What's On - Southland and South Otago
What's On - Southland and South Otago
Clutha Foundation is a community foundation serving the Clutha District by connecting generous people with causes that matter. Their funding priorities for next year are Youth, Health and Education. They now welcome applications from not-for-profit groups and organisations in the Clutha District. Applications for the 2019/2020 funding round are now open and forms can be accessed from https://www.cluthanz.com/clutha-foundation/ or by emailing [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 10 February 2020. For more information, phone Fiona Hancox 027 217 3960 or Kerry Seymour 027 437 2586.
- The Gore and Districts Choir, aka the Local Vocals, is looking for more women to join their group. The purpose of the women's choir is to provide opportunity for members of the community to enjoy the benefits of singing in a choir as well as offering quality performances to the community. The choir accepts members over the age of 15. The choristers do not have to read music. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings between 7:30pm and 9pm at the Calvin Church on Robertson Street. The next term starts in Feb. For more contact Jane Pullar on 027 672 4828.
- Young West Otago farm worker Shaun Bradley has been battling Stage 4 large B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and is now faced with the challenge of fighting a secondary CNS brain tumor. Over the Summer months, local livestock reps and drafters are facilitating a stock drive to help support his young family Olivia and Charlotte. Please contact your local agent to organise drop-off points or pick-up times if you are able to help. If you would like more information or are able to help in other ways, please contact Scott Stiven on 027 335 2403. The group has set up a Facebook page called Stock Drive for the Bradley Family. So far more than $10,000 has been raised!
- Clutha District Youth Council has a vacancy for a workplace representative for the coming year. Are you aged between 16 - 24yrs and live and work in the Clutha District? As a member of the Youth Council you will learn about the workings of local government, hone leadership skills, and be supported to give voice and direction on issues that affect youth and the local community. Meetings are held on Monday evenings 7 times a year, beginning with a meet and greet/workshop at 5pm and the meeting at 6pm. If you are interested and would like to know more please email [email protected]
Southland District Council has joined forces with Sport Southland to create active summer fun for youngsters throughout the district. Council’s annual holiday programme will run in January at six locations – Winton, Wyndham, Otautau, Tokonui, Stewart Island and Te Anau. The Sport Southland crew will be engaging with a variety of regional sports organisations, local clubs, arts and crafts groups and community groups to develop a comprehensive programme which caters for a variety of interests. Each programme will be structured to ensure participants can sample a range of activities with children split into two age groups – 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Confirmed dates for the programme, which runs from 10am to 3pm each day, are: Tokonui Friday 17th January (40 spots available), Winton Monday 20th January (60 spots available) Buses from Nightcaps, Te Anau Wednesday 22nd January (80 spots available) Buses from Lumsden via Mossburn, Wyndham Friday 24th January (60 spots available) Buses from Riversdale and Woodlands via Edendale, Otautau Monday 27th January (60 spots available) Buses from Riverton and Tuatapere, Stewart Island Wednesday 29th January (25 spots available). The programme costs $6 per participant with registration is available online at www.sdcholidayprogramme.co.nz.
- Mataura Pony Club's 50th anniversary jubilee is on Fri 4 and Sat 5 April. Featuring a "new and old" gymkhana, a dinner on the Friday night, stories and more. Anyone interested in the jubilee or who has memorabilia from the club could contact [email protected]
- The Tapanui Community Garden is calling for more volunteers. Committee members volunteer their time on Saturday mornings between 10am - 12noon. There to sell produce and keep on top of the weeds. Been running for 4 years. On corner of Cemetery and Summerset Roads. Growing apples, apricots, peaches, plums and berries. Every Saturday anyone is welcome to buy for just a gold coin donation. For more contact Brian Oliver on 027 553 5533.
The popular 2020 ILT New Year Track Carnival is designed as another great lead-in event to the National Track Championships. On FRI 17 JAN from 5:30pm at Invercargill Velodrome. More information and entry details can be found here: https://www.cyclingsouth.org.nz/pages/newyeartrack/. The entry fee is $20 per rider, payable in cash on the night. Please remember to bring your money along with you – NO IOU’S. Registrations close at 12:00pm, Tuesday 14 January. NO late entries will be accepted. Spectator entry is by gold coin donation at the door.
- Riversdale Lions Club is seeking applications for two scholarships of $1000 each. Applications are open to all students who live in the Riversdale Lions Club District. They must be continuing onto tertiary study, an apprenticeship, or further training. Applications close FRI 17 JAN. Forms are available from Scott Nicholson on 027 227 1360 or email [email protected]
- For the first time in its 38yr history, the shearing and woolhandling events at the Northern Southland Shears will be combined. The event is on FRI 17 JAN at Selbie's Five Rivers Woolshed, near Lumsden. The woolhandling will start at 7:30am, with the shearing from 8am. Entries on the day.
The busiest weekend on the Shearing Sports calendar continues with the Southland Shears and national crossbred lambshearing and woolhandling championships at the Winton A and P Show on SAT 18 DEC, there’ll be hotel Speedshear events on THURS 16 JAN at the Railway Hotel, Otautau, and Winton’s Middle Pub on FRI 17 JAN, and on SUN 19 JAN a fundraising shearing day-out in a woolshed in a Waimumu woolshed, all proceeds to breast cancer research.
The 9th Drummond Motorcycle Rally is on FRI 17 - SUN 19 JAN at the Drummond Domain, located in Southland just 19kms from Winton, NZ. Enjoy live music on Friday night from MA Bradshaw, and award winning Simon Galt & The Yardmen on Saturday night. Join the Show and Shine on Saturday, plus games for everyone. Food available and bar onsite. Bring ya tent but not your own alcohol! NO BYO. Gates open from Friday morning. Courtesy couches available. Usual rules apply, no patches, no attitude. They are not for profit club, all proceeds to be donated to worthy causes and community organisations. Prepaid weekend entry is $30.00. Gate entry $35.00. Once in Drummond follow the signs. More information.
- Te Anau Community Market is on SAT 18 JAN at the Fiordland Community Event Centre. From 10am - 3pm. A huge selection of stallholders with a great variety of goods on offer. Phone Alana on 027 202 3294, visit their website or Facebook Page for further information or to book a site.
- Robbie Burns Dinner is being held SAT 18 JAN. To celebrate the great Scottish poets birth date. Featuring Scottish music, singing, and the toast to the Haggis. The guest speaker will be Bruce Ross from Cycle Southland. Two course meal. At Masonic Lodge Hall, 80 Forth St, Invercargill. Please be seated by 6:20pm. $40 per person. For more and tickets contact Jesco Hydraulics 032144379 or Davey Craig 0212791701.
- Safe travels to the sold out Gibbston Valley Summer Series concert SAT 18 JAN. Featuring Billy Idol. Major acts from 12-noon. Have your ticket printed and ready. You can bring your own food, non-alcoholic drinks, chairs and supplies. No BYO alcohol. Bring plenty of water. Also bring cash to make it easier with food vendors. Find more on the Greenstone Entertainment website.
- Cromwell Classic Car and Hot Rod Show is on SAT 18 JAN. Based on previous years we will be expecting over 800 Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Bikes on display. There will also be food stalls, craft stalls, a licenced bar, and more. 11am – 4pm at the Alpha Street Reserve. $5 Adults, children under 12 free.
- Gore Racing Club is hosting its big meet of the season SAT 18 JAN, racing from 12-noon. Fields of quality horses from near and far competing for total stakes of $250,000. The biggest race is the $50,000 Liquorland Gore Guineas for 3yr old horses. There will also be two races with $35k stakes, both open hanidcaps, over 2000m and 1200m. Local trainer Ellis Winsloe expects to start 5 horses. Among them, Irish Guru which scored an impressive win at Gore in December, only his second start. Nikki Blatch of Tapanui hopes to have 4 horses racing. Entertainment for the whole family. For more contact Jo at Gallop South 021 246 5889.
- Experience Mandeville Weekend is on SAT 18 and SUN 19 JAN. Flights are weather dependent.
But K92 will be in steam and running in the yard. Flights & rail passes will be able to purchase on the day at the Heritage Centre Gift Shop. Miss Cocoa Cafe will be open along with Money for Wine Gifts. Open 10am - 4pm each day.
Jess Terrill is hosting lessons at the upcoming Southland Boardriders Association Have A Go day on SUN 19 JAN. Jess, of the Southland Surf School, is a former South Island, New Zealand and two-time Oceania Cup Champion and represented New Zealand at the World Junior Champs three times. The have a go day is suitable for everyone says Jess. “Anyone of any age can come along, even if you are not a confident swimmer. We only go out to knee to waist deep". All gear, boards and wetsuits will be provided on the day at no cost although Jess recommends if it is a grey day to bring a filled hot water bottle which will help with comfort. While the event will be held in the Riverton area the exact location and time of the event is weather and tide dependant and will be posted on the club facebook page: Southland Boardriders Association. Should conditions demand a cancellation this will be posted on the page at 7am on the day of the event. Club members will assist Jess on the days and those that participate will be welcome to join the club. There is no better time to do so as there is the incentive of a $15 membership which will also come with a Southland Boardriders t-shirt.
- Breast Cancer Cure NZ Shearing Fundraiser is being held SUN 19 JAN at Humphries Woolshed, 712 Glendhu Road. Signposted from the Waimumu Hall. Organised by Bill Elers Contract Shearing Mataura and CP Wool Gore. Members shearing around 1000 full wool ewes. Voluntary base all proceeds will go toward breast cancer research. All welcome from 9am. Sausage sizzle available between 11am - 2pm. Contact Brendon Humphries on 027 343 6552.
- Gore A&P Association is hosting the South Island Premier Stud Ram and Flock Ram Auction at the Showgrounds on Bury Street. TUES 21 JAN sees Perendale 11am, Border Leicester & Romney from 1pm, with sale of Flock Rams to follow. WED 22 JAN sees Southern Texel Ram Sale at 11am, Other breeds; Texel, Dorset Down, Southdown, South Suffolk and Charollais from 1pm, with sale of Flock Rams to follow. Catalogues available from goreapshowgrounds.co.nz. For more call 208 6441 or email [email protected]
- The popular Remarkable Garston School Trail Bike Ride is on again SAT 25 JAN, exploring some stunning scenery. Designed for both motor and quad bikes, part of the Honda NZ Trail series. Starting on Taylor's Property at Lorne Peak Station, riders head up the Lorne Peak track, splitting into two separate loops at the top. Signposted for riders looking for an added challenge on the advanced track. Hundreds expected from across South Island. Major fundraiser for the school. Enter on the day, sign in from 8am. Bring own bikes and helmets. Entry fee includes BBQ. No passengers on quads. Inquiries to Mark 248 8860.
- Edendale Crank Up is back for 2020. Featuring European Tractors & Japanese Cars pre 1990.
Starts the evening on FRI 24 JAN with a street parade around Edendale. Then open SAT 25 and SUN 26 JAN as a big family fair with tractors, machinery, cars, crafts, music, stalls, food & entertainment. Something for the whole family. Just $20 on the gate. Presented by Edendale Vintage Machinery Club. Listen to Luke Howden Breakfast for your chance to win tickets!
- Harper Horsefloats, NZCCA Points Approved Cowboy Challenge is an exciting new Horsemanship competition started in the USA. After featuring on Country Calendar in 2017, rural NZ was alight with people wanting to try it. The competition requires riders to work with their horse to complete a course of thirteen obstacles that test the trust and communication between the two. They have 45 seconds to complete each obstacle. 25 competitors expected. Hosted by Willy and Bev Williamson, Deep South Hooves, and Harness Club. On SAT 25 and SUN 26 JAN, Herron Road, Pukerau. Contact Bev 021 055 4021.
The third event in the Speed Works MotorSport NZ Championship is being held at Teretonga Park SAT 25 and SUN 26 JAN. Topping the bill will be the second round of the new look Castrol TRS championship which has a new car, new engine and new tyres to tackle the short, but intoxicating Teretonga track. The Toyota 86 Championship returns once again to Teretonga. The last two years have produced racing that has been world class and the identical 86 machines will once again slug it out over three races in a busy weekend of action. And if the racing action isn't enough, for the first time ever we are also bringing the thrills of the D1 NZ drifting championship to our fans as the hugely popular series, which features a variety of drifting classes and a mouth-watering selection of machinery, joins us for a Saturday evening shoot out. We're looking forward to that and we know all of our fans in Invercargill will absolutely love it! Weekend package $64. Kids 14 and under free with a paying adult. Tickets and more from eventfinda.co.nz.
Crop Swap Invercargill brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food on a monthly basis. At South Alive Community Centre, Ness Street, on SUN 25 JAN, from 10am. Swapping things like produce, plants, seedlings, flowers, worms, kombucha, jams, chutneys, eggs, seeds, baking, nuts etc. Crop Swap Ethics include: Everyone Brings Something to hare, Give Generously, Take Mindfully, Welcome and Support One Another, Everything’s Free, No Money Involved, We Tidy up Together, Bring Healthful, Nourishing Food, Take your Time, Keep Others in Mind. Crop Swaps take around 45 mins. We show up, mingle for 15 mins, then the swap is officially opened by one of our guardians and people introduce themselves and what they brought (not at all compulsory) because people often bring exotic things, we like to learn about them, you can then move around the table, taking mindfully of everything available, so there’s some for everyone, this takes around 20 mins, then we clean up together. We don’t tend to fluff around too much.
- Stop 5G Global Protest Day is being recognised in Invercargill on SAT 25 JAN, meeting at the Fieldwick Memorial Gates, Queens Park, at 10am. Departing the park walking toward the CBD at 11am. Assembling at Wachner Place at 12-noon. Intended as a serious protest for the right to hear the truth behind 5G and its affect on people and the planet. A petition will be present to sign. For more contact [email protected] or find the 5G free Invercargill and Southland group on Facebook.
The National Youth Brass Band, conducted by Alan Spence of Whakatane, is an eclectic mix of talented young New Zealanders up to age 22, who perform to an amazingly high standard. They are chosen by audition from applicants all over New Zealand. Their enthusiasm is infectious, making their performance of classical, jazz, New Zealand and contemporary music an inspiring experience. Performing at SIT CentreStage on Don Street SAT 25 JAN, from 4pm. The guest soloist is Byron “Buzz” Newton, euphonium. Come along and be treated to a fantastic evening of music. Tickets available at the venue: $20/15 with children under 12 free.
- ILT Stadium Southland is playing host to an Ice Skating Rink until SUN 26 JAN. Come along between 12-noon and 4pm each day to have a go, or contact for private bookings outside those hours. Perfect for entertaining the kids. Adults $15, Child $10, Kindy $5. Hour time slots, give the reception team a call to secure your spot 03 219 9310.
- Wyndham Golf Club Twilight League gets into swing from TUES 28 JAN, tee off between 5:30pm and 6pm. New format, 5 week summer series. Three person ambrose across 9 holes. Teams must include one non-handicapped player. $5 per player, per game. Great prizes up for grabs. Sponsored by First National Gore. For more contact Allan Maxwell 0274351670.
- The 5th Mandeville Country Club Trail Ride is on SAT 1 FEB, registration from 8am. Last year more than 400 riders. Starting at the club, the ride is designed for both two-wheeler and quad bikes. There are two looped tracks, as well as a junior loop designed for younger riders, and a peewee track. The first loop heads through the Hokonui Hills for 50km, the second loop runs through the Otamita Gorge for 35km. BBQ lunch provided as part of the entry fee. EFTPOS available. Enter on the day. Find more and register at www.myrides.co.nz, by searching for Mandeville Country Club on Facebook, or by calling Hayden Fisken on 027 479 9100. All money raised going back to Mandeville community.
- Southern Grilles & Gasoline Car and Bike Show is back for 2020 on SAT 1 FEB at the Invercargill Collegiate Rugby Club, the corner of Lindisfarne St and Otepuni Ave. From 10am - 1pm.
- Southland Rodeo invite you to their 63rd annual Rodeo on SAT 1 FEB at the grounds on Dunns Road, Oreti Beach. Great fun day out for entire family. Talented cowboys & cowgals showing their skills. Food stalls and licensed bar onsite. Rock on out and join us. Starts 11am, adults $15. Children under 15yrs just $5. No glass, no BYO and no dogs. For more find them on Facebook or email [email protected]
- The Otago/Southland Theatre Awards Evening is being held in Invercargill this year SAT 1 FEB at Ascot Park Hotel. Recognising excellence and talent within our musical theatre community. Come and support your production, society and nominees whilst enjoying platters throughout the evening, live performances from some of this year’s productions and a sensational live band to keep you celebrating until the early hours! Tickets from the venue. West Otago Theatre Society has 6 nominations, Gore Musical Theatre have 5.
- Farm Jam began in 2008 on the Frew brothers’ 2,600-acre sheep farm in Otapiri Gorge, Southland, NZ. From its humble beginnings it has rapidly grown into a bucket-list event for two-wheeled action-sports athletes, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in BMX, FMX and MTB. The “jam” formats see each sport judged solely by the riders, with significant emphasis placed on judging riders from other disciplines. Thousands of spectators flock to the highly-anticipated event that was held annually until 2014 and now held every 2 years. An event not to be missed! On SAT 1 FEB, more here.
- The NZ Chartered Clubs Men's Golf Tournament is being held at Gore Golf Club across two days SAT 1 and SUN 2 FEB. Hosted by Gore RSA and Gore Town and Country Club. About 160 players across 40, four man teams are expected. From Nelson to Bluff. 36 hole tournament. Also events to be held at the RSA and T+C.
Disc Golf South is proud to again host the Southern Smash, the weekend SAT 1 and SUN 2 FEB. They welcome you to come join in Queens Park, smack bang in the middle of summer. This will be the 3rd annual singles tournament this beautiful tight & challenging course has hosted. Since its opening in November 2017. The 2020 Southern Smash, will be a 4 round singles tournament played over 2 days. The competition will consist of 2x 18 hole rounds on the Saturday & another 2×18 rounds on the Sunday. Prior to this we will run a doubles comp on the Friday evening. This tournament is registered as a PDGA C-Tier event. All normal PDGA rules will apply during the event & local rules will be announced at the players meeting on the Saturday & Sunday.
- Stride, Ride and Slide is on SUN 2 FEB at Balclutha A+P Showgrounds, events from 10:30am. Multisport event for big, little kids aged 2-6yrs. Enter your mini-triathlete online at sportotago.co.nz.
- BNZ Biz Bites is hosting a session on "why we should save the smelter" on WED 5 FEB in the BNZ Partners Centre, 12-noon. Join NZAS Chief and GM Stew Hamilton for a Q+A regarding the future of the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter. Rio Tinto has brought the future of the smelter into question due to the unfairness of current transmission pricing. Please RSVP to Southland Chamber of Commerce by MON 3 FEB to attend.
Celebrating twenty years of park performances, Shakespeare’s popular tragedy, Macbeth, is 2020’s production for the annual Bard fest. Running WED 5 - SAT 8 FEB in Queens Park, Invercargill. Produced by Great South and presented by the Shakespeare in the Park Charitable Trust, the production will feature a cast of locals, joined by Auckland actor, Mike Edward, who will take on the much coveted lead role. Featuring supernatural elements such as “The Weird Sisters”, themes of ambition and lust for power, the journey from sanity to insanity and a final on-stage battle between the main characters, the play promises an exciting experience for both audiences and performers. A licensed bar will be available and audiences are encouraged to bring picnics, deck chairs or rugs and are reminded to dress warmly, as it can get chilly in the park after 8pm. Some seating will be available on a "first come, first served" basis. Door sales will be available, but pre-sales may be purchased from the Invercargill i-SITE or Eventfinda. While Shakespeare is usually suitable for all ages, and is free for school-aged students, there is violence and blood in the production, so audiences are asked to use their discretion if considering bringing very young children. To help "deconstruct" this feature, we invite parents and caregivers to bring their children backstage to look at how we will be using fake blood, weapons etc. This will help children understand the "make-believe" elements of theatre. Further information and updates may be found on the Shakespeare in the Park NZ's Facebook page.
- The 13th Burt Munro Challenge returns to the South WED 5 - SUN 9 FEB. The largest motorcycle rally in the Southern hemisphere. Find details here. Listen to Luke Howden Breakfast to win your tickets!
- A Shear-a-thon for Shaun and the Bradley family is being held THURS 6 FEB (Waitangi Day) at 670 Wilden Runs Road, Moa Flat. 7 stand shed being installed for the event. Starting 10am and going through until 10am the next day. Shearing 5000 no belly lambs and full shear weather lambs. Two of the stands boasting shearers going the full 24hrs! Shaun has been battling Stage 4 large B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and is now faced with the challenge of fighting a secondary CNS brain tumor. For more and ways to help call Jared on 027 226 0263.
The Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic is a 72km handicap race on FRI 7 FEB. Assembly is at the Gore Town and Country Club at 5:00pm. Limit riders will start at 5:30pm, marks will be given on the day. Entry Fee for Seniors = $20.00. Pay at event when you sign on. This race is restricted to U19 and above riders only. Juniors = $10.00.
- Browns Sports Day returns SAT 8 FEB from 12-noon. Fun filled day for everyone, including FREE Children’s Entertainment, Athletics for all ages, Wood chopping, Husky Races, 7’s Rugby, Cycling, Hole in One Golf, Speed shears, Sheaf tossing, Baby show and more. Find more on Facebook.
Wrestling on the Edge of the World returns with the Fight for Gold, which means both the SPW New Zealand Tag Team & SPW New Zealand Championships are defended! On SAT 8 FEB at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on Esk Street. Tickets from EventFinda starting from $17 for adults. 2019 was a record breaking year for SPW, which saw them pack out another event at ILT Stadium and bring Pro Wrestling back to TVNZ for the first time in over 30 years! Things can only get bigger in 2020 and it all starts at Fight for Gold! Keep an eye on social media and www.spwrestling.co.nz for match announcements and more information as we get closer. You can also join the official FB Event via the Southern Pro Wrestling NZ FB Page!
- The NZ Songwriters Trust alongside Southern Field Days present The Warratahs back live in Gore on WED 12 FEB. 7:30pm in Jessie's Room at Longford Function Centre, Hamilton Street. Early bird tickets from $50 + BF. Get yours from iTicket.co.nz or in person at the St James Theatre.
Royal Society Te Apārangi is delighted to be bringing Professor Stephen Robertson, Curekids Professor of Paediatric Genetics at the University of Otago, to Invercargill for a free public lecture, 6-7pm WED 12 FEB. Stephen is internationally acclaimed for his expertise on genetic disorders in children, and particularly relating to skeletal and brain development. He is looking forward to sharing insights on his ground-breaking research at the talk “The developing brain: insights from rare diseases”. All are welcome, and there’ll be an opportunity for Q&As afterwards. More information can be found at royalsociety.org.nz/events, or by searching on EventBrite for events in Invercargill. Royal Society Te Apārangi is a not-for-profit organisation supporting New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Stephen’s talk is part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series, celebrating 25 years of the Marsden Fund supporting research excellence in Aotearoa.
The annual Southland Buskers Festival is back THURS 13 - SUN 16 FEB, with a fantastic line-up of award-winning street and circus performers. The outdoor family-friendly event that takes place in Queen’s Park (band rotunda area) Esk Street Pocket Park and at the Sunday Farmers’ Market. A full programme of shows will be available in January with a downloadable version available from this website. Follow the festival on FB and keep up to date with festival news.
- Inner Wheel Balclutha is hosting its annual "Clear the Clutter for a Cause" Charity Garage Sale on SAT 22 FEB. At the South Otago Athletic Club on Pearson Lane, 9am - 1pm. Now accepting donations for sellable clothing, books, toys, appliances, furniture, home decor, sporting goods and more. Donated goods are gratefully accepted at Hewitt's Tractors, 118 Clyde Street. All proceeds from the day going back into the community. Come along for coffee cart, sausage sizzle and raffle on offer too. Please note no EFTPOS available. Bring your own bag. For more call Beatrice on 418 1085.
- Red Meat Profit Partnerships are holding workshops to assist farm businesses on transition and succession. It's expected nearly 50% of sheep and beef farms will change hands inside the next decade. A chance to work though any potential issues and plan outcomes. It can be hard with emotional connections and tensions of handling significant assets, often with competing family interests. Workshops taking place in Winton, Tuatapere and Gore from early March. TUES 10 MAR, 7 APRIL, and 12 MAY at the Heartland Hotel Croydon. Strictly limited numbers. To register visit rmpp.co.nz.