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Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News for Rātū - Wednesday December 1!


In Motūpohue/Bluff this week, it’s Card Day at the Senior Citizen’s Centre tomorrow at 1pm – ring Catherine on 212 81 38 for more info. And on Saturday, the Southland Mountainbike Club have the Motūpohue Enduro Series 3! Go to their Facebook page for all the info!

Around Murihiku/Southland, a second Farmgate Vaccination Tour this week is again all about making the COVID-19 vaccination as accessible as possible to Southland’s smaller communities. Taking time off on a farm isn’t easy – so they’re coming to you! For the full list of locations, go to!

In Waihopai/Invercargill this weekend, the next Thee Market at the Windsor Community Church on Windsor St is on Saturday from 10-1! Featuring a wide variety of stalls including plants, crafts, upcycled furniture and more, it’s great fun on your Saturday morning!

The Ata Whenua/Fiordland Sunday Market is on Sunday from 10-2 at the Te Anau Club. This monthly market offers a huge variety of stalls – including plants, baking & preserves, clothes, toys, raw foods and more! For more info or to add your stall, contact Merle on 021 158 66 86!

The Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club are holding a Family Adventure Race on Sunday from 1-4pm at Otatara’s Sandy Point. It’s a family orientated event, suitable for all abilities. You'll navigate yourself around using a map while finding clues on the way. The team with the most correct answers in the least amount of time will be the winner. For all of the info on what to bring and what to do, visit!

The Christmas Lights Trail brings the joy of Christmas to the streets of Invercargill every year. This year, a list of addresses will be available from the 9th from most media outlets. The best views are between 10pm and midnight – you can drive around and have a look until Christmas Eve!

The Pantry are hosting their next Village Market on December 11th from 9.30-12.30. New and second hand goods are available. If you’d like to join in with your own sales table, give them a call on 03 214 52 00 or visit!

South Alive’s next Crop Swap and Craft Swap session are also on December 11th – the Crop Swap is at 10am - bring along your seedlings, plants, veges and other home-made produce (with labels please) to swap with each other. The Craft Swap is at 11am – bring along your unwanted fabric, haberdashery, yarn, paints and other goodies to swap for what you need. For more information on how this works, visit South Alive’s event tab on their Facebook page, or give them a call on 218 68 82!

Want to try out the new Oreti Totara Dunes Reserve Walk? On Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm, gather at 344 Oreti Road in Otatara ‘s car park. You’ll enjoy a family orientated, child friendly walk. There’s no need to book, just turn up! Enquiries to Barry, at

Winton’s next Community Market is at the church complex on Meldrum St on December 18th from 10-1. Enjoy browsing a wide variety of stalls in this disability, baby & family friendly venue! For more info or to add your stall, call Junell on 03 236 97 92!

72 Holes. 1 Day. Take on the Longest Day golf challenge - a golfing endurance event that will test your skill and stamina. The challenge is to successfully complete four rounds of golf - that’s 72 holes - in one day to raise funds for the Cancer Society. You choose the day, the course, and the team - or play solo if you prefer. The longest day of the year is Wednesday 22 December, but you can play any day in December or January that suits you. For more info visit!

Some cancellations now: The Southland A&P Show, and Crank Up Day, have both been cancelled for 2022 due to COVID uncertainty. The Menzies College Reunion in February 2022 has been postponed. Refunds will be given to those who have registered already. Contact Julie on 027 445 47 19.


ParkRun Invercargill is not meeting for organised runs until Level 1. But they are holding plenty of online competitions against each other – so 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 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! Please follow all of the Level 2 instructions from staff!


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. Meals are available to pick up, and exercise classes have restarted. You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to someone, please wear a mask and social distance 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 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. There are some special rules in Level 2 at these libraries. There is a half hour time limit on computer & newspaper use. The Archives are open – but please call ahead to book in on 03 211 15 73. Please return all books through the slots. No clubs and programs are running. MyBookBag is available for free contactless book delivery – go to!

The Southland District Council’s libraries are open around the region, with limited hours & services available. No public computers are available to use. The Book Bus is back on the road – but it is contactless only – staff will serve you at the door. Call and collect and home delivery services are available. To find out more about when they are open and how they can help you, go to and click on ‘Libraries’ – or call them on 0800 732 542! They have lots of online library services to help you in Level 2 as well.

Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton have just reopened their information centre, retail section and most of their displays. It’s 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 in Level 2. 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 Streets, and entry is a gold coin donation!

He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don & Kelvin Streets is open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-4pm 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 in Level 2. 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 in Level 2 from Monday-Friday from 10-3.30. 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 its $1 for children. Please wear a mask, scan in, and follow all instructions from your guides.

The Mataura Museum is closed, and will re-open in Level 1.

The Eastern Southland Gallery is open in Level 2 from 10-4.30 on weekdays, and 1-4pm on weekends! Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and scan or sign in! 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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