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Pantry to host Village Markets

THE former Garage and Car Boot Sales held next to The Pantry in South Invercargill have proved so popular, they have been rebranded to the Village Markets with five planned throughout the year. Hosted by The Pantry, 133 Grace St, a retail shop which sells wholefoods and specialty groceries, barista coffee, and a range of specialty ingredients for baking, almost...

Mystery surrounds wedding party photo

DO you know these people? Hannah Hawkins, of hannah's powder room, (pictured) with a photo of a bridal party thought to have been taken in the early part of last century in the former Roman Catholic Convent guest room in Winton. Hannah and her husband, Adam, now own the convent, and Hannah has converted the guest room into hannah's powder room. The...

Happy birthday, Robbie Burns

Haggis, neeps and tatties were all on offer at the annual St Andrews Scottish Society's Southland Burns Night dinner at the Southland Masonic Centre last Saturday. About 60 people attended the event which is held to celebrate the birthday of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns, or Rabbie Burns. The night followed tradition and included the address to the haggis and...

Beach access proposal to fail

SOME Southlanders are concerned vehicle access to one of the region's most popular beaches may be limited to save shellfish. Four options with varying restrictions are being proposed by Environment Southland to protect toheroa from the impact of vehicles on Oreti Beach near Invercargill. At least one Environment Southland councillor said while it was good people were worried about toheroa numbers,...

Habitat steps up to help homeless

AS Invercargill's housing shortage continues to escalate, Invercargill's Habitat for Humanity is increasing its involvement in the city, stepping up to do its bit. Within the past 12 months, Habitat for Humanity had bought the former Kew Bowl site for a housing development, taken over management of the Grand Hotel, began assisting with a Stewart Island housing project and opened...

Bypass means minor changes to Crank Up

IT'S the same, but different. The 33rd annual Crank Up weekend's format is more-or-less the same, but the attractions have been moved ever so slightly to adjust for the recently opened roundabout and bypass at Edendale. Hosted by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club, its president Sharron Caughey said questions were raised including where to park, and where all the attractions, events...

Oyster Festival sells in record time

SELLING out months ahead of time is nothing new for the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. However, this year's event has set a record: all 4500 tickets were sold by the first week of January. Festival committee member Kylie Fowler said the festival was getting bigger each year. "We usually sell out our tickets in February but for the first time in...

Kathryn leaves immense legacy

IT is about the people. Orphans Aid International (OAI) charity shop manager Kathryn Casey is about to say goodbye to more than a decade of charity work, to farewell her volunteers and a chapter of personal and professional growth. It is with mixed emotions she is leaving the much-loved Spey St shop and its volunteers. But it was time, Kathryn said, it...

Southland crew to help fight bushfires

FOUR Southland firefighters are ready for the "biggest challenge" of their careers. Volunteers Ken Keenan, Graeme Appleby, Brodie Butcher and Nigel Milne were among 21 firefighters being deployed yesterday by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) to assist with Australia's devastating bushfires. Hedgehope rural fire controller Mr Keenan said this would be the second time his team had travelled overseas to...

Alianna starts new year early

A MIDNIGHT helicopter ride to hospital was not how Queenstown woman Katrina Henderson thought her New Year's Eve would go. Sat at the dinner table with family, her waters broke at 8.30pm on Tuesday, she said. The problem was, her second child was not due for another month. Instead, she became the first baby to be born in Southland Hospital this...
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