Body Found At Popular Pokemon Hunting Spot

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Invercargill Estuary walkway a popular location on the Pokemon Go craze that’s swept the world, was closed by Police on Sunday afternoon. (But is now open to the public again)

A woman’s body was found on the estuary walkway in Invercargill, Police received a call from a member of the public who came across the body about 4pm.

A police spokeswoman said the woman was believed to be aged in her 70s, but had not been identified, and the death was not being treated as suspicious, but was unexplained and had been referred to the coroner.

A Pokeman GO! fan told one of games popular locations in town is Invercargill Estuary which has 4 pokestops, people put lures down to capture more Pokemon, this place has been popular with 20 cars here last night he said.

Photos & Video Of Huge Fire – Destroys North Road Tractor Business

Southland Farm Machinery the local John Deere tractor franchise has burn down in a huge fire on early late Saturday early Sunday morning.

Fire Service southern communications shift manager Brent Dunn said we had many calls from the public reporting the fire, seven fire engines and up to 26 firefighters were involved.


The aftermath after the fire, Southland Farm Machinery on North Road.

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More video of the Southland Farm Machinery fire.
Thanks to Brendon for sending the video.

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New Dairy Processing Plant For Eastern Southland – Chinese Business A Major Backer

A much needed boost for the Southland dairy industry with news out  that a new dairy processing plant is to be built in the province.

Mataura Valley Milk have announced plans to build a $200m  high tech processing plant at McNab, 7k’s north of Gore.

State owned China Animal Husbandry is taking a stake of just shy of 72% . Local farmer suppliers will hold a 20% stake.

The new venture is expected to create in excess of 100 jobs and directors say the new venture will inject significant income into the province as well as grow added value dairy exports.

Mataura Valley Milk director Aaron Moody is reported saying the global infant formula market was worth $57 billion in 2013, and the market in China alone is expected to reach $38b by 2017

Reports indicate that China already consumes well over half of the global infant formula market and that is growing by the day.

Talk about building a dairy processing plant at McNab is nothing new but with confirmation that  a major Chinese business is taking a major stake, it would seem that this time around it’s a goer !

Work on the pharmaceutical standard plant is expected to start later in the year.

Today’s announcement also reinforces the rapidly growing partnership between with the green green grass of home and the colossal market of China.

We ran the story this week of Alliance Group’s move to supply high quality meat to the Chinese market with its Grand Farm partnership



Paper Begone! Invers City Council Wins National Award

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The Invercargill City Council has been awarded the 2016 Project of the Year Award for moving its Land Information Memorandum (LIM) from a paper based to electronic system.

The awarded was presented at the annual Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) Information Management/Records Symposium held in Wellington last Council’s Director of Environment and Planning Services, Pamela Gare, and Records Team

Leader, Cheryl Anderson, were present at the symposium to accept the award.

Ms Anderson said multiple departments in Council had worked on the system and it was completed entirely by Council staff, no consultants were hired and several people up skilled to contribute.

“The new LIM system changes the way we process the reports. Now we scan the property file and it is monitored through electronic tasks, rather than staff manually following through with a single hard copy file. We can have concurrent authors and we can monitor who has done their bit. We’ve been using the new process for about a year and it has saved so much “We were told about three weeks ago we were one of three finalists for the Award. We were required to present on our project and then the judges deliberated on them and announced us as the winner last night,” Ms Anderson said.

SoRDS Update Presentation To Chamber Of Commerce Members

The first step on what might be a long and challenging journey has been taken with the presentation of the Southland Regional Development Strategy to a host of local business, community and civic leaders in Invers.

The strategy aims to have Southland on a much healthier and prosperous footing over the next ten years. It’s being driven by some of the sharpest brains available in the region.

One might think SoRDS is all about the Southland economy. Although the economy is vitally important, it is the people who are at the heart of the Southland community.

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Chair of the SoRDS governance group Tom Campbell says  “We need enough people, enough activity and interaction to create the buzz that sustains a high quality of social and economic life”

“Despite strong economic growth since 2007 there is continuing local concern about the Southland’s social and economic viability” he said.

Southland Chamber of Commerce president Carla Forbes told the gathering “The SoRDS formula is simple – more people will seek to study, live and work in Southland when perceived negatives such as the tyranny of distance and climate are exceeded by the benefits of jobs, discretionary income, quality of life, lifestyle and environment.”

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She says “Total live-ability is key to the Southland Regional Development Strategy and for Southland to offer a prosperous future for our young people.

“This innovative strategy initiated by the Mayoral Forum and funded by the four local councils, is about a long term unified approach and leadership to deliver sustainable growth and change.” she said.

Ms Forbes added “SoRDS is a concerted and deliberate strategy to drive our region forward, with committed and active involvement of the Southland business community, addressing economic diversity, total livability and the ambitious goal of 10,000 more people in Southland by 2025”.

That’s just 9 years away. Do-able? SoRDS says Yes!

Drive To The Conditions – Police Advise As Weather Expected To Go Pear Shaped

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Southern Police are reminding motorists that with the winter season now upon us, extra care needs to be taken on our roads.
District Road Policing Manager Inspector Tania Baron says, so far, much of the country has had a mild winter, but the Southern region is now well and truly feeling the winter in full force.

“It’s important for motorists to realise that when the weather gets wet, or icy or snowy, their driving behaviour needs to change to reflect that.   Driving to the conditions means  exactly that…don’t drive at 100 km/h just because the speed  sign says so, reduce your speed in the wet, ice or snow if necessary,” she says.

Motorists need to take into account the fact that the friction that keeps cars on the road is reduced considerably in icy and wet conditions.

When driving in winter conditions Police advise motorists to allow extra time for their journey, plan the route they are taking, take regular breaks, slow down and never drive impaired.

“Southern Police will be visible on the road across the region as we work to prevent road trauma by slowing people down and addressing bad driving behaviour,” says Ms Baron.”

Safe winter driving includes keeping windscreens clean and fully defrosted, taking care in shady areas where there may be ice on the road, using headlights in fog and keeping good following distances.

“We want everyone to be safe on our roads this winter, so take extra care and drive to the conditions,” says Ms Baron.

Netball Icon Robyn Broughton To Take Up UK Coaching Role

Yes, Southern Netball icon Robyn Broughton is far from done with coaching. The coach with an illustrious record of success has been sought by top UK club Mavericks. This is how they announced the appointment to the netball world.

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Mavericks Netball are delighted to announce the appointment of Robyn Broughton as our first Director of Netball with effect from 1st August 2016. Robyn, an icon of the game in New Zealand, returns to the club following a season as Assistant Coach in 2016.

Franchise Director, Gloria Keech said “Robyn is a natural and experienced leader. She has coached at the highest level with huge success and worked with many elite athletes nurturing their talent and helping them to fulfil their potential. At Mavericks we have always focused on talent development so Robyn is the perfect fit in all ways.  I am excited that Robyn has agreed to join Mavericks as our first Director of Netball and I’m certain she will enable the club to make a real impact in a very competitive Vitality Netball Superleague.”

In New Zealand, Robyn served as Head Coach of Southern Sting for 10 years winning that first franchise competition seven times. Later she coached Southern Steel and Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship; coached the Silver Ferns to Fastnet victory in England in 2010 and was Assistant Coach of the Silver Ferns between 2000 and 2002.

Robyn has also been heavily involved in Secondary School and Age Group netball where she has fostered young talent.

She is enthusiastic about her appointment saying:

“I am grateful to Mavericks for selecting me for this new role and after having experience of the supportive environment in the franchise last year, I am now keen to continue this involvement. There is a pool of talented players and I am confident we can work towards success in the SuperLeague.”

As Director of Netball, Robyn will also assume the role of Head Coach.  Mavericks would like to extend our thanks to Sam Bird, the Mavericks Head Coach for the last two seasons.  Sam led Mavericks to top four positions in the Superleague in both years, reaching the Grand Final in 2015.

The rest of the new Mavericks coaching team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Alliance Group Ready To Tap Into Huge Chinese market

Invers based meat processor Alliance Group have dispatched their new market-ready packs for launch in China next month.

The products will be launched in the retail and food service sectors. Initially, the Pure South / Grand Farm co-branded lamb products will be targeted to the upper end of the market in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen and Harbin.


An Alliance Group spokesman says the packs will be available from eight retail chains , with 200 selected outlets before being rolled out to other parts of the country.


The spokesman says this marks both a further strengthening of the Alliance Group’s  ties with Grand Farm and a major milestone in the cooperative’s vision to create new product forms and ranges that will be either produced from source or further processed in the market to meet growing demands from China’s food service sector. This initiative will help Alliance Group build a deeper understanding of the supply and value chains and eventually secure the added value Alliance Group is seeking in this market with a “packed at origin” offering.



Invercargill Police Investigate Small Fires

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Invercargill Police are investigating three small fires that have been lit in the Queens Park surroundings.

At around 2.55am on Friday 22nd July, a small fire was lit near a fence close to the playground area.

Pine needles have also been lit on fire on two separate occassions amongst the pine trees along the north track at the back of Southland Boys High School.

These two incidents have occurred on Sunday 24 July at approximately 10.10am and Monday 25 July at approximately 6.15pm.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Invercargill Police on 03 211 0400.

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