Crowds Lineup To Meet The Highlanders At H&J Smith

A line of Highlanders fans lined up to get autographs, the cue ran over half the ground floor of local department store H&J Smith.

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13084097_10153378576376577_553112136_nMore young fans.

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13081632_10153378576046577_272754376_nAbby (9) and Harry (11) Carran with his autographed hoody & rugby boots.

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Another PowerNet Team Heads to Fiji to Support Recovery Effort

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Left to Right: Rob Gray (Balclutha) Hector Diamond (Invercargill) Tauira Patterson (Invercargill) Mark Isaacs (Gore)Mike Johnston (Te Anau)

Five more PowerNet staff leave Southland and Otago for Fiji this week to assist with the reconstruction of the country’s electricity services that were severely damaged by Cyclone Winston in February.

The latest team brings the total number of PowerNet staff to work in Fiji over the next few weeks to 10, as it joins other Contractors from New Zealand that have been working in Fiji since early April repairing and re-installing fallen power poles and electricity lines.

“We’re very pleased to be able to provide this additional assistance to Fiji’s international recovery effort and support Fiji as it gets its electricity supply fully functioning again,” says Jason Franklin, CEO of PowerNet.

“It’s great that we have a fantastic pool of highly trained and skilled staff that we can draw on to provide this support,” he says.

The second team of line mechanics leaves Invercargill on Wednesday (27 April) and will return on 17 May. It comprises leader Mark Isaacs (based in Gore) and members Rob Gray

(Balclutha) Hector Diamond, Tauira Patterson (both based in Invercargill) and Mike Johnston (Te Anau).

The previous team of Reece Stephenson (leader), Mark Payne, Joe Clarke, Sachin Chand and Cory Sutton, returned from Fiji on the 25th April.

The second team will work in the same area as the first team, about an hour’s drive inland from Lautoka.

The labour intensive repair work includes disconnecting fallen lines from poles, clearing debris so that powerlines can be reconstructed safely, erecting fallen power poles, re-
stringing power lines, and re-installing fallen transformers and other overhead distribution equipment.

The very hot and humid conditions mean team members have been carefully managing their hydration levels, needing to drink up to 10 litres of water a day.

PowerNet also plans to send a third team to Fiji in mid-May. Over time PowerNet staff on each of the teams will be rotated so that team members don’t become fatigued and so that

other PowerNet staff can also benefit from the experience of working in an environment that is different and challenging, however very rewarding.

It’s anticipated that PowerNet will supply staff to support Fiji’s recovery effort until June.

Invercargill Man Charged With Arson Of 122 Ettrick Street

A 39 year old male has been charged with arson in relation to the house fire at 122 Ettrick Street in Invercargill on the 19th of April.

He has appeared in the Invercargill District Court and is remanded in custody until the 10th of May 2016.ettrick-fire1

Police would ask that any persons who have information in relation to the fire call Invercargill Police ph 03 211 0400 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers ph 0800 555 111.

Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Celebration At Wachner Place

Town crier Lynley McKerrow hosted the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations with a speech wishing HRH a happy birthday followed by singing Happy Birthday and God save the queen.

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Also present was Gore mayor Tracy hicks and local MP Sarah Dowie, along with a crowd of well wishers.

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Invercargill Lotto Player Celebrates $1 Million Win

lottoA Lotto player in Invercargill will be smiling all the way to the bank after winning $1 million with Lotto first Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The winning ticket was sold at Elles Rd New World in Invercargill.

Powerball was not struck this evening and has rolled over to Saturday night, where the jackpot will be $4.5 million.

Strike Four has also rolled over to Saturday night and will be worth $300,000.

Anyone who bought their ticket from the above winning store should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ ticket-checker app.

Investigation Continues Into Ettrick Street Fire

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Invercargill Police are continuing their investigation into a suspicious fire at a house in Ettrick Street, Invercargill, which occurred tuesday evening just before 6.00pm.

A scene examination is ongoing in conjunction with NZ Fire Service investigators.

Police can confirm that no one received injuries as a result of the fire.ettrick-fire1 Police are speaking with a 39 year-old occupant from the address who is assisting with our enquiries.

Police continue to speak with numerous witnesses and ask if anyone has any further information in relation to the fire to please contact Invercargill Police on 03 211 0400.ttrick-fire2

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously via the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

 

European Union Free Trade Agreement Should Be A Boon For Southern Exporters

Further doors could be flung open for southern exporters with the prospect of a Free Trade Agreement with The European Union looming.

EU representative Michalis Rokas was in the south recently talking to local MP’s, local body mayors and Chambers of Commerce to bring them up to speed on the prospect of an FTA with the European Union.

Representatives from both sides are busy gathering and preparing information that will assist when full negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement start early next year.

Michalis Rokas says by eliminating tariffs and barriers behind the border further jobs will be created here in New Zealand and in the European Union.

While an FTA could open up more opportunities it might also seem like selling ice-cream to Eskimo’s as the EU is the largest exporter of agricultural products in the world.

The population numbers are also daunting, Europe’s 500million to our 4 and a half million

Michalis Rokas says feedback from southern leaders has been very positive and enthusiastic on the possibility of a big new market opening up.

He says obviously New Zealand has its eye on the prospect of more agricultural exports to Europe. But he adds New Zealand is rapidly expanding it’s services and infrastructure like Invercargill’s new airport terminal. Mr Rokas says there is a lot of EU expertise in this area.

Mr says there could be substantial opportunities with infrastructure with facilities like the Fonterra plant at Edendale and the wine industry in Central Otago. He says there is a lot of EU expertise, know how, machinery and equipment that is used in these and other industries.

He says another advantage of an FTA is that most of the EU and New Zealand agricultural products are counter seasonal so instead of competing both sides could get together to present their products to the vast Asian markets.

Michalis Rokas says the ambition is have a very modern Free Trade Agreement which will eliminate tariffs and red tape.

Being a diplomat Mr Rokas wouldn’t be drawn on whose wines were better, the wines of Europe or the wines of Central Otago.

He did say that our local wines are of excellent quality but are not that well known in Europe. Mr Rokas says a Free Trade Agreement and also the fact that there is a possibility of recognising the trade mark on wine, spirits and foodstuffs would make these products and the quality of them more well known and consumers in the EU would be willing to buy them.

EXCLUSIVE: Huge Trampoline Park Coming To Town

Exclusive: What’s On Invers are excited to announce that a 60+ Trampoline park is coming to town featuring Olympic tramps and a free tramp area with 50 tramps pyramids and landing platforms along with foam pitt, slam dunk courts and a full dodgeball arena.

Local businesswoman Robyn Smart says we have been working on this project now for over nine months and its going to be such a fun place for local Invercargill residents and visitors.

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Invercargill’s Trampoline Park will include:

  • Over 60 trampolines
  • Olympic trampolines
  • Foam pitt
  • Slam dunk courts
  • Full dodgeball arena
  • Close to CBD

Invercargill Lotto Winner Takes Home $200,000

One lucky player from Ashburton will be walking away with a sweet $22.2 million after winning Powerball First Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

Screenshot 2016-04-17 13.42.56Windsor Stationery & Lotto sold the winning $200,000 ticket. Photo: Google maps

The winning ticket was sold on MyLotto in Ashburton and is made up of $22 million from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division.

This is the single largest Powerball prize won so far this year and it’s the fourth time that the top Powerball prize has been won in 2016 – meaning there are now four more millionaires in New Zealand.

Four other Lotto players from around the country also won $200,000 tonight. The winning Lotto tickets were sold at Sunnybrae Superette in Auckland, New World Westend in Rotorua, Thorndon New World in Wellington and Windsor Stationery & Lotto in Invercargill. Strike Four has rolled over to Wednesday night and will be worth $200,000.

Anyone who bought their ticket from any of the above winning stores should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ ticket-checker app.

Players can phone Lotto on 0800 695 6886 if they want to enquire about the best way to claim a prize.