Mal’s Music Memory – ZZ Top Goin’ 50

Hi there team

Decided that we’ll wrap up July with a blast from the past from a band that is marking it’s 50th anniversary in 2019. That little ol’ band from Texas, ZZ Top.

Yep, the same three dudes that have been playing the same 3 chords for the last 50 years.

I’ve just checked their webpage and they’re about to start a gruelingly busy tour of the US that’ll keep them occupied for the next few months.

No word as yet if they are bringing their Goin’50 tour to NZ as yet.

Anyway, lets travel back to the 80’s and the song that transformed their career trajectory, She’s Got Legs from their Eliminator album.

What followed were colossal tours, more hit singles, more huge tours, more records and so and so on.

Sit back, turn it up and enjoy ZZ Top’s “Legs”


And be sure to call and talk music with Hayden and Toni at Little Fire MusicWorks on Dee Street.



Police Remind People To Secure Property

Invercargill Police are reminding people to be mindful of security following a series of burglaries and thefts from vehicles over the last two of weeks.

Vehicles targeted include those parked up driveways, on street fronts, and in remote areas on walking and running tracks, often with valuables left in plain sight.

Police remind the public to ensure property, including farm buildings, fuel tanks and vehicles, is locked and secure at night or when left unattended.

If you’re away from your house for any length of time, let your neighbours know so they can keep an eye on your property.

Record the serial numbers of tools and valuable items, or mark them with an identifier that can be traced back to you, Detective Sergeant Tim Cook, Invercargill Police said.

Police also ask the public to report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information in relation to these type of offences or any other dishonesty offending, is urged to contact Invercargill Police on 03 211 0400.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Bison Encounter Highlight Of Three-week USA Exchange For Southland Student

A Southland student has added wandering bison to her list of potential traffic hazards when driving overseas.

Kayla Calder, 17, who’s from Dipton, has just returned from a three-week TeenAg exchange to the United States.

“It was the trip of a lifetime. I had an amazing time. It was great to experience farming in other parts of the world,” she said.

The Southland Girls’ High student was one of six TeenAg members picked to take part in the sought-after exchange.

The group visited Yellowstone National Park, which has 10,000 hydrothermal features and is home to almost 5000 bison.

“I was surprised by how big bison are. They were everywhere, including on the roads,” she laughed.

“One day we drove around a corner and had to slam on the brakes because there was a bison in the middle of the road.”

“The animals are wild, but they’re so used to tourists and traffic that they wander wherever they like,” said the Year 13 student.

Many of the bison in the Yellowstone National Park aren’t phased by tourists. photo: supplied

As part of the exchange, the TeenAg members attended the 4-H Congress in Bozeman, Montana.

The four-day event attracted 350 students.

“I enjoyed getting to meet new people. Everyone was so friendly and easy to get along with,” said Kayla.

During the congress, Kayla took part in a livestock judging workshop and visited a farm with several hundred alpacas.

“I found that field trip really interesting. I haven’t had much to do with alpacas – I’m from a sheep and beef farm,” she said.

Students got to watch the animals being shorn and learn more about their fibre and how they are farmed.

“Alpacas don’t produce a lot of milk, so sometimes the cria (baby alpacas) have to be bottle-fed,” she said.

“Their fibre is so soft. The farm uses it to produce blankets, jerseys, scarves and other items of clothing.”

Following the congress, Kayla was billeted with Morgan Stevenson, 16, and her family at Deer Lodge, northwest of Bozeman.

During the stay, Kayla got to visit renowned Montana cattle stud Thomas Herefords at Gold Creek.

The stud was started in 1957 and began using artificial insemination in the 1970s to advance its genetics faster.

The business has 250 registered Hereford cows and sells 75 bulls and more than 50 registered females each year.

“That was an awesome experience. One of their bulls was named supreme champion Hereford at a national stock show,” she said.

“I’ve made a number of connections in Montana and I’d like to return to the state to work and grow my knowledge one day.”

Kayla plans to study a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln University.

The five other students on the exchange were Sarah Humphries from Southland, Olivia Mackenzie from Ashburton, Rhiannon Simpson from Timaru, Tyla Bishop from Oamaru and Mikayla McClennan from Te Awamutu.

It’s hoped the inaugural exchange will become a biennial event.


Winton Police Appeal For Information

On 29 July at approximately 11.30am a Bond Contracts truck and a trailer was involved in a crash on the Winton Hedgehope Highway, Springhills.

Police have been advised that the driver of a Suzuki Swift car stopped and assisted at the scene until Police arrived.

The driver left the scene before Police could speak to him.

Police would like to speak with this person and any other person who has any information about the crash.

Any information can be passed to the Winton Police at 03-236 6060.


Have you seen John MacGregor?

Concerns are growing for the wellbeing of 72-year-old John MacGregor, who has been missing from his home in Edendale, Southland, since the early hours of Sunday 21 July.

John was last seen wearing a dark multi-coloured knee length dressing gown.

John’s blue Toyota Corona has been located stuck at the side of Wyndham Road on the outskirts of Mataura Sergeant Ian Martin, Southern Police said.

Police and LandSAR continue to search the area.

Anyone with information that may assist this investigation is urged to contact Gore Police on (03) 203 9300.

Funeral Notices – Wednesday 31st July

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

ALLAN, Margaret Hannah (Peggy). Peacefully on Monday 29 July 2019, at Walmsley House, Invercargill. Aged 88yrs. Our wee darling gently passed away. Loved wife of the late Jimmy, mother of Vicki (Italy). Funeral details to follow. Messages to 25 George St Invercargill 9810.

ALLAN Henrietta Mary (Rita):  Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, July 29 2019 in residence at Clare House (formally of Guthrie Lane).  Loved daughter of Mary* and Frank*, loved sister of Frank* and Betty, Craig* and Monica*, Jean* and Alan* Broomfield, Viven*, Winston and Marjarie Colhoun.  Lifelong friend of Shenna* Reid.  Dearly loved auntie and great auntie of all her many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  A service to celebrate Rita’s life will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street, Invercargill on Friday, August 2 2019 at 10.00am.  The service will conclude with a private interment. The family wishes to thank Clare House for their compassionate and loving care of Rita.  Messages to D Schmidt, 82 Fleming Road. RD1, Woodlands 9871. “Forever remembered with love”

BAKKER, Leendert Cornelis (Lane).
Died peacefully at Southland Hospital, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in his 90th year. Dearly loved husband of Mattie for 65 years. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Ronnie and Judy, David and Brenda (Dunedin), Patricia and Rex Chapman, and Gillian and David Bowie. Dearly loved Grandad and Opa of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At Lane’s request, a private service and cremation has been held. We would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff at Southland Hospital’s Medical Ward for their outstanding care of Lane over the past 4 weeks. Messages can be sent to 1 Munro Street, Invercargill 9810. Tributes may be left online at

BIRCH,  Frank.   1931 – 2019.
On Sunday, 28 July 2019, in the care of the staff at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village; aged 88 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Nancy, much loved father of Raewyn, Stephen, and Larry, loved grandfather of Kelly, Rebecca, Reuben, Kerri-ann; Jason, Craig, Maria, and his 9 great grandchildren. Loved brother of Noeline Hall (Masterton). A service for Frank will be held in the Southland Crematorium Chapel, Rockdale Road, at 2pm on Thursday, 1 August. Messages to 71 Waiau Crescent, Invercargill. Online tributes may be sent to Frank’s tribute page at

BUNN, Noelene Florence.
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in the wonderful care of Highview Rest Home Dunedin, in her 95th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Stuart, and a loving and devoted Mum and mum-in-law to Robert and Ana (Rarotonga), Helen and the late Clarence (Alexandra), Mike and Rob (Christchurch), and Allan and Noeline (Methven). Adored Nana to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our grief is comforted by relief as Mum’s spirit has been set free again from the grip of Alzheimer’s. At Noelene’s request a private service has been held. Messages to 46 Chapman Road, Alexandra 9391.
“You will be sadly missed” Gillions Funeral Services Ltd, FDANZ NZIFH

JORGENSEN, Pauline Bertha (nee Metzger).
On July 23, 2019, at Christchurch; aged 92 years. Dearly loved wife of Harald, a much loved mother of Anna and James, and and mother-in-law of Richard. Loved grandma of Georgina, Zoe, Angus, Megan and Karen, and great-grandmother of Lucy, Archie, Thea and Evie. The family wish to acknowledge the care extended to Pauline by the staff at Bethesda Rest Home and Hospital. Messages to the Jorgensen family c/- Harald Jorgensen, 20 Appleby Crescent, Burnside, Christchurch 8053. At Pauline’s request a private family service has been held.

KING, Heather May.
Passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Lakes District Hospital, Queenstown. Dearly loved wife of the late James King, and loved partner of Russell Smith. Dearly loved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother of all her family. Funeral intimation later.

MACLEAN, Paul Urquhart.
Suddenly on Monday, July 29, 2019, aged 61 years. Loved husband of Ann, father of David and Tina Whyte, grandfather of Meili, brother of Alyson, and John. Dearly loved son of the late John and Doreen, uncle and great-uncle of Thomas, Sophie, Annabelle, Nio, Abby, and Zinnia. Messages for the Maclean family may be sent C/- PO Box 39127, Christchurch 8545. A Gathering to Farewell Paul will be held in our Chapel, 65 Vickerys Road, Wigram, on Friday, August 2, at 10.00am.

MORTIMER, Sheila Mary.  Peacefully at Southland Hospital with her loving family by her side on Monday, 29th July 2019. Aged 87 years.  Dearly loved wife of the late Basil.  Loved mother and mother-in-law of Leslie and Deseree, Ann and Brent Dimond.  Cherished Nan and Great Nan of Danielle*; Chantal and Luke, & Zoe; Monique and Lee; Justin and Tan, Chekanah, Nehemiah, and Zamani.  Loved sister and sister-in-law of Ernie*, Trevor* and Marilyn Wilson and a loved sister-in-law of her extended family.  A loved aunt of all her nieces and nephews.  At Sheila’s request a private service will be held.  Special thank you to the staff of Clare House and the Medical Ward, Southland Hospital.  Messages to 264 Barrow Street, Bluff. “Forever remembered with love”

PERRIAM, Joan Elizabeth.
Loved youngest daughter of the late Michael & Agnes McAnelly and loved sister and sister-in-law of Des* & Elvina*, Vera* & Des*, Bill* & Peg*. Loved sister in law of Pam & Robin*, Ron & Christina, Trish & Bill.  A loved Auntie of all her nieces and nephews.

WRIGHT, Alice Amy.
2095574 British Army. Suddenly on Monday, July 29, 2019, at her home in Gore, aged 97 years. Loved wife of the late John Mitchell and the late Gilbert (Gib) Wright, respected stepmother and mother-in-law of Lachlan (Croydon), and Annette and Mike Flewellen (Te Anau), a much loved Aunt and great-Aunt to all her nieces and nephews both in New Zealand and overseas, and friend to all who loved her. A service to celebrate Alice’s life will be held in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ardwick Street, Gore, on Friday, August 2, at 1.30pm, private cremation to follow. Messages to 1 Wallis Lane, Gore 9710.

WYBROW, John Francis William: (QSO)
Passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019, aged 91 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Nora. Much loved father and father-in-law of John and Karen, Jacqueline and Graham McHaffie, Frances Wybrow (dec), Suzanne and Bruce Gardner. Grandy meant a lot and will be sorely missed by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother of Neita Creighton (Invercargill). A Rosary will be recited at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grey Street, Hamilton East, on Thursday, August 1, at 6.00pm. Requiem Mass for John will be celebrated at the Cathedral on Friday, August 2, at 1.30pm, followed by burial at the Hamilton Park Cemetery, Morrinsville Road, Newstead. Correspondence to: Jackie McHaffie, C/- PO Box 276, Hamilton 3240. Ana-Maria Richardson, Funeral Director

In Memoriam

DICKIE, Alan Raeburn.
14.01.1941 – 31.07.2018
Miss you so much Dad Xxx Never a day goes by that you’re not on our minds. So many times I’ve wished I could ring you to ask how to fix something and to just talk to you. You will always forever be in our hearts.
– Love always Xxx Lissa, Richard, Connor and Marshall

14.1.1941 – 31.7.2018
We think about you always,
We talk about you still,
You have never been forgotten,
And you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain,
To walk and guide us through our lives,
Until we meet again.
From Valerie and your Loving Family.

DICKIE, Alan (Dad).
Its been a year already,
We miss you everyday,
Briar says she misses playing catch,
Shannon misses your cups of coffee,
I miss your smiley face,
But most of all we just miss you!

Love Always
Shannon, Debie and Briar


No Slowing Down For Club Champion

He may have celebrated forty years of rally competition back in 2017 but Dave Jenkins of Gropers Bush near Riverton is not slowing down one bit.

Jenkins will contest the Catlins Coast Rally for the first time since 2015 when the event takes place on Saturday 10 August and he will do so on the back of having won his first ever championship – the Eastern Southland Car Club Championship in the 2017/2018 season.

For the last three years at Catlins Jenkins has been in the Zero Car, the lead car which lets spectators know the field is on its way and also to alert organisers of any problems on the stage. Jenkins drove the Zero Car in 2016 and 2017 while his son-in-law, Sam Henderson, a well-known driver in his own right, took the wheel last year while Jenkins, known to all in the rally fraternity as “Farmer”, sat alongside. Dave also did several years of Zero Car duty at the Rally Of Southland many years ago.

It will be Sam sitting alongside Dave in the co-driver seat of Jenkins’ Subaru Legacy RS when they take on Catlins next month. Sam’s presence continues a family tradition as Sam’s wife and Dave’s daughter Brodie had been Dave’s co-driver for many years from the age of thirteen, a partnership Dave regards as a highlight of his career. Dave’s wife Gaye also did a few events with him in the early 1980’s.

Dave has done little rallying of late, the Lawrence Rally last year being an exception, but he has done a lot of club type events and that is what led to his Club Championship win last season.

Dave Jenkins with son-in-law Sam Henderson co-driving in his Subaru Legacy at the 2016 Dusky Forest Rally. photo: Becky Ladbrook Fast Exposure

It was the first time he had chased a championship and by entering every event and finishing reasonably well in every one he accumulated enough points to take the title. “It was a real thrill to win, I’ve never really gone for a championship before,” says the modest Jenkins.

Jenkins first ever rally was the Eastern Southland Car Club’s 1977 Gore Rally in which he drove a Datsun 1600. Throughout his lengthy rally career there have only been seven different rally cars – four Datsun 1600’s, a Datsun Sunny, a Datsun 200B and the Subaru Legacy

The mid 1980’s were a particularly successful time for Jenkins winning two or three Claytons Rally’s and finishing in the top ten of the Rally Of Southland when it was part of the National Championship. He won the 1988 Gore Club Rally and did well in the Wyndham Rally too, coming close to winning in 1986. After losing time in the first stage he then won every other stage but missed the victory due to the time lost early on.

This year’s Catlins Coast Rally is the fifth and final round of the Mainland Rally Championship and part of the Eastern Southland Car Club Rally Championship.

The Eastern Southland Car Club is delighted to have the support of the Clutha Licensing Trust through their Rosebank Lodge Balclutha establishment, plus Southroads, Owaka Motors, Yuasa Batteries and Stadium Finance. The club is also especially grateful to Rayonier Matariki Forests and the Clutha District Council for their assistance with the event.

Rivals Spark and Sky Team Up For Rugby World Cup

Telecom company Spark will pay competitor Sky Television to set up a new pop-up channel specifically for the Rugby World Cup, but said it was not an admission it could not deliver over its own streaming channel.

Spark wants a 36 hour delay should the Commerce Commission approve the merger between Sky Television and Vodafone.

The deal will allow Sky customers and commercial premises, such as bars and restaurants, to watch all 48 Rugby World Cup matches through an existing Sky decoder, rather than buying a Spark Sport subscription, which relies on an internet connection.

Spark will retain all revenue generated by the channel.

Spark Sport executive lead David Chalmers said the deal did not suggest it had admitted defeat.

“After testing in a wide range of commercial environments, we are confident in the Spark Sport streaming service that we are making available for commercial premises.”

“But we also wanted to provide an alternative option for venues that would prefer to use their existing infrastructure, particularly for those locations without streaming-ready broadband connectivity,” he said.

Spark refused to say if it contacted Sky to initiate the deal, or vice versa, or when negotiations between the companies began.

The two companies have been battling for sports content since Spark outbid Sky to the Rugby World Cup broadcast rights and has set up a new streaming platform to screen it.

Since then it has also acquired a range of other sports including English premier league football, hockey, and motorsport.

Last week Sky announced its own sport streaming app to be launched next month, with chief executive Martin Stewart saying if anyone tried to outbid it for sports broadcast rights again, it would send them broke.

Sky strategic partnership lead Sophie Moloney said it was pleased with the Spark partnership.

“We are pleased to be able to work together with Spark to deliver this alternative access option for our commercial customers, including those in rural areas who do not yet have access to fast enough broadband.”

Source: Republished by arrangement.

Invercargill’s Jordan Michels To Tackle TCR Round In Australia

Current NZ F1600 Champion Jordan Michels of Invercargill has been signed by Wall Racing of Australia to drive its third Honda Civic Type R at Round 4 of the carsales TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich this weekend.

“It’s very exciting. It’s all a bit last minute, but I’m genuinely looking forward to the weekend,” said Michels. “The amount of hype around the category has been unreal, so to have an opportunity to be on the grid is just amazing.

“I’ve done a couple of races in a Hyundai TCR in New Zealand, so I have a few miles in a TCR car, but they were different circumstances, completely different tyre, so this weekend will still be a steep learning curve.

“The opportunity to be a part of Wall Racing in this category is awesome, so I want to soak it all up, enjoy the experience and see how we go.”

Michels will join the other two Honda Civics of Tony D’Alberto and recent race winner John Martin for the TCR category’s debut at the Ipswich venue.

“At this stage, it’s just a one-off, but we are keen to see how Jordan goes in our car and the series,” said David Wall from Wall Racing Honda. “He has been racing a TCR car in New Zealand and has been doing well in the endurance series over there. We met Jordan at the launch of TCR New Zealand. He had a long discussion with (Wall Racing team manager) David Fyfe and we all felt that he’d be a good addition for our team.”

Round 4 of the carsales TCR Australia Series at Queensland Raceway kicks off with two practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and two 30 minutes races on Sunday.

TCR cars are an exciting worldwide formula conceived in 2014 and there are now series around the world. A New Zealand Series is due to start in January. The cars are front wheel drive hatchbacks or sedans powered by production based turbocharged petrol or diesel engines up to 2 litres.

Man In Critical Condition After Rubbish Truck Rolls

A person is in a critical condition after a rubbish truck rolled on State Highway 96 in Southland this morning, blocking the road.

Emergency services were called shortly before 11.30am at the highway’s intersection Chisholm Rd and State Highway 96 between Winton and Hedgehope.

A police spokesperson said the driver appeared to be trapped and a helicopter was sent to the scene. St John Ambulance confirmed there was one person in a critical condition.

The Transport Agency said motorists travelling in the area should use an alternative route or delay their journey because the highway was blocked at Springhills.

Source: republished by arranagement.