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Community Notices for 21 February, 2020
Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rāmere, the 21st of February:

The Pantry are hosting a Village Market tomorrow from 10-1. You’re invited to come down and bargain hunt food, clothes, furniture, art and more. And if you’d like a stall there, head to their website –!

Maranga Mai TE WAIPOUNAMU is on Sunday from 12.30-4pm at Stadium Southland. This is a whānau, rangatahi & community event that promotes connection & wellbeing, featuring guest speakers, music, kai and stalls, it’s a great event for the whole whanau. For more information contact Hurihia on 022 063 14 51

Also on Sunday, Invercargill North Rotary are hosting a Family Fun Day at Queens Park from 1-5pm. It’s a fun day out for the family with lolly scrambles, scooter trails, clever dogs and more – and it’s free for everyone!

The Bellbirds are holding their next country & gospel music concert at the Windsor Community Church on Tuesday, 1.30pm. It’s a gold coin donation, and refreshments are available!

Next Thursday, Nigel Latta is in town to present a ‘Parenting through Primary and Secondary Years’ session for parents. It’s at the Civic Theatre from 7-9pm. Go to to book your tickets!

The 2020 Otautau Car Show is on Saturday 29th, kicking off at 11am at Holt Park. With awesome vehicles, yummy food, craft stalls, kids rides and entertainment, there's something for everyone! For registrations and more information go to the Otautau Car Show Facebook page!

Also on the 29th, the Octagon Ensemble present ‘Beginnings’, 7.30pm at First Church on Tay St. With John Buchanan directing and a stellar line-up of musicians, featuring Monteverdi, Chilcott, Hagen and more, this promises to be a great concert. For more info call Michelle on 021 262 14 00!

On March 1st, South Alive’s Trolley Derby Day for 2020 is on from 1.30-3.30. An all ages fun event follows from 2-4pm in Elizabeth Park. With fun races, donkey rides, a water slide, have a go at BMX and food trucks, it’s an awesome free event for the family!

Dunedin four-piece Die Musikband will make its first Invercargill appearance at the Southland Musicians Club on March 7th, celebrating the release of their debut E.P. Erste Musik! Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 door – for more info go to their Facebook page!

The 152nd Southland A&P Show is on March 7th. The team promise to put on another spectacular day out for all ages. From traditional A&P animals and competitions through to fun and interactive displays and competitions, there will be something for everyone!  

Te Hikoi Museum are hosting a fundraiser on March 7th – it’s “Stars in Riverton’s Eyes”! They’re raising funds towards their solar panels! It’s at the Aparima College hall, and starts at 7pm, with doors open from 6.30pm, with a cash bar, numerous raffles, silent auctions and food to purchase. Tickets are $20 adults ($10 concession), and $40 for a family pass – available at Te Hikoi and other local businesses! There’s a kids competition and a people’s choice for adults competition, both with amazing prizes, so get entering!

Invercargill Plunket’s Teddy Bears Picnic is on March 8th at the band rotunda at Queens Park from 11.30-4. Bring a picnic and your favourite teddy bear and enjoy 2 hours of entertainment and fun activities. The guest artist this year is ‘The Wonkey Donkey Man’, Craig Smith!


Parkrun is on every Saturday at 8am. It takes place at Queens Park, meeting at the Southland Cricket Association grounds, 150 Gala St, near the Burt Munro statue. It’s free, but please register before your first run.  It’s a 5km distance and you can run, jog or walk.  For more information, go to!

The Southern Farmers Market is on Sundays between 9.30-1.30 at the Masonic Centre, 80 Forth St, Invercargill. It provides shoppers with the best local products & seasonal produce, and some great kai for lunch - so head down with the whanau and enjoy!

The 150th Jubilee of the Winton Primary & District High School will be on Labour Weekend this year from the Friday-Sunday, with a mix of social, memorial and school activities for ex-students & staff. You can register now on the school website - !

(Social Services)

The Loss and Grief Centre at 49 Tay St is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-5, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-1. They offer the chance to talk about any grief or loss that you are experiencing, hold support meetings for different types of losses, and can help you with resources & referrals to other organisations. It’s a free community service, but your koha is welcome.

The Invercargill & Districts Budget Advisory Service offers free & confidential budgeting advice to individuals & whanau living in Murihiku. They offer home-based & office visits with their friendly advisors. Their office in Community House on Kelvin St is open Monday-Friday from 9-2, or you can call them on 0800 366 387 to make an appointment.

Dyslexia Support Southland offers support to children, their caregivers & adults who live with a learning difference. If you are worried about your child, or if you’re an adult wondering why you’re still struggling with reading, writing or numbers, and need some support, give them a call on 021 124 75 38, or go to for information and what’s available in Southland to help!

Age Concern Southland in Forth St offer support, advocacy, information, a visiting service, social activities, meals & more to the older members of our community. Their aim is help you maintain a great quality of life as you age. If you’d like to find out more about what they provide, do give them a call on 218 63 51!

If you’re over 16, you can get a free hearing test at the Hearing Southland rooms, provided by a qualified hearing therapist. For more information or to make an appointment, please call them on 214-91-54, or call into their rooms at 126 Leet St between 9-4 on weekdays.

The Southland Community Law Centre provides free legal services, and they run outreach clinics in towns around the province. They also work alongside the Ngai Tahu Law Centre. They’re now at Level 2, 33 Don St, so pop in there, or contact them toll free on 0800 55 0800.


The Bluff Maritime Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and 12.30-4.30pm on weekends! They have lots of fascinating history to view, including fishing & sealing memorabilia, tours of an oyster boat, and info about this earliest European settled community, including shipwrecks in the challenging southern waters. Admission for adults is $3 and $1 for children.

The Awarua Communications Museum at 1276 Bluff Rd is open on Sundays from 1-4pm. Take a step into a unique part of our history, view their collection of local & national communications memorabilia and enjoy their interactive exhibitions. Entry is cash only – it’s $6 for adults and $3 for children.

The Southland Fire Museum on the corner of Jed & Spey Sts features 5 fire engines dating from 1940 onwards, and equipment and memorabilia used around Southland. It offers a visual & hands on experience for young and old. It’s open every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11-4, and it has a gold coin entry.

The Thornbury Vintage Tractor Club focuses on Southland’s rural heritage and local history. With an extensive collection of vintage farm machinery, this is a great Sunday drive visit. It’s at 61 Foster Rd Thornbury and its open Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm. Entry is $5.

Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton features authentic life size displays, adventurous characters & engaging stories that reveal how our Maori & European ancestors survived on nature’s edge. Te Hikoi is open every day from 10-4. It’s $8 for adults but children under 14 are free!

The Mataura Museum is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm at 68 Kana St. It showcases the Paper Mill & Freezing Works, and they use touch screens to bring its rich social & industrial heritage to life. Admission is free, but your donations are welcome.

The Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore celebrates their colourful history of illicit whiskey making & consumption. By recreating the scenes from old with static displays, audio, visuals & artefacts, it showcases the background of the prohibition era. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8.30-4.30, Saturdays from 9.30-3.30 and Sundays from 1-3.30. It’s $5 for adults and children are free.

(Arts & Culture)

Mīharo Murihiku have an amazing arts & culture space next to the Chiaroni Gallery at 28 Don St. Pop in to both and enjoy a browse through local art & cultural history. It's open 10-2 Tuesday-Friday!

The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. They’re at 110 Main St, they have a stunning collection of arts & crafts and they’re part of the Western Southland Arts Trail. Check out their Facebook page or phone 225-86-38 for more information.

And for the knowledge hungry – the Invercargill City Library is open Monday-Friday from 9-7, and Saturdays & Sundays from 10-4. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Thursday 1-5, Fridays 12-4, and Saturdays from 10-1. The Winton Library and SDC office is open in the Winton RSA Hall. Their hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturdays.

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