*”Safety First This Game Bird Hunting Season”*

With game bird hunting season starting on 1 May, Police is reminding people to be vigilant about safety.

“We encourage everyone heading out shooting this season to refresh themselves on the seven rules of firearm safety [1] ,” says Acting Superintendent McIlraith.

“It’s also a really good idea to make sure you’re familiar with your firearm and have checked it to ensure it’s working correctly, especially if it’s been in secure storage since last season. Where it has a safety catch,ensure that it is operating properly.

“Of course, the best safety catch of all is not having your finger inside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.”

Anybody handling a firearm should always treat it as loaded; that means always pointing the firearm in a safe direction and checking your firing zone. When your firearm is not in use, Police would encourage people to take chamber flags with them and insert them in the breach.

“Please make sure your firearms are never left unattended in your vehicle.

“We know that going hunting with your mates is fun and having a drink afterwards with your mates is a good way to celebrate the day. Please just keep these two activities separate.

“We want safety to be your focus this duck shooting season, so you and your mates have a safe and successful season.”

More hunting safety information can be found here [2]. Hunters of all levels of experience are encouraged to look at this material.

Seven Basic Firearms Safety Rules:

  • Treat every firearm as loaded
  • Always point firearms in a safe direction
  • Load a firearm only when ready to fire
  • Identify your target beyond all doubt
  • Check your firing zone
  • Store firearms and ammunition safely
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms.

Gore DC Welcomes Bridge Decision

The decision to approve resource consent applications for the construction of a bridge over the Mataura River to carry critical infrastructure will have a huge positive impact on Gore’s water supply, says Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks.

The Gore District Council welcomes the decision by the independent hearing commissioners to approve two land use resource consent applications to build a new cable-stay bridge about 650 metres upstream of the existing Gore traffic bridge.

The bridge is part of a multi-million dollar project to provide a safe and reliable drinking water supply for Gore residents.

It will carry new water pipelines linking the upgraded East Gore water treatment plant withthe Jacobstown Wells and Hilbre Avenue reservoir. The bridge will also provide a safe link between east and west Gore for cyclists and pedestrians.

Mr Hicks said the decision was very pleasing, given the enormous positive impact the bridge was going to have on the security and quality of Gore’s water supply.

He acknowledged the commissioners’ comment the decision was ‘a close call’.

“There are learnings we can take from the process and use in the future.

“That said, it’s (the decision) a positive result for Gore and will deliver long term public benefit.”

In their decision, the commissioners mention “significant benefits” to the broader Gore community in terms of improved water supply and better connectivity for walkers and cyclists.

Gore District Chief Executive Stephen Parry said it had been a long journey to get to this point.

“This is a multifaceted, complex project focusing on improving water quality as well as walking and cycling opportunities.

“I always thought it would be a delicately poised debate between public benefit versus private impact, and believe the decision reflects that.”

He said the Council had carefully considered several other locations before deciding on the site near the intersection between Church and Huron streets.

While some people vehemently opposed the bridge, the project also had its fair share of supporters, Mr Parry said.

“Any submitter opposed to the decision has 15 working days to lodge an appeal.”

Mr Parry reiterated the mayor’s comments about the Council learning from the process – “as is the norm with any large project, there will be a full post mortem at its completion”.

Exciting Format For Bent Sprint at Teratonga Park

A top ten shoot out will ensure intense competition for competitors at the Southland Sports Car Club’s first event of the 2021/2022 season, a Bent Sprint at Teretonga Park in Invercargill, on Saturday 1 May.

The club will use an open but technical course using the circuit and internal circuit access roads for the event. Entries are required by 5pm on Thursday 29 April and any late entries will incur a $20 late fee. Entry forms and event details can be found on the club’s website www.teretonga.org.nz

Sign in for competitors on the day is from 9.00am to 10.30am while competition starts at 11.00am with a familiarisation run before competitors get the opportunity for up to four runs to set their best time.

Finish outside the top ten and your best time determines your final placing from eleventh on down while the top ten come back after a lunchbreak to go into a shootout where all times are wiped and drivers have one shot to determine their final placing. The pressure will be on for shootout competitors to set a fast time without making any mistakes on their run.

A minimum of an M Grade race licence is required and the event is suitable for race, rally, ClubSport or road cars. Roll cages are not required although the neighbouring Eastern Southland Car Club are including this event as part of their club championship and for their members to score points they must compete in a vehicle with roll protection. Entries are also expected from Dunedin and Queenstown.

Spectators are most welcome and admission will be free.

Southland Charity Hospital’s Upcoming Tractor Trek

The wheels are in motion for what promises to be another extraordinary fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital – and it’s one the late Blair Vining would likely have approved of.

Come May, members of the Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club will embark on a mammoth journey – a 1200-kilometre tractor trek, driving one tractor non-stop from Invercargill to Christchurch and back, all to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital.

The tractor – a yellow Massey Ferguson 20D (a 1980s model imported from the UK) – will be on display at the Thornbury Heritage Centre and club members will be on hand to have a yarn over the coming weeks.

The journey itself is expected to take between 42 and 44 hours, shared between eight drivers and with an average speed of 30 kilometres per hour.

The concept was initiated by club member Tom Parkes, and it was one club president Fraser Pearce was immediately drawn to.

“We’d looked at buying a brick (as part of the charity hospital’s Buy a Brick campaign), but then thought, we can do something a bit different. One of our club members, Tom Parkes, came up with the idea, and he just thought it would be a great fundraiser for the charity hospital,” Pearce said.

“The thing is everybody’s got a cancer story. We’ve all followed Melissa and Blair Vining’s story closely, and a lot of us know what cancer can do, so if we can help, that’s great.”

Tractor treks are nothing new to the Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club, they form part of their usual activities and they have held fundraisers in the past. And this one will be special – because it’s one tractor and it’s non-stop. And it falls in the midst of the club’s 65 year celebrations.

“There’s a real camaraderie within the club – I can’t understate the volunteer hours that go into it, nothing’s ever a problem and it’s a very active membership.”

Blair Vining himself, who helped launch the charity hospital in his final stages of bowel cancer in 2019, spent many hours driving a tractor as part of his job, so it seems almost fitting now that a Tractor Trek will serve as a fundraiser for the hospital.

Southland Charity Hospital general manager Helen Robinson said the idea had created a real excitement.

“We’re so excited about this – we can’t wait – and we’re so grateful that the Thornbury Vintage Tractor Club has chosen to support the hospital in this way,” she said.

“It will be great to have the trek officially launched, and we hope people will come down to E Hayes on the 2nd May and wave them off in support of this wonderful club and what they are doing.”

The public can support the Tractor Trek by texting Tractor to 4644 which automatically donates $3 to the cause.

Online at www.tractortrek.co.nz people can sponsor them per KM or donate a fixed amount.

Sponsorship forms are available at many local shops and businesses including:
E Hayes
The Batch
Transport World

Funeral Notices – Friday 30th April

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 whatsoninvers.nz and whatsonsouthland.nz

GARDINER, Raymond Arthur (Ray):
formerly of N.S.W. Peacefully on April 28th, 2021, at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village, aged 94 years. Dearly Loved husband of Ruth for the last 69 years. Much loved father and father in law of Leonie and Clive Beer, Ian and Elizabeth, Nick and Sue, the late Alison and Marc Stimson. Much loved grandad of Rachel, Timothy and Simon, Bradley, Christopher and Matthew, Shayne, Sharon and Aidan and great grandad of 10. Much loved brother of *Margaret, Judy and *Trevor and brother in law of Gloria and Thelma. A much loved uncle and great uncle.
Special thanks to the staff at Rowena Jackson for their care and support during Ray’s last three weeks.
A private funeral service will be held.

MCLEOD, Kathleen (Joan):
After a courageous battle with COPD on Wednesday 28 April 2021, at Ascot Care Home and with family by her side. Dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Alistair and Heather, and Doug and Gail McLeod, loved aunty of Debbie Hodges, Donna Smith, Jacinda Reid, Carla Fisher, and Brad McLeod, loved and respected grand aunty to her eight grand nieces and nephews. A very special friend of Xavier Reid.
“Will be sadly missed”
A service for Joan will be held in the Avenal Park Chapel, 75 Fox Street Invercargill on Monday 3 May at 2.00pm, private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice Southland would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Joan’s family would like to thank the staff of Bupa Ascot Care home for their care and consideration shown to Joan over the last four months in particular. Messages to 7 Terrace Street Invercargill 9810.

Submissions About To Close for Long Term Plan

There is still time to have your say on the ICC Long Term Plan for 2021-31.

The Invercargill City Council launched its ‘Roadmap to Renewal’ 2021-31 LTP for consultation at the end of March, and has been asking the community for feedback.

The consultation document includes the vision for Invercargill and surrounding areas for the next 10 years, including the infrastructure investment plan for the next 30 years.

Key projects include the city centre masterplan, the Southland Museum redevelopment and Rugby Park renewal.

The pyramid building museum has been a contentious issue for many years and was closed in 2018 because of safety concerns.

A $75 million major redevelopment is off the cards because of the expense and time needed to carry out the work, so councillors agreed in December to strengthen and redesign the inside for $52 million.

That work was expected to take just 37 months, but in council’s Long-Term Plan the museum project was set down for 2026 – five years away.

The council has indicated that there would be a 2.5 year lead in to the work being done because of issues such housing the museum collection, and finding a project manager to lead the project.

Deputy Mayor Nobby Clark said at a recent council meeting the public has made it clear on more than one occasion that the museum development was a number one priority, ahead of many other community projects.

“The issue now is why it’s not front and centre?”

The $52 million project will involve earthquake strengthening, gutting the interior layout and redesigning the inside.

Nobby said the key was to get people to have their say on the ‘Roadmap to Renewal’ consultation document, and make it clear they wanted the work to start right away.

“We need the community to get involved in the consultation process….they have been very vocal in the past.   The council never seems to get their projects done on time anyway.”

Have your say online at icc.govt.nz/roadmaptorenewal/submit

Public hearings will be held in May.

To find out more about ICC’s 2021-31 Long-Term Plan Consultation, Our Roadmap to Renewal, and to make a submission, visit icc.govt.nz/roadmaptorenewal 

Watch: Rail Excursion Trip Rolled Into Invers Today

A chartered rail excursion train rolled into Invercargill late this afternoon.

The train operated by Steam Incorporated based near Wellington has been chartered by Pounamu Tourism Group and is part of the first Great Southern Train Tour.

The charter train is hauled by two DA class diesel locomotives, a class that was widely used hauling freight and passenger trains in the North Island in the 60’s and 70’s but seldom used in the lower South Island.

A group of tourists took a break from the trip to ride on the Kingston Flyer yesterday, the first time the Flyer has carried passengers for some years.

The excursion train pulled into Invercargill about 5.30 this evening.

New Zealand Rugby Approves Silver Lake’s Deal

New Zealand Rugby has voted to sell a 12.5 percent stake in its commercial interests to US private equity firm Silver Lake.

NZR chief executive Mark Robinson and chairperson Brent Impey are due to speak to media after the vote at the AGM.

The deal would be worth $387.5 million to the NZR. Documents released for the AGM outlined that $39m of the sale price will be distributed to stakeholders such as provincial unions and a legacy fund will be established to ensure the sustainability of rugby at all levels.

Read more: The Silver Lake deal explained

New Zealand Rugby needed the backing of more than 50 percent of the the country’s provincial rugby unions at this morning’s AGM to have its recommendation to sell the stake pass.

The deal also requires sign off from the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, which is in mediation with NZR over the deal.

The players have concerns about pay, whether the deal could damage the relationship between rugby and the New Zealand public, and wants assurances cultural aspects such as the haka are protected.

Sports Minister Grant Robertson has urged all parties to work together for the good of the game. “I just encourage both parties to continue talking because for the good of the game we need our elite players to be well looked after, happy to be playing here, and carrying on supporting the next generation coming though,” he said.

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.

YES Students Developing Great Business Ideas

The successful Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), which has been a nationwide success for students since 1990, has created some inspiring Southland entrepreneurs.

An initiative supported by the Southland Chamber of Commerce, this year’s students have just completed their first task for 2021 – making a video about themselves asking for funding.

Students from Southland Boys’ High School. Aparima College and James Hargest College were all successful in obtaining funding from the Southland Equity Seed Fund, along with Wakatipu High School.

Because of the high quality of the videos, three YES companies from two schools (James Hargest College, Mt Aspiring College) also received a $250 advertising package with What’s On Invers.

Organiser Jo O’Connor said it was amazing to see of the inspiring business ideas, and she looked forward to the next challenges, which involved, pitching their business to judges, sales and marketing and eventually writing an annual report.

What’s on Invers founder Mike Sanford said he has been supporting the YES programme for the past six years, and every year the quality of business ideas from the students just keeps on getting better and better.

“Hence it was a hard choice to pick one winner, so we decided to allocate three prize packs.”

YES takes Year 12 and 13 students through a series of authentic real-world entrepreneurial experiences to help young people to thrive in business and in life.

At the start of the school year, they create their own unique product or service and take it to market. 

YES company MOTI, from left, Meg Thomas, Tessa Wilson, Tom Hope, Guy Bayly. Not pictured Georgia Robertson. Photo: supplied

Throughout the year they attend events that mirror the process start-up businesses go through – including developing business and marketing plans; and receiving guidance and mentoring from business people.

The goal is to help young people thrive in business and in life, inspire students to be innovative and creative, develop work-ready skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.

What’s On Invers

 Advertising package worth $250

  • Moti, Mt Aspiring College
  • AltoEco NZ, James Hargest College
  • Sprout Tonic, Mt Aspiring College

Equity Seed Funding

  • Swafe, Southland Boys High School
  • Job Geek, Aparima College
  • Group 5, James Hargest College
  • Give Time, Wakatipu High School
  • Group 2, James Hargest College