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Bluff will welcome a new event this winter with the Oyster Roister Costume Ball at the Eagle Hotel on Saturday 25 June. Tickets, which will be limited, are on sale now by contacting Lindsay Beer at either 021 351 499 or and cost just $45 each for the event which is timed to start at 7pm on the night. A cash bar will operate throughout the evening. Murdoch and partner Megan Taylor will also be making several off their iconic shadow boxes which will be lit up with LED lights to depict aspects of Bluff history at a location yet to be finalized in the week leading up to the Ball. These will be auctioned the week following the event. It will be a great night so get planning and break out those costumes on 25 June – but get those tickets booked first.

Clutha District Libraries is having their second big book sale (June 2-5) and ALL CHILDREN’S BOOKS ARE FREE! Open from 9am-5pm, with eftpos available as well as coffee, donuts, and fresh bread! This will be at the Balclutha Community Library located at 23 John Street, Balclutha. For further information please call 03 418 1677.

The end of the harness racing season is drawing near in the south with five meetings remaining – four at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill and one at Central Southland Raceway in Winton. The first of these is an Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday, 21 May. There are nine races programmed with the first at 12.20pm. The following Thursday (26 May), the Riverton Trotting Club race at Central Southland Raceway in Winton before the final three meetings at Ascot Park Raceway for the year – on Monday 6 June, Saturday 18 June and Friday 1 July. Admission to all meetings is free!

The Waikiwi Music Club is hosting a potluck afternoon tea on Sunday the 29th of May at 1pm at the Sacred Heart Hall – 449 North Road Invercargill. The afternoon will include Raffles, scratchie boards and a membership draw! Entry is five dollars and don’t forget to bring a plate! Join them for some great entertainment and wonderful company!

The ILT brings you the ‘Not the Bluff Oyster Festival Mystery Bus Tour’ on Saturday May 21st, with the bus departing at 11.30am from the Ascot Park Hotel. It will stop at 5 venues, and your tickets include oysters, more oysters, even more oysters, other fabulous local produce, drinks & entertainment. To secure your seat email or phone 03 211 36 04!

On Sunday 22nd, the National Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Emergency Mobile Alert System between 6-7pm. So when your phone goes bananas, don’t panic, the world is not ending – it’s just a test!

Do you need money for an arts or cultural activity that will benefit Invercargill? The Creative Communities Invercargill Funding Scheme can help. Applications to the Scheme are now open, and close on May 26th. Information and application forms are available at, or phone 03 211 17 77.

Wellington based Irish band Criú, is coming to Invercargill on May 29th.  Combining the sounds of the wooden flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, tin whistles and Irish pipes, these musicians weave together melodies that have survived in Irish tradition for centuries. It will have your toes tapping or your feet stamping at one moment, then the next transport you to a faraway place of deep joy or sadness. They’re playing at the Southland Musicians Club at 8pm. For tickets go to!  

Want to be in a study of physiotherapy treatment for people with knee osteoarthritis? The Opti-OK clinical trial is looking at the frequency of physiotherapy appointments for people with knee osteoarthritis. You’ll get free physiotherapy treatment, and attend testing sessions at the University of Otago Research Centre at Southland Hospital. For more information go to:,or call 0800 687 489 and mention the Opti-OK trial!

The Rotary Book Sale is coming up at the Civic Theatre from June 2nd-5th. More details to come!

COVID Information:

A COVID drive in testing & vaccination clinic is open thanks to Awarua Whanau Services, WellSouth & the Murihiku Māori Wardens at the Newfield Tavern car park off Regent St, Invercargill. Look out for the flag and drive on in! RAT tests are available for you and your household contacts. Testing & vaccination is available from 11-5 every day.

Nga Kete’s He Puna Waiora team are also doing walk in as well as appointment vaccinations on Tuesday & Wednesday from 10-3, and Thursday from 2-7pm at 74 Don Street!  Call (03) 214 52 61!

Medical Centre's all over Southland are doing testing & vaccinations for both registered & casual patients. You need to ring your local medical center first to organize pickup of these. Please do not just show up if you need tested – follow all instructions to keep their staff and patients safe! For a list of all 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 9am 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 Invercargill Railway Station building on Leven St in Invercargill. 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 in Orange. Masks are required in their offices and libraries. Travelling library options are also available. To find out when they are open where you are, and how they can help you, 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

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