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Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News! Updated 26/02/24

In Bluff today there’s a senior citizen’s cards day at the Senior Citizens’ Centre from 1pm – for more information call Catherine Culling on 212 8138; the Alpha Omera Weight Loss Group meets in the Plamer Street Church Hall from 6pm – for more, call Fran on 212 8626; there’s Zumba in the Bluff Town Hall at 6.30pm and if you need to know more, call Kylie on 0274 28-00-56; on Wednesday the Motupohoe St John Youth Division meet from 6.30 until 8pm at the St John Hall, Leet Street. It’s for 8 to 18 year-olds and spaces are always available – for more, call Terina Simeon on 021 172 9093; Bluff Promotions will be hosting its monthly meeting on February 29th at the Municipal Chambers in the Bluff Town Hall starting at 7:30 PM. For inquiries, please contact Gloria Henderson at 212 8541.

Join Nga Kete Matauranga Charitable Trust for the Marae Experience tailored for the Disability Community. Experience a traditional mihi whakatau. The final event in this series will take place this Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Te Tomairangi Marae (54 Eye Street, Invercargill). Reserve your spot by either calling 0800 925 242 or emailing

Southland Heritage Month is set to take place from March 1st to March 31st. There’s a diverse range of events including special korero, exhibitions, workshops, open days, tours, and other quirky happenings. From historical enthusiasts to curious explorers, there's something for everyone to enjoy and learn about our rich heritage. Stay updated on events by visiting the Heritage South Facebook page.

The Southland A&P Show is at Donovan Park this weekend. It kicks off with a Friday Night Market from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, followed by the Show Day on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is $15 for adults, and children enter for free. Enjoy livestock competitions, entertainment, stall holders, a food court, and more. For more information, contact 027 289-6388 or email

Children's Day is being celebrated at Elizabeth Park (166 John Street, South Invercargill) this Sunday from midday until 3:00 PM. It’s a fantastic FREE community event offering fun activities for the whole family! You can enjoy bouncy castles, food trucks, face painting, and bubbles. Additionally, several fantastic organisations will be present, including Youthline Southland hosting rock painting, Invercargill Library offering story time and games, NZ Fire and Emergency with their truck and an obstacle course, NZ Parkour providing gear for trying out some parkour moves, The Y bringing their activity trailer, South Alive setting up a scavenger hunt.



Enabling Good Lives Forums will be held in Invercargill on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 12th, 2024, at Club Southland on Leet Street. You can choose session times from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Monday, and 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Tuesday. These forums are open to disabled individuals, their family/whānau, support persons/caregivers, disability support service providers, and anyone interested in enhancing the lives of disabled people. Light refreshments will be served. To register, please contact Natalie on 022 0650 912 or email

The Southland Multicultural Food Festival will be held on Saturday, March 16th. It’ll be a journey through the diverse flavours, sights, and sounds of Southland's multicultural cuisine. Renowned as one of the region's most vibrant days of the year, attendees can expect their senses to go into overload as international flavours from every continent tempt them to try new culinary delights. Don't miss out on this epic celebration of multiculturalism and gastronomy! For more information, visit the event website at

Repertory Invercargill is staging the comedy “The Pink Hammer” from March 20th to 24th at Repertory House, corner of Esk & Jed Streets. It’s a hilarious comedy about unlikely friendships and empowerment with power tools. When four women sign up for a carpentry workshop and their tutor disappears, they convince one disgruntled husband, Woody, to run the course. Chaos ensues in Woody's man cave as they navigate tools and relationships. Tickets at

The Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival is on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th. Celebrating Southland's international reputation as a region of home organic growers. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and celebrate the region's rich agricultural heritage! For more information, visit the event website at

Don't miss the Creedence Clearwater Collective event on March 23rd at 7:30 PM, held at the Invercargill Civic Theatre. Tickets range from $50.00 for children to $71.00 for adults. Experience the iconic music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, from their debut in 1968 to their last album in 1972. For tickets, contact 03 211 1777 or email

Age Concern are on the lookout for some amazing individuals like you! They need volunteer visitors to spread a little joy to our older friends who might be feeling a bit isolated. Imagine a cozy home visit, a stroll together, maybe sharing a cuppa or just chatting. If you've got a spare hour each week, you could make a world of difference to someone in need of a bit of company. So, if you're up for lending an ear and some good company, Age Concern would love to hear from you! Reach out to Chris at Age Concern by dialling 2186351.

On weekdays in Bluff, there are Te Rourou sessions from 8.30 to 5 pm where everyone’s welcome to come along and relax with a cuppa and enjoy a safe, secure environment for your little ones. For more information, please call 212 8866.

Every second Thursday of the month, the Art Attic Gallery hosts a Poetry Night that kicks off at 7 pm. And the best part? It's completely free to enter, plus they'll even throw in some tasty nibbles and drinks. You can find The Art Attic Gallery at 43 Tay Street in Invercargill.

Get ready for a fantastic monthly music night hosted by the Lower Mataura Valley. It all goes down on the second Wednesday of each month, kicking off at 7:30 pm sharp, right at the Mataura RSA. For just $5, you're in for a night of great tunes and even better company. And here's a little extra encouragement: feel free to bring along a plate of your favourite snacks to share with fellow music lovers!

If you've got a bit of free time and a fantastic reading voice, the telephone information service for the blind is looking for folks who can help with daily or weekly readings from the newspaper, and you can do it right from the comfort of your own home! Interested? Get in touch with the Blind Foundation at 218-3927.

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

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 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 to Friday 10am-4pm. 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 & Sundays 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 $5, 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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