Community News

Kia Ora – welcome to Radio Southland’s Community News! Updated 01/08/2022

“Luminance” is an exhibition of photographs by Adrienne Martyn connected to the old Campbells Photography here in Invercargill. The Exhibition is at the Art Attic Gallery – 43 Tay Street, running from Thursday 4th of August until August 28th. The Gallery is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. Theres also a floor talk at 2pm this Saturday (August 6th)!

Invercargill Symphonia presents Winter Concert at St Mary’s Basilica on the 21st of August starting at 3pm! Tickets are available at the door with $12 for adults, $7 for seniors/students – payments are cash only!

Hokonui Culture Feast is on the 6th of October starting at 5:30pm! Indulge your senses as they celebrate international music, food, and performances! Located at the Gore Town & Country Club – 4 Bury Street – don’t miss out! Please email for more info.

8th-9th of October, head down to Southland Indoor Bowls Centre on Oslow Street for the ‘Crafters at Latitude 46’ craft market! Free admission and open from 10am-4pm.

The Great Little Train Show is coming to the SSME Club Grounds & Badminton Halls Surrey Park, Invercargill on Labour Weekend. Model and hobby display featuring planes, boats, trains, buggies as well as retailers! Admission fees are $2 for children, $8 for adults and a family pass – 2 adults and up to three children - is $15. Eftpos Available!

Save the date! Gore country music club is celebrating their 50th anniversary this labour weekend, 21st-24th of October 2022 with an action-packed weekend of music and memories.

World of Musicals in Concert is gracing our stages, December 15th at the Invercargill Civic Theatre! They’re bringing the best of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’ to ‘ We Will Rock You’, ‘Sister Act 2’ and many more! The World of Musicals Delivers a stirring musical concert theatre experience that will leave you spellbound! Purchase your tickets now at!

Got time to spare and a good reading voice?  The telephone information service for the blind needs people for daily or weekly readings from the newspaper, done from the comfort of your home.  Contact the Blind Foundation 03-218-3927

The COVID drive-in testing & vaccination clinic is at the Newfield Tavern car park off Regent St in Invercargill. Look out for the flag and drive on in! They’re open from 11-5 every day! For a list of all of the COVID-19 testing & vaccination sites around Southland, call 0800 847 87 19 or go to!

There is help available for anyone who needs extra support to self-isolate, regardless of your residency status. If you need support, but don’t meet the usual criteria, you will be referred to a community connector to access the support you need. Call 0800 512 337 8am - 8pm 7 days, a week or visit

And now a run-down of regular events and services in our province:


Invercargill Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km event held every Saturday from 9am at Queens Park. Meet at the Cricket Pavilion carpark and walk, jog, run or volunteer - everyone is welcome. Head to their Facebook page for all of the details!

On Sundays from 9.30-1.30 the Southern Farmers Market is open at the Invercargill Railway Station building on Leven St in Invercargill. 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’s Invercargill drop-in 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 message. The Centre also provides services in Winton, Gore, Mataura & Te Anau. Visit their website – for more information.

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 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 from Age Concern. Meals are available to pick up, and exercise classes are on. You are welcome to make an appointment to talk to someone, please wear a mask when you come in. They can also come to visit you. You can call them on 218 63 51, or visit If you have concerns about a senior’s safety, 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 get advice over the phone, or 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 9-6 weekdays, and 10-4 on weekends. The Bluff Library is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturdays from 10-1. The Archives in Invercargill are open – but please call ahead to book in on 03 211 15 73. Please return all books through the slots. MyBookBag is still available for free contactless book delivery – go to!

Southland District Council area offices and libraries are open in Orange. Masks are required in their offices and libraries. Travelling library options are also available. To find out when they are open where you are, and how they can help you, go to and click on ‘Libraries’ – or call them on 0800 732 542!

Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton is open every day from 10-4 – 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. It’s at 61 Foster Rd Thornbury, and its 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. 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!

He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don & Kelvin Streets is open from 10-5 Monday-Friday and 11-2.30 on weekends. This 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 from Monday-Friday from 10-4.30, and 12.30-4.30 on weekends. 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 Eastern Southland Gallery is open from 10-4.30 on weekdays, and 1-4pm on weekends! For more information on the gallery and current exhibitions, visit

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