Community News

Friday April 9 2021

Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News!

Are you curious about what is happening inside the pyramid? Would you like to see how the museum team cares for Southland’s heritage collections? Join Museum Manager Wayne Marriott tomorrow for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. The tour times are 10, 12 & 2, starting at the old pyramid entrance and lasting about an hour. Spaces are limited. Contact or phone 211 84 08 to register!

Are you aged 65+ and are keen to get more active? The Invercargill City Library is hosting a new class for seniors – Live Stronger For Longer! It’s full of exercises that aim to improve strength and balance while reducing falls.  Don’t worry about keeping up – although these classes may make you breathe a little harder, they won’t involve any exercises that could do you harm. Starting on Tuesday 13th at 10.30am, join up each week for an hour of directed exercises, before winding down with a cuppa and a good yarn! Give the library a call on (03) 211 1444 for more information!

Traditional Irish music duo Ren and Rob are coming to Invercargill on Tuesday 13th, 7.30pm at the Highland Pipe Band Hall. Tickets are $20 and it’s cash door sales only!

The NZ Army Band have re-scheduled their concert in Invercargill for the 14th! It’s at the Civic Theatre at 7pm. This promises to be memorable evening of big band, classical and brass band music, featuring world-class vocal and instrumental soloists. Get your tickets from Ticketek!

South Alive’s next Free Yoga session is on the 15th at 133 Grace St. Suitable for beginners, this 1 hour session from 9.30-10.30am is brought to you by Jo from South Star Yoga. For more info call South Alive on 03 218 68 82!

The Winton Croquet Club have their AGM on the 15th, 1pm at their clubrooms. For more info call Barbara on 021 620 022!

The next Winton Community Market is on at the church at 11 Meldrum St on Saturday 17th. Head down and see the fantastic array of items on offer from their amazing selection of stallholders!  It’s a family, baby and disability accessible venue, so everyone can enjoy! For more info call Junell on 03 236 97 92!

The new hydroslides at Splash Palace open on Monday 19 April – just in time for the school holidays! The official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is at 9am, with sliding starting from 10am! To ensure fairness to all, they are taking 60% off the price and placing a 2 hour limit on slide passes during the two weeks of the school holidays. Find out more at!

Get into some school holiday fun at Kidzart, Southland Education’s community opportunity! There’s heaps of classes to choose from for kids aged 5 and up, from the 19-22nd of April. From felting to puppets to cake decorating, there’s something for every kid. Go to and click on ‘Childrens’ to register!

Arts Murihiku is calling for artists & arts organisations be part of the new AMplify Art Expo at Ascot Park Hotel on Saturday 8 May. All art forms will be represented, and it’s free to take part. There will be exhibition space and an opportunity to sell work, and a performance space for musicians & dancers. There’s also performances and talks by guest artists, and organisations can book a display stand to promote what they do & interest potential members. For more info visit or email Registrations close on the 20th!

Meremere is a powerful, engaging work from an exceptional & acclaimed dancer, Rodney Bell. It’s a survival story that focuses on Rodney’s – who is a wheelchair user - time living rough on the streets of San Francisco. The show is on the 20th, 7pm at Repertory House in Invercargill. For tickets, visit EventFinda!

Entries for the Bluff Oyster Fringe Festival Fashion Show are now open. The show is during the busy Oyster Festival season, on the 20th & 23rd of May. Entries close on 3rd May! It’s a nautical theme, with a $10 fee per entry - forms are available by emailing There’s categories for everyone from adults to primary school kids - so don’t delay, email Monica and get your craft on!


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 Sts is open from 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-4pm on weekends. 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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