Community News

Community Notices for April 29, 2019
Kia ora – here’s Radio Southland’s news for Rahina, Monday the 29th:
  • In Bluff tonight, the Alpha Omega Weight Loss Group meet at 6pm at the church hall in Palmer St – interested? Call Fran on 212 86 26. And tomorrow night Bluff Promotions have their monthly meeting at the St John Hall in Lee St at 7.30pm – call Astrid on 212 7003!
  • Looking for the job you need or really want? The Southland Pop Up Job Shop is back for 2019! This event connects Southland job-seekers with employment advice and opportunities. They’ll be in Gore tomorrow from 10-4 at the St James Theatre foyer, and in Invercargill from the 1-3rd of May from 10-4 & the 4th from 10-2 at 66 Don St!
  • Invercargill Plunket have a bunch of new parenting courses starting in May. We all love to be better equipped as new parents, and they love to help! There are courses for all age stages – 0-6 months and 6-12 months starting on Wednesday, and the Toolbox for Babies & Toddlers course – which covers 0-4 year olds, starts on the 13th. Visit their Facebook page for more information and to register!
  • The Southland Astronomical Society’s new observatory spot at the old Oreti Sands Golf Course at Sandy Point is open from 7-9pm on Wednesdays, with viewings and talks on astronomy in the deep south. It’s a gold coin donation and all are welcome!
  • On Friday the Southland Community Nursery are holding an Apple Pressing Workshop from 1-4pm. To find out more go to!
  • May the 4th be with you – Free Comic Book Day is on at the Invercargill City Library on May 4th from 10-12.30. With 1000 comics to give away, there’s dozens to choose from including Avengers, Spiderman, Minecraft, Disney and so much more, with competitions and prizes too while you’re there. You will get a comic book for coming along, and another with a non-perishable food donation for the food bank – or dress up as your favourite character. Enjoy!
  • Southland Indoor Bowls invite you to come down to 50 Onslow Street on Sunday 12 May from 10-2 for their open day. Take the opportunity to see what indoor bowls is all about and have a go!
  • Southland Literacy Association presents ‘Celebrating Story’ with Mona Williams. From folk legends to her own colourful life experiences, the Guyana-born performer believes stories have the power to cross borders by sharing universal truths about the human condition. There’s a concert for adults on Friday 10th, 7.30pm, a family concert on the 11th at 11am, and a meet and greet on Wednesday 15th at 7.30pm. Go to for more information!
  • Showquest Invercargill is at the Civic Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday 14th. Showquest is a new performing arts platform for schools, enabling students from year 1-13 to showcase music, drama and dance. A team of students from each participating school have created and produced an original theatrical production and they are now ready to perform it to an amazing audience in a mini-spectacular! Tickets are available from TicketDirect!
  • Chamber Music NZ present the Brodsky Quartet on Thursday 16th at 7.30pm. They are performing in the Victoria Room in the Civic Theatre. Go to TicketDirect to get your tickets to see this world-renowned quartet now!
(On-going notices – general)
  • The Loss and Grief Centre at 49 Tay St is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-5, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-1. They offer the chance to talk about any grief or loss that you’re experiencing, hold group support meetings for different types of losses, and can help with resources & referrals to other organisations. It’s a free community service, but your koha is welcome.
  • The Invercargill & Districts Budget Advisory Service offers free and confidential budgeting advice to individuals & whanau living in Murihiku. They offer home-based and office visits with their friendly advisors. Their office in Community House on Kelvin St is open Monday-Friday from 9-2, or you can call them on 0800 366 387 to make an appointment.
  • Dyslexia Support Southland offers support to children, their caregivers & adults who live with a learning difference. If you are worried about your child, or if you’re an adult wondering why you struggle with reading, writing or numbers, and need support, give them a call on 021 124 75 38, or go to for information and what’s available in Southland to help!
  • Age Concern Southland in Forth St offer support, advocacy, information, a visiting service, social activities, meals and more to the older members of our community. Their aim is help you maintain a great quality of life as you age. If you’d like to find out more about what they provide, do give them a call on 218 63 51!
  • If you’re over 16, you can get a free hearing test at the Hearing Southland rooms, provided by a qualified hearing therapist. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Hearing Southland on 214-91-54, or call into their rooms at 126 Leet St between 9-4pm on weekdays.
  • The Southland Community Law Centre at 100 Spey St provides free legal services, and they run outreach clinics in towns around the province. They also work alongside the Ngai Tahu Law Centre. You can contact them toll free on 0800 55 0800.
  • The Southern Farmers Market aims to provide shoppers with access to the best local products and seasonal produce. There’s also a great selection of different ethnic foods available and many people are making this the place to go for their Sunday lunch treat. It’s on every Sunday from 9.30 to 1 at the Masonic Lodge on Forth St.
  • The Oyster Allsorts Museum in Bluff is open every day from 9-5pm at 72 Gore St. Featuring a café, cinema and museum, this is a great place to grab a coffee and learn more about Bluff’s history!
  • 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 its $1 for children.
  • The Awarua Communications Museum at 1276 Bluff Rd 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 Southland Fire Museum on the corner of Jed & Spey Sts features 5 fire engines dating from 1940 onwards, and equipment and memorabilia used around Southland. It offers a visual & hands on experience for young and old. It’s open every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11-4, and it has a gold coin entry.
  • 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 it’s open Sundays from 1.30-4.30pm. Entry is $5.
  • Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton features authentic life size displays, adventurous characters and 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 Mataura Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm at 68 Kana St. It showcases the Paper Mill and Freezing Works and uses touch screens to bring Mataura’s rich social and industrial heritage to life. Admission is free, but your donations are welcomed.
  • The Hokonui Moonshine Museum in Gore celebrates their colourful history of illicit whiskey making & consumption. By recreating the scenes from old with static displays, audio, visuals and artefacts, it showcases the background of the prohibition era. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8.30-4.30, Saturdays 9.30-3.30pm and Sundays 1-3.30pm. It’s $5 for adults and children are free.
(Arts and culture)
  • ‘Soled Out’ is an exhibition of a wide collection of limited edition sneakers, street-wear and accessories owned by Invercargill collector Kevin Downie – view it at Classic Motorcycle Mecca in Tay St between 9-5 daily – admission is free.
  • The Otautau Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5. They’re at 110 Main St, have a stunning collection of arts & crafts and they’re part of the Western Southland Arts Trail. Check out their Facebook page or phone 225-86-38 for more information.
  • And for the knowledge hungry – the Invercargill Library is open Monday-Friday from 9-7, and Saturdays & Sundays from 10-4. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Thursday 1-5, Fridays 12-4, and Saturdays from 10-1.

Our community news is a free service, so if you’d like to use it then please get in touch. You can phone us on 218-98-91, write us at PO Box 1 Invercargill, or email us at That’s Radio Southland’s news for Monday. Nga mihi atu!


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