Community Notices

Community Notices for 21-23 September 2018

Kia ora, this is Radio Southland’s community notices for Rāmere – Friday the 21st of September:

  • Tonight from 6-7pm Lloyd Esler is hosting an estuary birds walk.  Meet at the Kew entrance to the estuary walkway. Local experts will have telescopes and will help you learn something about the birds that frequent the estuary. For more details contact Lloyd on 213 04 04!
  • The Spring Eco Festival is tomorrow from 10-3 at the Workingmen’s Club, 154 Esk St. Entry is $2 for adults, $1 for students and under 5’s are free. The Eco Festival is an environmentally focused family friendly event, and the theme is climate change. To find out more ring Jenny on 027 351 01 80 or email
  • The Southland Multicultural Council’s men’s group are holding a Father’s Day celebration tomorrow. It’s a potluck dinner and everyone from all cultures are welcome. It’s at SIT Main Campus’s Hansen Hall, 6pm. Please bring a plate of food to share.
  • TheBlue4u Scavenger Hunt is on tomorrow from 10-12 at SIT’s main campus. It’s a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation – its $5 per person or $15 for a family and you can register by emailing Prizes include tickets to see the Breakers, lots of spot prizes, 50 goodie bags plus a fundraising sausage sizzle.
  • On Sunday from 2-4.30pm there’s a guided walk on the new Omaui Hill Track.  Meet at the Omaui carpark by 2pm. Bring snacks and suitable clothes. Celebrate Conservation Week head down and find out more about our local nature treasures. For more info phone Lloyd on 213 04 04 or email
  • The final Chamber Music New Zealand Concert for the 2018 season is on Monday at the Civic Theatre, featuring Ioana Cristina Goicea & Andrey Gugnin at 7.30pm.  There’s also a free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm in the Drawing Room. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear these internationally recognised instrumentalists, so get your tickets at!
  • The Awareness Project is running a Multicultural Workplaces Workshop next Thursday from 12.30 until 5pm at the Invercargill Airport Training Room. Topics covered include cultural sensitivity, communication, retention, immigration and how to prepare an action plan. To register go to
  • Southland Art Foundation William Hodges Fellowship artist Anita DeSoto has one more life drawing workshop next Thursday from 5-7pm in the Drawing Studio at the SIT Downtown Campus. It’s free and everyone is welcome. To register email
  • The Winton Garden Club are holding their 35th Annual Spring Flower Show at the Memorial Hall next Friday from 2-6pm and Saturday 29th from 9-3.30. There will be plant stalls, raffles, art exhibitions and more. It’ll be $5 for adults and children are free. To find out more head to Winton Mitre 10 and check out the schedule, or phone Joan on 03 236 82 11.
  • The Dan Davin Literary Foundation are hosting a self-publishing author tutorial – its “From Writer to Published Author” with writer Catherine Taylor. There’s two free sessions – one in Invercargill next Sunday from 11-3 at the South Alive Pod on the corner of Ness and Grace Sts; and one at the Winton Public Library on Saturday October 13th from 11-3. For bookings or enquiries phone 027 323 16 27 or email
  • The Bluff Drama Club presents a special musical – “A Match Made In Bluff” – a theatre restaurant on at the Bluff Town Hall on October 5 & 6th. Tickets are $55 per person – which covers the show and meal. Phone Shelly on 212-78-35 and leave a message.

(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.
  • 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 – 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! 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 and KIND Women have joined forces to bring you a Suffrage 125 exhibition titled “I’m a feminist because…”. The gallery along with the Southland Museum are also hosting carving artist Steve Solomon in residence at 11 Don St. It’s usually open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3.30 on Saturdays.
  • The South Alive Art Gallery is hosting Anna Obers & Esther Libeau’s ‘Primed & Outlined’ – a mixed media fantasy themed exhibition – don’t miss it.
  • 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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