Streets Alive Working with Emergency Services

The Gore District Council remains committed to working with emergency services to ensure the Streets Alive trials do not compromise safety, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said today.

Streets Alive is a series of initiatives to make Gore’s streets safer, more accessible, and people-friendly. It is one of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovative Streets projects and received $900,000 funding from the agency.

For the last month changes to road layouts and safety initiatives have been rolled out around Gore.

The changes include five new roundabouts at some of the town’s busier intersections, courtesy crossings to create safer opportunities to cross Gore’s wide streets, and the partial or full closure of five streets.

The initiatives would be trialled for the next three months. Community feedback would be a major factor in influencing what initiatives may become permanent.

Mr Hicks said the Council appreciates the changes have been challenging and that there will be some initiatives more successful than others.

There was considerable community engagement prior to the rollout of the trial, and the Streets Alive team has been talking with emergency services, bus operators and Gore Hospital since late last year, he said.

“Our emergency services are critical to our community’s wellbeing. While we need to remain true to the three month trials, we also need to make sure there are no changes that are deal breakers for them.”

Roading Asset Manager Peter Standring said he has been and was continuing to meet with emergency services to get their feedback.

“Emergency services and Gore Health have told us they are supportive of Streets Alive and will be providing us with feedback both during and at the end of the trials.

“Some of the initiatives we’ve put in, such as the low profile roundabouts, are as a result of discussions with them.”

Mr Standring said the Council appreciates the community’s concerns about the closure of Eccles Street and the perception it was causing delays to the hospital.

“We are monitoring this closely and have asked emergency services to raise any issues as they arise.

“Distance wise there is little difference. It’s about 264m longer for a vehicle travelling south on Main Street to go to the roundabout then along Crombie and Elsie streets to get to the hospital, instead of up Eccles Street and along Birch Lane.

Eccles Street was a busy street, Mr Standring said.

“It has people who live there, work there and who visit the hospital, school, and medical centre. On top of this, people use this route to get to State Highway 1 and as the desired route to the CBD.

“The trial closure is to disperse this through traffic to reduce the load on the street and make it safer for everyone, not only motorists,” Mr Standring said.

He also stressed the concrete planters were only temporary.

“The planters you see around town are temporary structures to trial where a permanent solution may be placed.

“They will be removed at the end of the trials and solutions, such as refuge islands and bulbous kerbs, may be installed if that’s the feedback we get.”

Coal Not in Fonterra’s Future

Fonterra has been working on its transition to renewable energy for some time and says it can, and will, get out of coal, with a couple of practical constraints.

Nine of its 29 sites use coal and Chief Operating Officer Fraser Whineray says there’s been a lot of progress over the last few years to get the Co-op to a position where it can make this commitment.

“With customers in more than 140 countries we have global insights and long-term trends supporting these actions, which have been in progress for some time.

“Last year we achieved our target of a 20 per cent reduction in energy intensity from a 2003 baseline after making thousands of improvements across sites here in New Zealand. Lifting energy efficiency is a valuable pre-requisite to larger investments.

“More recently we reduced the total quantity of coal we use by 10 per cent when we converted our Te Awamutu site to burn wood pellets and this builds on our experience from converting our Brightwater site in 2018 to co-fire on wood biomass.”

Conversion or replacement of existing coal boilers to renewable energy is a significant, logistical, technical and financial undertaking.

“We’ve built a lot of capability in-house and with partners in New Zealand and internationally and this provides us with comfort that solutions are sustainable.

“It’s important to us that New Zealand continues to be at the forefront of sustainable food production – and getting out of coal is one way we can help with this.

“We already have the lowest carbon footprint among major milk producers around the world and we want to continue to build on this competitive advantage,” says Whineray.

“While we’re working on this transition, we need to make sure we can deliver on our customers’ needs and process our farmer owners’ milk. There is only a small window between each milking season when we can undertake the necessary engineering work to make key changes on the remaining sites.

“We’ll also need to make sure we can get the right specialist skills and equipment into the country at the right time, beyond the extensive local capabilities. And we’ll need to have a secure gas supply for our existing gas-fired boilers.

Fonterra says the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations are broadly in line with the steps the Co-op is taking to put sustainability at the core of everything it does.

Fonterra’s full submission in response to the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations can be found HERE.

Other key aspects to Fonterra’s submission.


  • The Co-operative is supportive of increased electric vehicles and use of low carbon fuels and is implementing a new policy that will see a third of its light fleet transition to EVs and more charging stations installed at its sites.
  • The recent roll out of the Milk Vat Monitoring systems that have been installed on farms has created opportunities to optimise our tanker pick-up schedules allowing us to budget for five fewer tankers from next year.

Land – Agriculture

  • The Commission’s recommendations align very closely with the steps that Fonterra is already actively working towards through The Co-operative Difference.
  • Fonterra is supportive of developing a long-term plan for research and development working with government and industry on the methane challenge.
  • Fonterra is concerned that some of the productivity assumptions underpinning the Commission’s modelling, that show a maintenance of current milk production, are very ambitious and will be difficult to meet.

Funeral Notices – Wednesday 31st March

If you would like your lost loved one’s death / funeral notice  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.

For in memoriam or acknowledgements email [email protected]

Funeral Notices are published daily at 6:40am Monday to Saturday a free community service provided by and

BENNETT, Eileen:
Peacefully at Clare House, Invercargill. On Saturday, March 27, 2021. Aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Lewis. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Neville and Helen (Stewart Island) Owen and Rosalie (Greenhills) Wendy and Vere Wahren (Invercargill) Russell (Tuatapere) and Dianne and Reg Dawson (Balfour) A dearly loved grandmother of Linda, Lawrence, Gayle and Tina: Keith, Catherine and Mark: Rhonda, Matthew and Kelly: Martin: Nathan and Daniel. And a loved great-grandmother of her 23 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Clare House, especially Chris, Nicole, and Angela. According to Eileen’s wishes a private service has been held. Messages to 28 Stobo Street or to Eileen’s tribute page at

McLEOD, Trudy Jan:
Trudy Jan McLeod passed away peacefully, with family, on Friday, March 26, 2021, aged 55 years, after a brief but brave battle with cancer. Loved mother of Holly McLeod, daughter of the late Judith and Bruce, sister of Todd, Robyn, and Sheree. Lovingly remembered by her friends and family of those she has cared for over the years. Special thanks to the staff at Redwood Lifestyle Village and Hospice Marlborough. In accordance with Trudy’s wishes a private cremation has been held. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Marlborough Hospice, c/- PO Box 411, Blenheim 7240, would be appreciated. Messages can be sent to c/- PO Box 9, Blenheim 7240. A celebration of Trudy’s life will be held at a later date. In the meantime, please raise a glass to Trude!

McSTAY, Heather Kay:
Peacefully in the care of Vickery Court Rest Home on Monday, 29 th March 2021, two days shy of her 74th birthday. Dearly loved soul mate of Russell, cherished Mum and Mum-in-law of Paul & Vana, Darryl,
Katrina & David Brown. Adored Nana of Olivia, Mia, Perry, Shian, Shannon, Keria, Dallas, Callum, Luke and Great Nana of Harley. A loved sister, sister-in-law and Aunt of the McStay and Wilson families. A memorial service to celebrate Heather’s life will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street, Invercargill on Thursday, 8th April at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 391 North Road, Waikiwi, Invercargill 9810.

REICHEL, Gordon Stanley:
Passed peacefully on the morning of Monday, March 29, 2021, aged 83. Beloved husband of Pam for 57 years, cherished father and father-in-law of Wayne and Leanne, Sandy, and Deb and Peter, adored Poppa of Larissa and Scott, Amber and Ash, Hannah, and Bex, Bryce, and Bailey; adored Great-Poppa of Cameron, and special friend of Eric. Thank you to the staff of Clutha Views Lifecare for their care of Gordon. In accordance with Gordon’s wishes, a private cremation has been held. Details of a Memorial service to be held in Millers’ Flat to follow. Messages to 226 Clyde St, Balclutha 9230.

RYAN, Margaret Anne (Maggie):
Peacefully in the care of Bupa Ascot, formerly of Bayswater and Arrowtown. Beloved wife of the late Eeon. Much loved mother, mother-in-law and Grandmother of Allan and Carol Ryan (Geoffrey, Amy, Zach, Daniella), Susan and Dale Hildebrandt (Ryan, Erin and Trent), Sallye-Anne Smith and Russell Cockeram (Abby and Brad, Emma, Stanley, Harry and Amanda) and the late George Smith, Trish and Frank Anderson (Michael, Grace, Anna), Bridget Ryan and John Paten (Daniel), Rosemary Ryan. Great-Grandmother of Nevaeh Ryan, Hannah, Lucy and Jack Dawson, and Nora Davison. Our heartfelt thanks go to Bupa Ascot Rest Home.
The compassion and care Mum received was greatly appreciated, as was the love and attention they gave
her in the final week.
At Maggie’s request a private service has been held. Due to travel restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

WALKER, David James:
30.04.1941 – 25.03.2021
Suddenly at Tauranga Hospital after a short illness. Darling husband of Maureen, loved brother of Marilyn and Merle, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Johanne and Clifford Wicks (Paraparaumu), Nigel, (Tauranga), Julie and Andy Fulbrook (Wellington), Darren and Lisa (Napier). Stepfather of Gaylene and John. Dearly loved son of the late Robert and Dorothy Walker (Otautau). Loved Poppa to his 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Loved life long friend of Valerie. A memorial service to be held at a later date. Messages to the Walker family c/- P O Box 650 Tauranga, 3144.

FI Innovations Leading Additive Manufacturing Industry

New $2 million 3D printing and scanning technology for FI Innovations has the Southern-based company now competing on the world stage.

Owner/operator Gareth Dykes said the latest machine that was officially launched last week is the most advanced and largest of its kind in New Zealand.

“Basically we are leading the way in polymer Additive Manufacturing in New Zealand and doing it all from the bottom of the deep south.”

Additive manufacturing uses data from computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. 

As its name implies, additive manufacturing adds material to create an object. By contrast, when you create an object by traditional means, it is often necessary to remove material through milling, machining, carving or shaping.

“Our push into the 3D space in the last year has really made us perform in the New Zealand market.”

The company currently produces for the aerospace and medical industries, “but we’ve only just scratched the service,” and since the addition of new technology, will now be able to manufacture more than just a prototype of any one product.

“You can start from nothing and overnight these  components can print while you are not here and then you take them out in the morning…. we can produce thousands of these  parts for end use.”

The company won the Westpac Supreme Award at the Southland Business Excellence Awards in  2017, and has grown from a two-person team to upwards of 20 staff.

Gareth said admittedly the last few years have been tough, trying to break into the 3D world, and into an industry that was still relatively new in New Zealand.

Scanning in progress. Photo: James Jubb

And then when they finally got it across the line and had a big roll-out plan and launch underway in 2020, it was hijacked by Covid-19.

Gareth said they could’ve “retracted into our shell,” after the pandemic, but instead went completely the other way.

“We’re not taking over anything – it’s not the magic bullet for manufacturing – we’re just adding value alongside traditional manufacturing,” he said.

As well as being New Zealand leaders in additive manufacturing, FI Innovations also specialises in fibreglass and composites, resin casting, marine refits, classic restoration, as well as flooring and industrial coatings.

Some examples of 3D printed products. Photo:

Alex Pledger Takes On The Biggest Fight Of His Life

New Zealand Tall Black and Veteran NBL centre, Alex Pledger was last week diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer.

Following nearly five months of feeling unwell, Alex visited numerous medical professionals in New Zealand who ran a series of tests all of which came back inconclusive.

Alex was admitted to hospital in New Zealand last week after becoming ill. Further tests were conducted early last week at which point specialists provided the diagnosis. They believed this is something Alex may have been battling for a number of years.    

Alex has taken the news well and is optimistic of his chances of winning this battle.  

“Obviously this has been a shock.  Early tests are showing positive signs and I’m feeling really good about our plan to beat this. I feel extremely lucky that this has been discovered at the stage that it has.  I’m really grateful for the medical team, my family and the wonderful support I’m already receiving from the basketball community.  I’m looking forward to the future and hopefully getting back on court.”  

He will begin radiotherapy over the next week, with his initial plan treatment expected to go for six weeks.  

Alex, his fiancée Bailee and his family want to extend their sincere thanks for the love and support they have received from those already aware of his diagnosis. We ask that Alex’s privacy, and that of his family, is respected at this time as he transitions into the biggest fight of his life.    

Alex will not be making any further comments at this time.    


Like the whole basketball community, we have been floored by Alex’s diagnosis, but we have quickly moved to support Chief, Bailee and their family any and every way we can.  

We know they couldn’t be in a better place to meet this challenge head-on with the support of our Sharks family.

Alex will remain an integral part of our playing roster for the 2021 Sal’s NBL season and we thank our fans and community in advance for their support and for respecting their privacy at this time.

1 Minute. 3 Slides. 1 Ask. Popcorn Pitch is Back!

Think Dragon’s Den meets speed dating, throw in some popcorn and you’ve got the year’s most anticipated Southland startup showcase.

COIN South’s Popcorn Pitch is expected to unearth the next big Southland startup idea as well as plenty of shower-thoughts, half-baked ideas, and chaos.

Of the pitches from last year, many have become a reality including PaySquad: a rival to AfterPay, as well as a cookie with less than 90 calories. Other ideas have died natural deaths, like the spur-of-the-moment pitch for Gloom Zoom: a cloud delivery service to send gloom to foes.

Last year’s Popcorn Pitch was “extraordinary” says COIN South’s Chief Activator Lou Evans. “Even in level two, the enthusiasm for the event and new ideas was outstanding. I can’t wait to see who pitches this time.”

“Our city is full of incredibly talented people with clever ideas they’ve been storing away. Popcorn Pitch is an opportunity to draw those ideas out into the world.” Evans added.

Popcorn Pitch is a platform for the participants of Start It – an early-stage business course at COIN South – to showcase their ideas. After nine weeks of work, Fran Hesp, COIN South’s community manager, says the participants are excited to pitch in public. “We have such a great group of participants who have been working really hard over the past few months learning everything about early stage business from how to talk to their customers, getting to market and finding their breakeven point. I am so excited to see it all come together for them as they pitch their idea/business on Wednesday night and get to celebrate all of their hard work with them.”

“It’s not just for the cohort. Popcorn Pitch is open to anyone with an idea at any stage.” She says. And like any good Dragon’s Den, there’ll be plenty of feedback and prizes up for grabs. The event is on Wednesday 31 March, head to to register.

Funeral Notices – Tuesday 30th March

If you would like your lost loved one’s death / funeral notice  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.

For in memoriam or acknowledgements email [email protected]

Funeral Notices are published daily at 6:40am Monday to Saturday a free community service provided by and

CLEARWATER, Patricia Mary (nee Edminstin):
Passed away 7 March 2021 at home, in Hastings, beloved wife of Rodger Allan Clearwater, mother of Ricky, Tracy, Dona, Shane and Jamie (deceased). Dearly loved Nana of 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Private interment held on 9 March. Private messages to: [email protected]

HORN, Raymond Charles. (Ray):
Sadly found on Friday 26th March 2021, Aged 68 years. Beloved father of Brendon*. Beloved son of Cissy* and Roly* Horn. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Dennis*, Nola*, Clyde*, Bob and Apii*, Kevin, Colin, Wayne, Linda and Terry*, June*and Ray, Wendy and Frank. A very loved uncle to all his nieces and nephews. Loved friend of Dianne.
The family would like to thank the Police, LandSAR and the Community of Invercargill and Southland for the love, care, support, and their countless hours looking for Ray over the last 5 weeks. We would especially like to give our heartfelt thanks to the person who found Ray.
A service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held in the Southland Crematorium Chapel, on Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 2pm. Messages to “Horn Family” PO Box 632, Invercargill.

HORN, Raymond Charles (Ray):
Special and loved brother and uncle of Wendy and Frank, Kariena, Mihi and Kamira. Sarah, Roger, Terina and Kahu. Fly free in paradise’. Love you.

HORN, Ray:
Special Uncle to Miriama, Olivia and Sam, and Nathan. Always loved. “Keep on Trucking”. HORN, Raymond Charles. Loved brother of Lyn and the late Terry. Loved uncle of Ariana, Miriama, Moana and their families. ‘Fly high Ray’

HORN, Raymond Charles:
Beloved uncle of Ariana and Rae, Great uncle of Tristan, Joeari and Sharnimae. Great great uncle of Matariki.

READING, Beverley May:
Passed away peacefully with her family beside her on Thursday, March 25, 2021, aged 81 years. Dearly loved wife of Ralph. Beloved and adored mother and mother-in-law of Arthur and Deborah (U.K.), Pauline* and Carl* Davis, Debbie, Sandra and Neil. Loved Nana to Carl, Jodie (U.K.); Mark and James. A Great-Nana to Skye. Loved sister and sister-in-law to Carole and Les Knight, John and Vivienne Cooper, Neville and Ang Cooper. A loved aunt to all her nieces and nephews. In accordance with Beverley’s wishes a private cremation has been held. Messages to 246G Marine Parade, Bluff 9814.
(*denotes deceased)

SILVESTER, Daphne Louise:
On Saturday March 27, 2021. At Southland Hospital. Dearly loved wife of the late Frank (Spot). Loved mother and mother-in-law of John and Joan, Jeff and Brida, Mandy*, and Sally. Loved grandmother of Matthew and Olivia, and Tane. Loved great grandmother of Willow and Eddie. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Norman* Reinke, Basil* and Thelma Reinke. Loved sister-in-law of Phillip* and Wendy* Savage, Cecil* and Bill* Cross. Loved aunt of her nieces and nephews. According to Daph’s wishes a private cremation has been held. Everyone is welcome to join the family for a celebration of Daph’s life at Greenpoint Cemetery, at 10am, on Thursday April 1 where her ashes will be laid to rest with Spot. Daphne requests Colourful Clothing (tops) please. Messages to 76 Liffey Street Bluff or to Daph’s tribute page at

Peacefully on Sunday 28 March 2021; aged 92 years. Reunited with his beloved wife Ngaire, a much loved Dad and father-in-law of Adrienne and Stuart McPherson, Barbara and Brian O’Connell, Pauline and Phil Young and Leanne and Garth McMaster, proud Grandad of Hamish and Chelsea, Josh and Jess, Emma and Oyton, Rebecca and John, Nathan and Kristen, Katie and Greg, Bradon and Xshikarna, Ben and Jessie, Georgia and Jack, Abbey and Nathan, and Luke, great grandad of Fletcher, Cooper, Quinn, Ava, Scarlett, Hudson, Kiera, Ruby, Sean, Fiadh, Katelyn, Jakob, Madison, Nixon, Carter, Tessa. A service to celebrate David’s life will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street Invercargill, on Thursday 1 April at 2.00pm, interment will follow at the Eastern Cemetery. Messages to 42C Gap Road West, Winton 9871. [email protected] .

SMEATON, David George:
Loved brother and brother-in-law of Alex* and Shirley*, Archie* and Elsa*, John* and Hazel*, loved brother-in-law of Ray* and Ivy*, Morrie and Gwen, and Donald* and Margaret*, a much loved uncle to all his nieces and nephews.

WESTERGAARD, Anthon Kristen (Tony):
Peacefully at Harbour View Rest Home on Friday, March 26, 2021, aged 77 years. Dearly loved husband of Sue. Treasured dad of Shiree and Jason, and Christen. Loved grandad of Elijah, Jacob and Paige; Trent and Hannah. Dearly loved brother of Russell (deceased), Marie, and Karl. “Sadly missed, forever in our hearts” Messages to Flat 1/ 470 Thames Highway, Oamaru. Oamaru Funeral Services Ltd 49 Humber St, Oamaru 9400

Police Confirm Body Found To Be Raymond Horn

Police have now formally identified the body located in a wooded area near Bill Richardson Drive, Invercargill on Friday 26 March.

A post mortem has confirmed it is that of 68-year-old Raymond Horn who had been missing since 15 February.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and will be referred to the Coroner.

Hundreds of hours were dedicated to trying to find Raymond and I’d like to thank both the police staff, Search and Rescue volunteers and concerned members of the community who helped look for him, Detective Sergeant Mark McCloy said.

Police continue to provide support to Raymond’s family.


Elderly Man’s Body Found, Likely Missing Man Raymond Horn

Pork Pie Charity Run Hits Invercargill on Wednesday

The bi-annual Pork Pie Charity Run is heading south for the final leg of the race this week, and will be in Invercargill on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2350km journey from Paihia to the South is a fundraiser for KidsCan, tracing the route the ‘Blondini Gang’ took in the kiwi classic ‘Goodbye Pork Pie.’

More than 50 original Mini’s from the 1960s and their crew are making their way from Christchurch to the West Coast today, and will head south into Central Otago, before ending in Invercargill.

Communications director Tracey Brake said they had already raised $240,000 of the $300,000 target and was blown away with the response.

“We’re having an absolute ball, although a little tired,” she said.

Some of the original Mini’s have not lasted the entire trip, and in fact, have been replaced with other models, with some keen collectors owning more than one, Tracey explained.

There are also plenty of Mini parts in everyone’s boots just in case of break downs, with Mini specialists helping out when needed.  “We all know the general things that fall off.”

On the last trip Tracey said she was wearing a FitBit and such was the vibration and movement from all the driving that it recorded that she had walked 10,000 steps along the way.

“The best way to describe driving in a mini is feeling like a couple of marbles thrown around inside a biscuit tin and then strapped onto a roller-skate.”

The Mini’s will be parked up outside the cemetery on the Tay St entrance to the city from 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

What’s on Invers is proud to support this great fundraiser and fun event, and is looking forward to seeing them in action when they arrive in the deep South, founder Mike Sanford said.

The first run took place in 2009 with 36 teams making the trip from Kaitaia to Invercargill over five days. 

The subsequent five runs have seen participant numbers increase to a 60-car maximum with the run extended to six days on the road.

The trip has raised funds for Starship Hospital, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and KidsCan. To date across all six previous events over $1,000,000 has been raised.

The route: 

  • Friday 26th March 2021 – Paihia to Taupo via Warkworth, Pokeno and Hampton Downs
  • Saturday 27th March 2021- Taupō to Wellington via National Park and Whanganui
  • Sunday 28th March 2021 – Wellington to Christchurch via Picton and Kaikoura
  • Monday 29th March 2021 – Christchurch to Franz Josef via Sheffield, Arthur’s Pass, Hokitika, Harihari
  • Tuesday 30th March 2021 – Franz Josef to Queenstown via Highlands Park Cromwell
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021 – Queenstown to Invercargill via Te Anau, Manapouri, Riverton