet dislikes: Being held, late feedings 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 to win@southlandexpress.co.nz

Ohai locals recall once bustling town

FOR more than 100 years, Ohai has been a coal town. The small western Southland settlement sprang up around large coal deposits discovered in the 1910s, but the coal mine closed last Thursday. On a cold and blustery day, there is a whiff of coal in the air as many of the town's residents rely on it not just for heating...

Vaccination clinic aimed at removing barriers

BREAKING down barriers and enabling people to be vaccinated in a familiar environment, were just some of the reasons the Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT) team held a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Invercargill on Saturday. The clinic, which included the sounds of the Pasifika, food and giveaways, encouraged families to get vaccinated in a place where they were comfortable. Queens...

Holiday activities come alive

MAKING poi and learning waiata (songs) to perform were highlights for children during Kapa Ora, which kicked off week one of South Alive's school holiday programme on Monday. South Alive community development and operations manager Courtney Ellison said about 20 children enjoyed the activities during Kapa Ora and were excited and pleased to take their poi home. "It was a good...

Edible plants to be harvested at park

A NEW initiative to grow edible gardens in some of Invercargill's parks will be showcased at a public harvest day next Thursday. Invercargill City Council (ICC) parks and recreation staff have been experimenting growing edible plants this year, with silverbeet now ready to pick. The managed harvest will be held at Queens Park on Thursday, October 14, from 1pm-2pm. ICC parks and...

Crs urge quick dust suppression fix

A GROUP of Southland district councillors have urged staff to speed up the dust suppression fix in the region due to the potential health risk for its ratepayers. At a Southland District Council (SDC) services and assets committee meeting this week, council approved a subsidy programme to address the issue where a ratepayer who wants a 150m semi-permanent road seal...

Pet of the week

Name: Rusty Breed: Red fox labrador Pet loves: His Frisbee, going on big hikes and swimming Pet dislikes: Doesn't have any 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 to win@southlandexpress.co.nz  

Vision-impaired group highlights crossing issues

SOUTHLAND'S vision-impaired community is highlighting issues around maintenance-needing pedestrian crossings on International White Cane Safety Day. Observed annually on October 15, the day is in recognition of the international symbol of blindness and independence. Blind Citizens Southland Branch representative Carolyn Western said this year they wanted to emphasise the importance of having working audio on pedestrian crossings, particularly for people with...
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