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Crowd Controllers Get Trained

by Matt Coley -  A crowd controller training course in Invercargill today and next week will help local bars meet the requirements of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010. The new law, which comes into effect in October, requires all crowd controllers, property guards and personal guards to meet compulsory training requirements
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Traveller’s tales stack up well

He’s seen Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in concert, Muhammad Ali fight Joe Frazier, and was in the Caribbean when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, but Thomas “Davey” Craig calls Southland home. ASHLEIGH REID profiles a Scottish wanderer.

Travel a good bet for Kaito

Kaito Suzuki has seen more of the world in seven years, than many will see in their entire lives. JOE OELOFSE sits down for a chat.

Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes

An abundance of colours lined the streets as Invercargill was hit with a wave of exhilaration as Southland’s Olympians paraded their achievements. EMMA SOMERVILLE reports.

Sonia trounces Hokonui opposition

Hokonui Fasion Award winner Sonia Trounson nearly missed her moment in the limelight when she won her second award for the night. HANNAH MCLEOD reports.

Hargest Trio Miss Out On Finals

by Rhys Crampton – James Hargest College’s chamber music trio were unlucky to miss out on selection for the National Chamber Music finals, teacher Lesley Little said. Mrs Little, James Hargest College head of music, said although disappointed to hear “Retrograde” had not made this year’s finals, she was still immensely proud of their performance.
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Consumer Law Reform Welcomed

by Matt Coley – TradeMe and the Southland Community Law Centre have welcomed the strengthening of consumer law protecting online users of auction websites. The Consumer Law Reform Bill came into effect on Tuesday June 17 and has had a direct effect on buyers and sellers through changes to the Consumers Guarantees Act 1993 (CGA)
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Environment Southland Seeks A Slice Of Budget Funding

by Matt Coley – Environment Southland (ES) staff will be discussing avenues for taking a slice of this year’s budgeted contestable fund for managing freshwater resources. Environment Minister Amy Adams said in a Budget announcement that $12 million in extra funding will be spent over the next four years to help councils and communities improve
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New Website Look For SIT

by Rhys Crampton – The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) website has undergone a total refresh. SIT Marketing Manager Chami Abeysinghe said the main changes to the look and functionality of the website were long overdue. The result was a polished, technically advanced and more user-friendly site for students to use, she said. The new
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Plan Change 13 Working, Says Timms

by Sharon Reece – Environment Southland chairman Ali Timms said Plan Change 13 was working well, despite an initial “uproar” from Southland farmers. Plan Change 13, introduced in March, requires farmers to gain consent from Environment Southland before converting their farm to dairy. In order to gain consent, the property’s soil will be assessed and
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Need Some Fresh Shorts?

By Sharon Reece – A Film Commission funding visit to Invercargill this week was a result of the “outstanding success” of the city’s students, Southern Institute of Technology film tutor Patrick Gillies said. Fresh Shorts is a short film funding scheme for up-and-coming directors and filmmakers. The roadshow will offer hopeful filmmakers an opportunity to
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LifeHack Hits Invercargill

by Matt Coley – SIT Information Technology graduate Jim Dowling is recruiting sign-ups for a “feel good weekend” of brainstorming at this weekend’s LifeHack in Invercargill. The weekend workshop aims to develop a project with locals wanting to involve themselves and their skills in a good cause. “Basically it’s a social workshop… a prototype project
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Funding Change May Bring Benefits For Southland Tourism

by Rhys Crampton -  A change in the way funding is allocated could mean new tourism investment opportunities for Southland, Venture Southland (VS) enterprise and strategic projects group manager Steve Canny says. The Government recently announced $28 million of new Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) funding . Prime Minister and tourism minister John Key said a core
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