ICC & SdE Reach Agreement For Invercargill’s Recycling Services

Southland DisAbility Enterprises (SdE) has secured the Invercargill City Council contract for recycling services for the next 18 months.

SdE general manager Hamish McMurdo said it was pleasing that SdE staff could continue to provide the services that were so important to the community. 

“Many of our team have been very upset, anxious and very worried that they may not have had a job moving forward.

“This has been a very distressing state to have been in for a long period of time.

“Our people value the work that they do for the community, it provides them a sense of purpose and belonging.

Smiles all round after hearing the news that the new contract was all go.

I thank the council and the community for recognising and supporting the social good components of our work,” he said.

Council interim group manager – infrastructure Jane Parfitt said, both parties had approached negotiations constructively. 

Ross Jackson, the independent chair of the negotiating panel, said it became evident that SdE’s strong ‘social good’ offering would result in a higher cost to council than a purely commercial operator.

However, council and the wider community had previously emphasised their desire to support that social good element.

SdE General Manager Hamish McMurdo advises the team members of the great news.

The 18-month contract provides an opportunity to work in a different way and collect good data to ensure the best possible outcome for a longer-term contract when the time comes for that,” he said. 

Meanwhile, a temporary drop-off service for recyclables is scheduled to be in place at the Bond Street Transfer station in Invercargill from mid-July.

Celebration afternoon tea.

SdE closed the recycling drop-off area at its Ettrick Street location during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and, due to health and safety reasons, has decided not to reopen it in its current configuration. 

Mr McMurdo said SdE would be working on a permanent solution for a public drop-off point during the next three months. 


Council Agrees On Extra Investment For City Block Development

The City Block development is back on track with the Invercargill City Council agreeing to go ahead with the $46 million investment.

The public has been consulted and council deliberated over the 462 submissions on Tuesday last week, following a hearing on June 17.

More than 60% of the community was in favour of ICC investing $46 million in City Block, incorporating the initial $20 million investment and $5 million for contingency.

Councillors made their decision today, following a report from councils strategy and policy manager Rhiannon Suter recommending the extra money be invested into the development.

That was based on community wellbeing outweighing the risks of being involved in a commercial venture of that kind.

Ms Suter noted in her report that in the circumstances that Central Government invested directly to Invercargill City Holdings Ltd (ICHL) in the project through the Shovel Ready Fund,council would only have to invest a lower amount.

Because councillors have agreed to go ahead with the additional investment, the ICCs company Invercargill City Holdings Ltd (ICHL) will purchase an additional $21 million of shares in Invercargill Central Ltd.

The additional investment has come about following the withdrawal of an investor, which then resulted in a funding shortfall.

 The developer Scott ODonnell said to council several months ago that without further investment the major inner city redevelopment project was unlikely to proceed.

It was also understood that ICHLs shareholding would increase to 54%, meaning the council was now the majority shareholder, with the developers company ODonnell CBD Ltd holding the remaining shares.

Take a Fly-Through The Invercargill Central Inner-City Redevelopment

Historic Brick Walls Discovered In Invercargill Central Development

Heritage Properties NZ have exposed the foundations of the first brick building in Invercargill, which was constructed in 1863 under the former ASB building on Esk Street. An Archaeology investigation is currently taking place.

Photo: Invercargill Central

The brick walls are part of the first brick building erected in Invercargill. Merchants Calder Blacklock and Company built a warehouse at this site in 1863. Early twentieth century photographs show the warehouse with a rendered street frontage and striking Gothic features such as arched windows and doorways and decorative buttresses. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company occupied the warehouse from 1876-1885, followed by several smaller merchant firms until the Nichol Brothers took over the lease in 1896. This successful Invercargill merchant company occupied this building until 1929 when they tore it down and replaced it with a new premises that stood until demolished for the current redevelopment project.

Photo: Invercargill Central

New Zealand Heritage Properties archaeologists Victoria Ross and Julia Lewis found and exposed the feature over the course of two days. They were not expecting to encounter anything like this. Nichol’s building (the one just demolished) replaced an earlier building in 1929 and records indicated the earlier structure had been completely demolished.

The feature was recorded (photographed and drawn) and samples of the bricks collected and was then removed to make way for the new development. Retaining the feature was not possible in this case. Some of the bricks will be on display in the Information Hub.

ILT Southland Sports Awards Get Underway

Southland rugby great Leicester Rutledge, world junior rowing champion Shakira Mirfin and Invercargill physiotherapist Karl McDonald have been honoured on the opening night of the 2020 ILT Southland Sports Awards.

The awards are being presented digitally for the first time this year, with a total of 13 awards to be handed out online at southlandtimes.co.nz over five nights.

The Creation Signs Official of Year category was expanded in 2020 to include team personnel and this year’s award has gone to Japan rugby team medic Karl McDonald.

As the lead physiotherapist and head of medical, McDonald had a front row seat as the home team became the darling of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, finishing pool play unbeaten and qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time.
“I’m just rapt to receive this award,” he said.
“I still pinch myself about (the Rugby World Cup), it was amazing to be there, the home country, the home crowd, the way the fans in Japan got behind the team was just incredible.”

McDonald has re-signed with the Japanese Rugby Union through to the next Rugby World Cup, and is also looking forward to restarting his role supporting the referees on the World Sevens circuit when that tournament gets underway again.

Outstanding rower Shakira Mirfin is the 2020 recipient of the Mike Piper Trophy for commitment, integrity and excellence.
Mirfin, who is also a finalist in the Vodafone Junior Sportsperson of the Year award which will be announced on Thursday night, was recognised for the contribution she has made as part of the Leadership year of the Academy Southland programme.

Academy Southland manager Jason McKenzie said Mike Piper would have been proud to have someone like Mirfin coming through the Academy.
“She displays all those key attributes that Mike was about; commitment, excellence and integrity. Talking to her coach Jack Allan, she’s a fantastic mentor for other athletes, with a work ethic second to none and everything she does, she does with quality.”

Each year up to four Sport Southland Services to Sport awards are presented to recognise leaders who have made a major impact in their chosen sport, with former All Black Leicester Rutledge the first of this year’s recipients.

Rutledge was Wright’s Bush’s first All Black, going on to play 31 matches, including 13 tests on the side of the scrum for the All Blacks.

He played 113 games for Southland, later coaching and managing the Southland team, including being manager during the 2009 Ranfurly Shield win and 2010 Shield tenure.

“I was extremely lucky to play with some very good players and play in a really good side and that certainly helps if you’ve got aspirations of going higher. The success with the Shield era as a manager, it’s been a wonderful period,” Rutledge said.

The 2020 ILT Southland Sports Awards continue on Tuesday, June 30 at southlandtimes.co.nz from 7pm with the NZME Masters Achievement of the Year, the second Sport Southland Services to Sport recipient and the BDO Administrator of the Year.

Funeral Notices – Tuesday 30th June

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 whatsoninvers.nz and whatsonsouthland.nz

GODFREY, Kenneth Gordon (Chop):
Peacefully at Southland Hospital on Saturday, 27 th June 2020, aged 87 years. Loved father and father-in-law of Maxine and Tony, Bill, Kevin and Jacqui, Martin and Tanya, and Nathan*. Adored Grandad of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street on Wednesday, 1 st July at 1:00pm. Messages to 28 Earn Street, Invercargill 9812


McCABE, Christopher Robin:
On Friday 26 June 2020, at Invercargill. Aged 70 years. Loved son of the late Anthony (Mac) and Doreen (Reenie). Loved father of Nicholas. Loved brother of Bryn, John, and the late Tiny. A graveside service to celebrate Chris’ life will be held at the Riverton Cemetery, at 11.30am, on Friday July 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be left at the service for the Riverton Life Guard. Messages to PO BOX 69029 Glendene, Auckland or to Chris’ tribute page at frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes

PASCO, Ronald George (Ron):
Ron passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Peacehaven – Iona Wing. Cherished husband of Dorothy. Loving Dad and father-in-law of Nev and Jan, Aileen and Tony Klemick, and Gerald and Mel Pasco. Much loved Grandad of Jacob, Mackenzie, Kobe, and Henry Ronald. R.I.P. “A Good Friend to Many”
A Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, July 3, at 1.30pm, in Sacred Heart Church, North Road, Invercargill. Interment at Eastern Cemetery will follow. Donations to Alzheimer’s Research would be greatly appreciated and can be left at the service. Messages to 152 Tanner Street, Invercargill, or to Ron’s Tribute page atfrasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes

TERAKI, Alan Dean (Dean):
Tragically, on June 26, 2020, as the result of an accident; aged 52 years. Dearly loved and cherished son of Alan and Pat Teraki, much loved brother and brother-in-law of Claire and Paul (Rawene), Lisa (Dunedin), Kerry and Tania (Sydney), and a much loved Uncle of Tawini, Te Hau, Kaahu and their partners, Reuben, and great-uncle of Aewa. Loved grandson of the late Phyllis and Mason Teraki and a much loved nephew and cousin of the Teraki whanau. Dearly loved grandson of the late Douglas and Ailsa Crossan (Kelso), and dearly loved nephew of the late John and Lynette Crossan, and a loved cousin of Tee Jay (Gore). Moe mai ra e te whanauka
A service of farewell for Dean will be held on Thursday, July 2, at 1.30pm, in the South Otago Town and Country Club, Yarmouth Street, Balclutha, then leaving for the Balclutha Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Emergency Services would be appreciated and may be left at Dean’s service. Messages to 63 Essex Street, Balclutha 9230.
Doug Nesbit Funeral Services Ltd Balclutha, & Milton

WHITE, Peter Francis:
Peacefully at home on Sunday 28 June 2020. Dearly loved husband and soulmate of Melissa, adored Dad and tennis buddy of Emma. Loved son and son-in-law of Ross and Joy*, Bruce and Jenny. Best brother and friend of Dale and Alan Tims, Chris and Bonnie, Tony and Julie. Loved by all his nieces, nephews and extended family.
“Hitting tennis balls and banging drums Mowing straight lines in the sky”
A service to celebrate Peter’s life will be held in the ILT Stadium Southland, Isabella Street, Invercargill on Friday 3 July at 1.00pm. Private interment to follow. Messages to 863 North Road, Lorneville RD 6, Invercargill 9876.

In Memoriam

McMILLAN, Mervyn Robert:
Passed away one year ago today.
– From the McMillan family.

Free Training Initiative Targets Growth for Industries in Recovery from Lockdown.

The Government recently announced a free training initiative through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) and Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is providing a range of
courses, as well as the benefit of accommodation bursaries to all enrolling students at their Invercargill campus.

The move is to support New Zealand’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19 and specifically targets sectors where there may be skill shortages and strong demand from employers looking to employ graduates in those industries.

The funded training will be available from 1st July 2020 – 31st December 2022. As an added benefit, students enrolling for this training with SIT in Invercargill will be eligible for up to 40 weeks of accommodation bursaries with free SIT accommodation, OR $100 per week paid out to students towards accommodation expenses.

Funding will cover all apprenticeships and levels 3 – 6 sub-degree programmes in the following subjects:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries and forestry; Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including: youth work, care for elderly, counselling, and community health including mental health and addiction support
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Road transport (vehicle operations).


SIT is hosting an Open Day this Friday, to showcase all the programmes offered under the government’s TTAF scheme. Everyone welcome.

  • Date: Friday 3 July
  • Time: 11am – 3pm
  • Venue: Hansen Hall, SIT campus, Tay Street, Invercargill

These programmes are absolutely FREE to students with all costs covered by the government.

Look out for the TTAF logo on programmes covered by this fund on the SIT website. For further information on programmes with July intake start, contact SIT on 0800 4 0 FEES (0800 4 0 3337) or email [email protected]

MacIntosh Family & Police Release Statements On Otautau Homicide Sentencing

Statement from the family of Hunter MacIntosh:

Our son, Hunter Arthur MacIntosh, was nine years old when he tragically died
in his bedroom on 30 October last year.

Today is about Hunter. As you have heard in Court he was very much loved by
so many and this tragedy has been overwhelming and devastating to his many
family members, friends and the community as a whole.

Today’s sentencing is another small step on a very long journey for us and
no punishment administered by the Justice system will ever allow us to see
Hunter’s beautiful smile again, nor does it dull the extreme pain we all
feel everyday he is not here. We all miss him so very much.

Hunter now has a wee brother who will never know him and his cousins still
cry when he is not there. Time has not yet eased any of the pain caused by
this senseless act and we still wait for an explanation as to what happened
and why.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency responders who
attended on the night of this tragedy and the Police and Crown Law Office for
their assistance since.

Most of all we would like to thank the Otautau community for their ongoing
support and kindness which has been amazing.

Statement from Detective Sergeant Mark McCloy of New Zealand Police:

On behalf of New Zealand Police I want to today acknowledge the sentencing of
Daniel Cameron, who senselessly and needlessly murdered Hunter MacIntosh.

Investigating the death of a child, particularly in these circumstances,
always takes a tremendous toll on those involved and I want to acknowledge
the exceptional professionalism and resilience the first responders and
investigative team demonstrated throughout.

I also want to thank the Otautau community which was instrumental in
investigating this crime and holding Hunter’s killer to account.

However as Hunter’s family have said, today is about Hunter and his family.

I have gotten to know Hunter’s family over the last several months and they
have shown remarkable strength in the face of incredible tragedy.

Today’s sentencing may be the end of the court process but it will not be
the end of their grief. Although I know the result can’t bring back Hunter,
my hope is that it will help them to process what has happened in the coming
weeks, months and years.

I know I speak for the whole community, in Otautau and across New Zealand,
when I say that our thoughts are with them.

I ask that their privacy is respected at this time.



Ōtautau Teen Jailed At Least 11 Years For Murder Of 9yo Boy

An Ōtautau teenager will spend at least 11 years behind bars for the murder of a nine-year-old boy Hunter MacIntosh.

The offender can now be revealed as Daniel Cameron.

The 16-year-old lost name suppression at today’s sentencing in the High Court in Invercargill.

Cameron, then 15, strangled and stabbed the child while babysitting him at his Ōtautau home in October last year.

Police cordon on Eton Street in Otautau. Photo- RNZ : Tim Brown

Cameron’s parents and the boy’s parents knew each other.

Emergency services were alerted when the boy’s mother arrived home to find her son dead.

Cameron was found at his nearby address after midnight, and has remained in custody since.

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.



Two New Cases Of Covid-19 In Managed Isolation Facilities – Bloomfield

There are two new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation facilities in the country today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said there are still no cases reported from the community.

Both cases have been in managed isolation since they arrived and are now in the quarantine facility in Auckland, Dr Bloomfield said.

Watch the briefing here:

One is a man in his 50s who arrived in NZ from India on 24 June – his result came from day 3 testing.

The second is a woman in her 20s who arrived from the US on 18 June, the wife of a previous case who tested positive on 22 June and was already in quarantine as she was considered a close contact.

Dr Bloomfield says the continued spread of the virus overseas is highlighted by a report from the WHO, “which noted a record number of cases over the preceding 24 hours, over 189,000 cases recorded, and you’ll be aware also that the number of cases worldwide has now exceeded 10 million.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this morning looked to reassure the public in wake of the review on managed isolation, saying she wants people to remember that testing has shown no evidence of the coronavirus in the community.

The review found the managed isolation and quarantine system to be under “extreme stress” and unable to respond to the increasing demands being placed on it as more New Zealanders returned home.

Ardern told Morning Report today there had been 80,000 tests for Covid-19 in the past 13 days with no positive results in the community.

* See all RNZ coverage of Covid-19

The head of managed isolation, Air Commodore Darryn Webb, expected the number of people coming in to the country to increase and said policy decisions would need to be made on regulating that.

The maximum capacity for managed isolation at present was 5764 people.

“We do have an ability to meet a growing need, but there’s no doubt from a system perspective, growing supply and demand both work closely together so we will have to think about those supply issues as well.”

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)

Start It Kick Starts Bright Ideas In The South

COIN South’s Start It course is expected to turn bright ideas in the South into reality. The brand-new free course launched on Monday 29 June with over 50 participants signing up to the first cohort of the online course.

The first meet up on Monday morning at the COIN South hub was exciting for Lou Evans, COIN South’s Chief Activator who created the course content.

“All kinds of people have signed up for the course. We have the ideas people, and people wanting to learn more about start-ups, right through to existing businesses making sure they are on the right track”.

“The potential and enthusiasm for new ideas and new businesses is exciting. We can’t wait to see how it progresses and the ideas that come out of the course” Ms Evans added.
Since COIN South was created a year ago it has seen an abundance of Southlanders through its doors.

“Southlanders are traditionally understated but there is a wealth of creativity and amazing ideas in the regions. From high-end sustainable sleepwear to disruptive tech ideas. “

Rochelle Francis is launching a market garden concept in the depths of winter. She says the timing of the course is perfect. “A lot of people took stock during lockdown and decided to launch into new ventures.”

Start It will help Rochelle and other early-stage founders work through the startup process. “I’m impatient to get on and start, but I know I need a plan to get to market,” she says.

The course will conclude in August with a Popcorn Pitch evening on Thursday 13 August. Participants will be given the opportunity to provide a short pitch to cohort participants, friends, and family.
Start It is available for people to start at any stage. Head to coinsouth.thinkific.com to register.