Community News

Tuesday May 18, 2021

Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News!

The Bluff Oyster Fringe Festival goes through this week, with the Photo & Art Exhibition at the Lighthouse Gallery on Gore St starting today. The Fashion Show is at the Sea Scout Hall on Barrow St at 6pm tonight – it’s a nautical theme with a $5 entry fee! There’s an Open Mic Night at the Oyster Allsorts Café at 72 Gore St from 7pm on Wednesday. And on Friday there’s live music at the Bluff RSA on Gore St!

Anyone interested in being a part of the Bluff Street Market on Saturday for the Oyster Festival, can register their interest by contacting Lindsay Beer, at 021 351 499, or email!

In regular Bluff events, tomorrow night, the Motupohue St John Youth Division trains at their hall on Lee St from 6.30-8pm – this is for youth aged 8-18 – if yours is keen call Terina on 021 172 90 93! Also on Wednesday night, Indoor Bowls is on at the church hall on the cnr of Palmer & Foyle Sts at 7pm – no experience is needed and coaching is available – call Heather on 212 84 20! And at 7.30pm the Bluff Coastguard have their meeting at the Awarua Boating Club at 7.30pm – call Wayne on 027 522 93 20!

On Thursday it’s the Senior Citizen’s meal at the Anchorage Café at 12pm, followed by the Card Day at the Centre at 1pm – ring Catherine for more info on 212 81 38! And on Thursday night it’s the adults turn at St John Ambulance Training from 6.30-8pm – new volunteers are always welcomed, call Wyma on 027 268 55 13!

In Invercargill - South Alive have a free yoga class on Thursday, 9.30am at 133 Grace St. Everyone is welcome, and your koha is appreciated. They’re also hosting 2 drive-in & picnic rug hangout family movie nights at Kew Bowl Grounds – entrance from McQuarrie St. on Friday it’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and on Saturday, Moana! Gates open at 5pm, with the movies starting at 6pm. Food vendors will be there to help fill your puku. Entry is $10 per car or family, or $5 for just yourself.

There’s an Open Streets Day Market on Sunday from 10-3 in Esk & Don Sts. Come into town and attend this family friendly day market for all ages to enjoy. There will be food, entertainment, tours of the rebuild and more. Follow the event to find out more about all the entertainment that will be on offer on Facebook!

The Bellbirds are holding their next country & gospel music concert at the Windsor Community Church on Windsor St – next Tuesday at 1.30pm. Entry is a gold coin donation, and there’s afternoon tea available afterwards!

Age Concern Southland’s Interactive Expo is on Monday 31st from 10-3 at their rooms on Forth St! Come along and have a look at heaps of assistance opportunities – from the library’s digital programme to budgeting, to what to do in a post-cheque world, to security, to safe exercise – there’s something that can help you have a great quality of life. For more info call Emma on 218 63 51!

Invercargill Plunket are hosting a new round of their popular baby & toddler parenting series, workshops & first aid courses in June – visit their Facebook page for more information, or call Judy, their Community Support Coordinator on 027 224 82 96!

Jack & William from our program SOAR and Nga Kete (Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust) invite you to ‘Move Over COVID’ – a community event night of entertainment and fun – bring along your family & friends! It’s on June 10th, 6pm at the Corinthian Centre at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Esk St. A cash bar & food are available, and it’s a gold coin donation! They’re fundraising to donate Radio Southland some new portable interview equipment so we can reach more of you - our community!

The Southland Astronomical Society and guests are running a StarDate weekend from June 11-13. This is for people with an interest in Astronomical Science and Astro Photography to listen and discuss your hobbies & jobs with others from around the region and country. Guest speakers include Dr Ian Griffin, Assoc Professor Karen Pollard, there’s Amadeo doing a ‘Fun With Science’ session for kids – and there will be night sky observation, info on light pollution, dark skies and more. To register for all or part of this event, go to EventBrite, or visit the Society’s Facebook page.


ParkRun Invercargill is on Saturdays at 8am - for all of the latest information go to their Facebook page!

On Sundays from 9.30-1.30 the Southern Farmers Market is open at the Ascot Park Racecourse! Entry is from Racecourse Rd - look for the market sign at the gate. 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 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 Facebook message.

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. Call Age Concern Southland on 218 63 51, or visit And if you have concerns about the safety of a loved senior, please 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 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 9-7 weekdays, and 10-4 on weekends. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Thursday 1-5pm, Fridays 12-4, and Saturdays from 10-1. The Southland District Council’s offices & libraries are also open around the region. To find out more about where they are & how they can help you, go to!

Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton features authentic life size displays, adventurous characters & engaging stories that reveal how our Maori & European ancestors survived on nature’s edge. Te Hikoi is open every day from 10-4. It’s $8 for adults but children under 14 are free!

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.

The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 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 & Sundays from 11-3, and can also open for group bookings – call Les on 027 254 6464. It’s on the corner of Jed and Spey Sts, and entry is a gold coin donation!

He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don & Kelvin Streets is open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday, 10-2 on Saturdays, and Sundays 11-3. This new 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 Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and weekends 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 it’s $1 for children.

The Mataura Museum is open Fridays-Sundays from 1-5pm. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated. They’re at 68 Kana St. Have a visit and learn about the rich history and heritage of the town, including exhibits about the heyday of the Paper Mill and more!

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 here on our website!


Send Us Your Community Notice

Indicates required fields

Contact Phone 
Event or Notice Name 
Date of Event
Website or Place for More Information
Event Details 

Social Media

Proudly Funded by New Zealand On Air