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Dinner brings a touch of Christmas magic

IT was a Christmas night out for some of Invercargill's senior citizens at the ILT Christmas Party on Tuesday and Wednesday nights last week. In total, 520 people were selected to enjoy the festive celebrations. For Joan and Murray McIntosh, who have been married for 64 years, it was a terrific night out. "It's absolutely excellent," Mrs McIntosh said. "We are delighted to...

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Residents call for rates zone change

A SOUTHLAND couple say "nothing has been done" despite them objecting twice in 12 years to include Patience Bay, near Te Anau, in the urban rates zone. Subdivision residents Wendy and Tom Holder presented their case at Southland District Council's (SDC) final meeting of the year on Thursday and said they shouldn't pay the same as their town centre neighbours. The...

Sounds of the season

CAROLLERS Bex Pilley (left) and Amy Wright, from The Ensemble, were part of the Pop-Up Carol choir at the Gala St Reserve in Invercargill on Monday. Invercargill residents lined up with camp chairs and blankets to listen to a mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas Carols. The choir made up of members of The Ensemble, A Capella Singers and friends, were...

Jazz time pupils on top of the world

DESPITE being up against dancers from Hong Kong to Qatar, the world stage was no sweat for a group of Invercargill performers who have been dubbed top in the world. Out of thousands of students from around the globe, four Jazz Time dancers received the highest marks in the Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA) examinations this year, while another 10...

Supporting events sector top priority

A COMMITMENT to maximise the benefit of events in Southland has been endorsed by district leaders. Developed by Great South in consultation with key partners, the Southland Murihiku Events Strategy 2020-2025 was presented to Southland District Council's (SDC) community and strategy committee at its meeting last week. SDC community partnership leader Karen Purdue said the mission statement for the strategy proposed "a...

Further study ‘keeps the brain active’

WILLIAM Potter was No 73 on the graduation list at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) graduation ceremony in Invercargill on Friday. Ironic really, as it is also his age. The Invercargill senior citizen, who received a graduate diploma in project management, was one of more than 450 students who took part in two ceremonies at the Civic Theatre. Another 544...

Predator Free efforts get $100k boost

PLANS to scale up Predator Free Southland's efforts have been bolstered by a $100,000 grant. Predator Free 2050 Ltd chief executive Abbie Reynolds said the work was to cover a couple of important areas in the region and the funding allowed it to meet the aspirations of the community. "This is fundamentally about whether we can tolerate extinctions. "Our birds, our plants...

Farmers hit the surf

SOUTHLAND farmers traded the paddock for the ocean following a push to take a break from the demands of the industry. Agricultural workers were encouraged to get off farm last Thursday and have a go at the Surfing for Farmers initiative of its kind in Southland. The cool afternoon temperatures did not deter more than 40 Southland farmers to give surfing...

Former Express columnist will be greatly missed

OBITUARY MUCH-LOVED gardening columnist Betty Munro, who died earlier this month aged 91 in Blenheim, will be missed greatly. Betty had written a regular gardening column for the Southland Express since 1997, only packing up her writing instruments and computer last year when she moved to Blenheim to be closer to family. Betty began writing for the community newspaper after former manager...
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