Community Notices

Community Notices for 20 August 2018

Kia ora, this is Radio Southland’s community notices for Rāhina, Monday the 20th of August

  • In Bluff tonight, the Alpha Omega Weight Loss Group meet at 6pm at the Church Hall in Palmer St – call Fran on 212 86 26.
  • The New Zealand String Quartet will give a performance in the Victoria Room in the Civic Theatre on Wednesday as part of its nationwide tour, Turning Points. It features Mozart’s String Quartet in C and more, and promises to be an incredible night. Head to and get your tickets now!
  • On Sunday from 1-3 pm there’s weeding at the Otatara Landcare Group’s plantings at Bushy Point.  Meet at the end of Bryson Road or wander along the track until you find people who look like they know what they are doing!
  • The Bellbirds are holding a concert at the Windsor Community Church’s Hall on Tuesday 28th, 1.30pm. It features country and gospel music, and it’s a gold coin entry!
  • The AGM of the Southland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association will be on Tuesday 28th in the CCS rooms, 142 Don Street at 7.30pm.  All members and friends are welcome to attend.
  • Southland Singles are hosting a Spring Dance for singles over 30 on September 1st at 8pm. It’s being held at the Appleby Complex. It includes a DJ and supper, it’s $20 per person and profits go to a local charity of your choice.  To buy tickets contact the Southland Singles Facebook page or text or call Mary on 027 375 5004!
  • Awarua Whanau Services are holding their annual Mana Wahine Day on Friday 7th of September. Head down there, get your smear test, some kai, a massage and make-up done – all in one awesome day! It’s on from 10.30-3pm at 190 Forth St. Please book in – call them on 218 66 68.
  • Bikers in Blue have their motorcycle ride to support prostate cancer awareness on Saturday September 9th. Riders need to gather at Placemakers Invercargill from 9.30am, leaving for Placemakers in Gore via Lumsden from 10.30. To pre-register online for $20 go to or register on the day for $30.
  • South Alive’s Kids Poetry Festival is on September 22nd. Children in years 3 & 4 are invited to write their own poem (6-8 lines) with the theme ‘Friends’.  Poems need to be dropped to South Alive by the 10th of September. They’ll be displayed in South City Mall on the 22nd, then in the Art Gallery for a week from the 29th. They’re also holding a public meeting at 4pm on the 15th September in The Pantry.  This is a great chance for anyone to share their ideas for our community and learn more about the direction of South Alive.
  • Southland Riding for the Disabled is looking for individuals, schools and businesses to join this year’s Gingerbread Horse Challenge – go to to find out more. Help ‘Bake a Difference’ – use the code STH39 when signing up and every cent goes to this therapeutic program for Southland youth!

(On-going notices – general)  

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • South Alive’s Writers group meets at their hub on the last Wednesday of each month from 3pm. Bring pen and paper and have fun with words, all are welcome.
  • Stepping Up, a free computer training programme, is being run through the Invercargill Public Library, to help people build their digital literacy & computer skills. Sessions are two hours each and cover a variety of topics. People must register online at For more information or if you need a hand signing up, pop into the library, or call Bonnie on 211 14 44.
  • 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 & families 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.
  • English Language Partners Southland in Esk St offers tuition here in Invercargill and at towns around the province. They’re also always on the lookout for volunteers prepared to help people learn. If you’re interested in being a student or a volunteer, look up, or give them a call on 218-27-36.
  • 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, including upcoming classes in CPR, your moving baby & your growing baby – visit their Facebook page to find out how they can help you!


Our main museum may be closed, but there’s still plenty of amazing museums around Southland to visit.

  • The Bluff Maritime Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and on weekends and public holidays, from 12:30-4:30. They’ve got 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 adapted to survive on nature’s edge. This is an experience not to be missed! They are also hosting the Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori musical instruments)’ exhibition until September. Learn more about these historic instruments and hear the sounds they make. 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 and Sunday from 1-4pm at 68 Kana St. It showcases the Mataura Paper Mill and Freezing Works and uses touch screens to bring Mataura’s rich social and industrial heritage to life. Admission is free, but 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 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 are hosting Rod Eales’s Portrait of An Icon: The Crown Lynn Swan. This exhibition celebrates this iconic feature of New Zealand’s social and cultural heritage! The gallery is open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3.30pm on Saturdays.
  • The South Alive Art Gallery is closed for a change in exhibition.
  • The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. 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.
  • 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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