Vital Signs Fight For Yellow: Zenovich Leads After Day One

The first day of the Vital Signs Fight for Yellow dawned clear but fresh as riders signed on in Wyndham for the opening stage of the two day, five stage tour, a six kilometre prologue individual time trial that would decide the first wearer of the yellow jersey, before a further two road stages later during the day.

One rider who was assured of having a great day whatever his results in the race was Alan Strong, after his son Corbin claimed an astonishing victory in the UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Berlin earlier in the morning, putting the sword to the rest of the field in the points race.

In A grade, Matt Zenovich signalled his intent early, charging to victory in the prologue with a time of 7:38.1, just over seven seconds clear of John Wansink in second, with Andy Hilton a further second back in third.

In B grade the prologue win went to Scott Donnelly with a time of 8:10.3, some eight seconds ahead of Gavin Mason in second, with Morgan Borrie taking third a further eight seconds back.

C grade prologue honours went to Phil Te Tana in 9:09.3, 13 seconds ahead of Dean Stewart and Jette Simon in joint second.

The riders had a short break before the start of the first road stage, over 36 kilometres, which started at 12pm.

It was a hard fought race in A grade, with a big bunch finish at the end of the stage. Mitchel Fitzsimons managed to take the win, one second ahead of Myles Gibson in second, with Navarh Brotherston a further second back in third. The yellow jersey of Matt Zenovich came in with the main bunch, retaining the overall race lead going into the final stage of the day.

The B grade field cracked under relentless pressure, with yellow jersey wearer Scott Donnelly crossing the line solo, 16 seconds ahead of Morgan Borrie in second place, with Gavin Manson pipping Jake Willis for third. The stage win meant that Donnelly extended his lead at the top of the B grade standings.

The C grade field also split up over the course, with Jette Simon edging Dean Stewart for the stage win, with David Knight just managing to beat Craig Sadlier and Rhylee Akeroyd to the line a minute further back. The win moved Simon to the top of the standings in C grade, with Stewart remaining in second place, while Akeroyd moved up to third.

The final stage of day one saw riders take on a 65 kilometre route on a stage that would determine who got to pull on the yellow jersey going into day two of the tour on Sunday.

A grade split up over teh course, with Fraser Hewett and yellow jersey Matt Zenovich coming to the line together. Hewett took out the stage, with Zenovich’s second place securing the overnight overall lead for him. Mitchel Fitzsimons finished third on the stage, 1:43 further back, coming to the line just ahead of Hunter Gough in fourth. Going into day two, Hewett now sits in second overall, with Fitzsimons in third.

In B grade Scott Donnelly continued his dominance, crossing the line more than a minute clear of Gavin Mason in second, narrowly beating Chris Henderson, who had to settle for third. The stage win put Donnelly in a very strong position at the head of B grade going into day two, with Manson in second and Morgan Borrie in third.

In C grade a nine rider group came to the line fairly closely spaced, but it was prologue winner Phil Te Tana who took the win, just ahead of Rhylee Akeroyd in second, with Craig Sadlier pipping Ray Robinson in the race for the final podium place. Jette Simon retained her position at the top of the overall standings, with Dean Stewart in second and Akeroyd in third.

Day two kicks off on Sunday morning with a 45 kilometre road stage in Gore, followed by the final circuit race in the afternoon, with A grade taking on six laps of the 10 kilometre circuit, B grade five laps, and C grade four laps.

Source: Cycling Southland

Southlands Corbin Strong Strikes Gold In Berlin

Gold for Southlands Corbin Strong and is 2020 UCI Track WORLD CHAMPION in the Men’s Points Race!

Southland teenager Corbin Strong, in his first year as an elite rider, has won the Points race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

The Vantage elite rider, who led for much of the 40km event, cemented the title when he went with a three-strong break in the final laps to claim a bonus 20 points to secure his rainbow jersey title.

It is the first time a male New Zealand rider has won a Points race world championship. The only other podium was when fellow Southlander Tom Scully won a silver medal at Cali in 2014.

It is the 19-year-old’s second medal of the championships, after winning the silver with the Vantage New Zealand men’s team pursuit.

photo: UCI Track Cycling

It signalled a remarkable rise for the young Southlander, who won a junior world championship title in the team pursuit in Switzerland in 2018, and a year previous a bronze medal in the same discipline in Italy.

He forced his way into the elite team on the back of brilliant performances in the World Cup campaign over the summer, just a year after emerging through Cycling New Zealand’s SIT Performance Hub development programme.

“I was put under pressure a few times but fortunate it all came back together and in the last 20 laps I thought it was now or never,” said Strong. “How many opportunities do I get to race for a world title and I am in the perfect position? I just had to give it my everything and that’s what I did. I was over-whelmed with emotion when I crossed the line.

“Yesterday was a big day with the team pursuit. We had high hopes for that but on the day, we were beaten by an unbelievable time. We didn’t come here to get silvers so I was really focussed on having a good run in the points race and see what I could do.”

In doing so Strong upset a number of experienced professionals.

“You can’t afford to go to these races and be intimidated by the big names. I went in riding my own race, looking for my opportunities. It paid off. You can’t afford to come to a world champs and act like you are an underdog.

“I just had the mentality that I had to go out there and act like I am there to win… and that’s what happened. I can’t believe I pulled it off. I am super-proud.”

Cycling New Zealand High Performance Director, Martin Barras said Strong has been a revelation in the programme.

“Every Olympic cycle has one and every Olympic team needs one – a young kid coming through the ranks really talented that doesn’t know anything better other than going hard at things, who handles himself really well with his teammates despite the fact that he is new to the group and is obviously incredibly talented and hard-working,” said Barras.

“He went hard at everything he did. It made for a really hard way to win a bike race but very ,very impressive way to win a bike race as well.

“He is a real asset on the bike but is also a real asset off the bike. He teammates appreciate him. The staff appreciate him. He has this quick wit and a bit of a smart-arse approach that we like and is essential to the make-up of this team.”

In other racing, Nick Kergozou qualified for the finals of the 1000m time trial, finishing seventh in 1:00.707 while Holly Edmondston finished 16th in the four-discipline omnium.

Tomorrow’s penultimate day sees Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster in the individual sprint, Campbell Stewart in the omnium and Kirstie James, Bryony Botha and Jaime Nielsen in the individual pursuit


Men Points race, 40km: Corbin Strong (NZL) 58 points, 1; Sebastian Mora Vedri (ESP) 40, 2; Roy Eefting (NED) 36, 3.

Women Omnium, scratch: Yumi Kajihara (JPN) 1, Jennifer Valente (USA) 2, Clara Copponi (FRA) 3. Also: Holly Edmondston (NZL) 17. Tempo race: Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR) 27 points, 1; Kajihara 26, 2; Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) 22, 3. Also: Edmondston 11. Elimination: Kirsten Wild (NED) 1, Letizia Paternoster (ITA) 2, Kajihara 3. Also: Edmondston 14. Points: Paternoster 15 points, 1; Daria Pikulik (POL) 14, 2; Lara Kenny (GBR) 12, 3. Also: Edmondston: 2, 12. Final: Kajihara 121, 1; Paternoster 109, 2; Pikulik 100, 3. Also: Edmondston 36, 16.

Men 1000m qualifying: Quentin Lafargue (FRA) 59.324, 1; Sam Ligtee (NED) 59.590, 2; Michael D’Almeida (FRA) 59.974, 3. Also: Nick Kergozou (NZL) 1:00.311, 8. Final: Ligtee 59.495, 1; Lafargue 59.749, 2; D’Almeida 1:00.103, 3. Also: Kergozou 1:00.707, 7.


Riders Prepare to Fight for Yellow

In cycling, no colour is as iconic as yellow. It is the colour of the leader’s jersey in the greatest tour of them all, the Tour de France, and has become the default colour for race leader’s jerseys the world over.

Riders from Southland and beyond will have the opportunity to experience the challenge and thrill of a multi-day stage race when the Vital Signs Fight for Yellow takes to the roads of Eastern Southland from today (Saturday 29 February) to Sunday 1 March.

Racing will be conducted over multiple grades, giving cyclists of varying ability levels the opportunity to contest for the win.

This is the second year the event will take place, and the organisers hope to build on the success of the debut event, especially in the light of the demise of the Tour de Lakes.
Vital Signs owner and tour sponsor Mike White said that costs and traffic issues around Queenstown over the Easter long weekend contributed to the decision to abandon the Tour de Lakes after a run of some 20 years.

“We saw that Southland needed a mini tour to fill this gap and so in 2019 we unveiled the Vital Signs Fight for Yellow. This two day event gives locals and out of towners a chance to experience tour racing in a friendly, relaxed format,” he said.

Making the event achievable and convenient for riders of all abilities was a key driver when it came to deciding the format.

“We cater for all levels and by basing each day in one location, it means less travelling especially for out of towners. The roads are quiet with little traffic which also makes for a more relaxed event,” White said.

The event bases itself out of Wyndham on the Saturday, and Gore on the Sunday, and although only two days long, riders will face five different stages across the two days.

The tour will start with the traditional individual time trial over six kilometres, where riders set off one at a time to try and set the fastest time and claim the first leader’s jersey, before two stages during the afternoon – a 36km road stage at 12:00pm, and a 65km road stage at 3:00pm.

Although not as long as the third stage, day two dawns with a tough 45km ride which promises to challenge the riders with a fair bit of climbing, while the final 10km circuit race will drain the last ounce of energy out of the riders as A grade complete six circuits, B grade five circuits, and C grade four circuits.

The rider with the lowest cumulative time in each grade after all five stages will walk away as the winner of the Fight for Yellow and take home the coveted yellow jersey.


Festival Of Colour Comes To Gala Street Reserve

Get ready for colour, fun, and entertainment, with a colour rush event set to hit Invercargill.

Indian Community Southland Inc is thrilled to announce that Holi – Festival of Colours, in association with Southland Nepalese Society Inc, is coming to the Queens Park Gala Street Reserve.

Following the success of the Diwali event last year, ICS Inc will be celebrating Holi – Colour Rush on Sunday, March 1, from 11am until 3pm.

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the end of winter and signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is considered a day when all evils are destroyed, and good is restored.

Also known as the festival of colours, Holi is primarily observed in South Asia but has spread across the world in celebration of love and the changing of the seasons.

The festival of colour is a free, non-alcoholic family event, and there will be plenty for everyone to see, do, and experience. Auckland-based DJ Prudhvi, famed for Bollywood parties in New Zealand, will also be making an appearance.

The festival is filled with vibrant music, colours, and dance. Visitors can enjoy food stalls, powder colours for $2 each, and a fun family day out.

Indian Community Southland Inc. in association with Nepalese Society Inc. is inviting people from all over Invercargill and Southland to be a part of this festivity.

New Zealand Rugby Signals Big Changes Following Review

New Zealand Rugby want to change the way the game will be managed as they attempt to halt the decline in player numbers and reduce operating costs.

New Zealand Rugby undertook a review of rugby earlier this year involving all 26 provincial unions and five Super Rugby clubs, to ensure the sport remains sustainable over the next decade.

The review identified a number of opportunities to grow revenue and remove inefficiencies that could allow rugby to access potential $20-30 million for reinvestment into the game.

That could mean provincial unions change their main focus from chasing success in the domestic competition, the Mitre 10 Cup, to increasing participation and looking after the club game at a local level.

That would leave the Super Rugby sides to manage player identification and development.

It’s been suggested the individual unions will have to give up their development programmes in favour of centralised academy’s based at the Super Rugby franchise bases.

The Mitre 10 Cup format could also be overhauled.

The review outlined five key areas, the high performance pathway, expenditure, resourcing, domestic competitions and revenue growth.

The Unions will be given time to consider the recommendations and give their feedback before NZR’s board meeting next month.

NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said consultation would now begin on the opportunities presented.

“We will now work closely with Provincial Unions and Super Rugby Clubs and other stakeholders to assess the Review findings, and determine what is practical and desirable, to ensure that we continue to deliver rugby in a way that is economically viable and relevant to fans and the community.

“This is an important opportunity to stand back, look at the needs across all levels of rugby, from community to elite, and ensure we have the right priorities in place to keep boys, girls, men and women in New Zealand continuing to have a lifelong love of the game. We know that rugby in our regions has a rich and proud history and we want to maintain that connection.

“No decisions have been made. This next phase is about consultation and for rugby to determine which path we think is best for the game’s future.”

Consultation will commence immediately and take place during early March through a number of workshops involving Provincial Unions, Super Rugby Clubs, NZR staff and other stakeholders.

Source: Republished by arrangement

Funeral Notices – Saturday 29th February

If you would like your lost loved one’s  death / funeral  notice or memoriam listed here, contact your funeral director for more information about this free service.

Your funeral director can also assist with the notice writing process, as well as other helpful services and advice during your time of need.

Funeral Notices is a free community service provided by and

AYSON, Murray Alexander.
Peacefully, at home, on Friday, February 28, 2020; aged 75 years. Dearly loved husband and soul mate of Joan, much loved father and father-in-law of Derek and Rachel (Gore), Robyn and Glenn (Palmerston North), treasured Granddad of Georgia, and Chonelle; Rebekah, Katherine, and Thomas, and special uncle of Lorraine and Stephen Stuart; Jordan, Hayden, and Brock. “At home with his Lord and Saviour”
A service to remember Murray will be held in Campbell and Sons Chapel, 95 Gordon Road, Mosgiel, at 10.30am on Tuesday, March 3, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 453 East Taieri-Allanton Road, RD 2 Mosgiel 9092.

Tragically taken from us on Wednesday, 26 February. Dearly beloved husband of Joan (deceased). Much loved father and father-in-law of Mary-Jane and Ben, Anna and Gordon, Christopher and Wendy, Rosanne and Michael, Bridget and Peter, Paula and Lucy, Phillip and Tim (both deceased). Much loved grandfather of Fen, Orion, Hannah, Mila, Zet, Flynn, Poppy, Dylan, Perry, and Ada. A wake will be held on Thursday, 5 March from 6pm at Kevin’s home in Mokotua to celebrate Dad’s life. A Requiem Mass will be held the next day at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Rimu Street, Georgetown, Invercargill at 2pm on Friday 6 March, followed by an open burial and afternoon tea. Messages to 226 Mokotua Rd, RD 1, Invercargill 9877.

GILLESPIE, Irene Nancy Joy (Nancy).
26.6.1931 – 26.2.2020
Peacefully, at Marne Street Hospital, Dunedin, with family by her side. Loved wife of the late Les, loved mother and mother-in-law of Ian and Carol, Allan and Lorraine, and the late Colin, loved Nana Nancy of Sandra, the late Mitchell; Maria and Robert, and Tinika and Daniel, and a loved great-grandmother of Mitchell, Toni; Sonya, Anna, and Emily. Privately cremated, as was Nancy’s wish. Messages to PO Box 15126, Waihola 9243.

HARDAKER, Harry Vincent (Vince).
920426 Lance Corporal CMT. In his 88th year. (Passed away peacefully) on Friday February 28, 2020, at Albany House, Gore. Dearly loved husband of Lorraine for 60 years. Much loved Dad of Sandra and Chris Gentle (Gore), Robyn and Grant Morris (Kaiwera), and Allan (Gore). Loved grandad of Amanda, Abby and Hayden; Victoria and Morgan, Warrick and Amanda, Melissa and Darren. Loved great-grandad of Wyatt, Monty, Campbell, Leigh, George, and Meila. A loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle. A service for Vince will be held in the Gore RSA Function Lounge, Bowler Avenue, on Tuesday, March 3, at 1.30pm leaving thereafter for the Charlton Park Cemetery. Messages to 23A Canning Street, Gore 9710.

McFADZIEN, Paul James.
After a courageous battle Paul passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Best friend, ‘together forever’ – dearly loved husband of Jan. Perfect dad and so loved, adored by Aaron and Jason. Cherished Grandad of Lyla. Dearly loved father-in-law of Catherine.
‘Loved by so many.’ “The only family he ever loved, was with him to the very end.”As per Paul’s wishes, a private service has been held. 

MILLS, Archie (Alister George).
On Friday 28 February 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Loved husband of Valda (nee Hall) for 62 years. Loved father and father-in-law of Kenneth and Sheryl, Wendy and Steven Chalmers, Gaynor and John O’Connor, loved grandad and great grandad of Tracy Holz and Robert Mason, with Ella, and Charlie, Melissa and Shaye Edwards with Riley, and Brooklyn, (all Invercargill), Samantha Holz, with Jake and Eli (Te Anau), Danielle Holz (Nelson).  Archie will be at home with family at 19 Stephens Street Invercargill, you are warmly invited to visit. Service details to be advised. Messages to 19 Stephens Street Invercargill 9810.

MILLS, E C (Peter): MILLS, Margaret.
Formerly of Alice Street, Invercargill, and Panners Way, Queenstown. A private family interment of cremation ashes will be held at St John’s Cemetery, Invercargill, on Saturday, March 7, 2020. All friends of Margaret and Peter and family are invited to the J Fraser and Sons’ Lounge, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, at 11.00am on that day, for refreshments and sharing of memories.

MORRIS, Jane Maree.
On Monday, February 23, 2020 at Adelaide. Loved wife of Roger, and a dearly loved mother of Jarrod and Jess, and the new baby to come; Tara and Luke Plume and a much loved Nana of Ayla, and Tyler. A family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Messages to 226 Main Street, Otautau 9610. R.I.P.

MUNRO, Noeline Gladys (nee McKenzie).
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be held on the April 4, 2020, at 1.00pm, St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 284 North Road, Invercargill.
Our mother was a “good and faithful servant”, unwavering in her devotion
to the Lord. Every person she met was precious to her.
We look forward to this time of remembrance with you.

NAYLOR, John David.
On February 12, 2020, at Windsor Park Care Home, Gore (formerly of Five Rivers); aged 86 years. Forever husband of the late Cecily, loved father and father-in-law of Murray and Silvia (New Plymouth), June (Newcastle, Australia), Colin (Brisbane), Alastair and Lorraine (Christchurch), Kathleen and John Van Byster Veldt (Patetonga), much loved Grandad of Breffni, and Caitlin; Sarah, Amy, Rachel, Eleanor, and Louise. A private service has been held and interment at Athol Cemetery. Messages to P.O. Box 20187, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8543.

PETERS, Mary Elizabeth.
Passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday 28
th February 2020, in her 85th year. Adored wife of the late Rex. Much loved and cherished mum and mother-in-law of Karen and Russell Drake, Philip and Glenys Peters, Lynda* and Neville Tomlins, and Nicola and Arron Galloway. Dearly loved nana of her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held in the St Stephens Church, North Road Invercargill on Wednesday the 4th March at 1.30pm. Donations to Hospice Southland would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 62 Gloucester St, Invercargill 9810.

POTTS, Kevin Douglas.
Peacefully, with his family by his side, on February 21, 2020, at Yvette Williams Retirement Village, Dunedin; aged 71 years. Dearly loved son of the late David and Flora, much loved brother and brother-in-law of the late Valmai Manga and the late Ivan and John (Gore), David (Tapanui), Allan and Lynn (Balclutha), Gordon (Tapanui), Heather (Dunedin), Ian (Balclutha), and the late Graham, and a treasured Uncle of all his nieces and nephews. At Kevin’s request a private burial service has been held. Messages to 11 Edinburgh Place, Balclutha 9230. Doug Nesbit Funerals Services Ltd Balclutha, & Milton.

MILLS, Archie (Alister George).
Loved son of Bill* and Mary* Josephine Mills, brother of Bill* and Mary* Mills, Clary Mills, Ray* and Pam* Mills, Yvonne* and Warren* Hubber, Pat* and Brian* Teraki, Neville and Jessie Mills, Lavina and Bill* Morton, Judith and Colin* Wilson, Jennifer* Ladbrook, Maxine Buchanan, Joe and Warren Taylor, Gary* Mills.

MILLS, Archie (Alister George).
Loved son-in-law of Thomas* William and Raphaela* Katarena Hall.  Brother-in-law of Ron* and Pat* Hall, Ray* Hall, Audrey* and Alf* Trainer, Ysobel Amalfitano and Nelson Hay, Carol and Charlie* Waaka.

SANDERS, Jennifer May (Jenni).
Of Little Valley Station, Alexandra. Passed away peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2020, after a long fight, aged 56. Dearly loved wife and best friend of Lindon, and cherished mum of Garth and Shane. A celebration of Jenni’s life will be held at a date to be advised. Messages to 1173 Little Valley Road, RD 2, Alexandra 9392.
Cared for by Affinity Funerals Central Otago & Lakes District F.D.A.N.Z.

THOMPSON, Judith Anne (formerly Reid).
Peacefully in the care of Hospice Southland, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, aged 77 years. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of David, Beverley and Donald Flett, Debbie and Keith Macdonald, and Trevor Reid and Hayley. Adored Nana of Bridget, and Donna, and Dean, Bradley, Tristan, Jessie, and Peter; Leah, and Rachael, and Bella, Jethro, Myah, and Willow; Corey, Brodie, Grace, and Ethan. A service to celebrate Judith’s life will be held in the Avenal Park Lounge, on Monday, March 2, at 2.00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Southland would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Judith’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice Day Program (Tuesdays) staff and the Hospice Doctors and Nursing staff for their exceptional care of Judith. Messages to PO Box 1345, Invercargill 9840, or [email protected]

In Memoriam

O’NEILL, Patrick William.
Much loved and remembered Poppa Pat
– Mavourneen, Duval, Jane, Lyndon and Family


ROBERTSON, June Sheryl.
23.03.1948 – 30.01.2020
We know heaven must be
a beautiful place as they
have you
So many beautiful cards, flowers, meals, love and support. This will be forever in our hearts and always remembered dearly.
– Neil Robertson and the extended families of The Robertson and Mackintosh’s.

WILLIS, Frederick Henry.
Jenny, Warren and Grant and their families give heartfelt thanks for the kindness and support given over the past weeks. Thank you to all that travelled near and far to attend Fred’s service, to those who sent flowers, cards and been in contact we thank you. Special thanks to Bester and Mckay Family doctors, Southland Hospice for all their guidance and support, to Avenal Park Funeral Home for their care and thoughtfulness, Lynley McKerrow for the lovely service and making a hard task that little bit easier. To Debie Dickie-Lee florist for the beautiful casket arrangement and to Ann Robbie for playing one of Fred’s favourites on the bagpipes, its much appreciated. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement of our gratitude to you all.

Free Public Lecture On Assisted Dying and End of Life Decisions

Southlanders are invited to attend another free public lecture on one of the most challenging issues in medical ethics by a Southland Surgeon and Associate Professor who wants to involve people in important health debates.

The public lecture on Assisted Dying and End of Life Decisions will be held at the new Learning and Research Centre at Southland Hospital on Thursday 5 March at 6.30pm.
It is the seventh lecture in a series organised by Southland Surgeon and Associate Professor Konrad Richter, in conjunction with the University of Otago.

Previous lectures covered colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, vaccination and modern hip replacement.
The full topic of the lecture is: Assisted Dying and End of Life Decisions – What do we have? What do we want? And what does it all mean?

Southland Hospital and Otago University specialists and clinicians will discuss these complex issues around assisted dying and end of life decisions.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Jeanne Snelling PhD LLB(Hon) RNZcmN, Lecturer, University of Dunedin Law School
  • Dr Simon Walker BA MA PhD PGDipArts(Otago), Senior Lecturer, University of Otago Bioethics Centre
  • Dr Amanda Sommerfeldt MD, Medical Director and Palliative Specialist at Hospice Southland
  • Clinical Associate Professor Konrad Richter MD PhD CSSANZ FRACS, Colorectal Surgeon/Surgical Oncologist & Palliative Surgeon Southland

Professor Richter said, this year New Zealanders would vote on whether a law should be passed that would make it lawful for doctors to end the lives of their patients under certain conditions.

Each speaker will present his or her view from a judicial, surgical, palliative medicine and hospice point of view.

Then, in the panel discussion following, the speakers will discuss some of the critical questions and the heart of this issue:

  • How dos this differ from what happens currently in medical practice? Does ‘dignity’ in dying mean allowing for assisted dying?
  • Is assisted dying contrary to the Medical Oath? Should we be concerned about a ‘slippery slope’?

Professor Richter encouraged people to attend the lecture to learn about and discuss this sensitive topic, meet their medical staff and participate in a panel discussion with nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and managers.

It also would allow doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and managers to connect with the community, listen to their concerns and learn from them.

“Not only do we want to present balanced information to the public, but we want to listen to their thoughts, needs and concerns around assisted dying,” he said.

While the lecture is free, people are encouraged to RSVP to [email protected], as the popularity of the lectures often exceeds the venue’s seating capacity.

Museum Saga Takes A New Twist With Ownership Revelation

Just when the Southland Museum saga couldn’t get any crazier, it’s been revealed that SMAG (Southland Museum Art Gallery) who everyone was lead to believe were owners of the building, are not.

The true owner of the museum building is Invercargill City Council as documented in the agenda for the ICC meeting to be held on Monday 3rd March.

The Museum Trust Board wrote to Council 5th August 1960 clarifying “as you Council is the owner of the building and the Board is responsible only for the internal operations of the museum”.

SMAG chairperson Toni Biddle released a statement to What’s on Invers saying:

“The SMAG trust board have been advised that research suggests the Museum building is not owned by SMAG, but is actually owned by ICC. I have since learnt this morning that the CE has had legal advice to support this and that there is nothing on the lease to indicate that equitable ownership of the Museum building/improvements sit with SMAG”.

“This information has been reported in the ICC agenda for the 3rd March Meeting of full Council. The Trust Board are very surprised by this news. It has been thought for many years that SMAG was the owner of the Museum building. After ICC resolved to endorse the CEO decision to pull their staff from the building it was SMAG that resolved to close the building. Now it appears it was not our building to close”

Below are some of the information form next Monday’s agenda. Read the full Agenda here

It has long been thought that the SMAG Trust Board owned the pyramid building, and Council owned the land on which the building sits. The report to Council in September 2019 referred to SMAG being the owner of the building. Research on this point suggests this is wrong.

The Museum Trust Board wrote to Council 5th August 1960 clarifying “as you Council is the owner of the building and the Board is responsible only for the internal operations of the museum”.

In addition, there is nothing in the lease to indicate that (equitable) ownership of the museum building/improvements sits with the SMAG Trust. Clause 22 of the lease shows that a deed of surrender of the lease and cancellation of the leasehold title may be sufficient for the site and building/improvements to revert to ICC as fee simple owner/lessor. This clarification eases one part of the transition. Council –


The collection has come about through the gifts and funding of the people of the Southland region. To some degree, support for transfer of the activity of the museum is coupled with the concept of ownership of the collection being held by a regional trust. References to the collection are to those items which the Museum owns without restriction. There are also pieces in the collection that are on loan, or have conditions that apply. If the collection was to be owned by a trust, there are two options: ∑ Museum’s collection is owned by a new entity; or ∑ Museum’s collection is owned by SMAG Trust, operating under a modified/repurposed and retitled Trust Deed. If a new entity is established, the consultation requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) will apply because a new Council Controlled Organisation will be established. If the SMAG Trust Deed is modified/repurposed, the consultation requirements of LGA do not apply. This is because it is not a change in the mode of service delivery. The process for altering the SMAG Trust Deed would sit with the SMAG Trustees. Southland and Gore Districts have both undertaken to fill their vacancies to ensure that the Trust can conduct its business while working through transitional issues. Southland District Council has made an appointment. Gore District Council has yet to do so. All councils would need to be clear with their appointees as to what outcome they were seeking.

The tuatara have become an integral part of the museum experience. Their presence has been valued and enjoyed by Southlanders and tourists alike for many years. The oldest tuatara, Henry, is a known identity in the City. What is less well known is that there are many tuatara in Invercargill, housed at the museum and at least two other locations. An application has been lodged with the Department of Conservation for a permit to hold 20 tuatara – 15 in the Pyramid building and five offsite. This has the support of local iwi. Reducing the tuatara colony down to 20 animals requires the transfer of approximately 80 to islands in the Marlborough Sounds. For welfare reasons, this transfer is not likely to occur until autumn. DOC is unlikely to issue a permit until the transfer is complete because to do so would mean SMAG was immediately operating outside the permit. There is no Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place and establishment of one was going to follow the issue of a permit. It is understood any MOU would be between Ngati Koata and Ngai Tahu, and then Ngai Tahu would enter into an MOU with Council as providers of care for the tuatara. Discussions are underway for this to become part of the Parks’ activity, as this department already has a considerable range of animals under its care. STAFF The staff are already employees of Invercargill City Council. There would be no changes to their arrangements. Council –


Preliminary legal advice is that consultation is not necessary if the Trust is repurposed, as there is no change in the mode of service delivery; Council is not establishing a significant new activity; and at this stage, the financial consequences for Invercargill City Council are not significant. However, much of the funding of the museum comes from the regional heritage rate and Council knows that matters relating to the museum is of importance to some in the community. For these reasons, it would seem appropriate to include this in any draft Annual Plan. SMAG Trust Board asked that there be consultation with its iwi komiti. The Chair of SMAG and the Chief Executive met with Evelyn Cook, iwi appointee on SMAG, to seek guidance on consulting with iwi. The preliminary advice is that a trust with ownership/guardianship for the collection, which recognises those items not owned by the collection, or on loan from whanau (cared for under the collection principles of the museum) would be acceptable. The clear guidance is that it is critical to everyone that iwi continues to have a voice in decision making, and continuing to have representation on the collection trust would be important. Further consultation will take place with iwi during the Annual Plan consultation, and the outcome of this would be communicated to Council representatives on the SMAG Trust.

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Strong Brings Home Silver For Southland

Southland’s Corbin Strong has picked up a silver medal for New Zealand on the second day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

Corbin forms part of the Vantage elite team, which came second to Denmark with a time of three minutes 49.712 seconds in the final. In the past 12 years, New Zealand has won a medal seven times.

Teammate Jordan Kerby said the team worked as hard as they could.

“We went into the final with the idea of racing this as fast as we could and what would be would be. We could only control how fast we can go. It is a great improvement and a great stepping stone towards Tokyo.”

Southlander Natasha Hansen also did the region proud, breaking her own national record in sprint qualifying with a time of 10.638. However, Natasha and teammate Olivia Podmore were beaten by Irena Starikova from Ukraine, and TIanshi Zhong from China in the first round.