Community News

(Updated 1 July 2020)

Kia ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s latest Community Notices!

Are you involved in a community organisation that needs promotion of your new service hours? Are you organising a local event? Our community notices are here for you – and it’s a free service! Please get in touch - give us a call on 03 2189891, email, or go to the contact us form on our website!

In upcoming events:

On Thursday 2nd it’s Bluff St John Ambulance Training Night from 6.30-8pm – new volunteers are always welcome – call Wyma - 027 268 55 13!

Ren and Rob are performing live at the City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band Hall on Thursday 2nd at 7.30pm – enjoy a night of lively reels, highlands, jigs, haunting slow airs and original compositions played on the fiddle, guitar, wooden flute and whistles. Door sales are $20!

The Southland Stamp Club have their first post-lockdown meeting on Thursday at 8pm. It’s held at the Age Concern rooms on the cnr of Nith & Forth Sts. All welcome – for more information email or call 03 249 72 59.

‘Thee Market’ is back – it’s at the Windsor Community Church on Windsor St from 10-1 on Saturday – there’s new stalls coming on board – so head down with the family & support small local business!

Central Southland Presbyterian Parish are holding a school holiday program in Winton from the 6-17th July. It’s from 9-3 each day for 5-12 year olds, and it’s $10 per child per day. To book email!

Stadium Southland is running a school holiday programme for the July holidays, from 9-3 Monday-Friday. It’s $45 per day or $120 for 3 days, and includes a range of different activities including clip n climb, court games, arts and crafts and team building. You can register via their website -

Also at the Stadium, Love Local Weekend is on the 11th &12th from 10-4 each day. A huge range of local businesses will be showing off their products – Creation Signs will be there wrapping a car, there’s soap makers, lots of different clothing, salami, you name it – it’s coming! And it’s free entry.

Plunket Invercargill are hosting an infant CPR class on Tuesday 14th from 7-9pm at their rooms on Kelvin St – and it’s free! Learn how to do infant CPR, and deal with choking, poisoning and meningitis. Call Judy to register – 027 224 8296 or email!

Are you part of a community organisation, on a board, or looking to join a committee and are unsure of what's involved? Head along to a FREE and informative workshop hosted by the Southland Community Law Centre’s Denise and DIA’s Juanita on good governance. It’s on the 15th, from 7-9pm, at Community Trust South’s boardroom, 62 Don St. Please register by emailing or calling 03 218 07 03!

Now some updates on community activities & organisations:

The Waikiwi Music Club have restarted their practice nights, shifting to Mondays at 7pm. Join the club and hang out with fellow musos – it’s at the Waikiwi Rugby Club on Bainfield Rd!

The Southland Astronomical Society have resumed their observatory sessions at the old Oreti Sands golf course at Sandy Point, on Wednesdays from 7pm.  Check their Facebook page for more information!

ParkRun Invercargill are holding a restart event on Saturday, and have decided to make it a special one, celebrating their adopted Parkrun country, South Africa. For all of the details go to the Invercargill ParkRun Facebook page!

The Southern Farmers Market have temporarily relocated to the Scottish Hall – 112 Esk St – it’s on between 9.30-1.30 on Sundays! Enjoy fresh local produce and a great lunch out!

The Loss & Grief Centre’s drop in service at 49 Tay St is partly open – Mondays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 9-1, and Fridays 1-5pm. Their Emotional Wellbeing Phone Call Service is available to all those who need a listening ear. Call or text 027 443 87 88, email,  or send them a Facebook message. Support groups start meeting again in July – go to their Facebook page for more information!

Dyslexia Support Southland are available to help if you or your child has a learning difference and needs some support – call or text them on 027 201 69 51, or email Chris at

The Hearing Association & associated clinics are back up and running, but make appointments by phone please rather than popping in - 03 214 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 !

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 is running by appointment-only - and encourage you to call 0800 55 0800 or email first to see what they can do to help. Their hours are from 9-4 Monday-Thursday and 9-12:30 on Fridays. There are no evening clinics at the moment, but volunteer solicitors and immigration advisors are still operating off site. Outreach services to Gore and Fiordland have also started again.

The Southland Community Nursery is open to volunteers from this Friday from 10-12 – sharing food, lockdown stories, recipes, and veggie gardening tips & tricks. They’re looking forward to seeing everyone again – more details at

An update on council services, museums & galleries around the region:

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 are also back to their normal services. Offices and libraries around the district are open, and the Book Bus is back on the road. For full information on how they can help you, visit or give them a call on 0800 732 732!

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.

The Southland Fire Museum is now open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 11-3, and can open for groups if you want to book in – call Les on 027 254 6464. It’s on the corner of Jed and Spey Sts, and entry is a gold coin donation!

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. 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 closed until July 31st.  The Eastern Southland Gallery is closed for earthquake strengthening, and the Hokonui Moonshine Museum is closed for a refurbishment.

We look forward to bringing you more information on community organisations & events as they organise themselves. That’s Radio Southland’s Community News for now. A podcast of this news is available from our website - !


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