$500,000 Strike Four Win For Dunedin

One lucky Lotto player from Drury will be popping the champagne after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The winning ticket was sold at Drury Lane Lotto Superette in Drury.

Powerball was not struck this evening and has rolled over to Wednesday night, where the jackpot will be $10 million.

Strike Four was also won tonight by a player from Dunedin, who took home $500,000. The winning Strike ticket was sold at New World Centre City in Dunedin.

Anyone who bought their ticket from either of the above winning stores should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it at any Lotto NZ outlet, online at mylotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ App.

With 100% of Lotto NZ’s profits supporting thousands of great causes each year, every time you play one of Lotto NZ’s games, you’re a Kiwi helping other Kiwis.

The live Lotto draw will be aired on TV2 next Wednesday 4th November at approximately 8:20pm.

At Alert Level 1, Lotto NZ counters across the country will be open, and will continue to follow the Government’s health and safety guidelines. For more information, please visit: https://mylotto.co.nz/covid-19

One Dead, Two Injured In Three Crashes in Milton Area

One person has died and two people have been injured in three separate
crashes in the Milton area today.

Those involved in the crashes were all taking part in the Lake to Sea Trail

Emergency services responded to the crashes after two distress beacons were
activated in the area at around 12.10pm.

Two people have been transported to hospital by helicopter with serious

Information from the crash sites has been limited due to poor cellphone
coverage in the area. More information will be released as it becomes


Update: Three Motorcycle Crashes In Milton Area

Souce: New Zealand Police

Police: Death of A Invercargill Woman This Week Was Not Suspicious

Police can confirm the death of a woman in Invercargill this week was not suspicious.

The woman was located deceased at a Grace Street property on Thursday 29 October and her death was initially treated as unexplained, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Baird said.

The matter will now be referred to the Coroner.



Talented Teen Steps into SBS Bank Tour of Southland Unknown

Double junior track world champion Laurence Pithie is stepping into the unknown when the 64 th SBS Bank Tour of Southland cycle race gets underway at Invercargill on Sunday.

At just 18 years, Pithie is one of the youngest in the 102-strong field, tackling 836km of racing with 4,600m of climbing over the seven days.

Pithie is also one of the most exciting young prospects, having already tasted some elite success. He will defend his Vantage New Zealand Criterium crown around the streets of his home in Christchurch in three weeks’ time.

His exploits, including gold medals in the madison (with Kiaan Watts) and the omnium as a first-year junior at the 2019 UCI Junior Track World Championships, gained some attention and led to signing a contract to ride for the development team of World Tour giant, Groupama FDJ next year.

It was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing year spent mostly training in Christchurch. He had initially signed with the Jumbo Visma development team for three months in the Netherlands, but lasted a week after he arrived at the onset of the coronavirus.

His plan was to springboard from his European road experience to chase more gold at the UCI Junior Track Championships in Egypt which were cancelled among the plethora of Covid-19 sporting castoffs.

“My three-month trip was a week and a half – I had barely unpacked. When I arrived, there were three Covid cases and when I left there were hundreds,” said Pithie.

“But that’s changed with the deal to go to FDJ. I have not done anything on the road but they have taken a lot of faith in me and willing to back me. It is such an awesome opportunity and hopefully a good progression for me into their World Tour team.”

An upside is that Pithie has been able to increase training volumes and is looking forward to joining his local Christchurch team sponsored by Circuit Asphalt, with the company’s co-founder, Mitchell Sincock, included in the line-up along with Pithie’s brother Campbell, the experienced Reon Nolan, Max Beckert and Jeremy Inglis.

“I am hoping to get some good experience. If I can snag a stage win, I would be really happy with that. That is what I will be hunting.”

The race begins with a 4.2km team time trial in Invercargill on Sunday.

SIT’s Annual Music and Audio Showcase on This Week

The culmination of a year’s worth of amazing creativity, technical flair and artistic energy will be showcased by Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Music and Audio Production students at Centrestage on November 4th, in celebration of the stunning talent in the SIT student community, and making it through what has been for many, the most challenging of years.

Dr Jeff Wragg, Programme Manager for Music at SIT, said the show is a chance for students to celebrate reaching the end of a particularly tough year, and what better way than to throw a big concert.

“It’s the opportunity to put together a highlights reel of stand-out performances from during the year”.

It also allows SIT to open its doors to the wider community and let them see what the students have achieved during 2020.

“It’s a great way to engage with Southland’s community” said Dr Wragg. He commented on the challenges this year through lockdown and how tough the social isolation was on the students at their faculty.

“We have a really strong community here and we’re a tight-knit group. Lots of students come from other parts of NZ to enrol in their programme, so that separation of not being able to meet with their peers every day, impacted them a lot”.

SIT Students, Travis (vocalist) & Jamie (Guitarist) performing in the 2019 end-of-year Music and Audio Showcase,

He said they had to work with the difficulties of finding ways to connect, as playing together is such an essential part of being a musician and performance, but the students took it all in their stride. After the year it’s been, it makes the concert all the more important, “to celebrate that we can meet and play music together”.

Dr Wragg said people attending the concert will see a very diverse range of music played, but to expect contemporary music in a variety of genres – funk, rock, ballads and reggae to name a few.

With an emphasis on inclusion, it’s free to attend and “we do like to keep it family friendly”, he said.

Doug Heath, Programme Manager for Audio Production has a message to share with the Southland community: “Get out this summer and kick-start the music industry again, buy tickets and go to events, and keep the Arts moving forward”.

He’s calling the 2020 concert a poignant celebration for the year – with Audio Production roles sidelined due to COVID, he’s concerned the industry will lose people, but says there is a positive way everyone can help, by attending events and re-engaging with public performance, there’s the capacity to stem the flow of talent exiting the sector.

SIT Audio Production students are the production crew for the concert, managing all the sound and lighting. Mr Heath says there’s always something different about the final show of the year, with the students pulling out all the stops and saving their best till last.

“It’s not assessed, and we usually find the students’ performances are the best we’ve ever had”, he said.

SIT Student Daniel performing in the 2019 end-of-year Music and Audio Showcase,

For a great night of live music and to support creativity in the community, come to SIT’s Music and Audio Showcase. Free entry, and it’s on at 7pm, Wednesday 4th November, at Centrestage in Don Street, Invercargill.

Rakiura Maori Welcome PGF Funding for Wilderness Experience Project

The Rakiura Maori Lands Trust (RMLT) is welcoming a $2.15 million funding boost from the Provincial Growth Fund for its Rakiura Oneki and Southern Wilderness Experience project (ROSWE).

RMLT Chairman Simon Gomez said the funding will allow the first phase of a 20-year project to get underway in the very near future.

“It seeks to celebrate and highlight our nation’s unique whakapapa and heritage, and at the same time establish a best practice and low environmental impact tourism model based on our Kaupapa of returning our land back to what it was when our tupuna first set foot on Rakiura.”

Oneki/The Neck had the potential to become a high-profile environmental restoration project within New Zealand but also a World-Class heritage experience showcasing conservation/restoration and Māori cultural and historical activities, while allowing visitors to be part of the project, he said.

The phase one funding would be used to develop infrastructure on Oneki/The Neck, including an all-weather, biosecurity protected border-wharf at Lowry’s Beach, extension of tracks, a predator-proof fence, and building of shelters. Employment opportunities will be created through the project.

RMLT have a partnership with Real Journeys to grow world-class visitor experiences on Rakiura by developing joint commercial tourism opportunities. ROSWE is an expansion of the popular Wild Kiwi Encounter – their first joint venture with Real Journeys, that has been running since late 2016.

Real Journeys General Manager Paul Norris views it as a long-term partnership.

“Where we can bring our marketing reach and 65 years’ of tourism experience to host guests and help tell the stories of the Rakiura Maori who own the land and have a long history in the area.”

Gomez said the new funding would assist the development of half-day/whole-day guided walks, with 360degree panoramic sea views – giving visitors a real-time experience of biodiversity restoration in action.

A range of other visitor opportunities were also being investigated, Gomez said.

The funding comprises a $950,000 PGF grant and $1.2m PGF loan, plus approximately $500,000 of RMLT’s own funds to meet the $2.65m phase one budget.

The project had strong community and key stakeholder endorsement and trust in the way it was being developed. It has been given full support by Southland Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation, Gomez said.

Financial modelling undertaken as part of the business case indicated the proposed activities were commercially viable,” he said.

“The Covid-19 situation is likely to restrict international visitors in the short term but there is also a relatively firm consensus for an expected increase in domestic tourism in the short term that should help offset this.”

Gomez said initial profits from any visitor operations would be put back into continued restoration efforts on its lands.

RMLT have undertaken and continue to work on pest eradication and the regeneration of the coastal podocarp and inland forests on Trust lands, and have a proven track record of success.

Gomez said they were also keen to develop a sponsorship programme whereby people could buy/sponsor a trap or camera to assist in pest eradication efforts.

About Rakiura Maori Lands Trust rmlt.co.nz

  • Represents beneficiaries’ interests for the majority of privately-owned Maori freehold lands registered with the Maori Land Court on Stewart Island. These interests stem from the sale and purchase of Rakiura to the Crown in 1865.
  • Hold title over about 18,000 ha, which stretches from Oban to Lords River and takes in some of the most scenic and historic sites on Rakiura.
  • The trust is the largest private landowner outside of the New Zealand government on Rakiura, and is an Ahu Whenua Trust, holding these lands in trust for many of the Rakiura Maori descendants, (the Indigenous inhabitants of the island), the history of whom goes back over 700 years.
  • The land has some 4000 owners and contains over 3515 hectares of virgin indigenous timber, vegetation and wildlife known as Tutae-Ka-Wetoweto forest.

SDHB Medical Officer of Health Urges Southern 15-30 year olds to Have FREE Catch-Up Measles Vaccination

Southern DHB’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Susan Jack is calling on young people aged 15 to 30 years who haven’t been immunised for measles to make it a priority to get a FREE catch-up MMR vaccine.

Measles is a serious disease that is about eight times more contagious than COVID-19. Getting immunised is the best way to protect young people, their whānau and community from catching and spreading measles.

Dr Jack’s call to Southern youth and their whānau is part of the national measles campaign, recently launched by the Ministry of Health, the focus of which is to improve the immunity against measles amongst all people in the 15 to 30 year age group.

During the campaign the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine will be offered free to anyone 15 to 30 years who has not yet been fully immunised against measles. This catch-up campaign for 15 to 30 year olds is a one dose campaign.

Dr Jack said, “Many people born in New Zealand between 1990 and 2005 are not fully protected because a higher than usual number of them did not have their scheduled childhood MMR vaccinations.

“In recent years Southern has experienced a significant measles outbreak in Queenstown and cases in Dunedin, Oamaru, Wanaka and Gore. In Southern towns and cities there were 72 cases of measles in 2019. New Zealand wide there were more than 2,000 cases in 2019, of which 41% were Pacific peoples and 24% Māori.

“This campaign has a strong focus on equity aiming to have all young people aged 15 to 30 years immunised against measles, reducing any gaps in immunisation between different groups, in particular Māori and Pacific peoples, those with disabilities, and those living rurally.

“People who have come from overseas, including the Pacific Islands, may have had different vaccines that may not fully protect them against measles, mumps and rubella,” she said.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the simplest steps you can take to stay healthy,” said WellSouth Medical Director, Dr Stephen Graham. “It helps protect you, your whānau and others from getting sick. Like the campaign suggests: Protect yourself from measles and be a guardian of the future.”

Dr Jack said, “If you haven’t been immunised, or you cannot find your childhood vaccination records and your GP does not have a copy of them, then the Ministry of Health recommends you have the MMR vaccine now.

“There are no additional safety concerns with having an extra dose. However, women who are pregnant cannot have the MMR vaccine,” she said.

Young people can get their FREE catch-up vaccinations now from General Practices across the Southern district.

“My message to the young people of Southern, and their whānau, is you are offered a free measles vaccine, take it. Be proactive. Ring your Doctor and book in for your FREE vaccine to protect yourself and your community from this serious disease,” Dr Jack said.

To find out more about measles and the MMR vaccination, visit:

The Southern Health website https://www.southernhealth.nz/SouthernMeasles Or

The Ministry of Health’s website https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/immunisation/protect-against-measles

Photo: Practice Nurse Emma Hughson of Mountain Lakes Medical explains the MMR vaccine to patient Fiona Sim.

All young people in Southern aged 15 to 30 years who haven’t been immunised for measles are being urged to make it a priority to get a FREE catch-up MMR vaccine.

Covid-19 Update: Seven New Cases In Managed Isolation

There have been seven new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, all in managed isolation.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were no community cases.

The seven new cases include one who arrived from the United States on 26 October; one from the Ukraine on 26 October; two from Qatar on 27 October; one from Dubai on 28 October and two cases from Qatar on 29 October.

The Ministry said all cases were detected during routine isolation.

The total number of active cases in this country is now 75 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1601.

There were 5964 tests processed yesterday.

There was one new case in managed isolation yesterday.

The Ministry also said it was continuing to work with its Japanese counterparts on the case of a New Zealand child who returned a weak positive result after their arrival in Japan on 23 October.

“Further testing of the child, their household and contacts have all revealed negative test results. This public health investigation has also investigated the tests and possible historical exposures.

“It has been determined that it was not the result of a recent Covid-19 infection. There is no ongoing risk for New Zealand and the case is now closed.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.

Curious Tales of the Dead During Cemeteries and Crematoria Week

On November 14, 1861, the first recorded burial took place at Invercargill’s Eastern Cemetery.

Since then thousands of people have been laid to rest at our cemeteries and crematorium, leaving behind stories that add to our collective history.

Residents will have the opportunity to discover some of these stories when the Invercargill City Council hosts the annual Cemeteries and Crematoria Week between October 31 and November 8.

ICC Cemetery Team Leader Ricky Mulqueen said Cemeteries and Crematoria Week is an opportunity to highlight the value that cemeteries have in our communities and to recognise their importance as a space for grief, reflection, community and sometimes joy.

“Our history is written on the headstones and a walk through any cemetery anywhere in the world will tell stories of the local pioneers, where they came from and when and where they died,” Mr Mulqueen said.

Occasionally how the person died is recorded on headstones.

“We have examples here at Eastern of a Winton Baker who ‘died of scalding’, a pioneer that died during a ‘snow storm at Lochiel’, and the tragic tale of the family in 1871 that lost six children in a matter of weeks from sickness after taking in a sick traveller and the illness passing on to family,” he said.

Two tours hosted by local historians offer an opportunity to hear stories about the people laid to rest at Eastern Cemetery and Old Bluff Cemetery.

On Wednesday, November 4 at 6.30pm, join Lloyd Esler on a walk through the Eastern Cemetery showcasing some notable graves and hear stories of the lives led by people buried there.

On Sunday, November 8 from 1.20pm, members of the Bluff History Group will host a tour through the Old Bluff Cemetery, featuring a selection of Bluff’s most famous and infamous residents.

As well as mourners, the Eastern Cemetery attracts amateur genealogists researching family
trees and people going for a stroll through the cemetery.

“Burt Munro’s grave is the most visited at the Eastern Cemetery and gets visitors all year round reaching its peak during the week of the rally,” Mr Mulqueen said.

Mr Mulqueen is occasionally asked about ghosts.

“I don’t like to confirm or deny coming across them but I don’t like being in the cemetery in the dark. I am superstitious so I try to be respectful in all I do so I don’t upset anyone (alive or dead),” he said.



Old Bluff Cemetery Tour To Shed Light on Town’s History

Some of Bluff’s untold stories will be disclosed when the Bluff History Group in conjunction with the Invercargill City Council Parks Department host a tour of the Old Bluff Cemetery in Lagan Street, Bluff, from 1.30pm on Sunday 8 November.

A tour of the cemetery was held twelve months ago and proved extremely popular prompting the History Group and ICC Parks to hold another completely different tour this year.

This year’s tour will focus on drowning deaths, something that was sadly prevalent many years ago in the port town which is surrounded by the sea.
“Many of the drownings occurred in the harbour and Awarua Bay,” says History Group Chair, Jan Mitchell. “It is quite poignant that many of them now rest on the north slope of the Old Cemetery, overlooking the harbour where they lost their lives,” she says.

The tour will cover sixty plots and History Group research has even uncovered information on plots that are not marked, allowing the stories of these people to be told. There are many sombre tales including the graves of five men lost in the Awarua Bay arm of the harbour plus the resting place of William Moir who died on Christmas Eve 1898 and whose plot has the only timber picket fence and cross in the cemetery, entirely appropriate as he was a ship’s carpenter.

While the tour has a focus on drowning deaths it also covers ship crews, ship and wharf accidents, the grave of a Bluff firefighter who lost his life fighting a fire, a large number of deaths from tuberculosis, many children’s graves and also those of prominent people. There are the plots of stillborn babies and a representation of plots bought by Lodges for their members. Railway accidents are also covered including the loss of life of two children from the one family who drowned in the railway reservoir.

The tour will shed light on aspects of the town’s history and some of the challenges faced in Bluff many years ago.