What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

  • Balclutha Pipe Band is hosting their Centennial Celebrations the weekend 26-27 OCT 2019. They're putting the call out for expressions of interest. If you would like to be a part of the celebrations get in touch with Jamie on 03 418 4442 or email [email protected] 


  • Massey University is inviting you to take part in an important study examining occupational exposures and workplace practices in selected occupational groups in the New Zealand workforce. They are doing the survey to learn more about work practices and exposures in selected groups from a range of different industries so that effective interventions may be developed to prevent work-related disease and injury. They are after workers aged between 20 and 64 years from seven occupational groups to take part in a confidential telephone interview. The groups are: a) agricultural workers who apply pesticides; b) collision repair workers; c) construction workers, d) sawmill workers; e) hospitality workers; f) clerical workers; and g) nurses. The telephone interview will take about 30 to 45 minutes, to take place at a time suitable for you. For further information or to discuss any queries that you may have about the study, please contact the research team on 0800 990 053, or email: Jean Feary Mckenzie at [email protected] 


  • West Otago "A Taste of Art" exhibition runs until TUES 19 MAR. Guest Artist: Mark Cowden. Open daily 10am-4pm from Sat 16th. $5 entry at the West Otago Community Centre. View the silent auction of over 20 circular art pieces painted by well known artists including Hope Gibbons, Bridget Paape , Debbie Smith, Catherine Garrett, John Toomer, Julie Duncan and more. All auction proceeds to Child Cancer Foundation. 


  • Unraveling the Adolescent Brain is on TUES 19 MAR at the Mataura Community Centre, 7pm-8:30pm. Gain an understanding on brain changes and behaviours we observe as a child transitions through adolescence to an adult. All parents, caregivers, educators and teachers welcome. Discover the impact of technology on teens, understand how alcohol and drugs affect the brain, lean why teens sleep patterns change and how decisions are made differently when peers are involved. You must register, please call Southern REAP on 0800 111 117 or email [email protected] 


  • Eastern Southland Chamber of Commerce Business House Golf Tournament is on FRI 22 MAR at Gore Golf Course, tee off between 12:30-1:30pm. 4 person Ambrose. Social and experienced golfers welcome. Chamber members $50. For more and to register call Julian on 027 228 4352. 


  • Clutha District Youth Council is hosting a Methamphetamine Awareness Campaign, kicking off with an event SAT 23 MAR. This campaign is to raise awareness of the drug's effects on all members of our community. This is the culmination of almost a year's hard work and planning by our Youth Council, and they're asking the community to step out on March 23 and show their support. A free event, everyone is invited to take part, from people affected directly by the drug, to people worried about its growing effects on their community. The most important thing you can do is show up, and show you care enough to take this first united step. Starting 12-noon: meet at the Balclutha Memorial Hall to march to the Cross Recreation Centre, Glasgow Street, Balclutha. In the Cross Centre from 1pm onwards there will be speakers and activities. Special guest Pat Buckley of Amped4Life, an organisation working to make a proactive contribution to our communities fight against drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. For more than 15 years they have supported the community to deal with substance use and addiction problems. Find more on Pat at www.amped4life.net.nz, and find more on this day by searching Clutha Youth Council on Facebook or emailing Jean Proctor [email protected] 


  • The Southland Multicultural Food Festival 2019 is here once again and they invite you to witness and take part in this grand celebration. Food Stalls and performers will highlight food variety and entertainment. This year they have extended the event hours to capture more of this gastronomic celebration. A whole day of fun, food and entertainment showcasing a variety of cuisine and multicultural attractions. SAT 23 MAR, 10AM – 6PM at the ILT Stadium, 18 Surrey Park Road. Find more on the Southland Multicultural Council Facebook page. 


  • A former Southlander will return home to compete in the NZ Super Truck races at Teretonga Park this weekend SAT 23 and SUN 24 MAR. Glenn Johnstone was competing in his first event at Round 1 of the NZ Super Truck Championship in late January when his Scania spectacularly burst into flames. Johnstone, now resident in Canterbury, emerged unscathed and since that time he has been working on being ready to line up at the second round of the championship at Teretonga Park in Invercargill, the final meet of the season at this venue. The action at the event presented by Downer starts at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are available from Auto Centre in Tweed Street, Invercargill and E Hayes & Sons, Dee Street, Invercargill. A pre-sale weekend pass is $25 per adult while children 14 & under are free if accompanied by an adult. As well as the NZ Super Trucks the event will also include Mainland Muscle Cars, NZ 6 Saloons, Sports & Racing Cars, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons and the A1 Auto Services One Hour Race. 


  • An opportunity for Not for Profit Groups in the Clutha District is on WED 27 MAR with a series of free Funding Forum and Budgeting Workshops. Budget Workshop – choose either 3pm to 4.30pm or 6pm to 7.30pm, and Funding Forum – 4.30pm to 6pm. They will be held at Clutha District Council in the council chambers. To register email either of the following people: Kimberley Beckett – [email protected], or Jean Proctor – [email protected].


  • First Aid Training is back in Gore at the Calvin Community Church, 2 Robertson Street on THURS 28 MAR. For more and to book contact Hana Edwards at http://firstaidsolutions.co.nz/


  • Southland Chamber of Commerce invite you to hear from Hon Amy Adams, National's Finance Spokesperson on THURS 28 MAR. She will share her thoughts on the Tax Working Group's Final Report. At Ascot Park Hotel, 12:15pm. Members $42.50, non members $55. Buffet lunch included. Register online at commercesouth.com. 


  • Manfred Mann, aka The Manfreds were considered one of the finest and most respected British Invasion groups of the 1960's; their records having a timeless quality that only a few of the many bands from the era attained. The Manfreds are not a tribute band but, with the exception of Mann, the real thing, now even better than before with the both charismatic lead singers at the helm.  Their music has always been hugely popular in New Zealand.  They were here some 15years ago with a timely reminder, but are finally returning to the Civic Theatre THURS 28 MAR, 7:30pm. Tickets from the venue and TicketDirect. 


  • Southland Primary School's Athletics Champs are on at Surrey Park Invers SAT 30 MAR, from 8am. Over 1000+ athletes compete. Good luck!


  • Gore Main School PTA is hosting a Car Boot and Blanket Sale on SAT 30 MAR, 11am - 2pm. Flea Market, Bake Sale, Sausage Sizzle, Face Painting, live music and more. $20 to book a boot or blanket. For more and to register email [email protected] Registrations close Fri 22 Mar, baking donations to be dropped off by Fri 29 Mar. 


  • The always popular 11th annual Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival is on the weekend SAT 30 and SUN 31 MAR at Aparima College Hall. 10am until 4pm. This event attracts hundreds with its interactive demonstrations, local produce for sale, and a great variety of workshops over the weekend. For a small entry donation (suggested $5 adults, $2 children, under 5 free), you will entertain the whole family for hours and perhaps learn a thing or two about what you can grow in your own garden.  Pre-registration for workshops is essential, and fees apply. Children are invited to make a scarecrow or a vegetable creature to bring along to the festival on Saturday. The apple press, will of course be running and there will be plenty of fresh apple juice to toast the harvest. The Harvest Pot Luck dinner will be held on the Friday night before the festival, anyone is welcome to come along with a plate of food to share to celebrate the beginning of the festival. Excited to be having an old-fashioned ceilidh dance in the community hall on Saturday night, with local celtic musicians, a Champion of the Harvest Competition, and soup and bread available to feed hungry dancers. As well as workshops, this year we will also have no-cost special “open talks” in the festival marque with some of our more popular speakers & tutors including Lynda Hallinan, speaking all about Damsons, & Robyn Guyton discussing the exciting "Longwood Resilience Loop." To book in to workshops & other Harvest Festival events go to www.bookwhen.com/harvestfest. Also more here.


  • Pikau Backpack Weaving Weekend is being held the weekend FRI 29 - SUN 31 MAR. Learn further techniques of Raranga - Maori weaving with Anna Gorham, taking home your own Pikau-Backpack after this weekend workshop. You will learn how to identify harakeke for weaving backpacks & baskets and the process of preparation for harakeke. You will also learn basic Te Reo around weaving, a karakia and waiata. Please bring your own lunch, a sharp knife, a butter knife and 10 clothing pegs (the ones that you can squeeze open). Please also bring a toggle for the handle of the Pikau eg. Paua shell/driftwood. If you wish to stay at the Marae on Friday or Saturday night. Koha of $10/night requested. $30 for the weekend (plus optional koha of $10 per night to stay on the Marae). At O Te Ika Rama Marae, (McNab Marae), McKinnon Road. To enrol please phone Southern REAP on 0800 111 117 or email [email protected] 


  • The always popular Big Rides Day is back at the Southern Field Days site on SUN 31 MAR, 10am-2pm. Featuring 2 loops, more rides, and shorter queues! $5 at the gate per child, which includes first ride. Adults free. Additional rides 2 for $5, or 5 for $10. Please respect our ratio of 1 adult to a max of 2 kids under the age of 10. CASH ONLY, no EFTPOS available. Experience trucks, tractors, fire engines, milk takers, buses and more. All weather event. See you there! 


  • The Hideaway 201's Autumn Pie Festival is on SUN 31 MAR - A fiesta of tasty crafted gourmet pies! From 12-midday until 4pm. Tickets just $25, which include a selection of traditional and contemporary pies, live music, and a bus from Invercargill and Central Southland. Licenced bar with beverages for sale. Bookings are essential. To register please email [email protected], or phone 027 652 9210. 


  • Central Southland Community Swimming Pool is hosting a fundraising evening with famed baker Allyson Gofton. Join as she demonstrates tips and tricks for baking delicious food at home. On TUES 2 APRIL at The Hideaway 201. Doors open 6:30pm, event begins 7pm. Tickets just $20 from Winton Paper Plus, Central Southland Pool and online (find them on Facebook). 


  • Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has helped organise on SAT 6 APRIL the Parliamentary Rugby Team will take on the Blair Vining Invitational Side in Queenstown at the Wakatipu Recreation Ground. The charity rugby match will see the funds raised go to Garston School and the Blair Vining Sports Foundation. “Blair has terminal cancer with only months to live and had on his bucket list to play one last game of rugby with his mates which he did in January.” “It’s the first time the Parliamentary team has played in Queenstown, so I’m excited to see the community come out and support the game.” The New Zealand Parliamentary Rugby Team will play four games in 2019 and attend the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup later this year. The game will start at 2:30pm, followed by an auction in the Wakatipu Clubrooms. Entry on the day will be a gold coin donation.


  • A get together for past members of the Knapdale Young Farmers Club is at the RSA Rooms on SAT 6 APRIL, with an afternoon tea at 3pm. Followed by a meal at 6pm. Sign up by email to [email protected] Or text Kerryn on 027 208 1609. 


  • The southern-most arts festival in the world is back! The Southland Arts Festival, now in its 11th year, includes a total of 25 individual events to choose from. The festival will open on WED 10 APRIL with the New Zealand Dance Company’s acclaimed work, Kiss the Sky, and conclude on May 16 with the world renowned Brodsky Quartet. “There is something for everyone in this year’s programme with shows that will challenge, entertain and captivate audiences all at the same time,” Ange Newell Alongside Human, festival-goers can also look forward to a return visit from Trick of The Light, last here in 2016 with their popular Bookbinder show, who will combine puppetry, shadow play and live music for The Road That Wasn’t There which will also have signed interpretation for the Deaf. For more information on all the shows on offer, a copy of the festival programme can be found online at southlandnz.com. Tickets for the festival events can be purchased online at ticketdirect.co.nz or from the Southland Chamber of Commerce, ICC Booking Office or ILT Stadium Southland.


  • The 9th Multi Media Art Exhibition hosted by the Fiordland Arts Society is on over Easter Weekend. The 2019 theme is “Upcycled”. Find it in the Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum; cnr Sandy Brown and Milford Roads, Te Anau. Open to the public from 10am to 5pm SAT 20 and SUN 21 APRIL; and 10am to 3pm MON 22. Just a Gold Coin Donation, children free. Featuring Steampunk fashion by designer Michelle Webb, from Dunedin (guest artist); plus Steampunk Monster Tea Pot Racing and Tea Duelling. Find them on Facebook for more. 


  • CDP presents "Room on the Broom" at the Civic Theatre Invercargill FRI 7 JUN. Adapted from the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s books. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Two sessions 10am and 6pm. More and book via TicketDirect. 

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