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Community Notices for 24 January, 2020
Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rāmere, Friday the 24th of January:

The Southland District Council has joined forces with Sport Southland to create active summer fun for youngsters throughout the district. The SDC’s annual holiday programme is in Otautau on Monday, and Stewart Island on Wednesday from 10-3 each day with bus transport available for kids around the nearby area. It’s $6 per child, and information and registration is available online at!

From today through Sunday, the Edendale Crank Up is on – starting with a street parade today, and a Family Fair tomorrow & Sunday – with vintage tractors and cars, crafts, music, food & entertainment galore - it’s not to be missed!  

The Invercargill 5G Action Group are hosting an Invercargill protest as part of a global protest opposing 5G due to safety concerns about it tomorrow. Meet at 10am at the Feldwick Gates at Queens Park. This is a peaceful protest, so please participate respectfully.  

Applications are now open for the Southland Conservation Board. Nominations close on Tuesday – go to their website for more information!

The Windsor Community Church’s "Thee Market" is back for 2020! Head down there from 10-1 on February 1st for a browse of over 15 stalls, featuring plants, books, clothes, Rawleighs, upcycled furniture and more! For more info call Robyn on 021 066 35 54!

Over 100 BMX, Mountain Bike, and Freestyle Motocross riders from around the globe descend on Southland for one of New Zealand’s biggest action sports events of the year – Farm Jam is on February 1st in Winton. Get all the info & your tickets at!

The Burt Munro Challenge kicks off on February 5th, with a ‘Southland Honda Have A Go Day’ at Teretonga Park, Sandy Point. Go to for all of the details!

Also on the 5th at 4pm, the Invercargill City Library are hosting a ‘Baby Burt Munro Challenge’ – it’s a bike decorating competition for kids aged 5-12. Be as creative as you can, using cardboard, paper, fabric, wood – whatever to make your ride stand out amongst the crowd. They’ll be judged by some pros, and the Tribal National Motorcycle Club will be there with theirs for the kids to check out. It's free to compete but registrations are a must! So register now at !

Also from the 5-8th of February, Shakespeare in the Park’s 20th park production, Macbeth is on, with two matinees on the 6th and 8th) and evening shows each night at 6:30pm. Tickets are available from Eventfinda or at the Invercargill i-SITE in Wachner Place!

Forest & Bird have a trip to Waituna planned for February 8th. Hear from DOC, visit restoration projects, the whitebaiter’s huts and the wetlands. For more information email Gay at!

Invercargill Plunket are getting their programmes organised for 2020, with parenting courses and play groups starting back next month. They’re also looking for community members with a fundraising bent for their Event Planning & Fundraising team! Go to their Facebook page for more information!

(Volunteer Opportunities)

Got time to spare and have a good reading voice?  The telephone information service for the blind needs people for daily or weekly readings from the newspaper, done from the comfort of your home. Contact the Blind Foundation on 218 39 27!

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!


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!

(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.

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.

Marta Brash’s ‘Enrich Your Life With Colours’ Art Exhibition is open at the Riverton Community Arts Centre until February 9th Wednesday’s-Sundays from 11-4 each day. Marta will be at the gallery to meet visitors and talk about her art.

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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