Community News

Thursday June 24, 2021

Kia ora and welcome to Radio Southland's Community News!

In Bluff tonight, there’s St John Ambulance training from 6.30-8pm – new volunteers are always welcome – call Wyma on 027 268 55 13! Bluff Promotions also meet tonight at 7.30pm – at the Municipal Chambers at the Bluff Town Hall – call Gloria on 212 85 41!

You are warmly invited to the inaugural Traditional Pasifiki Games have a Go FUN Day on Saturday from 10-4 at the Badminton Hall on the Stadium Southland sports zone. Games from Aotearoa/ NZ, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati and Cook Islands will be showcased during the day. It kicks off with a welcome ceremony, Cook Island drumming and a Kava ceremony. For more info call Lisa on 021 055 66 74.

The Eastern Southland Arthritis Group meet at the Heartland Hotel in Gore on the 29th at 10am - enquiries to Robyn on 0274 969 149.  Anyone affected by any form of arthritis is most welcome!

The Great South Job Search 2021 returns to Gore on the 29th from 10-3 at the RSA Hall, and Invercargill at the Invercargill Public Library from 10-4 on the 1st and 10-2 on the 3rd. Southland employers are crying out for staff at the moment, and at the same time there are people looking for jobs. This event aims to match solutions. For more info visit!

The next ‘Thee Market’ at the Windsor Community Church on Windsor St is July 3rd! Head down between 10-1 for a browse through loads of stalls selling a variety of locally made wares. For more information and to add your stall call Robyn on 021 066 35 54!

Central Southland College presents Little Shop of Horrors in Winton from July 6-8th! It’s a horror comedy rock musical and performed by the incredibly talented cast – at the college hall, 174 McKenzie St in Winton. Get your tickets from the school office - $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and school students. Call 03 236 76 46 for more info!

Do you like to be scared? Imagine an "escape room" / "haunted house" experience. Yes, it is scary enough in the museum at night, but add Te Hikoi in Riverton’s live actors and plot, and they have the perfect recipe for a few screams. One night only on July 9th! Get your workmates or friends together and make a night of it! Approximately 30min duration, first session starts 5.30pm, last one 8.30pm. Tickets are $20 and available from the museum – call 03 234 82 60 or email! This is NOT suitable for children!

The Invercargill Musical Theatre are performing Les Misérables, the legendary musical from July 9-24th. For more info please visit the Musical Theatre’s Facebook page, or go to Ticketek for tickets!

Kidzone 2021 is on from the 14-19th July at the Southland Girls High School campus. It’s a festival jam-packed with hundreds of hands-on activities, rides and experiences for kids of all kinds - creators, constructors, computer whizzes, explorers and sports stars. For all of the details visit!

And a heads up that the Hokonui Fashion Awards are on the 23 & 24 July, at the Gore Town & Country Club. Designers from all over New Zealand enter their fabulous designs every year in different sections. Tickets go on sale today – get them from!


ParkRun Invercargill is on Saturdays at 8am - for all of the latest information go to their Facebook page!

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!


The Loss & Grief 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 Facebook message.

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. Call Age Concern Southland on 218 63 51, or visit And if you have concerns about the safety of a loved senior, please 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. The Southland District Council’s offices & libraries are also open around the region. To find out more about where they are & how they can help you, go to!

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. 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 Sts, and entry is a gold coin donation!

He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don & Kelvin Streets is open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday, 10-2 on Saturdays, and Sundays 11-3. This new 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 Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and weekends from 12.30-4.30. 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 open Fridays-Sundays from 1-5pm. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated. They’re at 68 Kana St. Have a visit and learn about the rich history and heritage of the town, including exhibits about the heyday of the Paper Mill and more!

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 here on our website!


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