Community Notices

Community Notices for April 24 & 25, 2019

Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news:

  • The Invercargill City Library are holding a range of April school holiday events for kids, with a range of activities to suit all kinds of interests – including gaming, gardening, crafts & lego! To find out more about what’s on, visit!
  • The Invercargill ANZAC Day dawn service assembles at 6.50am tomorrow/today at the Cenotaph. A formal ceremony at the Workingmen’s Club follows and is open to the public. For details of ANZAC Day events in your town, check this week’s edition of the Southland Express for the full list of services!
  • Chroma – a LGBTQI support group in Southland are holding a fundraising concert at the Southland Muso’s Club on Saturday. Featuring Lachie Hayes, Lady Friday, Chartreuse & Black and more amazing Southland artists, this is totally worth attending! Doors open at 7pm!
  • There’s a garage sale at First Church’s Stobo Hall on Saturday from 9am. With books, tools, toys, plants and more there’s something for everyone at ridiculously low prices!
  • The Southland Brick Show is back for 2019! With Southland’s biggest Lego display ever, this is a cannot miss for the Lego lovers out there, big or small! It’s on Saturday & Sunday at Stadium Southland! To find out more look the Brick Show up on Facebook!
  • Southland Indoor Bowls invite you to come down to 50 Onslow Street this Sunday or Sunday 12 May from 10-2 for their open day. Take the opportunity to see what indoor bowls is all about and have a go!
  • Looking for the job you need or really want? The Southland Pop Up Job Shop is back for 2019! This event connects Southland job-seekers with employment advice and opportunities. They’ll be in Gore on Tuesday 30th from 10-4 at the St James Theatre foyer, and in Invercargill from the 1-3rd of May from 10-4 & the 4th from 10-2 at 66 Don St!
  • Invercargill Plunket have a bunch of new parenting courses starting in May. We all love to be better equipped as new parents, and they love to help! There are courses for all age stages – 0-6 months and 6-12 months starting on the 1st of May, and the Toolbox for Babies & Toddlers course – which covers 0-4 year olds, starts on the 13th. Visit their Facebook page for more information and to register!
  • May the 4th be with you – Free Comic Book Day is on at the Invercargill City Library on May 4th from 10-12.30. With 1000 comics to give away, there’s dozens to choose from including Avengers, Spiderman, Minecraft, Disney and so much more, with competitions and prizes too while you’re there. You will get a comic book for coming along, and another with a non-perishable food donation for the food bank – or dress up as your favourite character. Enjoy!

(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!
  • 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 Oyster Allsorts Museum in Bluff is open every day from 9-5pm at 72 Gore St. Featuring a cafe, cinema and museum, this is a great place to grab a coffee and learn more about Bluff history!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 it’s open Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm.
  • 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. Te Hikoi is open every day from 10-4.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 (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.
  • 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.
  • And for the knowledge hungry – the Invercargill and Bluff libraries are open on Saturday, Wednesday & Friday over the Easter period – go to for more information!

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 Wednesday. Nga mihi atu!