Community Notices

Community Notices for 20 December 2018

Kia ora, this is Radio Southland’s community notices for Rāpare, Thursday the 20th of December:

  • Registrations are open for the Southland District Council holiday programme.  You can find out more info at, or give your local SDC office a call.
  • The 2018 Southland Christmas Tree Festival is open and it’s better than ever! It’s at Stadium Southland until Saturday for just a gold coin donation! If schools or large groups want to book in, call 219 93 10 to arrange a time!
  • The Riverton Community Arts Centre invites entries for their Summer Art Feast Exhibition. All Southland artists may enter. Entry is $25 and the theme is open, with a wide range of art forms accepted. For more info contact
  • In Bluff tonight, there’s a Carol Service at the Co-operating Church on the corner of Palmer & Foyle St’s at 7pm. For more info call Rab McNaughton on 212 84 03!
  • Tonight the Invercargill Historical Society are holding an evening walk.  Interested in local history? Join in by contacting Lloyd on 213 04 04.
  • The ILT Christmas Variety Show is tomorrow – doors open at 6pm & the show starts at 7pm. It’s at Stadium Southland, and is always a fantastic night out for the whole family. Get your tickets from!
  • And tomorrow night is the last South Alive Night Food Market for 2018! It’s on from 5:30pm-8pm in the South Alive Community Park, corner Grace & Ness St. Enjoy a great community atmosphere, food, music and stalls with your whanau before Xmas!
  • Next week on Boxing Day, there’s a ‘Granny Trip’ in the Longwoods forest. It’s on the North Cascade, and follows wild deer tracks to an old abandoned gold mine, then up a logging bush tramway route built about 1902. Come along with a raincoat and realistic footwear. Sensible kids are welcome, but be aware there is scrambling over logs & through bush. Meet at the Riverton RSA carpark at 1pm, and you’ll get back about 4.30pm. For more info contact Neil Linscott on
  • Next Friday, the Southland Farm Forestry Association are hosting a Christmas/New Year’s trip. Meet at the Alex McKenzie Arboretum in Otautau at 10am. Bring your lunch and picnic chairs!
  • And on Monday 31st there’s a Hogmanay at 8pm at the St Stephen’s Church in Waikiwi.  For details phone Murray on 216 95 38 or Barbara on 217 71 70!

 (On-going notices – general)

  • 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! They’ve wrapped up for 2018, but there will be new groups and another infant CPR training night in February so keep an eye out!
  • 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)

  • ‘Soled Out’ is an exhibition of a wide collection of limited edition sneakers, street-wear and accessories owned by Invercargill collector Kevin Downie – view it at Classic Motorcycle Mecca in Tay St between 9-5 daily – admission is free.
  • 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.
  • South Sea Spray is an exhibition of NZ’s finest street artists – each will exhibit 5 original artworks, and paint a large mural in Riverton to showcase their art. It’s now open at The Vault on the cnr of Napier & Palmerston Sts and runs until the end of January.
  • 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.

Our community news is a free service, so if you’d like to use it then please get in touch.  You can phone us on 218-98-91, write us at PO Box 1 Invercargill, or email us at That’s Radio Southland’s news for Thursday – if you’d like to hear these notices, you can go to the Podcasts Tab on this website to stream the podcast. Nga mihi atu!