Southland Hospital to Provide a More Convenient Experience with Refitted Dental Clinic

Flexibility is the theme of Southland Hospital’s refitted dental clinic which can be used to treat patients of all ages and levels of ability.

The hospital has a dental department which primarily treats patients with serious physical and medical disabilities who are unable to access care in private dental practice.

To meet their wide variety of needs, flexible space and equipment are needed in the clinic.

The new dental chair can be sat on like a normal chair which allows patients with mobility issues to use it more easily than a standard dental chair.

The chair can also be moved aside so patients with customised wheelchairs can be treated in their own chairs instead of being transferred with a hoist. Bed-bound patients can also be accommodated.

“It’s great that we do have the opportunity to improve our services so our patients can have a better and more convenient experience when they come and see us,” oral health clinical leader Tim Mackay says.

The clinic also has upgraded technology such as quieter electric dental drills, a new LED operating light and more computers to allow our staff to make the most of digital technology.

A rolling upgrade of the hospital’s other dental surgeries will follow over the next few years.

Southland Foodbank Improv Night! Fundraiser

Three teams go head to head on Friday night (1 December) at Repertory Invercargill in an Improv battle for the ages.

Repertory Invercargill’s Unscene Theatre and Dunedin’s Improsaurus will astound and delight with their witty banter and impromptu shenanigans – all unscripted and all for a good cause, supported by The House Series.

The three teams will be judged in their head to head to head stoush by one of Invercargill’s brightest social media stars, Invercargill City Libraries and Archives’ Jay Coote, Improv aficionado Daniel Everest, and a special guest judge from the Southland Foodbank.

Proceeds from the show will go directly to the Southland Foodbank in time for Christmas, where it’s needed most.

Entry is either $10 cash or $5 and an item for the Foodbank – door sales only.
The House Series’ Jade Gillies says the evening is such a great, all-round opportunity.

“People can come and support some great local talent, see some visiting performers, have a great night out and all while supporting a great cause,” he says.
“Come and laugh all the way to the Southland Foodbank.”

Unscene Theatre: Improv Night!
Repertory House
Corner Jed and Esk St
Door sales only: $10 or $5 and an item to donate to the Southland Foodbank

Police Message To Roxburgh/Central Otago Drivers

Police are calling on drivers to observe speed restrictions while repairs are being made to SH8 following the flooding on Sunday.

The highway is closed from Millers Flat to Roxburgh Hydro Dam.

Motorists need to slow down on the detour routes for the safety of all, including contractors.

Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said Police have received several complaints about driving in the area, while diversions and various speed restrictions are in place.

Speed can also kick up dust, which affects visibility for motorists.

Extra Police staff are in the area to ensure the speed restrictions are observed and everyone is kept safe.

Contractors and other partner agencies are making a big effort get the infrastructure back up and running.

The community is working well together to ensure we can get our lives back to normal.

2017 Property Manager Of The Year Winner Announced

The Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award is Pride Property Management for the second consecutive year.
The award was presented to Pride Property Management at a function on today (Wednesday 29th November).

Left to right, Laina Goddmanson, Manager Pride Property Management Invercargill, Jim Haregst, Chairman of Southland Warm Homes Trust, Shirley Latta, Pride Property Management Gore. Photo:

Southland Warm Homes Trust Chairman, Jim Hargest said the award recognises property managers who are actively improving the living conditions of tenants and supporting the vision of the SWHT.

“Pride Property Management has continued to be proactive in helping make healthier living environments for tenants. They have been engaging with landlords and promoting energy saving ideas with tenants.
They have also been actively insulating many of the properties under their management,” he said.
This is the second year the award has been offered and a range of entries were once again submitted from across the region.

“All the entries had a strong focus on improving the energy efficiency of rental properties and meeting the Tenancy Services rental property insulation regulations.

The Trust was impressed by the effort and commitment Southland property management businesses have towards improving the energy efficiency of rental properties, especially ahead of the July 2019 Tenancy Act legislation when all rental properties will be required to meet a high standard of insulation,” Jim said.

Awarua Synergy General Manager Sumaria Beaton said, as the service providers to the SWHT, when working with Pride Property Management it was noted they were always proactive in ensuring the team had safe access into tenanted properties, and required Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) subsidy paperwork was completed in a timely manner. Therefore making our job a lot easier, and building a good working relationship.

The 50% subsidy offered by SWHT and EECA on insulation costs for eligible rental properties is due to end in June 2018. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Awarua Synergy (0800 WARM SOUTH).

Three Crewmen Found By Police

Three Vietnamese crewman who absconded from a fishing vessel docked at Bluff Harbour have been located.

They were found just after 5am this morning on the southern outskirts of Invercargill in good health.

They are in custody under the Immigration Act and the matter has been handed to Immigration New Zealand.

Detective Sergeant Dave Kennelly said Police would like to thank members of the public for supplying Police with information.

Alliance Mataura Plant Gets $800,000 Investment

Alliance Group is investing almost $800,000 in a new blood processing room at its Mataura plant in Southland to help meet the growing demand from the pharmaceutical industry.

The new facility at the plant will collect and process adult bovine blood into serum for blood products, which are used in the development of vaccines, cancer treatments, and drugs to treat neurodegenerative, haematological and endocrine disorders.

Demand from the pharmaceutical industry for New Zealand blood products has increased significantly due to the country’s disease-free status and world-leading agricultural systems.

David Surveyor, chief executive of Alliance Group, said blood products can create value for the co-operative’s shareholders.

“Our strategy is maximising revenue, diversifying our products and strengthening our market channels.

“This investment is another example of how we are developing opportunities to capture more market value for our shareholders.”

Community Trust of Southland Announces New General Manager

The Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) has today announced the appointment of their new General Manager. Jackie Flutey, of Invercargill, will commence the role in February 2018.

“The Trustees are delighted with Jackie’s appointment and are very much looking forward to working alongside Jackie. She brings wide ranging experience to the role, an understanding of the philanthropic sector and has strong existing relationships with community and stakeholders” says Trust Chair, Margot Hishon.

Mrs Flutey is the current Manager of the ILT Foundation and has been in this role since 2015. Prior to this, Jackie worked at the Southern Institute of Technology for 15 years in a variety of management and administration roles.

CTOS has investments of $219 million and provides grants to the communities of Southland, Wakatipu Basin, Heriot and Tapanui. In 2016-17 the Trust approved $5.5 million to the CTOS community. “I am very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of this new role.

Working alongside the Community Trust, with grants for larger projects in my current role, I have gained a good appreciation of the work done by the Trust.

I look forward to the opportunity to expand my understanding of the needs of the wider CTOS community and the opportunities to provide benefit back to that community through this role.” says Mrs Flutey. Denis Woods has been the CTOS interim General Manager since June, following John Prendergast’s resignation as Chief Executive.

Mr Woods will continue in the role until Mrs Flutey begins in February.

Three Crew Members Jump Ship At Bluff

Three crew members fled the fishing vessel Korean fishing boat the Southern Ocean in Bluff, which pulled into Southport on Monday with a dead crew member on board, triggering a police search.

What we know:

  • The dead crew member was a Chinese national died over a week ago
  • He died from injuries obtained during an incident on board.
  • The vessel arrived at Port in Bluff around 2pm yesterday (Monday 27th)
  • A police search is underway for three crew members

Detective Sergeant Dave Kennelly said “This incident occurred in the Southern ocean, within international waters, but New Zealand is the closest country so we have the obligation to investigate”

“Police have an obligation to the Coroner to investigate all deaths that occur within the Coroner’s jurisdiction.”

He said it wasn’t a criminal investigation.

“This has been reported to police. We are working with the local port authority to locate the individuals, who are believed to still be within the port,” he said.

Inquiries continue to locate men in Bluff

Police are continuing to make inquiries to locate three crewman that absconded a fishing vessel overnight when it was docked at Bluff Harbour.

The vessel left the port around 3pm this afternoon.

The men were not on board.

Detective Sergeant Dave Kennelly says Police has been engaged in assisting other authorities to search the port area today.

Anyone with sightings or information which may help can contact Police.


Big Weekend Ahead At Teretonga

It is Christmas come early for motor racing fans this weekend with some exciting racing guaranteed for Teretonga Park in Invercargill.

The meeting, presented by Downer, will feature Pre 65 Saloons, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubman Saloons, SI F1600, the first appearance of some of the 2K Cup cars in the 2K Teretonga Challenge, Pro 7 Saloons, NZ Six Saloons and Mini 7.

Gav Thompson of Rangiora in his Toyota MR2 which will feature in the 2K Teretonga Challenge at the weekend. Photo: Media 77

Paul Clarke of Dunedin in his Ford Mustang will be the man to beat in Pre 65 Saloons with John Smolenski of Invercargill bound to be near the front in his Ford Falcon XP.

The Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons have attracted a good field with Brian Scott of Dunedin in his C5 Corvette, Dion Dawson of Invercargill in a Saker and Adam Cullen of Dunedin in a Nissan Skyline GTR three of the leading competitors.

Southlanders are very prominent in SI F1600 with Jordan Michels leading the series after two rounds and Ethan Anderson third overall. Noel Atley is second in Class 2 and Joseph Oliver leads Class 3.

New to Teretonga will be the 2K Cup cars featuring vehicles that have to be proven to have been purchased for under $2000. This is a non-championship outing for the class as only cars fitted with a rollcage are eligible for the 2K Teretonga Challenge. Gav Thompson of Rangiora in a Toyota MR2 will be the man to beat.

Adam Cullen of Dunedin one of the leading competitors in the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons: Photo: Dave Loudon Photography Invercargill

3NZ Toby Marsh is the strongest contender in the Pro 7 Saloon races although Sam Wallace is matching his pace and leading the series while the NZ Six Saloons and Mini 7’s will combine for their races.

Practice and qualifying commence at 1.00pm on Saturday with racing all day on Sunday from 8.40am. Admission on Sunday is $15 while children 14 and under accompanied by an adult receive free admission.

MacDonald Keen To Maintain Advantage

After a winning start to the defence of his Class 2 BNT V8’s Championship title at Pukekohe at the beginning of November, Invercargill driver, Liam MacDonald is back on track at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park at Taupo this weekend.

MacDonald took a clean sweep to win the round at Pukekohe and is looking for yet another strong outing at Taupo. He has only raced at the central North Island circuit once before, twelve months ago, but on that occasion he won the round with two wins and a third placing.

“I am looking forward to the round,” said Liam this week. “Last season was my first time there but I enjoyed the circuit layout and got the round win. The Speedy Signs Ford Falcon remained in Auckland since the last round so we will travel north to check it over and carry out any maintenance before the weekend.”

Liam MacDonald of Invercargill, in action in Class 2 of the BNT V8’s Championship in the Speedy Signs Ford Falcon at Pukekohe Park Raceway. Photo: Euan Cameron.

Liam leads Class 2 with 225 points from Robert Wallace of Tauranga with 188 and Chelsea Herbert of Auckland with 181.

MacDonald’s campaign in the 2017/2018 BNT V8’s Championship is supported by Speedy Signs, EmbroidMe, Southern Automobiles, Castrol NZ,  GT Radial NZ, Million Dollar Cruise Queenstown, Marsh Motorsport, Classic Car Warehouse Invercargill, Advanti Racing and YHI NZ, Ideal Electrical, BNT NZ, Auto Windscreen Replacement Ltd, Southern Bolts & Fasteners, Auto Fab, Ralston Sheetmetal, Invercargill; NAC Insurance, CS Auto Refinishing, Invercargill, DAL Photographics, Discount Tyres Invercargill and a Sport Scholarship with the Community Trust of Southland and