Community Notices

Community Notices for 21 February 2019

Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rāpare, Thursday the 21st of February:

  • 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 Otatara Community Nursery is open for volunteers tomorrow. Lots of watering has been done over the Christmas break and that means lots of weeds are growing!! There’s lots of jobs from potting to weeding to seed collecting & sorting, to track maintenance. For more info go to, or call 213 11 61.
  • The Otautau Flower, Quilts, and Crafts Show is on again on Saturday at the New Life Church from 11am-3pm. Have a fun day out and check out the quilt airing in the church, admire the art in the Courthouse Museum, come see the flowers, veges, crafts and competition entries. And for the car enthusiasts, there’s a car show at Holt Park too! If you’d like to enter, email or phone Allison on 027-957-5778!
  • Peacehaven in Invercargill are celebrating their 65th anniversary with a Garden Party on Saturday from 11-3. If you’ve had a connection with this rest home over the years, this is a great opportunity to catch up. There will be a BBQ lunch under the Elm tree, as well as special guest entertainment. A historic photo exhibition will be on display in Elms Cafe during the event for public viewing. For more info contact Karl on 027 594 72 20.
  • My Rights is a 2 day youth with disabilities workshop on advocacy & empowerment brought to you by CCS. It’s being held on Saturday & Sunday from 9.30-4.30. Food is provided! For more info contact Prudence on 021 779 725.
  • On the Fly Mataura River Day is on Saturday from 6-8pm at the River Terrace, Gore. Chill out to live music, purchase goods from stallholders and have-a-go as they celebrate our magnificent Mataura River. A’fish’ionados will be on site to teach how to cast a line, tie flies, and how to smoke or cook a trout. Loose & Colourful and Dubious Groove are providing the summer tunes, and there’ll be plenty to keep all ages entertained – entry is free!
  • The Bellbirds have their next country & gospel concert at the Windsor Community Church next Tuesday at 1.30pm. It’s a gold coin entry which includes refreshments.
  • The 151st Southland A&P Show is a day not to be missed. It’s on Saturday March 2nd at Donovan Park, and it’s a fun day for all. There’s everything from the usual equestrian and sheep sections, and even cattle with a slight twist through to performances from the Hayes family and some of Southland’s rising stars. Try your hand in the Agri-Kids competition, or for older competitors there’s the first annual Partner Carrying Competition, with great prizes to be won. Stallholders from near and far will showcase their goods and a large variety of food will be available for purchase, and the all new Traders Market and Food Court will tease your tastebuds.
  • South Alive’s Trolley Derby & Children’s Day is on the 3rd of March.  This annual neighbourhood event takes place on Rimu St and in Elizabeth Park, it’s a great family day out with races for kids aged 7+. Go to for more information!
  • Human is a one-night only evening of pure revelry, featuring peerless acrobats, divine aerial dance, spectacular circus skills and universal comedy. You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll blush. And by the end of the night you’ll find your heart stolen by Human. It’s on May 3rd at Stadium Southland – go to Ticket Direct to snap up your earlybird tickets now!

 (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 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. There’s also a special exhibit open – What does the first complete English-language Bible printed in Scotland from 1579 and Minnie Dean’s Hatbox have in common? They’re some of the 51 items in the Riverton Heritage Society’s collection being digitised as part of Project Ark.  You can see all of these items out of storage until March 31st. 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 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.
  • 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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