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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...

‘Motorbike legend’ up for challenge

INTERNATIONAL motorcycling road racer Guy Martin, described as the ‘‘hottest thing on the planet’’, will take part in this year’s Burt Munro Challenge (BMC) in late November. When not racing, Martin (34) was at his happiest at his day job as a truck mechanic despite constantly being asked to front various TV programmes, including Top Gear, and taking part in...

Old bikes given new lease of life

WHEN Invercargill Idea Services staff appealed for bikes last month they were amazed at the massive response. About 140 bikes of all ages, sizes and conditions — plus a few push scooters — were donated from residents throughout the city and rural Southland. ‘‘We weren’t expecting that many. It’s been great,’’ bike project coordinator Daniel Goss said. ‘‘Many people said they had...

New owner needed for stocking repair machine

LYN Noble has a dilemma. She has an intriguing machine she inherited from her mother, and wants to find the right person to give it to. The machine, used to repair stockings, was brought in the 1940s by her mother, Doreen Black, and was used during the World War 2 years through to the 1950s. Before pantyhose, stockings were often made...

South looks to the stars

CHILDREN’S activities, cultural events, storytelling and a stardome are just some of the events being held this month to celebrate Matariki, the beginning of Maori new year. Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster which reappears in the northeastern predawn sky in late May or early June and traditionally marked the start of a new phase of life. Also known...

Gymnasts to flood city for nationals

INVERCARGILL will be flooded with at least 900 gymnasts when the Gym Sports New Zealand (GSNZ) Nationals 2016 are held in the city in three months’ time. Although the event is organised and hosted by GSNZ, members of the Invercargill Gymnastic Club are fully behind it. About 3000 people were expected to attend, including about 900 athletes, plus supporters, coaches, and...

Ice skating rink to feature at Kidzone

THE new, surprise activity being added to the ILT Kidzone Festival line-up this year has been announced — a portable ice skating rink. ILT Kidzone Festival director Sally Hayes said when this year’s theme Winter Wonderland was set for the festival, organisers really wanted an ice skating rink to top it off. ‘‘I am pretty stoked to get that one across...

City to host speech comps

INVERCARGILL is set to host the Otago/Southland Nga Manu Korero speech competitions next week. The annual speech competition for secondary school pupils is run by New Zealand’s Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA). Nga Manu Korero Otago/ Southland co-ordinator Cherie Ford said alongside the national kapa haka competition, Nga Manu Korero was the largest event for Maori in New Zealand. This year marked...

Jetty to be replaced

PLANS to replace the ageing wooden jetty at the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, Stewart Island, have taken a major step forward. The subcommittee overseeing the project has been granted $80,000 in the latest round of Stewart Island/Rakiura visitor levy fund allocations, and final plans have been received from the design company. Southland district councillor Bruce Ford, who represents the island and...

Extra funding sought for museum staffing

PROPERLY cataloguing the vast collection of historic items stored at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery (SMAG) would take an estimated 20 man years of work, manager Paul Horner says. In a report to the Invercargill City Council (ICC) this month he said there was enough work to keep four staff fully occupied for five years recataloguing, digitising, reshelving and...
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