Work Set To Start On Three New Hydroslides At Splash Palace

A new hydroslide featuring three slides proposed for Invercargill’s Splash Palace is a step closer as final preparations are made for work to start on the $2.89 million project.

Council aquatic services manager Peter Thompson said “We’re really excited to now be able to show the hydroslides off to everyone. They’re generating a huge amount of attention and anticipation and its really great to be able to really show the size and dimension of the slides relative to everything else”.

“It’s pretty awesome as it’s not often you get to be involved in a project that is essentially all about fun”

Artist impression of the new hydro slides. image: supplied.

The biggest new slide, at 102m long requires the use of single or double inflatable rafts and includes a journey around the inside of a large sphere. The 2nd and 3rd slides are 71m and 76m long respectively.

Blair Vinings Final Farewell Function (photos)

On Saturday (29th June) evening another thing on Blair Vinings bucket list was ticked off, a 140,000 signature petition calling for the Government to help cancer sufferers get better support in NZ.

The petition was presented to Southland-Clutha MP Hamish Walker.

The function was attended by 650 guests including several rugby celebrities, held at Bill Richardson Transport World.

You can sign the petition here

Police Seek Witnesses To Suspicious House Fire In Edendale

Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspicious house fire in Edendale, Southland.

Emergency services were called to the fire at a property on Seaward Road shortly after 1am on Saturday, 29 June.

Upon arrival the house was well ablaze.

Luckily the occupant of the house and his two-year-old son, who were home at the time, were able to escape uninjured.

The house has extensive damage and Police are treating the fire as arson, Detective Chris Lucy said.

Anyone that was in the area at the time of the fire is urged to contact Detective Chris Lucy on 03 211 0400.

Information can also be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Opinion: New City Centre Development – An Opportunity Invercargill Needs

Imagine what you could do with $30m. You’d make a significant difference in whatever area you spent that $30m in. With the right guidance, you might even be able to change the trajectory of a city.

Invercargill ratepayers have the opportunity to consult on whether they’d like the Invercargill City Council (ICC) invest $30m into their city through the HWCP redevelopment of the CBD. Perhaps this puts the Council in a strong bargaining position to secure the non-financial benefits to the community.

As a public-private partnership, this project could be the opportunity Invercargill needs to develop a future-proofed hub for our community.

Some may remember the thousands of Dunedin residents under the “Stop The Stadium” banner taking to the streets to protest the Dunedin City Council investing in Forsyth Barr Stadium in the late 2000s. Despite where the dollars may have fallen, Dunedin residents have ultimately reaped the rewards of this private-public partnership.

Invercargill can benefit from the same growth and visitor attention. But to avoid a “Stop The Stadium” situation with the CBD, it is imperative the project – with its community money from the ICC – is invested with the Invercargill community firmly at the top of the ICC’s priorities.

For this reason, I’d encourage ICC and HWCP to pay special attention to how the community would patron the CBD and what they’re currently crying out for. In my experience, that means a place where people can socialise and be entertained.

A modern CBD needs to encompass an entertainment precinct to ensure the CBD thrives by day and by night. A strong and attractive nightlife, achieved through a concentration of entertainment options, bars and restaurants, would help Invercargill rejuvenate its nightlife. Entertainment, in all forms, draws in people which spills over into retail and hospitality spending.

Of course, large-scale projects of this magnitude are carefully planned and curated, but if we’re taking the time to consult the public, we should be asking what they’d like to see in the development.

What examples of nightlife have you enjoyed in other cities? What are the kinds of options which are going to entice you to patron the CBD on days of the week other than Friday and Saturday nights? What do you want to CBD to be in the years to come? The answers to these questions will form an idea of what it is the community want from their CBD.

In this HWCP project, we have a great opportunity to shape the CBD for our future needs. But it needs public investment to ensure the community can truly benefit from it.

In the Council’s consultation information, it clearly states that without an investment from the Council, the project will likely fail to attract private investment. This means if the council, by way of its ratepayers’ submissions, decide not to invest the $30m, it’s extremely likely the project will not happen. In that case, we will be left with what’s currently there.

Your submissions, however you feel, will make the difference in what the Council will decide. To see positive change and growth in our city, our community must always be at the heart. It’s one thing to consult, it’s another to ask the right questions – make sure you give the answers that are right for you.

Invercargill residents have until June 28 to the ICC how they feel about the CBD; I’d encourage everyone to take five minutes out of their day to do so.

Tim Lindsay is a senior solicitor with AWS Legal.


Major Redevelopment Of Pak N Save Underway

Work has started on a multi-million dollar two-year redevelopment of PAK’nSAVE Invercargill.

Jason Dobson Operations Manager said “The redevelopment is going to bring an even better grocery shopping experience for our Southland customers. Our team plan on keeping any disruptions to a minimum while the store transformation is in progress.”

Roger Davidson, GM Property and Retail Development, Foodstuffs South Island said

“We have just embarked on a comprehensive extension and refurbishment to PAK’nSAVE Invercargill. The floor area of the supermarket will increase by 1600m2 or approximately 38%.

To ensure customers can continue to shop in comfort, the construction will be carried out over a two-year period comprising a number of different stages.

Invercargill was the first PAK’nSAVE to open in the South Island in 1988, and this investment further emphasises our commitment to the wider Southland community.  The store will provide customers with a shopping experience equal to what is available in other regions.

The modernised PAK’nSAVE supermarket will feature new retail fixtures, an expanded grocery range and ongoing top quality fresh foods – all in a pleasant shopping environment.  Naturally, we’ll also offer New Zealand’s lowest prices – every day.”

Other big retailer developments on the go or soon to start include Kmart due to open later this year, the new  ILT hotel, the redevelopment of the City centre block.


PPTA Teachers Vote 65% To Accept Governments Latest Offer

Breaking: The Post Primary teacher Assoication haveaccepted the Governts lattest offer.

A majority of us have voted to accept the government’s offer to settle our collective agreement. Sixty-five percent of members voted to ratify the deal.

A letter emailed to memebers reads:

Before I talk about the settlement, and on behalf of the PPTA executive, I’d like to pass on our thanks.

Thank you for the passion and commitment you bring to the profession and the young people of New Zealand.

Thank you for supporting our campaign to bring out the best for teachers, students and schools.

Thank you for standing up and standing together during our megastrike on May 29 and our rostering action.

Your support brought many millions of dollars more to the settlement than the government wanted to pay.

Union meetings

This week I attended meetings throughout the country, and what I heard from you was not that this deal is awesome, or exactly what we wanted but that it is enough, for now, alongside the promise of the accord.

I heard from members about their passion for the profession and their concerns that the offer was not what they expected to address workload or secondary teacher shortages.
I want to acknowledge those of you who voted against the settlement and the arguments you brought to the debates at our union meetings.

The accord

I believe that a majority of us voted to accept this offer because we expect the accord with NZEI Te Riu Roa and the government to implement solutions to the problems our profession is facing. We expect immediate and sustainable movement on recruitment, retention and workload.This settlement gives us space to do that critical work. .

While a settled collective agreement does provide certainty for our terms and conditions over the next couple of years – this settlement is not all about the STCA. Our work does not stop here. Rather, our focus becomes filling the gaps through the accord process. That work starts now.


Funeral Notices – Saturday 29th June

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

BLOMFIELD Philip Clayton (Phil)

Passed away peacefully on Friday 28 June 2019, aged 84 years, surrounded by his loving family. Loved father and father in law of Michael Blomfield and Marlys Smith, Gregg Blomfield and Alison Young, Lisa and Frank Dawson, Illona Wood and Kelly Baggott. Loved Grandfather of Brandon, Nathan, Samuel, Leah, Timothy, Claudia, Michael, Samantha, Zoe, and Jacob. A Funeral and Celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Tuesday 2nd July, 1.30pm, J Fraser and Sons Chapel, Corner Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill. Interment at Eastern Cemetery will follow. Messages to 7 Rowan Street, Invercargill 9810. Online tributes may be made on

GRANT, Elaine Isobel.
Peacefully, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Windsor Park Rest Home, aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Stuart, loved mother and mother-in-law of Jeffrey and Julia Grant (Balfour), Sharon Grant and Dene Maxwell (Petone), much loved Nana of Toni, Sam and Hannah, Amanda, and Olivia, and great-Nana of her three great-grandchildren. Loved sister of the late Russell Anderson, Mark Anderson, and the late Linden Hull. A service to celebrate Elaine’s life will be held in Southern Funeral Home Chapel, 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, on Saturday, June 29, at 2.00pm, private cremation to follow. Messages to 64 Pahiwi-Balfour Road, RD6, Gore 9776.

GRAY, David Malcolm.
Of Clyde/ Earnscleugh, passed away peacefully at Dunstan Hospital on Thursday, June 27, 2019, aged 78. Dearly loved husband of the late Rosie, loved Dad of Dianne, and cherished Grandad of Kristina, Tessa, and Cory. A celebration of David’s life will be held at Affinity Funeral Home, (The Cellar Door), 143A Centennial Avenue, Alexandra, on Tuesday, July 2, at 1.30pm, followed by a private cremation. Messages to 626 Kaka Point Road, RD1 Paretai, Balclutha 9271. “gone to the pub” Cared for by Affinity Funerals Central Otago &
Lakes District F.D.A.N.Z.

KEOWN, Mary Isabella (nee Jackson).
Passed peacefully following a short illness at Southland Hospital, Invercargill, on June 26, 2019, aged 92 years. Loved wife of the late Joe Keown and Frank Graham (Ferndale). Loved mother of Peter and Di Graham (Wellington), Steven and Vivienne Graham (Christchurch), Glenda Graham (Otatara), and Sue and Graeme Stevenson (Hamilton), much loved Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A service will be held for Mary in Southern Funeral Home Chapel, 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, on Monday, July 1, at 11.00am.

LINDSAY, Frank Lloyd.
Pri. 298414 26th Batt. Peacefully at Rowena Jackson on Thursday, June 27, 2019, aged 99. Loving husband of the late Knowla for 69 years. Loved father and father-in-law of Cheryl and Allan Robert, Lloyd and Nolene, Brian and Jenny, Marlene and Geoff Dykes. Loved grandfather of Tim and Merinda, Daniel and Julia, Michael and Stephanie; Hamish and Emma, Matthew; Brad and Bridgette, Jayde and Campbell; Kirsty, Aaron and his 9 great-grandchildren. Thank you to Dr Kamali, and the caring staff of Rowena Jackson. A service for Frank will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 10.30am, at J Fraser and Sons’ Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, followed by private interment at Calcium Cemetery. Messages to 1569 Winton Wreys Bush Hwy, 3RD, Winton 9783. Tribute messages can be left online at

MAXWELL, Treasure Raumoa.
Peacefully on Friday, June 28, 2019; aged 83 years. Cherished and loved daughter of the late Archie and Queenie Davis. Loved wife of the late Gavin, much loved and cherished mum and mother-in-law of Lowana and Barry Clearwater, Christine and the late Gavin, Duncan and Karina, Barry, Charmaine and Gordon Ropiha, loved Nannie of Kent, Daniel, Peri, Jamie, Natasha, Dominique, Elisha, Nicole, Chantelle, Hamish, dearly loved Nannie Nannie of Shylaa, Jayden, Tarnica, Harlym, Jax, Khalia, Kaylee-Rose, Roxton, Xavier, Queenie, Santana, Kiwa, Beaudine, and Leo. Treasure will be resting at home with whanau until her service, which will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street, Invercargill, on Monday, July 1, at 1.00pm. Interment to follow at the Eastern Cemetery. Arohanui to Robyn, Lynley and all the staff of the Williams Wing at Clare House for the care and compassion shown to our whanau. Messages to 18 Kildare Place, Invercargill.

ROBERTSON, Sharon Maree.
Peacefully at Dunedin Hospital, with family by her side, on Thursday, June 20, 2019; aged 57 years. Much loved wife of Alex for the last 33 years. Daughter of the late Keith Hastie and Doreen Blackwood. Devoted and loving mother and mother-in-law of Evan, Megan and Barry. Cherished grandmother (Gan) of Brody. Sister to Kerry and Bromwyn. As per Sharon’s wishes a private cremation has taken place. Many thanks to Dunedin ICU doctors and nursing staff for all their hard work. Donations to St John, Arthritis Assn or Wanaka RDA, in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated. Messages to 403 Ward Road, Riverton.

In Memoriam

Meulenbroek, Elizabeth Hendrika. October 1929 – June 2019
The Meulenbroek family sincerely thank everyone for their kind words, cards, prayers, flowers, baking and thoughts on the passing our much loved mother, mother-in-law and oma recently.  Thank you to those who attended mum’s superb funeral service, it gave us all great strength and hope at a difficult time. Thanks to all those who looked after us at Saint Patricks church. Special thanks to Father Vaughn Hook for his compassion, faith and love shown to both mum and all of us, she wouldn’t have wished for a better send off.
Thanks too to the Medical Ward hospital staff, and the Hospice, all of whom truly are wonderful people giving such kind care for the sick and dying in our community.

MacGILLIVRAY, Olive Gertrude. 3rd July 2018
One year has passed since that sad day, when one we loved was called away.
God took her home; it was His will, but in our hearts she liveth still.
From Owen and family.


BROWN, Diane (Di). 27.05.1963 – 01.05.2019
Velma, Shona, Raewyn Paul and family would sincerely like to thank all of those who supported us following the sad passing of Diane. We have been overwhelmed with the kindness shown to us in the form of food, baking, flowers, cards, phone calls and messages. Thank you to Dianes friends who supported her during her illness. Thank you also to the Community carers and Dr. Pat Hastilow for your support and kindness. Diane had the time to leave clear instructions as to her wishes which was a source of comfort to us. We are grateful and humbled to have such great family and friends around us. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement of thanks from us all.

BROWN, Elizabeth (Jean) (formerly Seator, nee Tyrie).
Elizabeth, George, Rosemary and families sincerely wish to thank those who attended mum’s service, the baking, cards, letters, flowers and visits at the time of her passing. A special thank you to Wilson Fraser, Rob and Rachelle Oosthuizen for your care and support. To the staff of Walmsley Home and Peacehaven a very big thank you for your care, love and support over the past 4 years. Please accept this as a huge thank you from us all.

MITCHELL, Allan Edward (Mitch). Jenny, Justine Mark, Grant, Scott and families wish to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy, help and support before and after Allan’s passing. He was a much loved Husband, Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather and Grandad Mitch. To those who sent flowers, cards, letters, phoned, visited, brought food and baking, this was greatly appreciated. Your kindness was quite overwhelming. Special thankyou to Hospice Southland, Avenal Park (especially Chris) and the Wylie/Weir family. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement as many addresses are unknown.

ROULSTON, George Alister.
Vera and family sincerely thank you all for your kind expressions of sympathy and support after George’s passing. Thank you for your flowers, cards, food and messages. A special thank you to the Staff at Wanaka Medical centre, Clyde Hospital and Enliven Aspiring for their care and support of George. And to Janice from Affinity Funeral’s and Ralph Fagen for making Geordies’ Farewell special. Please accept this as our personal thank you.

Youth Charged For Burglary In Invercargill

Invercargill Police have charged two persons today in relation to a recent spate of offending where cigarettes and tobacco were targeted.

A 17-year-old youth faces two charges of burglary in relation to tobacco stolen from Centre Street dairy in South Invercargill on two separate occasions on 17 and 22 May respectively.

Total tobacco valued at $17,000 was taken.

The youth also faces a charge of aggravated robbery in relation to Grasmere dairy robbery that occured on 27 May, where tobacco valued at $1400 was taken.

The youth appeared at the Invercargill District Court today.

A 16-year-old youth was also spoken to by Police in relation to receiving stolen tobacco and he will be referred to Youth Aid.

To date Police have not recovered any tobacco.

Police are aware there are other persons involved in both these series of crimes in particular the aggravated robbery at Grasmere dairy. Detective Sergeant John Kean, Invercargill Police said.

If anyone has any information please call Invercargill Police at 03 2110400.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

SBS Bank Helping Rejuvenate Rural Communities – One Loop At A Time

A Southland project designed to empower rural communities and create connected trading routes has been chosen to take part in 2019 Kiwi Fintech Accelerator programme.

The Longwood Loop is a Western Southland-based trading route with 80 members that is designed to create a self-managed economy to rejuvenate and reconnect rural communities, while reducing reliance on imported goods.

SBS Bank had been seeking a Southland-based team to support in the national programme that is designed to solve challenges in the financial technology (Fintech) sector. The bank will provide the support needed for the team to remain based in Southland while developing their concept.

SBS Bank digital channel manager Andrew Rushton said after a successful Boot Camp held in May, the Loop.Local team was chosen.

“Loop.Local will be an online platform that enables local communities to reconnect economically and socially by retaining trade internally and owning the logistics and retail channels locally.

“Local producers and consumers can trade goods and services in the platform that provides managerial tools for the communities,” he said.

“It’s a special concept and once fully realised, one that can really support rural communities by providing the technology to enable trading platforms to go digital.”

Longwood Loop founder and chief executive Robyn Guyton, of Riverton, said rural consumers often faced challenges trying find food and services in remote areas, while producers often lacked robust logistics and retail channels to offer to consumers, making it difficult to compete with supermarkets.

Growers and producers often had no knowledge of how much to produce, resulting in wastage while consumers miss out at farmers markets when demand outstripped supply, she said.

“How can we trade in rural areas when there are no banks and we’re so far from the city? This is an opportunity to develop some supply and demand software so we know what to drop off at each trading post and growers know ahead that what they grow will be sold.

“It can become a little self-sufficient food economy. Southland used to have 100 little farming communities that got 70 to 80 per cent of their food locally. Now everyone goes to supermarkets and that food comes from global markets.

“We need to know where our food comes from and eat fresh and in season – real food grows in gardens, orchards or in paddocks. We’ve got a baker setting up, people growing mushrooms and tomatoes and people setting up market gardens that will provide food for the loop,” she said.

“It’s very exciting – if we do a really good software programme then it can be used in other areas in New Zealand and the world and could make a real difference in communities.”

The web-based platform would provide management tools to control things like member and vendor settings, enable members to become sellers, develop financial tools such as the ability to top up a ‘loop wallet’, and manage the trade route to enable goods to be delivered to the right person when needed.

It was planned to buy an electric vehicle to collect and drop products off at trading posts around the loop. Eventually the loops will connect to create wider network.

The Kiwi Fintech Accelerator, now in its third year, was established to provide New Zealand fintech start-ups with pathways and access to global markets. The programme, jointly delivered with Creative HQ, runs for 12 weeks and sees teams work intensively with expert support to innovate, build, launch and expand their business.

For more information on the 2019 Kiwi FinTech Accelerator, related events, visit: