What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

  • The Rotary Club of Gore has Pea Straw for sale at $10.00 per Bale, delivered in the Gore area. For orders, phone Graham on 208 5741. This is a Rotary Club of Gore Project, funds going back into local efforts and projects.


  • Mind Matters is a self-help group for those struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, anger, emotional pain, or lack of joy for life. The group meets every Friday between 10:30am and 11:30am at The Bunker in Mataura. For more information get in touch with group convenor Eleanor on 027 379 8442.


  • Mataura Community Garden is calling for volunteers. They usually help on Saturday mornings, but other time slots can be made available. Suits a wide range of people from teens to newly retired. For more information on being a volunteer at the garden call Matthew on 203 3068. 


  • Hospice Southland is looking for farmers to donate bobby calves for their next fundraiser. Farmers will raise the calf until it is weaned in late Nov/early Dec, they will then be picked up by Hospice Southland and sold at the Lorneville Sale Yards. Goal of 100 calves. For each calf farmers go in the draw to win a $2000 travel voucher. For more information and to express interest contact Hospice Southland on 03 211 3081.   


  • Northern Southland College is fundraising to buy five specially designed jackets for its clay target shooters. They are collecting old car, tractor and truck batteries and selling them to an Invercargill business. One of the college shooters, Samantha Middlemiss, is competing in a national championship in Sept. 


  • Gore Golf Course are hosting "Give Golf a Go" sessions on Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm at the course on Reaby Road. Ideal for those who have never played golf before or have not played for some time. Group lessons covering the basics. Just turn up, equipment supplied. Free of charge. 


  • For the first time, Gore Community Awards tickets are available online! In pre-sales, half of available seats have already gone. Get in quick for the event on FRI 3 NOV at Gore Town and Country Club, $45 each (tables of 10). Visit gorevisitorcentre.co.nz for more and to book. 


  • The Big River Talent Quest is on again at Rosebank Lodge SAT 21 OCT from 10.30am, and SUN 22 OCT from 9.00am. Entries close FRI 13 OCT, for info contact Lynn 034178357  /  0275798472. A great weekend of entertainment with food & raffles available. Entry for non competitors $ 5.00, children free.


  • The Willowbank Windmill Committee are hosting a Black Friday Quiz Night on FRI 13 OCT at the Gore Town and Country Club, doors open 6:30pm for 7:30pm start. Teams of 4, $5 per member. Light refreshments provided. Bar running, raffles and auctions on the night also. Register by emailing richardmcphail@slingshot.co.nz or find "Willowbank Windmill" on Facebook. 


  • South Otago Gun Club are hosting A K Campbell Memorial shoot SAT 14 OCT, 12.30pm start. Skeet and Down the Line events. Find them at Club grounds on Glasgow Street, Balclutha. 


  • A Quiz Night is on SAT 14 OCT at Grace Church in Gore (on Hamilton Street). Kicks off 6:30pm, $25 for a team of up to 6. Entertainment and snacks provided. Money raised will be divided, half will go to Ethan Kitto-Smith and family as he fights leukemia, and the other half with go to Leukemia and Blood Cancer NZ. Children welcome. Another quiz also being held SAT 21 OCT. Find the Facebook events under the names 'Quiz night #1' and 'Quiz night #2'. Please indicate 'Going' or 'Interested' on the event.


  • A free Mini BioBlitz Day is being held SAT 14 OCT, 10.00am-4.30pm, meet at Daffodil Bay, Sandy Point. A Mini BioBlitz is a scientific treasure hunt and a race against time. The goal is to count as many species (plants, lichens, insects, birds etc) during the event. We will have guided walks and experts on hand to help you identify your finds. You can record your finds on the iNaturalist app, but mobile reception can be difficult at Sandy Point so please download the app before you head on out. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing for the weather on the day (layers are always good as Southland weather can be changeable). Bring your own lunch and snacks, along with a water bottle and sunscreen. You will need a mobile phone (one per family will be fine). Find out more at www.es.govt.nz or give us a call on 0800 76 88 45. 


  • Gore SPCA are hosting a fundraising evening on SAT 14 OCT at the James Cumming Wing, starting 7pm. Park Lane Jewellery have put together a raffle pack valued over $1400, with half the proceeds from it going to the cause. Entry to the night a can of pet food. Help to get on top of the pending kitten season. 


  • Gore Model Engineering Club is hosting their annual fundraiser, this year to help tenpin bowler Ryan Shanks get to the Special Olympics in Wellington. Model train rides are being offered in Hamilton Park on SAT 14 OCT. Good luck Ryan at the games running Nov 27 - Dec 1. 


  • The Civic Theatre Invercargill will be open to the public from 10am-4pm on SUN 15 OCT to see what happens behind-the-scenes! The theatre complex is a multi-focused community-owned facility and the open day is also a chance to showcase the theatre and the function rooms.  The theatre’s Drawing Room will be set up as a mock conference room, while the Victoria Room will be decorated and prepared for a wedding. NZME’s photo booth will be set up for those who would like to take away a free photographic memory of their visit to the Civic Theatre Open Day. 


  • 2017 Southland Festival of Running is on SUN 15 OCT. 4 distance options - 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon. Finish at Velodrome. Sign up and find more at www.southlandfestivalofrunning.co.nz. 


  • Voting is now open for the 2017 Fonterra Board of Directors’ Elections, the Shareholders’ Councillor Elections in 10 wards, and six Annual Meeting resolutions. This year Shareholders have the opportunity to elect three Fonterra Directors. The three candidates are Independent Nomination process candidates Brent Goldsack, Andy Macfarlane and John Monaghan. Each candidate requires Shareholder support of over 50% of votes to be elected. Fonterra Shareholders have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the Director candidates at Ascot Park Hotel Invers on MON 16 OCT, 10:30am.  Shareholders can vote online, and via post in respect of both the Fonterra Elections and Annual Meeting resolutions until 10.30am on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. 


  • Former All Black and mental health spokesperson John Kirwan will speak in Lumsden at Northern Southland College on TUES 17 OCT. He will speak at two sessions, the evening session starting 5:30pm is open to the public. He will share his experience with mental illness. Session is free and will run for about an hour. 


  • Athletics Gore's opening night for the season is on TUES 17 OCT at Newman Park, 5:30pm. New members welcome. Phone Eleanor on 021 033 7887.


  • The America’s Cup is coming to Invercargill! Members of the public will have the opportunity to view the Cup on TUES 17 OCT at the Civic Theatre Victoria Room in exchange for a gold coin donation, to go to Bluff Yacht Club. The Cup is expected to arrive about 3pm, when there will be a few speeches before people have the opportunity to get a photo with the silverware. America’s Cup will only be in the city for about an hour, before it will be taken to Bluff for its next public showing at the Bluff Yacht Club on Foreshore Road from 5pm to 6.30pm.


  • Attain your St John First Aid Level 1 certificate in Riversdale Community Hall on WED 18 OCT. Ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic first aid or needs to update their first aid qualification. Minimum qualification requirement for a workplace first aider. Full day from 8:30am - 5:30pm. $100 cost. Get in touch with Southern REAP to register. 

    The course covers...
    • scene assessment & safety
    • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for babies, children & adults
    • AED familiarisation (automated external defibrillators)
    • Treating: Bleeding, Burns, Diabetic emergencies,
    • Fractures/dislocations, Soft tissue injuries, Asthma,
    • Seizures, Stroke, Chest Pain, Allergic reactions.


  • Farmlands Ladies Night is back WED 18 OCT at the Gore Town and Country Club. Annabel White is the guest with the theme "The Hostess with the Mostess". Tickets and more information from Farmlands Gore. 


  • 45 boats, including 8 from Southland, 3 from USA and one from Mexico, will compete in the World Jet Boat Marathon in the South. After coming from Canterbury, racing will be on Matukituku River (Wanaka) and Upper Clutha on FRI 20, Dart River (Glenorchy) on SAT 21 and Queenstown/Frankton on SUN 22 OCT. The marathon is held in NZ every 4yrs. 9 day series in total. The Southland competitors are Paul Cross and Dwayne Terry of Gore, Steven Shearing of Riverton, Roger Preston, Damien Pulley, Craig Plunkett and Ben Baxter of Winton, and Craig Robinson of Moa Flat. 


  • The Fiordland Arts Society are hosting a Multi Media Art Exhibition over Labour Weekend in the Real Journeys Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau. Opening Night: FRI 20 OCT from 7.30 – 9pm. Cost $15 per person, includes beverages and finger food. Tickets sold at the door. General admission: 10am – 5pm daily on SAT 21 and SUN 22. And from 10am – 3pm on MON 23. Cost: $4 per person. Children free. Featuring: the work of two special guest artists - Glenn Baty a metal sculptor from Clyde, and Jane Trotter an abstract photographer from Dunedin; plus the work of many other artists from Fiordland and wider Southland. Art on display and for sale: will include: paintings, metalwork, woodwork, jewellery, photography, ceramic, fibre, and much more. Contact Glenda on 03 249 8548 for more. Also find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Fiordland-Arts-Society


  • The owners of more than 170 Ford Mustangs are meeting in Invercargill for a national convention on FRI 20 - MON 23 OCT. The public will be able to view the cars at ILT Stadium Southland on SAT 21 OCT. 50 Southland-owned are registered, and one even travelling from Auckland. The convention last held in Invercargill in 2011 with 130 attending. 


  • The new Te Anau/Fiordland Sunday Market is back SUN 22 OCT at the Te Anau Club, 10am - 3pm. Selling sushi, pottery, plants, herbs, baking, jams, produce and more. Find them on Facebook. 


  • A Market Day is also being held SUN 22 OCT at Mossburn Senior Citizens RSA Hall on Devon Street, 10am-2pm. Honey Bee Keepers will have a virtual hive display. Also look out for packaged pre-cooked meals, fresh meat, eggs, preserves, and the now award winning (at NZ Food Awards last week) Gathered Game salami. Art for sale too. For more information or to book a stall call 248 6474. 


  • The Gore Multisports Complex is hosting a social volleyball league on Thursday nights starting THURS 26 OCT. Runs for 8 weeks. High school and adult teams welcome. Teams allowed as many reserves as wanted. $150 per team. Enrol a team now by emailing Dan at DWinkel@goredc.govt.nz. 


  • Art South Otago Awards Exhibition is kicking off with Opening Night on THURS 26 OCT at the Creative Arts Centre on Clyde Street, Balclutha. 7:30pm, entry $5. Guest artist/Judge is Rachel Hirabayashi from Cromwell. Also featuring the likes of local photographer Joanne McLeary, Potter Pam Clement from Gore and Kim Pitcher with Mosaics. General exhibition runs until 31 OCT, 10am-5pm daily. $2 at the door. 


  • Riversdale Plunket are hosting a fundraising Quiz Night on FRI 27 OCT at the Riversdale Community Centre, 7:30pm start. Teams of 4, $20 per team pre-register ($25 on the door). Bar and snacks available. Fundraising for local under 5's swimming lessons. For more or to register text Megan on 027 283 3758. 


  • Calvin Community Church are again hosting their alternative to Halloween, the Angels and Heroes party on TUES 31 OCT. Free fun for families with children up to school year 6. Two sessions - at 4:30pm or 6:30pm. Fun, games (including face painting and bouncy castle), food and prizes. Come dressed as a superhero or angel. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are free, but limited, so pick yours up before you miss out from Mana Bookstore or the Church itself on Robertson Street. 


  • Pukerau School are hosting their Enviro Fair on WED 1 NOV, raising funds for projects kids want to get stuck into around school. Those include planting in front of the school + admin building, planting a native area, waterblasting and restaining the gardens and more. Lots of items for sale including loom band bouncy balls, stress balls, bird feeders, bookmarks, seedlings, hazelnut products and more. 


  • Nominations for the 2017 Gore Youth Awards are now open. The fifth annual awards will be held at the SBS St James theatre, Gore, on Saturday 9 December. The Awards are this time open to youth aged 10 to 24 years old, living within the Gore and Districts health boundary. There are nine award categories, some in a junior category, for 10 to 16 year-olds, and the senior category is for 17 to 24 year-olds. Anyone can nominate a young person or a group for the awards. A simple one-page nomination form can be downloaded from the Gore District Council website or picked up at the Council’s main office, Mataura Service Centre, Gore Library and the Gore Multisports Complex. Nominations close 5.00pm FRI 3 NOV. 


  • Nicole Parry is hosting a fundraising Quiz Night and Showcase on SAT 4 NOV at the James Cumming Wing, from 7pm. Eruption Dance students will perform and Nicole will perform some of her original songs. Other guests include Jeremy Dundas and Stephen Dixon. Funds getting her to California for the World Championships of Performing Arts. Raffles on the night too. Teams of 4-5, $60 per team. For more or to register email nicole.parry@hotmail.co.nz. 


  • Gore Rhododendron Festival is on SUN 5 NOV in the Gore Gardens. This year from 11am-4pm. Come along for a great day out with the always popular plant, craft and food stalls, plus some new additions. Entertainment for the children including face painting and balloon animals, and displays and tea on offer in the St Andrews Church Hall. Live music on the day. For more call Bev on 208 4025. 


  • The Wyndham Racecourse will again be the venue for a fireworks display on FRI 10 NOV. This will be 6th running of the event. Postponement date is SAT 11 NOV, listen to Hokonui for the call. Entry $5 per adult and school-aged kid, younger tots free. Gates open 7pm, first band from 7:30pm. Fireworks anytime after 9:30pm. Food and drink onsite, no alcohol. Helped with the support of Wyndham Community Pool group and MLT. 


  • From Sensing Murder, Psychic Medium Deb Webber is coming to Gore for a live show at Heartland Hotel Croydon on THURS 23 NOV, 7:30pm. Tickets on sale now from www.debwebber.com.au. 
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