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City apprentices compete

FOUR electrical apprentices squared off on Monday in the Southland heats of the 2016 Master Electricians Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition. Now in its 15th year, the competition is organised by the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (Ecanz). The competitors had four hours to complete four specialised tasks, including designing a programmable logic controller to run a pump and...

Kapa haka group off to nationals

A GROUP of Southland secondary school pupils will perform in front of thousands in Napier this month at Te Haaro o Te Kaahu — the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition. ‘‘For secondary schools there is no other bigger event,’’ Te Wharekura o Arowhenua teacher Gary Davis said. ‘‘It is great to see a real positive event for our Maori kids.’’ Hosted...

Fog delays early morning take-off

IT was a slower than expected takeoff for Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets expecting their first taste of real flying recently. The cadets, from No. 12 (City of Invercargill) Squadron ATC, were delayed by early morning fog at Invercargill Airport and had to be content with training in the Southern Wings flight simulator until the fog cleared and flying instructor...

NZ rabbit history revealed

DURING the late 1880s and throughout the 1900s, rabbits rampaged through the country. So prolific were these small, four-footed, furry beings, Bluff had a canning factory for their meat which was shipped overseas and there were also rabbit processing plants at Woodlands and Gore. Rabbit fur was also shipped back to England to be made into felt hats. Those are...

Telehealth rolled out in Southland

PATIENTS in Stewart Island and Te Anau will soon be able to access medical advice without the need to travel long distances. The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) is rolling out a $495,000 investment in telehealth across the district to provide patients in remote rural communities with more accessible medical consultations. Telehealth involves the use of IT and video technology to...

Egg-mazing show of birds

WANT to know how to tell a good egg from a bad egg? Just ask Jill Maxwell. The Lochiel poultry breeder is one of a select group of New Zealanders qualified to judge eggs at poultry shows. There were only about 20 qualified judges nationally and five in the South Island, she said. To qualify, Ms Maxwell, a life member of the...

Fonterra loans milk tanker to SIT

SOUTHERN Institute of Technology (SIT) commercial driving students now have a milk tanker to practice in. Fonterra boss Barry McColl yesterday handed over a tanker and trailer on long-term loan for at least the next two years. It was the second tanker on loan, Mr McColl, national transport and logistics general manager, said. The other is at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic...

Local teens off to Samoa with outreach team

TWO Invercargill teenagers have been busy fundraising to travel to Samoa as part of a church youth outreach team. Hannah Simpson and Sophie Squires are among 50 people spending three weeks on the Pacific island presenting programmes promoting good decision making and positive relationships in primary and secondary schools, using puppets, drama, personal testimonies and singing. The visit has been organised...

Horse rider’s legacy lives on with donation

INVERCARGILL rider Anne-Marie Flynn’s legacy to riding will live on. Despite a riding accident in October 2003 when she fell off her horse, broke her back and became a tetraplegic, Ms Flynn continued to instruct many up-and-coming young riders and assisted at Southland Riding for the Disabled for several years. Just before her death this month, she gave her pony Sparky...

Clubs combine for ambitious project

INVERCARGILL’S six Rotary clubs have combined in an ambitious project to raise money for a city trust working with the homeless. Two homes will be built over the next few months and, once sold, the proceeds will boost the coffers of the Breathing Space Trust, which supports homeless people and provides short-term accommodation. ‘‘We’re raising the money locally to help local...
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