Community News

Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News! Updated 30/11/2022

Today in Bluff the After School Club meets at the Bluff Library from 3.30 until 4.30 with the Minecraft and Lego Combo Clubs. Space is limited so to book email; and the Motupohue St John Youth Division for 8–18-year-olds meets in the Lee Street Hall from 6.30 til 8pm. Space are still available. For more information call Terina Simeon on 021 172 9093.

This Friday December 2nd is the date for South City Street Party! It’ll run from 6 til 9pm on Elles Road and Martin Streets. There’ll be music, street food, free family fun and entertainment, plus local retailers will have plenty of in-store specials.

On Saturday the Wyndham A&P Society’s 141st annual show takes place at the Wyndham Showgrounds from 10am. Events include a Big Dig, Miss Show Princess and Mr Muscle, best pet, fancy dress, chopping and shearing competitions and the Grand Parade at 2.30. There’ll be lots of entertainment and food available all day.

The Thieves Alley Christmas Market in Bluff this Saturday takes place between 10am and 2pm in the alley next to The Eagle Pub & Hotel at 134 Gore Street. It’s a unique location for a unique market with a steampunk twist. If you are arriving from outside of Bluff just drive on down SH1 and keep an eye out for the steampunk trike advertising the market as your marker for the alley. Features will include wireworks, crafts, lots of handmade items, plants, honey, Thai food, coffee, hot dogs and plenty more. There will be plenty of stocking stuffers, just perfect for Christmas!

On Sunday the Foveaux Harmony Chorus presents ‘Showcase’ at the First Presbyterian Church at 3pm! Tickets are between $12-$15 and door sales only!

Also on Sunday the Deep South Rhythm Band will be holding their monthly concert at 1:30pm at the Windsor Presbyterian Church hall, and a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

There’s racing at Teretonga this weekend with an action-packed programme across two days, including the OSCAR saloons, historic and classic saloons, Pre-65’s, Formula 1600 and more. Racing starts at 9.30am on Saturday and 9am Sunday. Discounted tickets can be purchased prior to the event from Auto Centre on Tweed Street, and E Hayes & Sons Dee Street, while children 14 & under accompanied by an adult get in free. Gate sales are available each day as well.

The Naked Truth is a life drawing group exhibition the Southland Art Society is staging at the Art Attic Gallery, upstairs at 45 Tay Street through until December 23rd. The gallery will be open Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am until 2pm and Sundays from midday until 2pm.

Christmas will officially arrive in Bluff on Sunday December 11th when the annual Bluff Santa Parade and Christmas In The Bluff Gala Day take place. The Parade starts at the top end of Gore Street at 1pm and finishes at the Oyster Festival site, where the Gala Day takes place immediately afterwards.

On the 11th of December the Waikiwi Music club is having their end of year Christmas break up starting at 1pm with a $5 entry!

The ’World of Musicals in Concert’ is at Invercargill’s Civic Theatre on December 15th! They’re performing ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Sister Act 2’ and many more! Get your tickets at 

Do you have some time to spare and a great reading voice?  The telephone information service for the blind needs people for daily or weekly readings from the newspaper, done from home. Contact the Blind Foundation 03-218-3927

Anyone interested in joining the Foveaux Pearls Leisure Marching group please contact Dianne Blair on 216 4962.


For a list of all the COVID-19 testing & vaccination sites around Southland, call 0800 847 87 19 or go to There is help available for anyone who needs extra support to self-isolate, regardless of your residency status. If you need support, but don’t meet the usual criteria, you will be referred to a community connector to access the support you need. Call 0800 512 337 8am - 8pm 7 days, a week or visit  


And now a run-down of regular events and services in our province:


Invercargill Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km event held every Saturday from 8am at Queens Park. Meet at the cricket pavilion carpark and walk, jog, run or volunteer - everyone is welcome. Head to their Facebook page for all of the details!

On Sundays from 9.30-1.30 the Southern Farmers Market is open at the old Railway Station - look for the market sign. Enjoy food, arts, crafts and produce in this popular market setting – it’s great to sit down and have lunch with the family!


The Loss & Grief Centre’s Invercargill drop-in centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays from 1-5pm, and Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9-1. You can also call or text 027 443 87 88, email, or send them a message. The Centre also provides services in Winton, Gore, Mataura & Te Anau. Visit their website – for more information.

Do you binge eat? Purge, starve, or compulsively exercise? Wherever you are, whatever your problem with food, Addictive Eaters Anonymous can help. Visit to find out more about Addictive Eaters Anonymous.

Learning Differences Aotearoa are available to help if you or your child has a learning difference and needs some support – call or text Chris on 027 201 69 51, or email

Hearing Southland & their associated clinics in Leet St are open and taking bookings by phone - 214 91 54.

If you are elderly and need social support, access to help with meals or care services, support is available from Age Concern. Meals are available to pick up, and exercise classes are on. You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to someone, please wear a mask when you come in. They can also come to visit you. You can call them on 218 63 51, or visit

If you have concerns about a senior’s safety, call the Elder Abuse Helpline for advice on 0800 326 68 65.

Jubilee Budgeting Services are available online or by phone – call 0800 Jubilee, or text 027 Jubilee. Go to their Facebook page for more information on what help they can provide. Appointments are able to be made to get advice over the phone, or to come to the office and meet in person.

The Southland Community Law Centre in the Cue on Don building in Don St are available to help - phone ahead to make an appointment – 0800 55 0800. Their hours are from 9-4 Mon-Thurs and 9-12.30 on Fridays. They also offer outreach services to Gore and Fiordland.

Council services, museums & galleries:

The Invercargill Public Library is open from 9-6 weekdays, and 10-4 on weekends. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10-1. The Archives in Invercargill are open – but please call ahead to book in on 03 211 15 73. Please return all books through the slots. MyBookBag is still available for free contactless book delivery – go to   

Southland District Council area offices and libraries are open. Travelling library options are also available with the mobile bookbus, and have you checked their digital library options? To find out more go to and click on ‘Libraries’ – or call them on 0800 732 542!

Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton is open every day from 10-4 – call them for more information on 03-234 8260 or visit their Facebook page!

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 its open Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm. Entry is $5. You can also call Fraser on 021 03 85 196 to arrange a time to visit!

The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday to 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. Entry is free!

The Southland Fire Museum is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11-4, and can also open for group bookings – call Les on 027 254 6464. It’s on the corner of Jed and Spey Streets, and entry is a gold coin donation!

He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don & Kelvin Streets is open from 10-5 Monday-Friday and 11-2.30 on weekends. This combined art and museum space is proud to celebrate everything Murihiku. Have a visit and explore their immersive exhibitions with the kids – entry is free!

The Awarua Communications Museum 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 cash only – it’s $6 for adults and $3 for children.

The Bluff Maritime Museum is open from Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and 12.30-4.30 on weekends. 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 Eastern Southland Gallery is open from 10-4.30 on weekdays, and 1-4pm on weekends! For more information on the gallery and current exhibitions, visit

If you’re a community organisation or are hosting an event – do get in touch - give us a call on 03 2189891, email, or go to the contact us form on our website!


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