TV Legend & Country Calendar Host Dies Aged 75

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Veteran broadcaster and former Country Calendar producer and director Frank Torley has died.
Frank, 75, died peacefully yesterday morning after a short, sharp battle with cancer, his family said. Country Calendar was popular by townies just as much as country folk who worked on the land.
Frank retired as the narrator on Country Calendar in February because of problems with his vocal cords.

A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with cancer and was about to undergo weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. His family say he never wanted to be treated as an invalid.

“He told us he had an illness but was not sick,” the family said in a statement.

“We were proud he found the energy to speak at Country Calendar’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Wellington just days after first being discharged from the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

“He loved being part of Country Calendar. He loved the people of the land and he loved working on the land.”

Source: onenews

 

 

 

 

4th Subway Coming To Town & With A Drive-Through

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On the corner of Victoria Ave & Liffey street (opp MacDonalds & Invercargill Prison) the cities 4th Subway with a drive through is being constructed.

Currently there are Subways at Wachner place, South city & Windsor.

Here’s a demo of a Subway with a drive through in the USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukkx-dY2ZRQ

Noel Leeming Expanding Invercargill Store

Noel Leeming on Leven street (part of the Warehouse Group) is expanding their Invercargill store into the soon to be vacant Lighting Plus store.

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Brendan Monaghan – Invers City Council New Building Services Manager

Council has appointed its new Building Services Manager, Brendan Monaghan, who will start on April 4. He takes over from Simon Tonkin, who has moved to another position within the Council after 20 years in the role.

Invercargill City Council’s Director of Environmental and Planning Services, Pamela Gare, said Mr Monaghan was coming to them from his current role as ICC’s Parks Operations Manager, and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.

“I’m really delighted to announce the appointment. He has worked for Calder Stewart and McRaeway Homes and is an experienced manager. Mr Monaghan will be managing a really busy team which has a high public profile. The building industry is always under time and pressure constraints, and Council strives to provide a quality professional service; his role will be mixing those two tensions.”

“One of his key projects as Manager will be to move Building Services from a paper based system to an electronic system. For example, we will implement electronic forms and payments and use tablets when taking inspection notes. This change will allow us to provide better customer service,” Mrs Gare said.

Anyone Missing A Quad Bike ?

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Invercargill Police are trying to locate the owner of a green quad motorbike that was seized from a group of youths early last year.

There have been no located reported thefts that can be linked to this quad bike.

If you are the owner and can show us a proof of ownership we would happily return it to you.

If it’s yours, or you know who it belongs to, then give us a call at the Invercargill Police Station Property Office as soon as possible.

Old Showgrounds Transform Into Exciting Business Park

Like all good things, it takes time, and healthy doses of planning and money.
That’s the short summary of the Invercargill Business Park, the brain child of local builder, developer Russell Cunningham.12722364_10203995491326488_759256604_o (1) The long time builder developer grabbed what was the Invercargill Showgrounds when the Southland A&P Association had enough of the deteriorating facilities and decided to relocate.
Russell Cunningham had a vision for what will definitely become a premier commercial hub of Invers. That vision is now turning into reality in no uncertain terms.

At Russell Cunningham Properties Ltd office on Arena Drive, general manager Vicki Corkill readily explains what is on the go at the expansive site.

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A majestic aerial photo of the 1963 Royal Show being held at the former show grounds hangs in the boardroom.
The photograph shows the difference in years from 1963 to the present day.
Mrs Corkill says Russell Cunningham invested millions on getting the spadework done to get the sites ready for sale. That included getting all services, including fibre, to all the sections.

She says it’s been a journey to get to this point but they have overcome some obstacles like the Global Financial Crisis of just a few years ago.
12325898_10203995489886452_2109352533_o (1)Across the road where the Centennial Hall proudly stood site work preparation is underway for what will be Farmlands flagship base. Construction is expected to start before the end of March.

The plans show a supermarket next door on Victoria Avenue although Vicki Corkill says confirmation of that is some way off.
Next door, earthmoving equipment is being used to get a site ready for a large office complex which Farmers Mutual Group will call home along with several other tenants which are yet to be confirmed. The site will have an abundance of car parking.

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Progressive Engineering’s new base is rapidly taking shape at the bottom of Victoria Ave. Several other businesses that were elsewhere in the city have relocated to new premises in the business park including AJ Auto Electronics, Windsor Brass, Toothworks, Opus, McAlister Law and DoHair.
As for future development the site map shows that several sections have the “sold” sign across them. Mrs Corkill says another two sections have been snapped up in recent weeks.
She says interest is strong in the remaining unsold sections at the Business Park.

Why has all this activity suddenly come about? Vicki Corkill explains that each business has its own time frame for development and a lot of time, energy and money is spent getting it all together. She says it just so happens that most of it has come together at roughly the same time.
When asked about the total value of the work in progress, Vicki Corkill says it’s estimated to be in excess of ten million dollars.

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She says an upside of that is that it’s mainly local businesses employing local people that have been engaged to do the roll up yer sleeve, shovels and diggers, hammer and nail stuff. That is pleasing news especially when the dairy sector is going through some turbulent times.
Developments like this show that the commercial landscape of Invers is changing quickly and the Invercargill Business Park may in time be the new commercial hub of our city.

Help Bring Richie McCaw To Lochiel School

The Brand Ambassador helps kids with school work while they drinking Fonterra Milk for Schools milk. People involved: Richie McCaw and Sam Ward.
The Brand Ambassador helps kids with school work while they drinking Fonterra Milk for Schools milk. People involved: Richie McCaw and Sam Ward.

Exciting news from Lochiel School they have made it into the final 10 to win a visit from Richie McCaw with Fonterra milk in schools.

If you have Facebook please vote for them asap and please please please share it around your social media friends. Lochiel are the only school in Southland in the final ten, so it would be awesome to get the support of the province.

Please visit the following link to Vote for LOCHIEL SCHOOL!

Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch In Stable Critical Condition After Accident At Teretonga Raceway (Updated)

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Updated: Wednesday 23rd March 2016

A statement from’Inkys’ family says…

‘Inky’ Tulloch remains in a stable but critical condition

Tulloch was moved from Southland Hospital to Christchurch Hospital on Monday following a high speed crash on Sunday at Teretonga Raceway.

He is in the Intensive Care Unit and is critically unwell, but stable, the statement says.

“Annette, Jodi, Rebecca, Amanda, Bridgette and their families are overwhelmed and thankful for the comforting support and prayers of family, friends and the wider public.”

Updated: Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Southland businessman and racing identity Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch family of have requested privacy while he remains in Christchurch Hospital.

Tulloch, 65, was transferred to Christchurch from Southland Hospital on Monday after a racing accident at Teretonga Raceway in Invercargill on Sunday left him in a critical position.

Now in the care of Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said the family had asked for privacy at this time. His present condition is not being made public, but he was taken to hospital on Sunday in a critical condition.

Tulloch was taking part in the final meeting of the Teretonga Park Circuit season on Sunday when the race car he was travelling in hit a tyre wall at the loop on the circuit.

Former Gore mayor, businessman and racing identity Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch is in a critical condition following a crash at Teretonga Park on Sunday at approximately 4pm. The race was stopped early after the incident.

Tulloch was transported to Southland Hospital after the race car he was travelling in hit a tyre wall, at the loop on the circuit near Invercargill.

Serious Crash Near Gore (Updated Name Released Of Deceased)

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Update: Tuesday 22nd March

Police can now confirm the identity of the male that was killed as a result of the crash that occurred near Mataura on the 19th of March 2016.

The deceased male driver of the vehicle was Finlay Ian McRAE aged 17 from Mataura.

Firefighters managed to extract the 17-year-old and he was taken to Dunedin Hospital with a serious head injury, but later died.

Four passengers in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

Update: Sunday 20th March

A teenager who suffered a serious head injury after a car rolled on a South Island road yesterday morning has died of his injuries.

The teen died as a result of his injuries, police said this afternoon.

No further details would be released today, police said.

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At about 12:20am on Saturday morning the 19th of March,  Gore Emergency services were called to a serious crash on River road between Gore and Mataura.

A Toyota Surf vehicle lost control and rolled over, trapping the male driver in the vehicle until fire service were able to extracated him.  The driver is now in hospital with a serious head injury

Four passengers in the vehicle have escaped with minor injuries

A road diversion is in place until the serious crash scene Investigation is completed.

ILT Southland Entertainment Awards Winners (full list)

The full list of winners from Thursday nights ILT Southland Entertainment Awards

ASCOT PARK HOTEL ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Shannon Cooper-Garland
  • Steven Hayes
  • Kayla Mahon
  • Dave McMeeking
  • Stephen Wilcox
  • Jacinta Kerepeti

SOUTHLAND MUSICIANS CLUB JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

  • Emma Jones
  • Jenny Mitchell
  • Curtis Swann

TREVOR DALEY MUSIC WORKS DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

  • Dale Hodges
  • Jake McQuarrie
  • Tim O’Connor
  • Matt Ward

JASON TAYLOR VEHICLE SALES GUITARIST OF THE YEAR

  • Craig Allott
  • David Baker
  • Greg Findlater
  • Simon Thompson

SHEET METALCRAFT BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Dean Ashby
  • Chris Hewton

BNZ SOUTHLAND VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Cheryl Anderson
  • Shaun Blackie
  • Shannon Cooper-Garland
  • Michelle Lange

REDPATH ELECTRICAL KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Teresa Monteath
  • Sharon Officer

TREVOR DALEY AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING JUNIOR

  • Emma Jones
  • Dave Stupples

WHAT’S ON INVERS BAND OF THE YEAR

  • Flaming Moes
  • Midnight Cruise
  • Otepuni Moonshine
  • The Yardmen

RADIO SOUTHLAND ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Michelle Beck, Fight For Her
  • Left Or Right, Trippy
  • Kayla Mahon, Girl On The Move
  • Jenny Mitchell, The Old Oak
  • Otepuni Moonshine, Lust, Lore & Liquor
  • The Philadelphia Experiment, 211
  • John Pringle, Long Time Coming
  • Various, Soundquest 2016

MARKET SOUTH SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Craig Allott
  • Kayla Mahon

SOUTHERN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Peter Cairns
  • Kate McIlwrick
  • Sarah Rae

HOUSE OF TRAVEL LAKERS SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Michelle Beck, You Should’ve Known
  • Degrees of Freedom, Saving Katie
  • Kayla Mahon, New Tricks
  • Jenny Mitchell, Puppet, Don’t Leave Me Hanging On Your Words
  • Philbo, Internet Don’t Kiss, Turn That Life Around, Passion
  • The Silence Machine, Glen Ghetto Horror, The Blackest
  • David Stupples, Ballistic Symphony, Hey There, Off The Ground
  • Zutto, Mine Field
  • Emma Wells, Fire

GRAHAM WILLIAMSON X FACTOR CARS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

  • Colin Hendry

INVERCARGILL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS

IMT Best Dancer: Amy Hutton

IMT Rising Star Award: Kayla Wilcox

IMT Best Performance in a Leading Role: David McMeeking

IMT Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre: Chris Herman

EIS PIPING AND DRUMMING AWARDS

Band of the Year: ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band G3

Piper of the Year: Jamie Callahan

SOUTH PORT NZ ASCOT PARK HOTEL BRASS BAND AWARDS

Most outstanding bands person: Kerri Hellyer

Most Valuable player: Megan Gooding