Community Notices

Community Notices for 15 November 2018

Kia ora, this is Radio Southland’s community notices for Rāpare – Thursday the 15th of November:

  • In Bluff tonight, it’s St John Ambulance Training Night from 6.30-8pm. New volunteers are always welcome  – call Wyma on 212 72 00.
  • The Invercargill Historical Society have their monthly meeting tonight, 7pm at the Hearing Association – 126 Leet St. The guest speaker this month is Alex Glennie, talking about the history of the Bluff Railway.
  • My Rights is a free 3 session workshop for youth who live with a disability, brought to Invercargill for the first time by CCS Disability Action. Build knowledge, confidence and skills to ensure your rights are respected! It’s on tomorrow from 5-7.30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9.30-3.30. All meals included. To find out more and register, contact Prudence on 021 779 725, or email!
  • On Sunday at 4pm, the Invercargill Symphonia are holding their spring concert at the Basilica, featuring Mozart’s clarinet concerto. Adult tickets are $12.
  • Repertory Invercargill are holding auditions for their first production in 2019 – “Venus in Fur” – this Sunday from 2pm at Repertory House, cnr Esk & Jed Sts. Venus in Fur is a two-person play by David Ives and is an erotic classic set in modern New York City, centred around an obsessive relationship between a man and the mistress who enslaves him. For a copy of the audition pieces and to register interest please email:
  • The Eastern Southland Arthritis Support Group in Gore is growing fast. Want to join in? Their next meeting is Tuesday 20th at The Stable Kitchen. There will be a guest speaker from Arthritis NZ.  Anyone affected by arthritis and associated conditions are most welcome.
  • The Human Library comes to Southland on the 23rd, 6-7pm in the South Alive Community Park. This is a worldwide movement for social change. This is a great chance to come and connect with people in your community that you might not otherwise have the opportunity to speak with. For more info go to
  • There’s a St Andrew’s Day Scottish Variety Concert on Sunday 25th, 2pm at the St Stephen’s Church Hall in Waikiwi. Adults are $5, children are free. Afternoon tea included! Call Murray on 216 95 38.
  • The Bellbirds are holding their next country & gospel concert at the Jubilee Hall in Windsor St, Tuesday 27th at 1.30pm. It’s a gold coin entry which includes refreshments!
  • The Southland Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday 1st December at 2pm. The Parade route starts at the corner of Kelvin and Gala St, up to and down Dee, onto Tay, then Kelvin, then back to Gala St. Start your day with Christmas shopping then watch the Parade with over 20 floats and 40 parade entries.  Want to find out more? Contact Alice at
  • Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th December are this year’s dates for the ILT Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner. If you or a family member would like to attend, call the ILT, or email to register.

(On-going notices – general)

  • Cornerstone Church’s Hub has a program for 12-17 year olds on Friday nights from 6.30-9pm during school terms. For more information and updates, look up their Facebook page – it’s Xtreme – without the E at the start – Youth Invercargill.
  • 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’re experiencing, hold group support meetings for different types of losses, and can help 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 and confidential budgeting advice to individuals & whanau living in Murihiku. They offer home-based and 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 struggle with reading, writing or numbers, and need support, give them a call on 021 124 75 38, or go to!
  • Age Concern Southland in Forth St offer support, advocacy, information, a visiting service, social activities, meals and 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 contact Hearing Southland on 214-91-54, or call into their rooms at 126 Leet St between 9-4pm on weekdays.
  • The Southland Community Law Centre at 100 Spey St provides free legal services, and they run outreach clinics in towns around the province. They also work alongside the Ngai Tahu Law Centre. You can contact them toll free on 0800 55 0800.
  • Invercargill Plunket have a wide variety of playgroups and support available for parents & caregivers, so visit their Facebook page to find out how they can help you!
  • South Alive’s Writers group meets at their hub on the last Wednesday of each month from 3pm. Bring pen and paper or your laptop and have fun with words, all are welcome.
  • South Alive Night Food Markets are starting again, and will run fortnightly until March on Friday nights from 5:30-8pm in the South Alive Community Park, corner Grace & Ness St. Head down and enjoy great food and entertainment!
  • The Crop Swap Invercargill group meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am at The Pod, 133 Grace St behind the South City Mall.
  • The Southern Farmers Market aims to provide shoppers with access to the best local products and seasonal produce. There’s also a great selection of different ethnic foods available and many people are making this the place to go for their Sunday lunch treat. It’s on every Sunday from 9.30 to 1 at the Masonic Lodge on Forth St.


  • The Bluff Maritime Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and on weekends and public holidays, from 12:30-4:30. 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 its $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 via 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 and Implement Museum on Foster Rd, Thornbury is the oldest vintage tractor museum in NZ. It’s open 1.30-4.30pm on Sundays.
  • Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton features authentic life size displays, adventurous characters and engaging stories that reveal how our Maori & European ancestors survived on nature’s edge. This is an experience not to be missed! It’s open every day from 10-4. It’s $8 for adults but children under 14 are free!
  • The Mataura Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm at 68 Kana St. It showcases the Paper Mill and Freezing Works and uses touch screens to bring Mataura’s rich social and industrial heritage to life. Admission is free, but your donations are welcomed.
  • 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 and artefacts, it showcases the background of the prohibition era. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8.30-4.30, Saturdays 9.30-3.30pm and Sundays 1-3.30pm. It’s $5 for adults and children are free.

 (Arts and culture)

  • The Invercargill Public Art Gallery in Don St is hosting local artist Peter Belton’s new show ‘Returning’. It’s open until the 24th. Steve Solomon’s carving exhibition & workshops are still open at 11 Don St too, head down, meet this incredible carver and learn how it’s done!
  • The South Alive Art Gallery is currently exhibiting Ewan Anderson’s latest exhibition ‘Between Days’. It will run until Saturday.
  • The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. They’re at 110 Main St, 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.
  • From Friday to the 14th December the Riverton Community Arts Centre at 149 Palmerston St is hosting ‘Our Frocks Like Mountains’ by Anita DeSoto – the centre’s artist in residence. Her paintings are a reinterpretation of local colonial woman and a celebration of the Suffragette 125th Anniversary. Entry is free but your koha is welcomed.
  • 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.

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