What's On - Southland and South Otago

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!


  • 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. 


  • Encouraging our community to get active and stay healthy, the PGG Wrightson Walk to Wellness is now on. A nine-day journey covering 457km, broken down into legs between PGG Wrightson stores across the region. They've partnered with Dr Tom Mulholland who is using the KYND app to test and measure the health and wellness of employees and the rural community. The data shows we need to focus on getting active, socialising and cutting bad habits to improve our KYND scores. The whole family is invited to walk along, as long as you've downloaded the KYND app and any medical conditions have been looked at by your doctor. Click attending on the Facebook event, or simply turn up on the day. Visit the PGG Wrightson youtube page for guides on preparation and key items to bring along. If you intend to camp at the stops, you'll need to organise food, tents and bedding prior to the walk. Visit www.pggwrightson.co.nz/WalktoWellness for more information. 


  • 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 hereListen to Luke Howden Breakfast to win your tickets!


  • A 24hr 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 Manihera 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.


  • South Otago Town and Country Club Speed Shear is on FRI 7 FEB at the Club on Yarmouth Street, 7:30pm. Open entry $35, senior $25, and locals just $10. Great prizes and live music to feature. For more and to enter contact Holly on 027 453 7265.


  • 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.


  • The Tuapeka Mouth Festival is on this Waitangi Weekend SAT 8 FEB. Celebrating the ferry's 125th year as a community crossing, the only punt of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere! Join for a special ferry crossing, with extended morning hours. Community photo 10:30am. 11:15am photo at the school, 11:30am a walk to the Tuapeka River Dam; official track opening. From 12-4pm a T20 cricket match sees Balclutha v Clutha Valley 'Stingers' at the Tuapeka Domain, also garden party and lawn games. History display at the school. Afternoon tea and car boot sale. Lunch boxes $20 for 2 (fundraising for NSW fire relief). Food includes barista coffee cart, real fruit ice cream. For more email [email protected], or visit the Facebook event here


  • Gore Harness Racing Club is hosting a grass track meeting SAT 8 FEB at Gore Racecourse, with the first race reasonably early at 11.25am. Featuring "Punt for Gold" where you can win big by picking the first three placings in the nominated race. You must be on course to claim prizes. Kids entertainment is free.


  • The Clinton/Kaiwera Trail Bike Ride is on SAT 8 FEB, 8am start. 376 Lochindorb Runs Road, Clinton. 2 loops and a pee wee track available. Bacon butties and coffee available when you arrive. Lunch is included in your ticket. Major fundraiser for the local school. Entry $50 for senors. More information www.myrides.co.nz or call Lisa 0273888205. 


  • 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!


  • Southland Steam Engine Club is hosting its annual Open Weekend at Brydone on SAT 8 and SUN 9 FEB, 10am - 5pm. Featuring Steam on the Farm. On display they will have: drain plough, straw press, winching display, chaff cutting, The Cochran boiler in steam, Ferguson tractor, activities for the kids and more. Great chance to experience operating or riding on a machine. Friendly atmosphere. Entry just $5 per person, under 16 free. Find them at the old dairy factory, 748 Pioneer Highway. Also find them on Facebook here.


  • ILT Liquorland Charity Golf Tournament is on WED 12 FEB at Queens Park course. Raising funds for the Southland Charity Hospital. 4BBB stableford - mens, ladies or mixed pairs. Golfers must be a member of a club and have an official handicap. $20 per player. Multiple tees. Start times either 8-8:30am or 12-1pm. Draw published at golfsouthland.co.nz on Friday 7 Feb. No postponement. The Golf Southland Golfer of the Year presentations will follow the prizegiving. Enter today by calling Golf Southland on 931 0082, 021 270 3124 or emailing [email protected] 


  • 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. At the Learning & Research Centre (upper level), Southland Hospital, Kew Road, Invercargill. 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.


  • An event offering free haircuts and other services for those in need is being held SUN 16 FEB at Aurora College, Tramway Road entrance, from 1pm - 3:30pm. Organised by Melissa Aitken once every 6 months. Has been running for 4 years now. Largest event saw 1100 through the door. Offering free haircuts, massages, clothing, manicures, beauty therapy, smoke alarms, dental advice, physio, Triton hearing checks, blood pressure checks, case workers, food and more. A talented local ukalele group will entertain. If you wish to donate goods give Melissa a call 027 533 3600. 


  • Annual Southland Cheese Roll is on SUN 16 FEB, 11am - 2pm on Lee Street, Bluff. Participant categories Babybels (16 under) $10, Mature (over 16) $20, and Platters (groups) $100. Rolling cheese for charity. For more information and to register visit redcross.org.nz/cheese-roll, or email [email protected] 


  • 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. 


  • The Clutha Raft Race and Festival is back SAT 22 FEB. Race registration at 10am for a 10:30am start at Clydevale. Festival and market 10:30am – 1pm on the banks of the Clutha River, by the bridge. Local band Noise Complaint from 11am. Kids activities, live music, food/coffee carts and more! Funds raised to Kaka Point Surf Life Saving Club and Clutha and Catlins District LandSAR. Entry forms available from the “My Little Local” app under the “what’s on” button. Find them on Facebook here. Event organised by Project Clutha. Contact [email protected] 


  • The Ken Milne Classic is on SAT 22 FEB at the Clutha Rugby Club. Triathlon, Duathlon, or 5km Recreational Walk/Run. Course: 800m Swim - 20km Road Bike - 5km Run/Walk. Registration from 9.00am -9.30am. Pre-Race Briefing at 9.45am for 10am start. All proceeds will be donated back to the local community. Entry forms at www.sportotago.co.nzEnquires to Keely 0274046072. 


  • The Ray White Invercargill Home and Garden Tour is back SAT 29 FEB, from 10am - 4pm. You will be supplied a map to tour around a selection of 10 stunning Southern properties. Tickets $65+BF, with all proceeds to Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital. Find all details and register at https://www.homeandgardentour.co.nz/


  • A Farmers’ Forum is being held to discuss the future of dairy farming. At Southern Dairy Hub, Invercargill on TUES 3 MAR, between 9:30am - 3:30pm. An opportunity for dairy farmers to hear about the latest changes on and off-farm, and what they mean for the future of dairy. DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle will share what DairyNZ is hearing from farmers and the future priorities. Guest speaker economist Cameron Bagrie will discuss the value of consumers, environmental regulations happening globally and what new technologies will do to our food. Nadia Lim will discuss the importance of natural food and where agriculture fits in future food trends. Farmers will also learn about research in their region and solutions available to them now, along with tips from local farmers reducing their environmental footprint. Regional science: wintering practices. What are the Winter Grazing Taskforce recommendations and how are farmers able to adapt to the proposed changes? This session will showcase the trial work behind fodder beet and kale crops, as well as infrastructure options for wintering cows in Southland. It's free for DairyNZ levy payers and their staff. For more information and to register, visit dairynz.co.nz/farmersforum.


  • Cancer Society Relay for Life is back at ILT Stadium Southland on SAT 21 - SUN 22 MAR. An inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers, remember loved ones lost to cancer, fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society. For more and to register visit www.relayforlife.org.nz or email [email protected] 


  • Entries are now open for the National Primary Industries New Zealand Awards. This year’s award winners will be presented at the Primary Industries Summit at Te Papa in Wellington on June 24. The awards are all about celebrating the significant achievements being made every week, every month and every year by New Zealand’s primary sector, and its supporters. The categories for 2020 are:
    - Primary Industry Team Award (sponsored by Primary ITO) 
    - Primary Industry Science & Research Award (sponsored by Yashili Dairy) 
    -  Primary Industry Innovation & Collaboration Project Award (sponsored by Norwood) 
    -  Primary Industry Chief Executive Award (sponsored by Lincoln University) 
    -  Industry Champion Award (sponsored by Federated Farmers) 
    - Outstanding Contribution to Primary Industries in NZ (sponsored by Massey Ferguson).
    The deadline for entries is MON 30 MAR. Full information at https://primaryindustries.co.nz/awards/overview


  • 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. 


  • A raffle is being held with top prizes including a meat hunt across Glenaray Station and Argyle Station, Waikaia. One includes an overnight stay. Tickets just $10 each. All proceeds to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ, supporting the Waikaia and Balfour Fire Brigade members doing the Sky Tower Stair Challenge 2020. Draw closes THURS 9 APRIL, drawn under police supervision the following week. 


  • The 2020 Admin Professionals Day is back at Ascot Park Hotel on FRI 8 MAY, from 12:30pm. Featuring guest speaker Liam Malone. He will share his very personal and raw journey of adversity from having his legs amputated at 18 months old, to losing his mother to bowel cancer as a teen, and his battle with alcohol and drugs. And how he turned it all around to become a gold medal athlete! Tickets $70, which includes a three course meal. Register today at www.commercesouth.com. 
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