Southland’s Jordan Michels To Feature In TRS Test

2018-2019 New Zealand F1600 champion Southland’s Jordan Michels will test the Toyota FT-50 chassis this coming Tuesday as a group of young Kiwi racers try their hand in the country’s premier single seater series car.

The test is part of the youngster’s prize for winning the F1600 championship and the Invercargill racer will be joined on the one day test by a number of other up and coming New Zealand drivers.

The test is supported by the Kiwi Driver Fund, which has funded hire of the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park facility for the entire day to make the test as accessible as possible for the young drivers.

Michels will test the car for half a day and is excited about the prospect, commenting: “First of all it’s really a fantastic opportunity that Toyota Racing and the Kiwi Driver Fund have made this test possible for a number of drivers, because opportunities like this in current downforce cars are very hard to come by.

“It’s going to be a big jump from a Formula 1600 car for sure, but I think we will all be looking forward to seeing just how big a jump. I know I am and it will be a good indicator of where I am.”

The Castrol Toyota Racing Series is New Zealand’s premier single seater category. Photo: Bruce Jenkins.

Five drivers will enjoy some time on the circuit simulator before hopping into the Toyota for their test sessions, which will be overseen by experienced technicians from Toyota Racing New Zealand.

The Toyota Racing Series has been New Zealand’s only international single seater championship for 15 years and runs for five consecutive weekends in January and February culminating in the New Zealand Grand Prix.

No fewer than thirteen graduates of the series have now made it to Formula One as race or test drivers. The series has the added bonus of being the only one in the world at that time of year to offer FIA Super Licence points for up and coming drivers aiming for Formula One.

Coach Salter To Be Honoured

There’s much more than just ANZ Premiership competition points up for grabs when the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel take on the Northern Mystics at ILT Stadium Southland on Sunday.

In honour of a legendary coach, the teams will contest the inaugural Georgie Salter Memorial Trophy. Salter passed away in November last year after a brave battle with cancer.

The tribute is an apt one given Salter’s prowess as a coach not only extended to those in the deep South, but also a stint with the Auckland Diamonds in the National Bank Cup from 2001-2002.

“It’s fitting because it’s her team the Steel, which was formed after a merge with her beloved Rebels, and her time in Auckland was a really special part of her life too,” daughter Rihi Salter, of Oamaru, said.

“It’s a beautiful way to remember her. We as a whanau are always going to remember her obviously but it’s nice for her wider netball whanau to have this as well. But, at the same time, she wouldn’t want all the fuss.”

Salter’s niece and Steel coach Reinga Bloxham was eagerly anticipating the game.

“I feel like it’s an awesome way to celebrate the competitiveness, the passion, the love of the game that Georgie had for netball, her players and all the people she has been involved with in the netball world. To have the 2 franchises that she coached in battling it out on the court is a great way to honour and remember the input she had to netball in our franchises,” she said.

I think Georgie would love the fact that we are playing for this trophy and that it will be an annual game.”

Salter had always enjoyed the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy rugby games played between the Highlanders and the Blues.

“I think its special they have the same thing going on in their respective codes – they were great mates and had similar paths in sport but also had their lives cut tragically short,” Rihi said.

Mystics coach Helene Wilson said her team included three players who had worked closely with Salter at various stages in their netball career.

“While a stanchly proud southerner, Georgie was one of those true gems of netball whose passion for the game itself meant she was willing to share her knowledge far and wide to see the sport evolve. As a team, the Mystics are honoured to contest this trophy in her memory,” she said.

Silver Fern number 58, Salter was highly regarded as an astute reader of the game and a gifted attacker. Her uninhibited style provided natural flair and creativity – assets she passed onto the next generation of players and coaches lucky enough to receive her tutelage.

“Georgie influenced me as a person and as a coach. She has always been someone I have admired and aspired to be like within our whanau and the netball world,” Bloxham said.

“The quality I valued most was her ability to stay true to herself and do things her way. She wasn’t afraid to call it as she saw it and would always offer the best advice whether we won or lost. She was creative and innovative in her approach to coaching and not afraid to change things up. She would always debrief with me and offer little snippets of advice of what we could add to our game or do better. I always knew I had her support and her honest opinion.”

The Steel franchise hosts all six ANZ Premiership teams for the Super Sunday event. The Magic and the Pulse kick off proceedings at 2pm, followed by the Steel and Mystics at 4pm and the Tactix taking on the Stars at 6pm.

“There are people in every single franchise who are connected to Georgie in some way so it’s fantastic they are all there,” Rihi said.

A large contingent of Salter’s family, including husband David, three daughters and her grandchildren, will attend the game. The Waitaki Girls’ High School kapa haka group will perform and also stage a guard of honour for the two teams.

Given Salter’s Otago connections, the Steel franchise has arranged bus transport from Dunedin to Invercargill and return for fans keen to be courtside. Bus tickets are $25 and available online from ticketrocket.co.nz.

Super Sunday on home turf was “awesome” but presented its own set of challenges.

“It is also a very tough time for us as we really have to focus on us and what we need to do to get through this week with three games in six days. It’s a big task to get through and perform consistently for all three games. We have 11 players to call on having brought in Georgia Heffernan to the team,” Bloxham said.

“We’re glad to be home with our fans supporting us. It will definitely help us lift and give it our all. We have the best fans in the country who will enjoy being able to watch all six teams at our awesome stadium. We’re going to need all of our supporters to bring the noise to help keep our energy high and fizzing to get us through these tough games.”

Mal’s Music Memory – Songs of April – Billie Holiday

Hiya team, well last day of April today and we wind up our season of Songs of April with a gem from a bygone era.

Billie Holiday (the late) had one of the smoothest voices at the time and recorded some wonderful songs all the while battling her demons of drink and drugs.

And her backing band, they don’t come much smoother than this.

Everything on this track from is set to super smooth.

And get along to see Hayden and Toni at Little Fire Music Works on Dee St. They’ll help you getting a sound like close to whats on this track.

Enjoy April In Paris

Te Anau Police Seek Witnesses To Crash

Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on the Te Anau Milford Highway over the weekend.

The crash occurred about five kilometres north of Te Anau, near Sinclair Road, about 3.30pm on Saturday 27 April.

Initial enquiries indicate a blue Toyota Yaris, parked on the left facing toward Milford after running out of petrol, was hit from behind by a blue Mitsubishi ute.

No one was injured in the crash.

Anyone who may have seen the parked Toyota or witnessed the crash is asked to call Senior Constable Heather Wyllie at Te Anau Police Station on (03) 249 7600 or email [email protected]

Southland Junior Riders Score Wins At New Zealand Junior Motocross Champs

Southland has two New Zealand Junior Motocross champs after three days of racing in Palmerston North.
Congratulations to Mitch Weir 1st 12-13yr 85 cc & Seth Morrow 1st 8-11 yr 85cc.

Southland has produced some great motocross riders and the results showed at the NZ Junior Motocross Champs.

Mitch Weir 1st, Jordan Newell 9th. photo: supplied
Seth Morrow 1st. photo: supplied

The track was challenging and changed over the riders 3 days and 7 races. We came away with some fantastic results with four riders getting on the podium and the club also took the Bryan Davidson Memorial Interclub Trophy for the top preforming club based on points.

Mitch Weir 1st, Jordan Newell 9th. photo: supplied

Well done to the following riders: 12-13yr 85cc Mitch Weir 1st, Jordan Newell 9th, Dylan Marwick 12th, Michael Buchanan 22nd. 12-14yr 125cc Josh Campbell 8th, Connor Hamilton 25th, 14-16yr 85cc Jack Symon 2nd, Cory Russell 12th. 14-16yr 250cc Jack Treloar 2nd, Connor Newell 13th, Peter Hopper 27th. 8-11yr 85cc Seth Morrow 1st. Womens Charlotte Clark 7th. Wish Seth Tree & Charlie Baynes a speedy recovery from their injuries.

Jack Treloar 2nd. photo: supplied
Jack Symon 2nd. photo: supplied
Josh Campbell 8th. photo: supplied

 

Funeral Notices – Tuesday 30th April

If you would like your recently lost loved ones death / funeral notice or memoriam listed here, contact your Funeral Director for more information about this free service.

They can also help you write the notice and offer other helpful advice and services in this time of need.

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ADAMS, James Herbert (Jim).
Passed away peacefully with his wife at his side, on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Gore Hospital, aged 84 years. Dearly loved husband of Gaylene, a loved father, step-father and father-in-law of Marlene, Billy, Susan, Dean, Brenda, *Lynley, *Diane, and Alisha, and their families. A much loved Grandad of all his grandchildren.
“Remembered with love”
Funeral details to be advised. Special thank you to the staff of Gore Hospital and St John Ambulance. Messages to 34 Carlyle Street, Mataura.

DAY, Moreen.
Peacefully on April 27, 2019, at Calvary Rest Home. Aged 84 years. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Cheryl* and Bill Berry, Karen Dickson, Michael and Samantha Keen and Jan*. Loved Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A loved and cherished friend of Bart. Loved sister of Roger, Nola,* and Martin.* Funeral details to be advised. Please where bright and colourful clothes to her service. In lieu of flowers donations in Moreen’s memory to Calvary Hospital would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 276 Princes St, Invercargill 9012. (*denotes deceased)
frasersfunerals.co.nz

EDGERTON, Snowy (John Henry).
Peacefully in the arms of his family, at Southland Hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019. In his 94th year. Beloved husband of Raka*. Loving father, father-in-law, and friend of Joan and Puddles, (Fly Harvey*), John and Sid, Larraine and Rowdy White, and baby Grayham*. Loved “Nanga” of Dianne and Bruce Manson, Grayham and Chris, Matthew and Debbie, Melanie and John Templeton. Loved “Great-Nanga” of Abbey Manson, Jack, Chloe and Stella White, Emily and Sofie Templeton. A loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews. A true friend to many.
“A tall straight totara
has fallen.”
A service to celebrate Snowy’s life will be held in the Waiau Town & Country Club, 41 King St, Tuatapere, on Tuesday, April 30, at 1.00pm, followed by a committal at the Tuatapere Cemetery. Messages to 11 Papatotara Road, Tuatapere 9620. (*denotes deceased)
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HINTON James Brian
Brian passed away peacefully with Hazel by his side on Sunday 28th April.  He was in his 93rd year and was the loved husband of Hazel for 68 years.  A great innings all round Brian.
Loved son of the late Jim and Eve Hinton.  Loved father and father-in-law of Wendy & Charles, Carol, Claire & William, Geoff & Nicola and loved brother of Joan.  Loved Grandad of Guy, Julia, Georgia, Hannah and Zoe.  Proud Old Boy of Waitaki Boys High School.
Quanti est sapere.

The family would like to say a special thanks to all the carers at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village who took care of Brian. The love and empathy you showed to Brian and our family was truly awesome. In lieu of flowers a donation to Hospice Southland would be appreciated. A service for Brian will be held on Thursday 2nd May at 2pm, J Fraser and Sons Chapel, Corner Esk and Doon Streets Invercargill Messages to 43 Glenroy Park Drive Invercargill.  frasersfunerals.co.nz

HINTON James Brian,
Peacefully in Invercargill on Sunday 28th April. Loved big brother of Joan Ovens, Cashmere View Rest Home Christchurch. Sadly Missed.

O’CONNELL, Paula.
Suddenly on April 25, 2019. Dearly loved wife of Ted O’Connell. Cherished Mum and mother-in-law of Donna, Vicki, Jody and Dave. Devoted grandmother of Zabian, Zach, Zoe and Jayden and great-grandson Jeremiah. Sister and sister-in-law of Shirley Ann and Richard Lewis and Wayne Ryder, Pat and Charlie, Colleen and Morrie, Jan and Lyndsey, Kevin and Marita, Peter and Caroline, Alan and Mary, Liz and Noel, Pam and Graeme and Malcolm and Alison. Loved Auntie to all her nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held at Southland Crematorium at 1.30pm, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Messages to 686 Tweed Street, Invercargill, 9812.

YOUNG, Phyllis Jane. 28.2.1927 – 29.4.2019
Peacefully at Clare House Rest Home; aged 92 years. Dearly loved wife of Dinky*, loved mother of Carol and Keith*, Robynne, Eric* and Jill*, Kevin and Marlene, and Gary. Devoted Nana to Tania, Christina, Laurie, Ben, Corey, Gargz, Tamarra, Hamish, Izaac, Kellie, Nicky*, Damien*, Shane*, Amie, Jena, Jodie, Aaron and Tahleeha. Cherished by her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
“Your presence we miss,
your memory we treasure”
A celebration of Phyllis’ life will be held at Southland Crematorium, Rockdale Road, Invercargill, on Thursday, May 2, at 11.00am. Messages to 155 Nelson Street, Invercargill 9812. (*denotes deceased) avenalpark.co.nz

Pork Pie Charity Run Raises Over $270K For Kidscan

The Pork Pie Mini and it progeny are alive and well and making their way down South.
Invoking the spirit of the Goodbye Pork Pie movies and adding the passion for cars and friendship, the charity run idea was conceived in 2007 and planning started to launch in 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mini production, by Murray and Annie Hemsley, along with help from Rod Harris.

The trip follows the route in the movie from Kaitaia to Bluff a total of 2,500km.
Ten years later and the 60th anniversary of the mini, this is the 6th Pork Pie run.

 

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2019 Pork Pie Charity Run convoy cruised thru town. 60 Minis left Kaitaia and all made it to Invercargill.

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And there’s often love in the air – a baby was made while a couple were on their honeymoon and another got engaged at the Trooper memorial at the Dee and Tay Street roundabout.

Mayor Tim was much to the joy of many of the charity runs participants. Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

Registrations for the 2019 run went live online at Easter 2018 and the entry limit of sixty was booked in 7 minutes, and the wait list was capped at 20.

 

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The dedication of the participants is on full display throughout the event – one car blew a con rod threw the block, so they went and bought a brand new Mini.

Photo: whatsoninvers.nz
Photo: whatsoninvers.nz
Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

Over the years the charity run has raised large sums for various charities including:

  • 2009 Starship $12ok
  • 2011 Starship $160k
  • 2013 Leukemia and Blood Cancer $196k
  • 2015 Kidscan $206k
  • 2017 Kidscan $226k
  • 2019 Kidscan $260k

You can donate here at the Go Fund Me page here

Great quote on the Mini Ute roof. Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

 

Funeral Notices – Monday 29th April

If you would like your recently lost loved ones death / funeral notice or memoriam listed here, contact your Funeral Director for more information about this free service.

They can also help you write the notice and offer other helpful advice and services in this time of need.

Funeral Notices is a free community service provided by whatsoninvers.nz and whatsonsouthland.nz

DAY, Moreen.
Peacefully on April 27, 2019, at Calvary Rest Home. Aged 84 years. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Cheryl* and Bill Berry, Karen Dickson, Michael and Samantha Keen and Jan*. Loved Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A loved and cherished friend of Bart. Loved sister of Roger, Nola,* and Martin.* Funeral details to be advised. Please where bright and colourful clothes to her service. In lieu of flowers donations in Moreen’s memory to Calvary Hospital would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 276 Princes St, Invercargill 9012. (*denotes deceased)
frasersfunerals.co.nz

EDGERTON, Snowy (John Henry).
Peacefully in the arms of his family, at Southland Hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019. In his 94th year. Beloved husband of Raka*. Loving father, father-in-law, and friend of Joan and Puddles, (Fly Harvey*), John and Sid, Larraine and Rowdy White, and baby Grayham*. Loved “Nanga” of Dianne and Bruce Manson, Grayham and Chris, Matthew and Debbie, Melanie and John Templeton. Loved “Great-Nanga” of Abbey Manson, Jack, Chloe and Stella White, Emily and Sofie Templeton. A loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews. A true friend to many.
“A tall straight totara
has fallen.”
A service to celebrate Snowy’s life will be held in the Waiau Town & Country Club, 41 King St, Tuatapere, on Tuesday, April 30, at 1.00pm, followed by a committal at the Tuatapere Cemetery. Messages to 11 Papatotara Road, Tuatapere 9620. (*denotes deceased)
mwfunerals.co.nz

DORRICOTT, Daniel Joseph.
Tragically taken on April 13, 2019, as a result of an accident, 23 years young. Loved and respected son of super proud parents Andrew and Liz. Dearly loved brother and friend of Toni and Chris. Adored Uncle Daniel of Ryan and Cayden. Much loved Grandson of Pam and Roger Thomlinson, the late Ian and Bev Wisely and the late John Dorricott. A true friend to so many. A sincere thank you to the emergency services in Western Australia and the Queensland and Western Australian Police. A service for Daniel will be held in J Fraser and Sons’ Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, at 1.30pm on Friday, May 3, followed by interment at the Wallacetown Cemetery. Messages to 6 Mauchline Street, Wallacetown 9816. frasersfunerals.co.nz

van Uden, Lesley Ann (Les) nee Dempster. Passed away at home after a courageous battle on Friday 19 April 2019, aged 65 years. She is finally at peace, no more pain. Adored wife and best friend of Jules, loved daughter of Gwen and the late Ron, devoted mother of Doeske and Paul and a very special nan to Blake (Bob) and Oliver (Hoff), and loving sister of Steve. As per Lesley’s wishes a private cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Southland, in Les’s name would be greatly appreciated and may be delivered to Avenal Park Funeral Home, 75 Fox St, Invercargill. Messages to 39 Flora Road West, Makarewa, Invercargill 9876

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times,
A loved ones’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me…
God wanted me now,
He set me free.
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Police Charge 21Yr Old – Wounding With Intent To Injure

On early Saturday (27th April) evening an incident in Isabella Street ended with two people being injured and the offender taken into police custody. A St John spokesperson said one person in a critical condition and another in a serious condition were taken by ambulance to Southland Hospital.

Police have charged a 21-year-old with wounding with intent to injure. He is expected to appear in the Invercargill District Court on Monday morning 29th April.

NOTE: As this is now before the courts, please think before commenting, no naming names.

Breaking: Isabella Street Incident – Two Injured, One Critical

An incident in Isabella Street has ended with two people being injured and the offender taken into police custody. A St John spokesperson said one person in a critical condition and another in a serious condition were taken by ambulance to Southland Hospital.

Messages to the What’s On Invers FaceBook page detailed up to eight Police cars and two Ambulances attended the incident.

What’s On Invers first reported a strong Police presence in Isabella Street after messages to our page and photo received via PM from Nikitia James.