Opinion: Gary Tong – Spring Means Events Season Starts

Oct 16, 2018
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Spring means events season starts is ramping up and it always amazes me the breadth of things to do in Southland when the sun is shining – and even when it’s not.

Preparations are underway around the district for flower shows, market days and many other activities.
Labour Weekend is fast approaching and the road to Te Anau will be busy with boats heading up to the lakes.
The annual Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic is a great opportunity to get out on the lake or just drop a line in from the shore in pursuit of the big one.

Riverton will be humming with visitors and weekend “locals” sprucing up their cribs after
winter. When the lawns are done, get along and check out the 4×4 4 Artists for 4 Days
exhibition at the Riverton Community Arts Centre.

We’re headlong into pet day season around the district, including the Woodlands School Pet & Gala Day on October 27.

It’s hard to believe the SBS Bank Tour of Southland is only a couple of weeks away, and the Targa Rally will be roaring around the south after Labour Weekend too.
Southland’s events calendar seems to be chocka throughout the year with arts, sports and cultural happenings – this might be one reason the year just seems to be disappearing before my eyes.

No matter what the event, they provide valuable opportunities for people to take a break from their working lives and relax in the company of friends and families.

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