Community Notices

Community Notices for 18 October 2018

Kia ora, this is Radio Southland’s community notices for Rāpare – Thursday the 18th of October:

  • In Bluff tonight, the St John Ambulance Training Night takes place from 6.30-8pm at their hall. New volunteers are always welcome – call Wyma on 212 72 00.
  • There is a quiz night tonight at Big Willy’s at the Newfield Tavern from 7pm to raise funds for the Southern Stars Marching team to travel to compete in Christchurch in December. Its $5 per person or $20 for a team of four. Plenty of raffles on sale too.
  • Tomorrow morning the Community Nursery in Otatara is open for volunteers – come along anytime from 9-12 and help grow native plants. Bring some kai for morning tea and help with potting, pricking out, weeding, tidying, moving plants & trackwork. Just park in the 183 Grant Rd carpark and walk through the garden to the Nursery.
  • An annual favourite is on this Labour weekend – The Great Little Train Show happens at Surrey Park from 10am until 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. Check out the outstanding displays of model railways, dolls houses, other models, radio controlled cars and boats and the ride on trains.
  • The Kartsport New Zealand South Island Sprint Championships are on this Saturday and Sunday at the Invercargill Kart track near Oreti Beach. Racing starts at 9am both days and it’s a great chance to see some of New Zealand’s up and coming motorsport stars in action.
  • The Winton Community Market is this Saturday from 10am until 1pm at the Winton Presbyterian Church in Meldrum Street. Grab a cuppa and snack in their onsite cafe, pop the kids in the toy room and browse the amazing line up of stalls. Baby change & high chair facilities available plus the building has wheelchair friendly access & toilets.
  • On Saturday there’s a Longwoods hike and exploration of the old goldmining site there. The plan is to leave the Riverton RSA carpark at 8am, returning about 4:30pm. For more details, email Neil Linscott –
  • The Southland Dahlia Circle have their annual fundraiser this long weekend at 54 Mitchell St. It’s a tuber sale, open from 9-5 that Saturday, Sunday & Monday. All types & colours available. Call 217 39 49 for more info.
  • Despite its dark and morbid traditions, Halloween is a favourite time of the year for many. The Southland Multicultural Society is celebrating their first-ever Multicultural Halloween. It’s from 6pm this Saturday at the SIT Hansen Hall. It will be a time to have the fun-filled with lots of “scary “activities. Come along, wear your scariest costume, and be in to win some prizes. It’s also a potluck dinner, so be sure to bring a plate of food to share.
  • Another Labour Weekend favourite – the Invercargill Truck Parade happens on Sunday. It starts at 1pm from Bill Richardson Drive and makes it way down Bond Street, turns onto Tweed Street and finishes at the Tweed and Regent Street intersection, with plenty of activities at Billy Willy’s at the Newfield afterwards. There’s always a huge turnout of high polished big rigs, and it’s great free family entertainment. Check the forecast, dress appropriately, and enjoy!
  • On Monday the Kepler Lions Club in Te Anau are holding a Home Show tour starting at 1pm, meeting at the Te Anau Club from 12.30. They have 6 houses to view plus afternoon tea served at the Club afterwards.  Tickets are $30 per person – to book call Marg – 03 249 90 61 OR Brony – 03 249 93 33.
  • For only the second time ever, one of New Zealand’s major motorsport events – the Targa Rally – comes to the South Island and Invercargill. The event starts here on Tuesday, but there’s a chance to get up close to the vehicles with a show and shine at Queens Park on Monday from 11am until 2.30pm, just before the ceremonial start. Full course details are online at
  • Submissions are open on Environment Southland’s proposed Biosecurity Strategy & Regional Pest Management Plan. Harmful species – animal, plant and marine – pose a major threat to our region, both ecologically and economically. You can read the proposals and fill in the consultation document on the Environment Southland website – . Submissions close on the 23rd.
  • South Alive are holding their first ever Youth Open Mic Night! It’s on Friday 26th from 7-9pm at the Pacific Island Trust, 135 Bowmont St. It’s a free event for youth ages 14 -21. All kinds of talent are welcome. There’s free food and soft drinks available, doors open at 6:30pm. Call or text Peter on 027 40 45 882 to register, or just show up on the night!
  • The Woodlands School Pet & Gala Day is on Saturday 27th from 10-2 at the Woodlands Primary School. It’s free entry, and there’s lots of delicious food including Mr Whippy, class craft stalls, games and fun, auctions and raffles, Bouncy Castle and lots of amazing pets. Contact Vicky on 231 31 98 for more info.
  • Do you know anyone in the Southland area who has communication difficulties following a stroke, brain injury or brain tumour? Come along to the first ‘Aphasia Day’ held in Southland on Monday 29th, organised by Aphasia NZ. It’s at the Ascot Park Hotel from 10.30-2.30, it’s free and refreshments are provided. To find out more and to register go to!
  • Our own Millsy from Millsy Rocks is holding his second stage show on Halloween at the Scottish Hall – It’s ‘The Horde 2018’! Promising a great storyline and excellent musicians, get your tickets fast from!

(On-going notices – general)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dyslexia Support Southland offers support to children, 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. Parenting courses for 0-6 month olds and 6-12 month olds start on the 31st, so visit their Facebook page to find out how they can help you!
  • South Alive’s Writers group meets at their hub on the last Wednesday of each month from 3pm. Bring pen and paper or your laptop and have fun with words, all are welcome.
  • The Crop Swap Invercargill group meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am at The Pod, 133 Grace St behind the South City Mall.
  • 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.


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 is closed & reopens on Saturday with local artist, Peter Belton’s new show ‘Returning’. Steve Solomon’s carving exhibitions & workshops are still open at 11 Don St though, head down, meet this incredible carver and learn how it’s done!
  • The South Alive Art Gallery is currently exhibiting Ewan Anderson’s latest exhibition ‘Between Days’. It will run until November 17th.
  • The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. They’re at 110 Main St, Otautau, 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.

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 – 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!