21 Yr Old Wallacetown Farm Worker Dies In Hospital (Updated name released)


Name release, Wallacetown fatal”

Police can now release the name of the man who died following a crash in Wallacetown on Wednesday 28th of September.

He is 21-year-old Mark Algodon of Wallacetown.

Police offer their sympathies to Mr Algodon’s family and friends at this tragic time.

The Police investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing so Police cannot comment any further.


A 21-year-old man has died following a crash in Wallacetown on the morning of Wednesday 28 September.

The man had been in Southland Hospital with critical injuries following the crash and passed away yesterday.

Victim Support services are on hand and are assisting the victim’s family.
The Police investigation into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.
Police offer their sympathies to the friends and family of the deceased at this tragic time.

900+ Gymnasts In Town For New Zealand Gymsports Championships

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Over 960 of the country’s best gymnasts have converged on ILT Stadium Southland to contest the 2016 New Zealand Gymsports Championships – and the impressive venue has them doing backflips.

National titles in all five disciplines – rhythmic, aerobics, trampoline and men’s and women’s artistic – will be awarded during the five-day fixture which startstomorrow(Wednesday).

GymSports NZ chief executive Tony Compier said ILT Stadium Southland had exceeded the expectations of competitors and officials alike.

“I must admit, when Nigel and the team at ILT Stadium Southland told us ‘sure, we can handle a thousand athletes, five different sports, and over 50 hours of competition across 5 days’, I was interested to see how this could be done,” he said.

“It has been fantastic to see how the potential of the venue has been translated into the magnificent arena our athletes will now compete in. I am delighted that Nigel, the team, the city of Invercargill and indeed the wider region of Southland have fully delivered on our expectations and embraced the spirit of our flagship event.”

GymSports NZ performance pathway and communications manager Anna Robertson said it was the biggest event on the organisation’s calendar.

“When the competitors walked into the stadium today, it took their breath away,” she said. “There’s very few venues in the country where we can host all five sports in one place so this is really special.

“To take it out of Auckland and bring it all the way to the other end of the country, there’s a real feeling of community which has come with it.”

Robertson hoped Southlanders would take the opportunity to see elite athletes in action, including 19-year-old trampolinist Dylan Schmidt who placed seventh at the Rio Olympics.


“Generally people think of gymnastics as the beam and the vault but there is so much more across all five sports, I think people will be surprised at the energy and tricks they will see,” she said. The Invercargill Licensing Trust contributed $30,000 to assist with staging it in the city. ILT president Alan Dennis said it highlighted the flexibility of ILT Stadium Southland as a venue. “We often hear the phrase ‘world-class’ linked to our stadium and when you see the calibre of the set up for this event you soon realise it’s a pretty apt description,” he said.


“You’d be hard pressed to find another venue capable of executing it to this high standard and we should be very proud of the asset we have right here.”

Preparation for the event started as far back as January with the stadium installing the necessary anchor points for the apparatus. Equipment from clubs around the country was packed into two containers and two large trucks, arriving in the south on Sunday.

“It’s always a logistical challenge because there’s so much equipment and it’s never all in one place. It’s fantastic the clubs are so supportive in loaning it to us,” Robertson said.

The championships would provide “the perfect build up” for the men’s artistic team set to contest the World Cup in Hungry and the rhythmic and artistic team heading to the Junior Commonwealth Championships in Namibia. Both teams depart next week for their respective international events.

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Council Closes Unsafe Stead Street Wharf To Public – Carpark Still Open To Pokemon Hunters

Stead street Wharf one of our cities more popular pokemon Hunting places has been closed to the public till further notice.
The condition of Invercargill’s historic Stead Street Wharf has been assessed as being unsafe for public use and it will be closed until further investigations are carried out, Parks Manager Robin Pagan said today.

Mr Pagan said, “The Wharf’s decking has decayed to such an extent that gaps and loose planks are creating trip hazards for pedestrians”.

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“This, along with other concerns, has given us no choice but to close the Wharf until further investigations are carried out and solutions can be found.”

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Stead Street Wharf is a Category II Historic Place. Mr Pagan said while the Wharf was now closed to the public, people could still use the car park and have access to the historic replica cutter and train. Only the timber wharf was affected by the closure.

“Council is taking this very seriously because it is a health and safety issue and a popular recreational spot.”

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert in Queenstown = SOLD OUT

Record ticket sale demand has continued for the upcoming Summer Concert Tour with all 16,000 tickets for the Queenstown concert being snapped up.


The Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert has sold out, promoters Greenstone Entertainment confirmed today that the 16,000 Queenstown show tickets have sold out.

The line up includes:

  • Bonnie Tyler
  • Ice House
  • Allan Parsons


11yr Old Motorcyclist Collided With Car (Police Update)

Police Update 26/9/2016 “Southland motorcycle crash update and name release”

Police can now confirm the victim of a motorcycle accident in Winton, Southland, earlier this month, has died.

Jessica Rose Robson, an 11-year-old from Southland, died on Saturday 24th September in Starship Hospital, following a crash on September 10th.

Police extend their thoughts to the family at this difficult time.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing and there are no further details available.

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An 11-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a crash at Thompsons Crossing, north of Invercargill, this afternoon.

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The girl was riding a 50cc motorcycle out of a paddock when she collided with a car on Thompsons Crossing Road West, shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday 10 September, 2016.police_road_closed_1

She was taken to Invercargill Hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

The rural road was closed for a short time while the Serious Crash Unit examined the scene, but has since been reopened.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Eastern Southland Car 60th Prize Giving This Weekend

Sixty years of the Eastern Southland Car Club will be remembered when the club holds it’s annual dinner and prizegiving in Gore on Saturday night.

The club was formed in 1956 and some of the memorabilia from the past sixty years will be on display when the dinner and prizegiving take place at the Heartland Hotels Croydon on the Main Queenstown Highway, Gore on Saturday evening.

The memorabilia will be on display from 2.30pm in the afternoon at the hotel with tea and coffee on offer while some competition cars will be on display outside the hotel.

The official part of the evening begins with drinks at 5.30pm before guests are seated for dinner at 6.30pm. During the evening the annual prizegiving for the 2015/2016 season will take place  while the guest speaker will be Paul Mullan of Black Magic Media, a company that covers rallies in both New Zealand and Australia. Mullan is also the President of Jet Boating New Zealand and is involved with Jet Boating expeditions around the world so the talk will no doubt be an exciting one.

eastern-sthld-car-club-brendon-mitchell-sept-2016Brendon Mitchell of Winton – the 2015/16 Eastern Southland Car Club Champion –Photo: Ben Wilson.

All members, past members and friends are welcome and full details are available at the club’s website escc.co.nz

Little Trouble At Alexandra Blossom Festival – Police

Police have had a relatively trouble free weekend throughout Central Otago during the annual Blossom Festival weekend.

Three arrests were made over the weekend.

Two Alexandra locals, a 23-year-old and 16-year- old were dealt with for fighting.  The 16-year old was released to his parents and the 23-year-old received a pre charge warning.

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An 18- year old Alexandra man was also arrested for disorderly behaviour but was given a pre charge warning.

Police attended a crash early Saturday morning where a 38-year-old Alexandra man rolled his car between Queenstown and Cromwell.

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Despite significant damage to the vehicle the man continued driving until a member of the public saw him and contacted Police.
He was stopped in Alexandra and has subsequently been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol and dangerous driving.
Thousands of visitors were in the area, and traffic flow was heavy, but there were no serious incidents reported.

Police had extra staff on duty given the number of visitors expected, but it was a well organised family focused event, and those attending were well behaved.

Trotting Season Opens This Weekend


The Northern Southland Trotting Club will once again run a season long competition at their three meetings in the 2016/2017 season which begins on Saturday 1 October.


The club has assembled another great prize package this season and will hold a losing ticket draw at all three of their race meetings this year – Saturday 1 October, Thursday 12 January and Saturday 11 March. At each of those three meetings a losing on course ticket will be drawn and each of the daily winners will go into the final draw on 11 March to establish who wins which prize. The top prize is a trip to the Easter Cup at Addington on Saturday 15 Aprilcourtesy of the Yaldhurst Hotel. Second prize is a trip for two to Stewart Island with airfares, accommodation and breakfast courtesy of Stewart Island Flights while the third placegetter will receive a two night stay at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau.

The club is also offering a door sales package to the Top Of The Park where $40 will take care of your food and beverage for the afternoon plus gain you a race book. Owners are invited to join the club to enjoy some hospitality in the Alabar Owners Room. 

The first race is timed to start at 1.00pm and admission is free.

Massive Opportunity For Southlands’ Brendon Leitch

Southland racing driver Brendon Leitch has received a massive opportunity to further his motor racing career. The 20 year old has been invited to travel to America to spend two days testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the high profile Newman Wachs Racing team on the road course previously used for the F1 United States Grand Prix.

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Race 2, Round 5 of the Toyota Racing Series, Manfeild, Saturday 13 February 2016 Photo: Bruce Jenkins

The opportunity was organised by Garry Orton of Victory Motor Racing, the team Brendon has represented in the Toyota Racing Series for the last three years. “Garry has contacts in the US and spent time in the States working on the successful Project 64 Mini at Bonneville this year. He and Dave McMillan, a former New Zealand Champion, managed to gain an invitation from Newman Wachs Racing for me to come to Indianapolis to drive their USF2000 Series Tatuus USF-17 chassis over the weekend of 8/9 October.”

The Newman Wachs team is a highly regarded American outfit owned by Eddie Wachs and, until his death, American actor and racer Paul Newman. The team is based outside Chicago at Mundelein, Illinois.


Brendon Leitch after winning the Bruce McLaren Trophy at NZ Motorsport Awards. Photo: Neil MacKenzie.

Leitch has been promised four 40 minute sessions on track in the car over the two days. “That will give me time to go over the car with the team and give the team my feedback,” says Leitch.

“It is an awesome opportunity. I haven’t been out of the country for ten years so to go overseas for this will be great. It is a huge achievement just to get a test. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It could potentially lead to a drive next year or nothing may come of it. I will go there with an open mind and see where it leads. The car is the same chassis as the FT50 we use in the Toyota Racing Series here in New Zealand except it has less aero (downforce). It is the first rung on the ladder in the Road To Indy that they have in the States and the aero increases as you step up the ladder”.

Despite limited resources and opportunities Leitch has fashioned a stunning record in New Zealand motor racing. After finishing in the top three of the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship two years in succession he moved into the Toyota Racing Series three seasons ago. Competing against race hardened international drivers with minimal preparation each year he has won two races in the series – one in the 2015 season and one this year and has stood on the podium several times. This year he finished third overall in the series points, was the top kiwi in the series and the only New Zealander to win a race.