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Parking changes considered for city

THE cost of parking in the Invercargill CBD has increased, and other parking changes are likely. Parking meter charges rose at the start of this month, but some free parking may be introduced in Esk St and parking time limits may be imposed on residential streets close to the CBD. The changes were part of a wider strategy to encourage traffic...

Ball to raise money for charity

FOR many pupils it is a chance to break out their ball gowns again, but the James Hargest College (JHC) Leo Club’s Ball Extravaganza is all about raising money for charity. This year, 89 Year 13 girls will don their ball gowns once again and parade on a catwalk to raise money for Hospice Southland. ‘‘It will be nice to put...

Council officially own stadium

THE Invercargill City Council (ICC) is the official owner of the now weather-tight Rugby Park Stadium. The final documents were signed on July 8. ‘‘I am really proud of what we have done. At the end of the day the ICC... is the only organisation that has the financial strength and political determination to ensure that Southland has a rugby park,’’...

Aspiring writers sought for awards

SOUTHLAND’S aspiring short story writers and poets, both young and old, are being invited to submit their creative works in the annual Dan Davin Awards. ‘‘ an opportunity to put your work out there,’’ Dan Davin Literary Foundation chairwoman Rebecca Amundsen said. The competition involves three awards — a junior short story writing literary award for Year 7-10 pupils, a senior...

Chef heads to Olympics with next generation

INVERCARGILL chef/restaurateur Graham Hawkes’ career has come full circle. The chef of 50 years, who once competed in the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany, and later became a judge at the international culinary competition, is now taking the NZChefs Fonterra Olympic team to the event. He was one of six chefs in the New Zealand team which competed in the 1984...

Preschool group wants to expand

THE group behind the thriving Southland Rudolf Steiner preschool group wants to expand to open a kindergarten or holistic education centre in Invercargill. The group, based at the Ryal Bush Community Centre, was formed six years ago and has grown to include 15 families from throughout Southland. One of its co-ordinators, Michelle Templeton, of Riverton, said its founders always held the...

Support for trip humbles family

INVERCARGILL boy Ollie Walton’s dream is coming true thanks to support from family, friends and complete strangers. ‘‘More people have supported us than we know. It has been really humbling,’’ Ollie’s mother Andi said. ‘‘We feel so grateful. We can’t say thanks enough.’’ Ollie has Cohen Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterised by conditions including diminished muscle tone, deteriorating vision and intellectual...

Mike King faces the battle head on

New Zealand television/radio personality and former comedian Mike King sat down with Southland Express reporter PETRINA WRIGHT while he was in Invercargill last week to talk about his work raising awareness about mental illness. 'Depression and suicide prevention are so dark and so horrible... someone needs to shine a light in this space.' MIKE King is arguably best known as a comedian...

Budding designers encouraged to enter upcycle award show

ORGANISERS of this year’s Southland Upcycle Awards are encouraging sewers and charity shop staff to get creative. 'The only criteria is it must be the first time an outfit has been shown...' Organised by Sharleen Kiff and Lisa Hook, the fashion show and competition will be held in September, with proceeds to Orphans Aid International (OAI). This year’s event has two sections...

English imports conquer track

SIX months ago Ruth and Andy Whelan had never been on a track bike. On Sunday, the cycling newbies and their team-mates powered home to third place in the annual Cycling Southland Corporate Pursuit event. And to top it off, Mrs Whelan won the women’s scratch race. They were results which surprised the couple. ‘‘We’re completely stoked... Andy and I had basically done...
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