Community News

(Updated 6 July 2020)

Kia ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s latest Community Notices!

In upcoming events:

In Bluff on Monday, the Alpha Omega Weight Loss Group meet at 6pm at the church hall on Palmer St – call Fran on 212 86 26. And the Bluff 2024 Urban Rejuvenation Group also have their meeting on Monday at 6.30pm at the Bluff Council Chambers – all welcome – call Gerard Hawke on 022 385 14 67. On Thursday it’s Bluff St John Ambulance Training Night from 6.30-8pm – new volunteers are always welcome – call Wyma on 027 268 55 13.

Central Southland Presbyterian Parish are holding a school holiday program in Winton until the 17th July. It’s from 9-3 each day for 5-12 year olds, and it’s $10 per child per day. To book email!

Stadium Southland is also running a school holiday programme for the July holidays, from 9-3 Monday-Friday. It’s $45 per day or $120 for 3 days, and includes a range of different activities including clip n climb, court games, arts and crafts and team building. You can register via their website -

Have some clothes you want to get rid of? Looking for some new clothes? The Riverton Clothing Car Boot Sale & Swap is on Saturday from 10-4 at the Riverton Rowing Club. No charge, just bring yourself and some clothes. Contact Amelia to organise a spot for you -, or call her on 021 051 19 93!

Also at the Stadium, Love Local Weekend is on Saturday & Sunday from 10-4 each day. A huge range of local businesses will be showing off their products – Creation Signs will be there wrapping a car, there’s soap makers, lots of different clothing, salami, you name it – it’s coming! And it’s free entry.

Are you part of a community organisation, on a board, or looking to join a committee and are unsure of what's involved? Head along to a FREE and informative workshop hosted by the Southland Community Law Centre’s Denise and DIA’s Juanita on good governance. It’s on the 15th, from 7-9pm, at Community Trust South’s boardroom, 62 Don St. Please register by emailing or calling 03 218 07 03!

The Sea Society are hosting a Sandy Point Rubbish Clean-up day (and wow is there plenty of it!) on the 25th July at 11am. Please bring your own gloves and bags. For more information check out their Facebook page!

Now some updates on community activities & organisations:

The Waikiwi Music Club have restarted their practice nights, shifting to Mondays at 7pm. Join the club and hang out with fellow musos – it’s on fortnightly at the Waikiwi Rugby Club on Bainfield Rd!

The Southland Astronomical Society have resumed their observatory sessions at the old Oreti Sands golf course at Sandy Point, on Wednesdays from 7pm.  Check their Facebook page for more information!

ParkRun Invercargill is back on Saturdays at 9am. Join in for free, weekly, timed runs. Open to everyone of all fitness levels, ages, shapes and sizes – you can run, jog, walk or volunteer! For all of the details go to the Invercargill ParkRun Facebook page!

On Sunday from 9.30-1.30 the Southern Farmers Market opens in a brand new venue – the Ascot Park Racecourse! Entry is between the Ascot Park Hotel and Bupa Ascot Care Home, Racecourse Rd - look for the market sign at the gate. There will be a great selection of locally grown fruit & veges in the fresh produce area, an amazing selection in the international food court, and superb local talent in the artisan crafs area!

The Loss & Grief Centre’s drop in service at 49 Tay St is open Monday, Tuesday & Friday from 1-5pm, and Wednesdays & Thursday from 9-1. Call or text 027 443 87 88, email,  or send them a Facebook message. Support groups are back up and running, and so is their Gore service on Mondays from 1-5pm – go to their Facebook page for more information!

Dyslexia Support Southland are available to help if you or your child has a learning difference and needs some support – call or text them on 027 201 69 51, or email Chris at

The Hearing Association & associated clinics are back up and running, but make appointments by phone please rather than popping in - 03 214 91 54.

If you are elderly and need social support, access to help with meals or care services, support is available. Call Age Concern Southland on 218 63 51, or visit !

Jubilee Budgeting Services are available online or by phone – call 0800 Jubilee, or text 027 Jubilee. Go to their Facebook page for more information on what help they can provide. Appointments are able to be made to come to the office and meet in person.

The Southland Community Law Centre is running by appointment-only - and encourage you to call 0800 55 0800 or email first to see what they can do to help. Their hours are from 9-4 Monday-Thursday and 9-12:30 on Fridays. There are no evening clinics at the moment, but volunteer solicitors and immigration advisors are still operating off site. Outreach services to Gore and Fiordland have also started again.

The Southland Community Nursery is open to volunteers from this Friday from 10-12 – sharing food, lockdown stories, recipes, and veggie gardening tips & tricks. They’re looking forward to seeing everyone again – more details at

An update on council services, museums & galleries around the region:

The Invercargill Public Library is open from 9-7 weekdays, and 10-4 on weekends. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Thursday 1-5pm, Fridays 12-4, and Saturdays from 10-1.

The Southland District Council’s offices & libraries are open, and the Book Bus is back on the road. For full information on how they can help you, visit or give them a call on 0800 732 732!

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 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.

The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 5. They’re at 110 Main St, Otautau, have a stunning collection of arts and 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 Southland Fire Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 11-3, and can also open for group bookings – call Les on 027 254 6464. It’s on the corner of Jed and Spey Sts, and entry is a gold coin donation!

The Awarua Communications Museum 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 Bluff Maritime Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-4.30. 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 it’s $1 for children.

The Mataura Museum is closed until July 31st.  The Eastern Southland Gallery is closed for earthquake strengthening, and the Hokonui Moonshine Museum is closed for a refurbishment.

We look forward to bringing you more information on community organisations & events as they organise themselves. If you’re a community organisation or are hosting an event – do get in touch - give us a call on 03 2189891, email, or go to the contact us form here on our website!


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