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Community Notices for 23 March, 2020 (as at 1.20pm)
Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rāhina, Monday the 23rd of March:

The following events have been cancelled/postponed. Please contact your ticket provider for any refund inquiries:

  • Repertory Invercargill's Last Legs
  • Like A Storm’s gig at Tillermans on Friday 27th
  • Julia Dean's gig at the Tuatara Cafe
  • The 2020 Heritage Harvest Festival
  • Menopause, The Musical
  • ARTcade 2020
  • The Southland Entertainment Awards
  • Farmstrong’s Rural fun night outs in April in Otautau and Riversdale
  • Blindspott's gig at Tillermans
  • Judah Kelly's Feels Like Home - Gore
  • The Bluff Oyster & Food Festival
  • The Easter races at Riverton are now closed to the public.
  • The Tussock Country Music Festival
  • The NZ Gold Guitars in Gore.
  • ANZAC Day services
  • The Epoch Music Festival
  • The Neptune Ball
  • World of Musicals
  • Daniel O'Donnell in August
  • The Roger Hall play in October
  • The Symphony Orchestra's Elton John Tribute in December
  • The Ten Tenors concert in 2021
  • 2020 Gore District Youth Awards, on Saturday 16 May
  • Eastern Southland Gallery Print Making Party on Friday 3 April
  • East Gore Arts Centre Open day, on Saturday 4 April
  • The Gore Garden Club has cancelled all monthly meetings until further notice.


  • The Kids TRYatholon
  • All community rugby club events are cancelled.
  • All Netball NZ community competitions
  • Southland Club Cricket games
  • Touch Southland games
  • New Zealand Rugby League has postponed all community rugby league until May 2.
  • The Southland Softball Association has cancelled its competitions.

Public services:

  • The I-Site in Wachner Place is closed.
  • Splash Palace is closed
  • The Southland District Council have closed all area offices, libraries and halls. Their main office in Invercargill will remain open, but protocols have stepped up to protect staff and customers.
  • The Invercargill Public Library and Bluff Library are closed
  • The Gore and Mataura libraries, and Gore Multisport Complex are closed indefinitely
  • All libraries will not be charging for overdue items during this time.

In all of these cases, please, go online to check your council’s online submission abilities, ring them, email them, and only go into their offices if it is absolutely needed.

(Health notices)

Do you have symptoms that are concerning, or have you been in contact with someone who has recently travelled from overseas? Call Healthline on 0800 358 54 53.

The official NZ website for all information on COVID-19 is Please visit this site for comprehensive information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe & healthy.

An advisory from the Ministry of Health regarding flu jabs: If you're a normally healthy person, please delay your flu vaccination until April 13 to allow those who are old or have medical problems to get them first.

If you need financial assistance during this time, go to, or call them on 0800 779 997.


Parkrun Invercargill have cancelled their Saturday run for the foreseeable future.

The Southern Farmers Market is on Sundays between 9.30-1.30 at the Masonic Centre, 80 Forth St. They are staying open for now, and have introduced measures to make shopping at the market as safe as possible. Please read the information on the sign as you enter the market, and do not come if you are feeling unwell.

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 - !

(Volunteer Opportunities)

The Invercargill Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help with their resettlement work in Invercargill.  A new intake and course starts every 8 weeks. Contact Darren on 027 252 29 06 for more information on how you can help our latest settlers in the Deep South!

The Southland Community Nursery has closed for the foreseeable future.

(Social Services)

The Loss and Grief Centre is closed to the public. They are however offering an Emotional Wellbeing Service. This service will offer regular phone contact to anyone feeling isolated, alone or experiencing grief. They commit to ringing people weekly to touch base, for as long as this takes. Anyone can use this service. Simply call, text, email or message them if you want to be added to the list. If you are adding someone else to the list, please get their permission first. You can do this by emailing, or calling 027 443 87 88.

The Invercargill & Districts Budget Advisory Service is closed.

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 is closed due to the Covid19 situation. If you or an older person you know needs support, assistance or meals please get in touch - 03 218 6351. They urge you to check on your older friends, family members and neighbours today to see if there is anything they need. By uniting together, we can get through this challenging time.

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. Their offices are closed, and all community clinics and services suspended, but you can still contact them toll free on 0800 55 0800 for legal advice.

Plunket Invercargill have suspended all community programmes for the foreseeable future.


Please ensure you and your family are healthy and well before visiting these public places:

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 has closed for the foreseeable future.

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. Is 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 is closed for the foreseeable future.

The Mataura Museum is closed for the foreseeable future.

The Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore is at this stage still open. The museum 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.

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, or email us at I’m Rachael, and that’s Radio Southland’s news for Monday -  visit to read the news and get down the emails, phone numbers or websites I’ve mentioned, or you can listen to our news anytime there as a podcast instead. Be kind to each other, and make time to find a reason to smile! Nga mihi atu!


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