Community Notices

Community Notices for 20 July 2018

Kia Ora – this is Radio Southland’s news for Rāmere – Friday the 20th of July.

Nominations are now open for the Southland Community Environment Awards. Judges are looking for people and projects that enhance, protect and showcase Southland’s environment. Nominations close on 17 August. More information can be found on the Environment Southland website –

  • Tomorrow, Te Hikoi in Riverton are holding a Learn to play Taonga Puoru (traditional Maori musical instruments) workshop as part of the exhibition they are hosting. Join them as they forage the estuary at low tide to search for resources that can be used as instruments, then learn to play. It’s from 1-3pm. Please bring a koha, and children must be supervised by an adult. Contact: Karyn on 03-234 82 60 for more info!
  • Also tomorrow, the Southland Multicultural Council are holding a Columbian Independence Day celebration – 6pm at Hansen Hall, SIT main campus. It’s a gold coin donation and everyone’s welcome – go down and enjoy meeting our new community members!
  • On Monday at 7pm at Verdon College, there’s a public meeting to discuss the future of NCEA.  To book go to
  • On Wednesday at 6pm the Royal Society of NZ bring you the NZ Rutherford Lecture, featuring 2017 Rutherford Medal winner Professor Colin Wilson, who received our top award for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the hazards they pose.  All are welcome to attend (including students). It’s at SIT Centrestage in Don St. For more info go to’s events page.
  • Plunket are hosting a free Early Years Brainwave Seminar next Friday. It starts at 5 with a light tea, and the presentation is at 6. It’s at the St Andrews Community Centre, Cnr Elles Rd/Manse St. RSVP: To Judy Cook by 24 July. Ph: 027 224 8296 or email:! They also have a wide variety of playgroups and support available, just visit Invercargill Plunket’s Facebook page!
  • Next Saturday in Riverton from 5-8pm, it’s Riverton’s Midwinter Market! All down the main street, providing a great family evening out, will be over 60 stalls, entertainment and a lighting display. This event is free!
  • A meeting is being held in the Menzies College Staffroom on Thursday 2nd August at 7.30pm to start organising the Menzies College 50th Reunion in early 2021. Contact the college for more information.
  • The Invercargill Irish Society are holding a variety concert at Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday 5th August from 2-4pm. It’s $10 for adults and free for kids. Tickets are available from the Ascot from today, or at the door. Enjoy dancers, singers, fiddlers and other instruments on this winter Sunday!
  • The New Zealand String Quartet will give a performance in the Victoria Room in the Civic Theatre on 22 August as part of its nationwide tour, Turning Points. It’s Mozart’s String Quartet in C, and promises to be an incredible night. Earlybird tickets are available throughout July – head to and simply enter the code JULYDEAL when booking to redeem 45%!

(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.
  • Every week on Tuesdays 9-11am and on Thursdays 7-9pm at the Surrey Park Badminton Hall, the All Saints Badminton Club is open. It provides a fun friendly social environment for players, free racquet hiring and coaching for novice players. For more info call John Milne on 217 74 99.
  • 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.


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 $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 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 South Alive Art Gallery is hosting Louise Bester’s “Freedom’s Bliss” exhibition until Sunday.
  • The Invercargill Public Art Gallery in Don St’s current exhibition is ‘Untitled, Undated, Unknown’. It explores both the unintended and intended ambiguity inherent within a public art collection. It’s open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and from 12-3.30pm on Saturdays.
  • 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.
  • Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton is hosting the Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori musical instruments)’ exhibition until September. Learn more about these historic instruments and hear the sounds they make.
  • 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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