What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

What's On - Southland and South Otago

  • Entries are now open for the 2019 NZ Dairy Industry Awards. Categories for Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year, and Dairy Trainee of the Year. Find more information and enter online at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz. Entries close FRI 16 NOV. 


  • Farmlands Gore is open in their new temporary store at 11 Gorton Street. Drop in for some great moving retail deals, or just to say hi!


  • The Gore District Council has launched a survey to find out if pedestrians and cyclists feel safe using the Gore traffic bridge. The survey is part of an investigation into options to improve walking and cycling links between East Gore and the rest of the town, and provide better links between existing and proposed cycle trails. Among the options is a proposal for a bridge only for cyclists and pedestrians upstream of the existing traffic bridge. A new structure across the Mataura River could also potentially accommodate a new pipeline should the Council go ahead with plans to rationalise the Hilbre Avenue water treatment plant, in North Gore, and the East Gore water treatment plant into one, as flagged in its 10-Year-Plan. The survey will be open until Friday 23 November and is available on the Council’s website or follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GoreTrafficBridgeSafetySurvey. 


  • A Fashion Parade introducing this year's Balclutha Show Queen entrants is on at the Rosebank Lodge FRI 16 NOV, 7:30pm. Tickets $25, which includes nibbles and a glass of bubbles or orange juice on arrival. All profits to a charity of the contestants choice. Tickets available from the following participating businesses: Entity, H & J Smith, Roots, and Stirling Sports. The contests will also model fashion through the ages, supplied by The South Otago Theatrical Society. Also look out for stalls by Gingham Girls, Lighthouse Candles, Hey Cherry, and Ladybird Junction. For more email ingrid@farmside.co.nz. 


  • Public submissions on a proposed $200mil Invercargill CBD redevelopment close FRI 16 NOV. For HWCP to develop a block bounded by Dee, Esk, Kelvin and Tay Streets. Will take up to 5 years to complete, and include retail space, food outlets, offices, medical centre and apartment space. Submissions to Invercargill City Council. 


  • Motoring Mad is back for its 8th year across Gore and Mataura, from FRI 16 - SUN 18 NOV. Over 100 people registered. A fundraiser for Mataura Scouts. Expect to see all vehicles, from vintage, classic/modern classic, muscle cars and hot  rods. Kicks off with a Main Street cruise from 7:30pm down Gore's Main Street on Friday, until late. Then on Sat another cruise around Southland (aprox 200km), followed by an evening meal and live entertainment at the Gore Town and Country Club. Then wrapping with the public display in Tulloch Park, Mataura on Sunday, from 9am-2pm. Live entertainment and plenty for the kids. For more information on the event contact Tony on 027 211 3076 or mataurascouts@gmail.com. 


  • Invercargill Workingmen's Club is hosting a Christmas Market for Invercargill Women's Refuge on SAT 17 NOV. Boutique stalls, food and raffles. From 3pm until 9pm, entry by gold coin. You can also drop gifts to be donated to Refuge to the Club until December 14. 


  • Mataura Rodeo Club is hosting a Horse and Pony Trek on SAT 17 NOV. A ride for the whole family across country you would usually not have access to - Venlaw Station, Wyndham. Kicks off 8:30am. Evening meal provided. $60 adults, $30 for kids U15. Proceeds to the 50th celebrations of Mataura Rodeo on 9 Feb 2018. For more and to register call 027 801 7868 or track them down on Facebook. 


  • Local ladies Grace Mitchell and Rosalie McLean have organised a "Form of 1948" Gore High School reunion on SAT 17 NOV, at The Thomas Green. Contact the venue for more. 


  • Winton Open Day has been a hit for over 30yrs, and returns SUN 18 NOV, from 10am-4pm. Bands and entertainment a plenty through the day. A few of the happenings include...
    - Winton Fire Station open for the public to visit, with a demonstration scheduled for 11am. Also pop along to the Winton Police Station to see dog handlers, Armed Offenders Squad and more. 
    - Blue Duck Teddy Bear's Picnic is always a favourite. Gather your stuffed mate and blankets, and head to the Anzac Oval 12-midday. Wet-weather venue is Central Southland Presbyterian Church.  
    - The Grand Street Parade begins 2pm and will wind its way down the Main Street. Floats of all shapes and sizes. 
    - Drive a digger competition was such a success last year that its back. Competition requires people to complete several tasks using two little diggers, and it's FREE!
    - Winton Library has a heap of fun and games inside from 10am-3pm. Some activities themed "007 vs Johnny English". 
    - Head to the Winton Memorial Hall to browse the craft market and produce stalls. Winton's retail sector open too. 
    - Winton's Middle Pub is the scene for wood-chopping demonstrations. 
    - Photos with Santa are being taken at the Memorial Hall. 


  • The White Ribbon Riders are coming through Gore on TUES 20 NOV at 12.30pm. Gore Women's Refuge have been working with the Runanga, Police, and Rapid Relief teams to arrange a get together for them by the Trout. The road will be blocked off. They're having a BBQ and pulled pork buns to raise money. The students at Southern REAP are baking white ribbon cookies to sell for $1. Longford Intermediate Kapa Haka group will perform and Tracy Hicks will speak as well.


  • The Heart Foundation is hosting a free, informal heart health session at the James Cumming Wing on TUES 20 NOV, from 5pm. Cardiologist James Pemberton will deliver a short presentation on AF and heart failure, and answer any questions from his experience. Bookings for the session are essential - call Nicola on 214 5444 or email nicolam@heartfoundation.org.nz. 


  • South Otago Gun Club is hosting a Wednesday evening practice on WED 21 NOV, 6.30pm. All welcome. Coaching available for new shooters. Find the Club Grounds on Glasgow Street, Balclutha.


  • The 2018 South Otago Arts Exhibition and Awards kicks off with opening night on THURS 22 NOV at the Creative Arts Centre on Clyde Street. Entry $5 on the door. Guest artist and judge is Anneloes Douglas of Dunedin. Running each day until 27 Nov, 10am-5pm daily. Artisan cash and carry shop, coffee and cake available too. $2 on the door. EFTPOS available. 


  • South Alive is hosting Human Library on FRI 23 NOV, 6pm-7pm, at the Night Food Market in the South Alive Community Park (corner Grace & Ness St). The Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change. South Alive is planning to run the first Human Library in Invercargill. This is a great chance to come and connect with people in your community that you might not otherwise have the opportunity to speak with. Check out our website for more details - www.southalive.org.nz


  • Southern Artisan Christmas Fete is a shopping extravaganza on SAT 24 NOV at the Hideaway 201 in Winton. 10am-4pm. A fantastic day out with food, music, craft beers and over 150 stalls to browse. Entertainment from local D+M duo. Tickets $15 on the gate, cash only. Find more www.southernfete.co.nz. 


  • West Otago Martial Arts Christmas Shout is on SAT 1 DEC at the Tapanui Community Centre. $500 for tables of 10, including nibbles and refreshments. Single tickets $60. Featuring Simon Culhane, Helen Van der Linden, and band Noise Complaint. Cash bar with continuous supper, R18 event. For more and to book call Nigel on 027 204 2015 or Vicky on 027 506 4442. 


  • Clutha Country Christmas Parade is from 1pm SAT 1 DEC down Clyde Street, with the annual Christmas Market also happening in the Balclutha CBD, from 10am. This is a community event and the Christmas Parade is free for all to enter. The Christmas Market charges a small fee for the stalls and any profits made from this are given back to a local charity. For more contact Vicki on 0210466858, or Jo on 0276325959. Parade entry forms also available from the Clutha iSite and Council offices. 


  • The Gore Youth Awards are back at the SBS St James Theatre on SAT 1 DEC. Guest host is Guy Williams from Jono and Ben fame. Come celebrate the talents of young people in our community, aged between 12 years and 24 years, who aren't typically recognised by mainstream award ceremonies. The event is put on by the Gore District Youth Council and is in its sixth year. 8 categories, and two supreme awards (junior and senior) on the line. Tickets from the venue and www.iticket.co.nz. Theme is "dress to impress". 


  • Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha is holding its School Fair on FRI 1 DEC. Major fundraiser for the Home and School Committee, with all proceeds going back into the school. From 5.00pm - 7.30pm at Rosebank Primary School. There will be a large variety of activities happening with music and a focus on food! Come and join for tea and a great family event. 


  • The Great NZ Santa Run is back in Invercargill, from Feldwick Gates in Queens Park, on WED 5 DEC, 6:30pm start. A fun 2-3km run in a Santa suit! Open to all ages. Funds raised to the Graeme Dingle Foundation, leaders in positive child and youth development, building resilience and self-belief in New Zealand’s young people. Registration from 5pm, prize giving at 7:15pm. Tickets between $5-$30. Tickets and more from www.santarun.co.nz. Organised by Venture Southland. 


  • Milton Bridge Club on FRI 7 DEC is hosting their prize-giving, and celebrating 40yrs of affiliation to NZ Bridge. All ex/past and current members are welcome. Please contact Jo on 0242084426, Ann 02474173045 or email miltonbridgeclub@gmail.com for more info. For catering purposes, they must confirm numbers by 29th November. 


  • Gore District Santa Parade and Christmas in the Park is on again SUN 9 DEC. The parade is down Main Street from 12-noon. Voting for people's choice. The Christmas in the Park concert is in the Gore Gardens following from 12:30pm - 3pm. 


  • A Seniors Concert is being held FRI 14 DEC at St Andrew's Church, 2pm. Gold coin donation. Great entertainment followed by a cracker afternoon tea. All welcome!
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