Back To School Police Road Safety Message – Thanks To Young Reflections

School is back tomorrow and Southland Police are asking drivers to keep an eye on their speed with children returning for the new term.

Constable Jason Gordon says their message is simple; please slow down!

“We’re reminding people to slow down and stay alert to ensure our young people get to and from school safely, he said.

“Historically, we have seen an increase in crashes and ‘near misses’ over this period so we’ll be actively patrolling school zones and paying particular attention to speed.”

There will be a 4km/h tolerance in place in school zones (250m either side of a school boundary) and this will be strictly enforced.

“The speed limits are reduced to give children a better chance of surviving if something goes wrong,” says Constable Gordon.

  • Drivers are also reminded to be alert and avoid distraction.
  • Driving the kids to school, please make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt and that they’re properly fitted.
  • Drivers are also reminded to be alert and avoid distraction.
    • “That means putting your cell phone out of reach to avoid temptation.
    • Not turning around to speak to kids in the back seat.
    • Watching out for others on bikes or crossing the roads.
  • “Please make sure you are doing your part in keeping our kids safe by driving to the conditions, reducing your speed and staying alert.”

Two Strike Players In Auckland & Christchurch Celebrate $100,000 Win

Two Strike players from Auckland and Christchurch will popping open the champagne after each winning $100,000 with Strike Four in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The winning Strike tickets were sold at Highway Supermart in Auckland and Northlands Pak N Save in Christchurch.

Powerball rolled over this evening and will be $12 million on Wednesday. Lotto was also not struck tonight and will be $1 million on Wednesday night.

Lotto New Zealand’s Mother’s Day promotion begins tomorrow. All Lotto Triple Dip tickets bought between Sunday 30 April and 7.30pm on Saturday 13 May are in the draw to win 50 extra prizes, including 5x Audi A1 cars, 5x $20,000 travel prizes, 20x $10,000 shopping prizes and 20x prizes of $10,000 cash.

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

Champion Pacers To Be Celebrated At Ascot Raceway On Sunday

Two of Southland’s greatest champion pacers, Cardigan Bay and Robin Dundee will be honoured at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club Diamonds Day meeting at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill on Sunday (April 30).

Born in Mataura, Cardigan Bay was the world’s first million dollar standardbred.

Among his achievements were winning the 1963 Interdominion Pacing Final, the 1963 New Zealand Cup off 54 yards and the Auckland Cup off a handicap of 78 yards. He went on to phenomenal success in America before returning to New Zealand where he died in 1988 at the age of 31.

Robin Dundee was a diminutive mare from Southland whose successes included the 1965 Auckland Cup and dead heating the Interdominion Pacing Final at Forbury Park in 1965 with Jay Ar. Cardigan Bay and Robin Dundee shared the same sire, Hal Tryax, and both raced with great success throughout New Zealand, Australia and America.

Much of the memorabilia on display on Sunday is on loan from the Noel Taylor NZ Trotting Hall Of Fame so it is a rare opportunity for Southlanders to view a very special piece of New Zealand harness racing history in the home province of these legends.

There is also a set of hopples and headset worn by Robin Dundee on display thanks to the Hewitt family whose father raced the great mare.

Racing on this Sunday at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill. Photo: Bruce Stewart

On track, the day will feature top class racing of the current era with the culmination of several of the south’s premier harness racing series with the finals of the Nevele R Stud/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks and the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes, both races run over 2700m for a stake of $45,000.

The bMAC Sheetmetal Southern Country Cups Final also over 2700m for a stake of $25,000 is another feature as is the Group 3 Diamond Creek Farm 2yo Classic raced for a stake of $38,000 over 2200m.

Admission to the course is free. There are 11 races scheduled and racing begins at 11.35am.

Super Sunday For Southland Netball Fans

Southern netball fans will have the chance to see the best players in the country involved in three matches in-a-row during ”Super Sunday” at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill this Sunday (April 30).

All six ANZ Premiership teams will be in action – a showcase of New Zealand’s best netball talent with some international superstars in the mix as well.

Tickets to Super Sunday are only $20 for children and $38 for adults which covers entry to all three games.

Southern Steel marketing and communication manager Kate Buchanan said tickets were selling well and stadium seating capacity may be increased to cater for the public, with netball fans also travelling from throughout the South Island to attend the rare chance to see all six teams compete during the netball extravaganza.

Super Sunday, April 30 – ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill.

  • 1pm – Activities get started outside the arena and doors open
  • 2pm – Game 1: Pulse v Magic
  • 4pm – Game 2: Steel v Mystics
  • 6pm – Game 3: Tactix v Stars

Tickets are on sale from ILT Stadium Southland and online

Shear Success From Championships For Southland

The 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, held in Invercargill in February, was widely heralded as the best event in the competition’s 40-year history.

Independent analysis has backed that up, revealing a $6.78 million to $7.48 million economic impact to the Southland economy.

The report, undertaken by Venture Southland, has revealed international visitors to New Zealand for the event stayed an average of 31.3 days in New Zealand, 14.5 of those in Southland.

Each international spent $316 per day on accommodation, food, retail spending and other activities, higher than the usual tourist spend of $235 per day, while domestic visitors to the region spending an average of $260 per day.

Additionally, the total impact on the New Zealand economy (not including time spent in the Southland region) was between $7.78 million and $9.30 million.

The event’s Organising Committee chairman Tom Wilson said the numbers exceeded all expectations.

“We are blown away by the impact the event has had. The feedback we received during and following the Champs has been overwhelming, but to see the number in black and white really brings home what a special event it was for our sport and for Southland,” Mr Wilson said.

“Right from the start, we set ourselves the goal of delivering the best World Championships in history. We didn’t want to leave any stone unturned and looking back now, I think we gave it as good a crack as we could have hoped,” he said.

Post-event feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive, with 97% of respondents rating the event and it’s organisation positively.

Key to the success was the venue. ILT Stadium Southland and the event facilities were rated in the highest-possible terms, with 98% of attendees surveyed rating the venue positively.

“We couldn’t have asked for more from the ILT Stadium team. Competitors and spectators were blown away by the venue and the set-up. To turn a world-class facility like the Stadium in to a wool-shed for a week and have everything run so smoothly was no small feat,” Mr Wilson said.

Inside the ILT Stadium Southland which was turned into a giant wool shed for the competition. Photo:

Stadium general manager Nigel Skelt said the response pointed to the huge amount of work the event organisers and his team had put in to make the event a success.

“This event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the true multipurpose, multifunctional nature of ILT Stadium Southland. Southland has always known that they have created a world class facility and to get the feedback from our international guests was something special,” Mr Skelt said.

Invercargill Licensing Trust sales and marketing manager Chris Ramsay was also full of praise for the event and the support it received from the Southland community.

“When the opportunity presented itself to help bring the World Champs to Invercargill the ILT board were unanimous in their support of funding the event. It once again showcased the world class venue that ILT Stadium is. The event also highlighted the fantastic Southern Hospitality that we provide, which was recognised and commented on across International media by the participants and judges,” Mr Ramsay said

A total of 12,607 paying spectators attended the event during the four days of competition, including sell-out crowds on the two final evenings of competition.


Ludlow Resigns As Deputy Mayor

Invercargill City Council Deputy Mayor, Darren Ludlow, is to step aside from the role and has this morning formally notified Mayor Tim Shadbolt of his intentions.

Cr Ludlow met with His Worship the Mayor and Chief Executive Richard King at 8.15am this morning, to advise them of his decision and present a letter of resignation. Mayor Tim Shadbolt has accepted this resignation.

The following is the text of that letter:

“Your Worship,

It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the role of Deputy Mayor of the Invercargill City Council.

I apologise for the unexpected nature of this announcement and hope it will not cause too much disruption to the positive functioning of civic operations.

I wish to redirect my focus in order to more significantly contribute leadership in the areas of responsibility that come with my other Council roles.

Thank you for the confidence you have shown in me: I have appreciated the opportunity to serve as Deputy Mayor for the past 5 years.

I will continue to serve constructively as a councillor, as chair of the Finance Committee, and on my various appointments – as might reasonably be expected by those who have given me a substantial and consistent mandate for the past five elections.

It is my intention to continue in the role until a replacement is confirmed at the next full meeting of Council.”


Cr Ludlow will remain Deputy Mayor until the next Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 May, when a replacement will be chosen by the Mayor and Council.

Richardson Group Confirm More Building Acquisitions For City Centre’s Future

The HW Richardson Group have acquired two further Invercargill city centre buildings, with the recent purchase of the former ASB building at 63 Esk St and the building at 42 Tay St, which currently housed Art Fun Wear.

Speaking to today (April 26) Group director and Property arm CEO Scott O’Donnell confirmed the Invercargill-based company have acquired the two buildings, reconfirming the Group’s desire of investing in the future of Invercargill, and putting their “money where their mouth is”.

Mr O’Donnell said the Esk St building, currently tenanted by an antiques dealer, was in quite good shape and in a good location.

“It’s reasonably modern and something could go into that [Esk St] building reasonably quickly,” he said.

The HW Richardson Group have purchased the Art Fun Wear building on Tay St. Photo:

While there were no immediate plans for the two buildings, Mr O’Donnell said in the long-term, with the collaborative CBD rejuvenation projects in mind, the whole block could come down in the future.

The HW Richardson Group have purchased the former ASB building on Esk St in Invercargill. Photo:

He supported the rejuvenation of the city centre and said a number of the buildings are “tired and buggered’’ and the city centre needed to become more vibrant to have people returning to it.

Esk street 1980’s looking towards Kelvin street. Photo:

“Most other centres have the big box shops like Farmers and The Warehouse on the outskirts of the city centre – so we need to revitalise the city centre. And that will mean pulling down old and dated buildings, that have no architectural value, they need to come down. Build something that is simple and new.’’

The Don and Dee St site where the new $40 million ILT hotel is to be built. Photo:

He supported the Invercargill Licensing Trust’s (ILT) recent announcement of building a $40 million hotel on the corner of Dee and Don St and confirmed he has spoken to ILT general manager Greg Mulvey about the development and has offered to help with ideas.

“I have been very open with Greg [Mulvey] about the hotel development. With SoRDS [Southland Regional Development Strategy] identifying three areas in Stage 1 of increasing the city’s vibrancy; Motorcycle Mecca – tick; hotel – tick; and the ICC working on the art gallery/museum concepts – well that will be happening very soon too.

“I think the Invercargill CBD needed a good quality hotel and I congratulate the ILT for doing it. This hotel is a great chance for the ILT to do something special and make it a tourist attraction in its self.’’

Mr O’Donnell believed the CBD was experiencing a vicious cycle and a good covered city car park could ease the strain on parking, and change the mentality of Invercargill people being renowned for wanting to park outside shop doors.

“With a good under cover car park and nearby quality attractions, people would use it. Then they would walk around town, go out for lunch, shop and visit the movies. We need to get things done to increase the foot traffic.

“And I have said it before the council need to help get the place going. People have spent a huge amount of time building the momentum and the time is right for the council to ride the wave of positivity and get a great outcome for the city.’’

Southland Police Confirm Gunman Was One Of Their Own

A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in Invercargill last night

He has also been charged with attempted murder in relation to the second victim.

The charges were laid at a court hearing which took place at Southland Hospital in Invercargill this afternoon.

Police media briefing. Video: NZ Herald

Superintendent Paul Basham, Southern District Commander said I can confirm that the man charged is Constable Ben Mclean, an Invercargill based Police officer who was off-duty at the time of the incident last night.

Police were called to an address on Otepuni Avenue, Newfield at 8.19pm last night.

A woman was found dead at the address, and a man was found wounded with gunshot wounds.
He is in a stable condition in hospital.

The man charged presented himself to Invercargill Police station a short time after the shooting last night.
He is receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the incident.

The man and the deceased woman were known to each other.

We are confident we know the identity of the victim, however we are unable to release her name right now until the formal identification process has been completed, which is likely to be tomorrow.

Video: NZ Herald

This is obviously a huge tragedy for everyone involved.

We are dealing with three different families who have been affected and providing all necessary support to them.

We are also supporting Police staff in Invercargill who are naturally very shocked at what has occurred.

Our priority is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary support, and that a thorough, impartial investigation is carried out.

The investigation is still in its early stages.
It involves around 30 staff who are both local and from out of district.

It also involves specialist forensic staff from Auckland and Christchurch.

We must also ensure that we protect the court process which is to come, and that the individual involved is afforded the same rights as any other member of the public.

While I understand the high level of interest in this tragedy, this matter is now before the court.

For that reason I am constrained on the information I can provide as we always are on matters which are before the court and still under investigation.

The investigation has been ongoing throughout the day, including a scene examination at Otepuni Avenue.

Police have also been talking to witnesses and those with information as investigators piece together the events which occurred last night.

A firearm was recovered at the scene, which was not a police issued weapon.

I fully understand the shock this tragedy has caused, both within police and the wider community in Southland.

This is a one-off event and we cannot recall a similar tragedy like this in recent times to allegedly involve a serving police officer.

However we are committed to being professional and diligent in our focus is to understand exactly what has happened.

I urge anyone with information which could help us to contact police.

Old Invercargill – Windback

Today we travel back to 1970 a time when cigarettes and booze adverts were prominent in the paper, technology was a big thing to and the retailers of the era made a point in their advertising many times stating and promoting Made in New Zealand products.














Woman Dead After Fatal Shooting In Invercargill

UPDATE: Fatal shooting in Invercargill

A woman has died following a shooting incident in Invercargill last night.

A second person was also shot during the incident and has been transferred to hospital with serious injuries.

Video: from NZ Herald.

Video: One News

Invercargill Police are responding to a firearms incident in the suburb of Newfield.

Initial reports indicate that two people have been shot.

One person is in custody and is assisting Police with their inquiries.

Police are not looking for anyone else at this time.

Police have cordoned off Otepuni Ave, between Lindisfarne St and Inglewood Rd.

The incident occurred on Otepuni Ave shortly after 8pm and the road is currently closed.