What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

  • The West Otago Swimming Pool Committee have gorgeous new cookbooks for sale. $40 each, grab yours from Hokonui office on Main Street, or find the stall at Field Days. Practical, well-loved recipes provided by the best cooks West Otago has to offer. Luke speaks from experience when he says it's a go-to!


  • Housie is held every FRI night at the Mataura Marae. Doors open 6:30pm, starts 7:30pm. Proceeds to help towards a new kitchen. All welcome to come along and bring a friend. Nau mai haere mai! For more contact Kerry on 027 768 0471.  


  • Weatherstons Brewery Ruins and Daffodils season is now open, running until SUN 14 OCT. Come and see the incredible heritage site in full bloom. No dogs please. Open 10am-4pm, adults $5, kids $2, family $12. For more contact Mel Foster 027 232 9963. 


  • "Above the Long White Cloud" is an exhibition drawn from the collection of the New Zealand Museum of the Everyday, which explores the commercial success, technological innovation and photographic artistry of Whites Aviation, and considers its impact on the New Zealand home of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In 1945 Leo White combined his love of photography and flying to establish Whites Aviation, a company that went on to change the way many New Zealanders saw the land in which they lived. Through publications, and most importantly, the hand-coloured photographs that hung in homes and businesses around the country, Whites Aviation helped to shape the look of postwar New Zealand.  As well as many examples of the beautiful scenic photographs Whites Aviation produced, the exhibition includes a photograph from 1955 showing three of the colourists hand-colouring a large photographic mural for H & J Smith’s store in Gore. The photographic mural is still there today. This exhibition has been developed by the New Zealand Museum of the Everyday and toured by the Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim. On until SUN 23 SEPT at Eastern Southland Gallery, admission is free. 


  • Dunk it for Plunket is on at Rustic Cafe Gore on Irk Street MON 17 and MON 24 SEPT. 50c from each mug of coffee sold on those dates going to our local Plunket. 


  • Most would be surprised to find how many are affected by RA, or other forms of Arthritis. Therefore it is also surprising to find there was is no current support group in Eastern Southland. Not everyone is internet savvy, some people like a one on one conversation, and others like to sit back listening to a group conversation. There will be no agenda, no committee, it is purely social, to be near, care, and share. An initial gathering is planned for 10am WED 19 SEPT, at The Stable Kitchen for coffee, cake, and a chat. They encourage anyone who is suffering first hand from arthritis, and associated ailments, to come along.  It is hoped they can continue every third Wednesday of the month to enable people to know when it is, in case they can’t make the first gathering. If anyone would like to talk in the meantime, feel free to contact Pauline, esarthritis@gmail.com, or, Arthritis New Zealand Tollfree: (0800) 663 463, www.arthritis.org.nz


  • Clutha Country Music Club are hosting their Club Night on WED 19 SEPT, from 7:30pm. On Frances Street, Balclutha. Practice Night is held the Friday night prior to this. Enjoy a concert from club entertainers. Everyone is welcome, and if you belong to another club, bring your chord charts and instrument if you wish to join us. For more contact Eileen on 418 1211 or email lecoughlan@xtra.co.nz. 


  • As part of 125yr suffrage celebrations, The Thomas Green Gore is playing host to a "Cuppa with a Coppa" on WED 19 SEPT, 10am. Come and meet members of the local police force, along with fire and ambulance staff. FREE thanks to the support of the MLT. Donations to the Gore Women's Refuge most welcome. 


  • Sheep farmers, shearers, and their staff are invited to a meeting in Gore WED 19 SEPT to see the new online injury prevent programme for those who work in and around the woolshed. Tahi Ngātahi has been developed by farmers and shearing contractors, to prevent injuries to those working in the sheds.  It’s a user-friendly online programme and is being showcased at meetings around the country. Come to the Gore meeting to learn about Tahi Ngātahi and the benefits it can bring your business. The meeting is at the Heartland Hotel, 100 Waimea Street, from 3 to 5pm. All sheep farmers shearers and staff are welcome. For more information follow Tahi Ngātahi on Facebook.


  • The second annual Southern Showcase, hosted by Venture Southland, is being held WED 19 SEPT. At the event, 22 Southland tourism operators will present to close to 70 accommodation providers, i-SITE and information staff to give them a better understanding of the tourism products on offer within the region. Being held at Bill Richardson Transport world and will be split into two, two-hour sessions.


  • Balclutha Genealogical Society are hosting a research night and “LEGACY USERS GROUP” on THURS 20 SEPT,  7 – 9pm. At Balclutha Public Library, John Street, Balclutha. Research helps and guidance on hand. Come along and explore their resources and get help with your Legacy Programme. Enquiries to Ruth 4182621. 


  • The 2018 Alexandra Blossom Festival is on FRI 21 - SUN 23 SEPT. Starting with the Mardi Gras, Round the Clock Race, FMX Spectacular and Fireworks Display on the Friday down Rivers Street from 5pm. The Grand Parade features on Saturday from 12-noon, with carnival rides, markets, food stalls, drinks and entertainment. Then wrapping with Spring Garden Tours on Sunday from 10am. For more and ticketing information visit www.blossom.co.nz. 


  • Balclutha Genealogical Society are hosting their Genealogy Open Day on SAT 22 SEPT, 10am - 4pm at the Balclutha Public Library. They extend an open invitation to members of the public to bring along their family research queries and our members will guide you in the right direction. Come and try the tool Ancestry.com. Free to use in the library. Help available. Everyone welcome. Enquires to Ruth 418 2621.


  • The NZSO "Classical Hits" Tour is coming to the Civic Theatre in Invercargill on SAT 22 SEPT, 7:30pm. Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich leads the orchestra on a country-wide tour, presenting a Classical Hits programme for the whole family. Gillian Whitehead completes our series of commissions to acknowledge the future landfall celebration. NZSO's Andrew Joyce features as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme - Tchaikovsky's most famous piece for cello. Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony - which combines romantic, lyrical impulses with dark melancholic undertones - is instantly recognisable. We also feature Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, two works that never lose their power to bewitch audiences. Tickets from TicketDirect, the venue, or keep an eye on the Hokonui Southland Facebook page to win! 


  • The 2nd St Mary's School SpringTime Night Fair is on SAT 22 SEPT, 4-7pm at the school grounds. Free entry, and everyone is welcome for an evening of food and fun - great for the whole family. Fair games and activities including bouncy castles, glow zone, photobooth fun, fake tattoos, horror make-up, baking and books, raffles and more. Event will run rain, hail or (our pick) shine, as most activities are indoors. For more call Jacqui on 027 363 6613. 


  • Invercargill Environment Centre is hosting its Spring Eco Festival on SAT 22 SEPT. Theme "Climate Change - You can Make a Difference!’. Practical examples of taking action around several aspects of your life. From 10am to 3pm at Invercargill Working Men’s Club. Stalls $20. About 40 stalls and activities to intrigue and entice you into environmental action along with children’s fun activities eg predator free, children’s wooden toys, flax creations, vegetables, plants, grafting and more. Exhibitors selling/providing information on – bees, worms, insulation, water, recycling, climate change, massage. Workshops include beekeeping, Our Climate Declaration, Landscape Architect, rag rugs, growing herbs for teadrinks. Will occur through the day - extra charges may apply. Entry fee $2 adults, gold coin students. For more contact Jenny Campbell, 03 248 6398 or 027 351 0180 or jennycam@xtra.co.nz


  • As part of 125yr suffrage celebrations, the St James Theatre is playing host to a series of women-inspired movies on SUN 23 SEPT. Starting 2pm with "What Really Happened - Votes for Women" plus writer Rosemarie Smith, entry via gold coin to Women's Refuge. Followed at 4pm with "She Shears" featuring 5 women working in the NZ shearing industry (local link), and 6pm with "The Divine Order" showcasing Swiss women fighting for the right to vote as late as 1971! Both the latter films $10 per ticket, from the venue. 


  • St Peter's College is hosting a Girls Breakfast for students on TUES 25 SEPT, 7:45am start in the Rosmini House Dining Room. All Year 7-13 girls invited to hear from guest speaker, former Head Girl Jenny Mitchell on life after school - out in the big wide world. Also discussing social media presence and the reality of life online. 


  • Farmlands Gore are getting right behind Blue September on FRI 28 SEPT. They will be hosting a BBQ lunch, and have our very own Kim Johnson from UNIQUE U instore offering men's haircuts for just $10.00. All proceeds to Blue September – Prostate Cancer Foundation. They will also have a variety of products shareholders can purchase this month with proceeds also to the cause. Find more here:   https://www.farmlands.co.nz/NewsAndEvents/Events/Blue-September/. See you there!


  • Balclutha Gardening Club are hosting their 2018 Flower Festival on FRI 28 SEPT at the Balclutha War Memorial Hall, starting 12-noon. Admission $3, kids free. Displays, raffles, plant/bulb sales, stalls. The floral art theme is "Along our Clutha River". Prizes presented 4:30pm. Entries to be received between 6-8pm on THURS 27 or 8am-9:30am the morning of. Kids section "Junk or Recycle into Garden Art" and Photography too. Enquiries to Helen Barrett on 418 1093 or Sue Bound on 418 4004. 


  • Winton Garden Club is hosting its 35th annual Spring Flower Show at the Memorial Hall, FRI 28 and SAT 29 SEPT. Friday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 9am-3:30pm. Also on display artwork by Amy Anderson (nee Preston), Jan Powell and Sarah Campbell. Plant stalls, daffodils and raffles. Adults $5, kids free. Morning and afternoon tea for $3. Schedules from Winton Mitre 10. For more phone Joan on 236 8211. 


  • Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker is on the hunt for a youth MP to take his place during the New Zealand Youth Parliament 2019. It’s a great chance for a young person from Clutha-Southland to come and experience the inner workings of Parliament and learn a few new skills. Nominees must be aged 16-18 years old and will come to Wellington in July 2019 to experience what it’s like to be a MP for a couple of days. They will participate in Parliament, debate a number of issues in Select Committees and attend caucus. To apply, applicants need to write no more than 750 words to Hamish Walker. It must include what the applicant believes the three biggest issues in Clutha-Southland are, how these issues could be solved and details of their involvement in their local community. Please email your application to Hamish.walkermp@parliament.govt.nz before MON 1 OCT. 


  • Keeping with Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, he's inviting the public to hear both the for and against argument for the End of Life Choice Bill. He's hosting a debate at the Gore RSA MON 1 OCT, 1pm. Sir Bill English and his wife Mary will form the against argument, while Act MP David Seymour and former Labour List MP Maryan Street form the for argument. Mr Walker said he is hosting the debate in order for the public to find out more information on the bill, which is going through the process in Parliament at the moment.


  • Acclaimed nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver is coming to Invercargill following the release of her latest book, The Beauty Guide. Hormones play a powerful role in how we feel and how our bodies function, says Dr Libby. They influence everything from how we grow, sleep and age, whether we store fat or burn it, the quality of our skin, our blood pressure, immune system and appetite regulation—even our brain chemicals. During her inspiring two-hour live event, Dr Libby will explain: Why women experience hot flushes and insomnia with menopause, The nutrients your hormones need to offer you great hair, skin and nails, How to spot the hormone disrupting substances in your beauty products, Steps you and your partner can take to cultivate great fertility and preconception care, How the pill works and its effects on the body and more. On TUES 2 OCT, from 7-9pm at Ascot Park Hotel. Listen to Luke Howden Breakfast to win tickets!


  • Bluff Drama Club present this year's theatre restaurant "A Match Made in Bluff". On FRI 5 and SAT 6 OCT at the Bluff Town Hall, $55pp. For more and to book tickets give Shelly a call on 03 212 7835 (feel free to leave a message). 


  • Southlanders are being offered the unique opportunity to hear the wisdom of well-known rugby coach Sir Graham Henry in a Talk with Ted at Ascot Park Hotel, WED 10 OCT. This ahead of the Stags v Auckland fixture at Rugby Park. He will talk on his leadership journey and share insights about how to get the best out of teams both on and off the field. The lunch is in proud association with the Graeme Dingle Foundation, an organisation committed to transforming young lives in NZ. Lunch from 12pm, tickets from the venue, $100 each or $1k for a table of 10. Drinks on arrival, cash bar and auction to follow. For more you can also email scott.bowden@dinglefoundation.org.nz. 


  • The Sport Southland Ultimate Challenge kicks off THURS 18 OCT. 7 weeks, 12 team members, 7 sports. Do you have the speed, knowledge, agility and sportsmanship to be the ultimate team? Volleyball, Viperball, Fastnet Netball, Indoor Football, plus 3 surprises. $400 entry per team. For more www.sportsouthland.co.nz or email martin.mackereth@sportsouthland.co.nz.  


  • The Lower Mataura Valley Country Music Club is hosting its 2018 Talent Quest at the Wyndham Town and Country Club on SUN 21 OCT. Entry forms and more information can be found on the Lower Mataura Valley Country Music Club Facebook page.


  • The 37th annual Multi Media Art Exhibition hosted by the Fiordland Arts Society is on Labour Weekend SAT 20 - MON 22 OCT at Fiordland Community Events Centre, 20-22 Luxmore Dr, Te Anau. The exhibition will feature the work of guest artist: Angela Meecham, from Lawrence, who is an incredible felt maker, mixed media painting, and printmaker. Plus the work of Caley Hall, honorary member of the society, who will be exhibiting some of his highly sort after and finely crafted landscapes. There will be a wide variety of art on display from over 20 other artists from the Fiordland and Southland Region. The media will include everything from paintings, photography, glass, ceramic, woodwork, jewellery and sculptures. Open 10am to 5pm daily Saturday and Sunday; and 10am to 3pm Monday. Afternoon tea 2-4pm Sat, beverages and finger food supplied. Entry $4 per person, children free. Find more on their Facebook page here.


  • St Peter's College PTFA are hosting their Car Boot and Bake Sale on SUN 4 NOV in the St Peter's Carparks - Robertson & Kakapo Streets, Gore. If spring cleaning has left you with excess goods, get rid of pre-loved items here. Entry $10 per car, limited spaces. Book a space before 2 NOV by phone or text to Lisa on 027 414 3328. 


  • A comedy night show, a Farmstrong event for rural Southland, is on FRI 9 NOV at the Winton Town Hall. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Featuring an all-star line-up of Nick Rado, Wilson Dixon, Tevita Manukia, and Tarun Mohanbhai. Tickets just $20 from youngfarmers.co.nz/nzyf. Proceeds to Farmstrong. Cash food and bar, limited corporate tables too email info@farmstrong.co.nz for more. 
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