Mal’s Music Memory – NZ Music Month – Last Blast – Sharon O’Neill – Bic Runga

Hi team, here we are on the last day of NZ Music Month. But in saying that, every month should be NZ Music Month and always supported by Little Fire MusicWorks, Invers only true music store.

Anyway I just couldn’t help myself. Had to get a couple more top Kiwi tunes in before June arrives.

Here are a couple of gems from two of our finest music craftswomen , Sharon O’Neill and Bic Runga

First up it’s Sharon O’Neill’s Maxine, a huge song when it came out in the 80’s and still deservedly gets plenty of airplay. No doubt about, it’s a good song!

Second up it’s Bic Runga. Bic put out a string of top songs and albums a few years ago but seems to have gone a bit quiet of late. I’m sure she’ll be back before long with more stunning music. You can’t keep the lid on talent like that for too long.

Enjoy Sharon and Bic and have a great Queens Birthday weekend. Call in and talk music with Hayden and Toni at Little Fire MusicWorks or check out their facebook page.


Powernet Teams Working To Restore Power To Stadium Southland

Update: Powernet advise all power is restored, and Stadium Southland is open.

At approximately 7.30pm, Thursday 31 May we experienced an equipment failure at Stadium Southland, resulting in a power outage.

Power supply was lost to 1,800 customers for 35 minutes, and nine customers are still without power in the Richmond/Glengarry suburbs.

Our teams are working on site at Stadium Southland to fix the failure and reconnect the nine customers. We are working on determining the cause of the outage.
The safety and well-being of our employees and the community are our first priorities.


Stadium Southland Closed Friday Following Major Power Outage

Sharks Hold Off Rangers In Must Win Game

The Southland Sharks have endured a tough 105-82 must-win Thursday Night Lights victory over the plucky Supercity Rangers in an entertaining, yet at times loose game as both teams tried to find ascendancy in a see-sawing arm-wrestle.

With plenty of talk during the week centred on Southland’s leaky defence and Tim Quarterman’s hot shooting, expectations of a good battle were high. Pleasingly for the Sharks, by game’s end they had held the Rangers to 82pts, the lowest score an opponent has scored this season.

The Rangers started strongly behind some aggressive offence from Venky Jois and Tim Quarterman, the import duo combining to score 30 of their team’s first 36 points. At one stage during the first quarter the home team led by as much as 13pts, but with some defensive changes the Sharks slowly started to find their feet.

Roberto Nelson displayed some of his best basketball since arriving a few weeks ago in Invercargill, his dash and creativity leading to 13 first-half points and helping the Sharks put the foot down with a 28-17 second period.

With Alex Pledger dropping shots the visitors pushed to a 50-45 lead at the midway point.

It didn’t take long for the contest to tighten up early in the third period, the Rangers helped largely by some Daniel Green triples and more Quarterman magic. At the other end Todd Blanchfield started to get going and scored some important points despite coming down hard and twisting an ankle at one stage.

With Pledger and Nelson working hard early in the final term the Sharks extended to a 78-70 lead over the first two minutes of the quarter, before Nnanna Egwu used his immense size and Jois his flashy footwork inside to steady the ship for the home team.

As the last quarter progressed the visitors got on top, looking to be a little fresher courtesy of a greater spread of minutes amongst their roster. In particular Pledger showed that big men don’t get any smaller the longer the game goes on. His presence inside was undeniable as the Rangers battled to get important stops.

A Jarrad Weeks long bomb with two-minutes to go spelt the end for the Rangers as the Sharks pushed clear to a 97-80 lead, a margin that proved too much for the home team to reel in. The final margin was 23pts (105-82) with the Sharks piling on a 31-13 final quarter.

In a pleasing sign for the Sharks, Roberto Nelson (23pts & 9ast) delivered his best performance and with that will come the hope the reigning champs will now start to get on a run over the second half of the season towards the Final 4.

The final win was exactly what the Sharks needed after a run of outs, while for the Rangers it was another missed opportunity. Deservedly, Alex Pledger (22pts, 11rbs) was named the Sal’s Pizza MVP of the game.

Two Charged Following Southland Burglaries

Two men have appeared in court following a dairy burglary in Lumsden last week. Police conducted search warrants at a number of Southland addresses on Wednesday in relation to the incident at Junction Café and Dairy on Flora Road on Saturday 25 May.

The men, aged 26 and 32, were arrested and charged with burglary.

They were also charged in relation to a recent burglary at the Gorge Road Country Club in Invercargill.

Following an appearance in Invercargill District Court yesterday, both men were remanded until Thursday 27 June.

Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the Lumsden burglary and would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.

Crash Edendale – Woodlands, Detour In Place UPDATE: Road Clear

Due to a crash on SH1 Woodlands, at the intersection of Edendale-Woodlands Highway and Forbes Rd is currently CLOSED between SH98 Lorne-Dacre Rd and Grove Bush-Woodlands Rd.

A car hit a power pole around 7:20pm – no injuries, the road is closed for a time while power contractors dealt with the power pole.

A detour is in place. Please follow the detour and allow extra time for your journey.

DETOUR: For southbound traffic, use SH98 Lorne-Dacre Rd, riht onto Grove Bush-Woodlands Rd, back onto SH1 Edendale-Woodlands Hwy. Reverse for Northbound traffic.


Gore’s Jenny Mitchell – NZ Best Country Artist Of The Year

Announcing Recorded Music NZ Best Country Artist of the year is Jenny Mitchell – Congratulations Jenny! Gore the Capital of Country Music in New Zealand’s very own Jenny Mitchell, began her career as a teenager and has since released two albums.

Tonight, she adds a Tui to her trophy cabinet, which already features MLT Songwriting and Gold Guitar Awards. In the past 18 months, Jenny’s sophomore album “Wildfire” entered at #4 on the Official NZ Music Charts within weeks of release. She has toured through the southern coast of Sweden, dozens of cosy Irish pubs, Australian cities, and towns and throughout New Zealand.

Source: NZ Country Music Awards

Funeral Notices – Friday 31st May

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 and

BRAGG, David Thomas (Crockett).
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Aged 64 years. Dearly beloved father of Morgan, Bill and Ann. Loved Poua of Bella, Will, and Zeck. Loved son of Bill* and Winifred* Bragg, and Tui Bragg. Crockett’s life will be celebrated at J. Fraser and Sons Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, at 10.00am on Friday, May 31. Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be left at the service for Southland Hospice. Crockett will be resting at his home until his service. (*denotes deceased)

COULTER Marilyn Gaynor. Peacefully on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at Calvary Hospital, aged 71 years. Dearly loved wife of Dave Coulter & the late Ray & Roy McKenzie. Mum of Gayna, Roz, Shelly, Dwayne & their partners. Cherished nana of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loved sister of Robert*, Hughie*, Elaine, Lynice, Raymond & Stewart. A service for Marilyn will be held at the Salvation Army Victoria Avenue, Invercargill on Tuesday 4th June at 2pm. The family wish to thank Calvary Hospitalfor their care & support.
Donations for the Salvation Army would be appreciated and can be left at the service. Messages to 21 Paisley Place, Invercargill. * Denotes deceased.

MORETON, Samuel Gordon. (Gordon) Peacefully on Thursday 30th May 2019 at Vickery Court, in his 84th year. Loved husband of Dawn for the past 64 years. Loved father & father-in-law of Philip, David & Janeen, Cheryl & Murray Tily. Loved grandfather of Daniel & Aleida (Wellington), Melissa (Brisbane), the late Oliver, Rupert ( Wellington), Nicholas (Wellington), Charlotte & Anthony Princi (Perth). Loved great grandfather of Annameika, Chloe, Saskia, Brennan and Madison. Loved brother & brother-in-law of Peter & the late Margaret (Greymouth), Murray & Clare, Stan & Margaret. Loved uncle to all his nieces & nephews. Many thanks for the many years of loving careto all the staff at Vickery Court.
A service to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held in the Lindisfarne Community Church cnr Lindisfarne & Miller Streets, Invercargill on Tuesday 4th June 2017 at 10.30am. Followed by an interment at the Eastern Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to Vickery Court would be appreciated and can be left at the service. Messages to 62A Price Street, Invercargill.

Stadium Southland Closed Friday Following Major Power Outage

Parts of Invercargill went in to darkness on Thursday (30th May) evening due to a major power outage. Stadium Southland went into darkness and was evacuated.

What’s On Invers have reached out to Powernet for comment and update of the situation.
Stadium Southland and Sports Southland offices will be closed tomorrow Friday 31st May.

There is a fault in the surrey park transformer which powernet are currently working on repairing and are confident they will have it back up and running by Friday afternoon.

Velodrome will be open in the evening.

Stadium Southland posted on their FaceBook page.

Sport Southland posted on their FaceBook page the following message.

Michelle Henderson Wins Prestigious Health and Safety Leadership Award

PowerNet Chief Operating Officer Michelle Henderson won the Safeguard Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum – Leader of the Year Award at Tuesday nights (28th May) New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards held in Auckland.

Henderson won the award for developing the innovative ‘Coaching by Kilometre’
programme in which she and leaders travel throughout Southland and Otago coaching
PowerNet frontline teams to lift leadership capability. Driving time is used in a structured
way for coaching, debriefing and planning.

The annual awards, supported by WorkSafe NZ, recognise excellence in the field of health
and safety for everyone involved in the prevention of work injury and ill-health.
Henderson said she was proud to represent PowerNet and show how a business in the
south was able to achieve national recognition.

“Thanks to all the team from the frontline to the leaders and CEO Jason Franklin and the
board. Also thanks to my family. They put up with a lot when I am away travelling and facing operational disruption through weather events,” she said.
She said she had always been supported to innovate and lift health and safety standards to
reinforce PowerNet’s ‘Safety Always’ ethos.

Franklin said the entire PowerNet team was proud of Henderson and that the win was a
reflection on how well respected she was in the health and safety field in New Zealand.
“It’s a tribute to Michelle’s ongoing commitment to safety and recognises her as a great
leader who champions continuous improvement in everything she does,” he said.
‘Coaching by Kilometre’ encourages leaders to engage regularly with field leaders and their
staff, something Henderson said was critical to achieving positive health and safety
“Coaching by Kilometre is a key plank in building a stronger health and safety culture at
PowerNet,” she said.

Special Needs Teacher Suffers Permanent Damage after incident

A Southland teacher of children with special needs says she’s one of many who’ve suffered physical attacks because of a lack of classroom support.
An empty primary school classroom.

Lou Dickson marched in the teachers’ strike yesterday for more resources to help her students – and to make her work safer.

She said she had been left with permanent nerve damage after a 15-year-old with severe autism punched her in the back last October.

“He came up behind me, raised his arm – he’s six-foot tall, I’m five-foot-one and a bit; dropped his arm into the centre of my back; I face-planted into the desk with horrific pain and the outcome is permanent nerve-damage now from the impact of the punch.”

The attack happened last October and she was still having physiotherapy, Mrs Dickson said.

But it’s not the first time she has been injured by an agitated student.

“Eighteen months ago, another (severely) autistic child lost the plot a little bit; he was over-sensitised in the room, lost it and just started punching and kicking me and just managed to get me on the side, dislocated my knee-cap and put me on crutches.”

Another of her students is a child who is non-verbal and used a wheelchair, who had seizures up to 50 times a day, sometimes requiring an ambulance.

“She’s at school for 32 hours a week and she gets 18 hours of teacher-aid funding, and the ministry say it’s OK for her to be in my classroom with me, with two high-needs autistic boys that can kick off, and at times I have to deal with all that with no teacher aid. ”

She said special education students needed more teacher-aid hours, and better-designed classrooms to keep them calm and teachers and students safe.

Source: republished by arrangement