Community News

Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News - The Holiday Edition:

Local public services:

The Invercargill Public Library & Bluff Library are closed from Christmas Day until the 29th, and on the 1st & 2nd of January.

The Bluff Service Centre closes at 12pm on Christmas Eve, and reopens on Monday January 10th.

There will be no BusSmart bus services in Invercargill from Christmas Day to the 29th, when buses are running from 10.30-3pm until New Year’s Day. There will be no buses again until Wednesday January 5th, when normal bus services resume!

The Invercargill Civic Administration Building closes at 12pm on Christmas Eve, and reopens on Monday January 10th.

He Waka Tuia is closed on Christmas Day. They’re open on the 26th-28th from 11-2.30 each day, and the 29-31st from 10-5. From the 1st-4th they’re open from 11-2.30. Normal hours resume on the 5th!

Splash Palace is open every day except Christmas Day, with different hours and various services available – for the full rundown visit their Facebook page!

There are no changes to rubbish collection services this year, because public holidays are on the weekends this year. To check when you should put your rubbish out and where to go to dispose of rubbish, visit!

The Southland District Council’s offices around the region close on the 24th at noon, and most re-open on January 10th – with some libraries opening earlier. For the details in your area, visit the council’s website – Waste stations will remain open every day except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. For more information, visit!

The Gore District Council’s main office is closed from midday on the 22nd, and reopens on January 10th. The Library closes on the 24th at noon, and reopens on January 5th. The Mataura Service Centre & Library close on the 22nd at midday, until the 10th. The Aquatic & Events Centres are closed on public holidays. The Eastern Southland Gallery is closed on Christmas, Boxing & New Year’s Days. The council do have staff on call for emergencies – you can call 03 209 03 30!

Need help?:

If you are a teenager struggling these holidays, Youthline are available - phone 0800 376 633, free txt 234 or email

1737 is a need to talk service available to anyone. You can text 1737, or call free on 0800 1737 1737.

Nga Kete on Spey St’s health services are open except for on public holidays. You can call them on 0800 925 242 or 214 52 60.

Women's Refuge are available at 0800 REFUGE or the Invercargill Crisis line – 218 97 90. The 0800 Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450) provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. You can also visit if you are worried about yourself or a loved one’s safety.

If you’re worried about a child’s safety you can phone Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY for some ideas about what to do. You don't need to give your name.

The Loss & Grief Centre is closed, and re-opens at 1pm in their new offices at 17 The Crescent on January 14th, with Monday, Wednesday & Friday drop-ins available. Gore re-opens in early February. For more information, visit their Facebook page or email

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 & Dyslexia Support Southland are closed now, and will reopen on January 17th.

Jubilee Budget Advisory Services are closing on the 24th, and re-opening on January 10th. If you need urgent financial assistance during this time, please contact Work & Income.

The Southland Community Law Centre is closed from December 23rd until January 10th. For general legal information in the meantime, you can visit for information on lots of different situations and circumstances.


Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton is open every day from 10-4 except for Christmas Day – 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.  And bonus – between Boxing Day and Jan 2nd, they’re open every day from 1.30-4.30pm! It’s at 61 Foster Rd Thornbury. Usually it’s 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 – except for Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. 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 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!

The Awarua Communications Museum is closed on Boxing Day, but otherwise open as usual 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 – except for public holidays. 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 Southern Farmers Market are holding an evening Twilight Market on December 23rd, instead of opening on Boxing Day. It otherwise continues as usual from 9.30-1.30 on Sundays!

If you’re a community organisation or are hosting an event from February 2022 – do get in touch - email, or go to the contact us form on our website, and we'll be in touch with you from January 17, 2022. Ka kite anō!


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