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Community Notices for 15 November, 2019
Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rāmere, Friday the 15th of November:

The Winton Open Day & Country Marketers Craft & Produce Market is on Sunday down Great North Road from 10-4. There’s live street entertainment, Santa photos, kids activities, a Teddy Bears Picnic at 12, a street parade from 2.30pm, a Multicultural Food Festival and so much more! For any inquiries call 027 229 28 91!

And the Southern Artisan Christmas fete is on next Saturday at The Hideaway 201, Winton. With a selection of quality artisan stallholders from all over the South Island, this is an outing not to be missed. It’s a perfect start to your Christmas shopping, or just enjoy a day in the country, with hand selected quality gifts, live music, craft-brewed beers, cider & delicious food. Get tickets from Jane at!

Head to the Scottish Hall for a Scottish night with the whole family. It’s on next Saturday from 7pm, and features highland bands, highland dancing and popular band ‘The Hair Of The Dog’! There will be haggis, food and whisky tasting too! Tickets are available from Baillie & Lewis Pharmacy and the Waikiwi Vets!

The Bellbirds are holding their next country & gospel concert on the 26th, 1.30pm at the Windsor Community Church on Windsor St. There’s Christmas carols too this time! It’s a gold coin donation and there will be refreshments available!

The Central Southland Netball Centre have their AGM on the 26th at 7pm, Court 2 at the John St sports complex in Winton. Nominations are open – call Sue on 021 168 88 20!

Pleasure & Marine Ltd are holding their Annual “Safety & Tech Evening” on the 27th from 5.30pm. They advise that they will be letting off some consented flares at their shop at Bay Rd. So if you see a flare or two in the area, don’t worry, it’s for training purposes! If you have any quieries phone Dean on 0274 368 055!

The Royal NZ Ballet presents HANSEL & GRETEL at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill on the 27th at 7.30pm. This 2 act premiere brings together many of NZ's creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young & old. For tickets go to TicketDirect!

The 5th annual Riverton Christmas Twilight Market is on December 6th on the main street. The lineup is huge this year - with live music, face painting, Mr Whippy, Sparky the Clown, Wayne the Magician, Axemen and more attractions to keep everyone entertained. Stalls range from food, art, retro fashion, health and beauty products, wood crafts, and so much more.  For any queries ring 03 234 81 53 or email!

Christmas In The Bluff is back in 2019. Mark Sunday 8 December in your diaries and get ready for another great day for the whole family. Starting with a parade down Gore St to the Oyster Festival site, Santa and his helpers will be ready inside, with a swag of kid’s activities to enjoy. There’s also a Xmas tree competition! To be part of the parade call Alison on 027 350 96 86, and for any other queries call Yvonne on 027 648 78 77!


The Oyster Allsorts Museum in Bluff is open every day from 9-5 at 72 Gore St. Featuring a café, cinema and museum, this is a great place to grab a coffee and learn more about Bluff’s history!

The Bluff Maritime Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and have reopened for summer from 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)

Mīhoro 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.

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.

The Riverton Arts Centre is hosting the Aparima College senior student's art exhibit! It runs until the 1st of December, on Wednesdays-Sundays from 11-4. Called 'The Shape Of Our Lives', it's inspired by NZ artist Richard Killeen and Maori & Pasifika imagery. Entry is free but donations are welcome!

And for the knowledge hungry – the Invercargill 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 now open in the Winton RSA Hall. Their hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturdays.

Our community news is a free service, so if you’d like to use it then please get in touch. You can write us at PO Box 1 Invercargill, use the online form on our website to submit, or email us at That’s Radio Southland’s news for Friday. Nga mihi atu!


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