What's On Southland & South Otago

What's On Southland & South Otago

What's On Southland & South Otago



  • Gore Classic Car Rally runs the first SUN of every month. Meeting at the Trout on Medway Street 10:45am for route instructions. Pub visit for lunch. All classic cars are welcome, entry is free. For more call Terry McNamara 021 070 6069. 


  • Selected works from Te Papa’s summer exhibition - Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa - brings together 20 works by one of New Zealand’s most iconic 20th- century artists, Rita Angus (1908–1970). On display at Eastern Southland Gallery until SUN 17 JULY. The paintings span Angus’s life and career as an artist, drawing out the themes of pacifism, feminism and nature that shaped so much of her work. This exhibition includes many of Angus’s most important works, including Rutu, 1951, Cleopatra, 1938, and Central Otago, 1953 56/1969. It will also feature two significant recent acquisitions. Marjorie Marshall (1938-39/1943) is a remarkable portrait of Angus’s friend and fellow artist Marshall, set against the backdrop of Central Otago mountains. The Aviatrix (1933) is one of Angus’s most important early works – a striking portrait of her sister Edna, the first woman pilot in the East Coast Aero Club, wearing her flying costume. Eastern Southland Gallery Curator, Jim Geddes says, “The Gallery is absolutely delighted to be able to host this exhibition. Rita Angus is well represented in our permanent collection by a number of paintings from the 1960s, but this is a great opportunity for our public to see first-hand a survey exhibition that spans her entire career. Te Papa have been very good to us over the years and sending this particular show to Southland is an especially generous gesture on their part.”


  • Nominations for this year’s Gore District Community Awards are now open. The awards recognise groups, individuals or businesses who have made a difference in our community or bring positive recognition to our District. Following the decision to make the event biennial, this will be the first Awards night since 2020. “We are very excited to be building on the success of our last event, engaging with community groups to provide excellent entertainment and delicious food, all at an affordable ticket price,” said Events Coordinator Jessica Swan. “This year sees the introduction of two new award categories, the Business Excellence Award and Te Ao Māori Award, plus we have modified some of our existing awards to reflect our evolving community.” Nominations are open until 5:00pm Friday 16 September. The qualifying period for nominees is from 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2022. “There are a range of awards available, everything from the Mataura Valley Milk Environmental Award to the Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of the Year Award. “Each award criteria is outlined on the nomination form, so carefully read the criteria and pick the one most applicable to your nominee,” Miss Swan said. The Gore District Council’s ‘Do It Online’ portal on its website allows people to make their nominations quickly and easily at any time. Nomination forms are also available at the Council’s main office. Nominees for all categories must either live within the Gore and District Health Inc boundary, which encompasses West Otago, Southern and Northern Southland as well as the Gore District, or be a member of a club, school or organisation in the Gore District. Use this link to submit your nomination online: https://online.goredc.govt.nz/do-itonline/events-bookings. 


  • Otautau Golf Club are calling for expressions of interest, to all past and present members, for their 100th Jubilee. Celebrations will take place on 24 - 26 Feb 2023. Registration is $20 p/p or $40 a couple. At the moment we are requiring names and email addresses of people. Then we will email out, full details of the weekend’s events. Please call Judy on 0211169996 or Margaret on 0279546520.


  • Wyndham and Districts Museum is hosting a series of fundraising Quiz Nights. The last is back at Three Rivers Tavern on MON 11 JULY. Each night starts 7:30pm, teams of up to 5 players, $40 per team. Aggregate prize over the three nights, and raffles at each. Enquiries and registration to Ange on 027 250 7597 or thegibbs-s@outlook.co.nz. 


  • Needing warm slippers this winter? Can't crochet but want to learn? Join the SuperGrans crochet workshop every THURS 9:30am-11:30am at 23a Forth Street, Invercargill. Their awesome tutors will show you everything you need to complete a pair for yourself or the kids. Not into slippers? No problem, they will help you create anything you wish! All workshops are free! Text or call to book 021 773 893.


  • It’s playtime at He Waka Tuia. PLAY - is an exhibition developed for tamariki, rangatahi and the young at heart. He Waka Tuia is a museum and art space that is a joint initiative between the Invercargill Public Art Gallery and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. He Waka Tuia Manager Sarah Brown said PLAY was a celebration of the simple joy that comes from informal play. “It’s more than an exhibition – there’s lots to look at but also to touch and play with and then also things that will unlock some core memories for some visitors.” “Featuring a combination of tactile experiences, interactives, contemporary art, nostalgia and items from both the Invercargill Public Art Gallery and Southland Museum & Art Gallery collections, there is something for everyone,” Brown said. During the exhibition He Waka Tuia is working with Jay Coote, from Tūrama Trust, who will hold three workshops based around Māori games and movement, she said. Bookings for these workshops will be held on 30 June, 7 July and 14 July from 11am to 1pm. For more information about PLAY and He Waka Tuia please visit facebook.com/hewakatuia. A new exhibition in Invercargill is set to provide some fun and celebrate the simple joy that comes from informal play. Displays a range of contemporary art and traditional toys and explores a range of hands-on activities to stimulate the creativity and enjoyment of families. It's more than an exhibition. There's lots to look at but also to touch and play with and then also things that will unlock some core memories for some visitors. They have tactile, some creation spaces, some artefacts — just a whole lot of things that we really hope people come to enjoy. Perfect for the school holidays. The exhibition runs until July 24.


  • Gore Police are holding a Recruitment Evening on TUES 28 JUN at Hokonui Runanga, 6pm start. 


  • Gore High School presents "The Oscars" Prefects Variety Concert on WED 29 and THURS 30 JUN. An opportunity for the pupils and staff to showcase the numerous talents they have within the school. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Book through the school office students $12, adults $15. Door sales also on the night, cash only. Check out the Gore High FB page for more. 


  • Grey Power Gore is hosting its Annual Meeting at the Gore RSA on WED 29 JUN. Come and hear from Audiologist Nick Muir on the topic of hearing aids. Bring along your hearing aids for a check and some free advice! Afternoon tea supplied. 2pm start. For more call Glenys Jones 208 4555. 


  • Riversdale Lions Club Hay Drive Competition is on FRI 1 JULY at Andrews Transport Yard. Judging at 12:30pm, prize giving at 3pm and auction at 3:15pm. BBQ and refreshments after the auction held at the Riversdale Rugby Clubrooms. Funds to youth and medical needs of the community. For more contact convenor Rhys Houghton 027 392 9687. 


  • Gore A&P Association invite you along to their annual Quiz Night fundraiser on FRI 1 JULY at the Albion Rugby Clubrooms on Bury Street. 7pm start, $40 for a team of 4, supper included. Members and invited guests welcome. To enter, email or call Joanne Hall goreapsecretary@gmail.com or 027 374 3314. 


  • 49th Riversdale Arts Mixed Media Exhibition is back FRI 1 JULY - SUN 10 JULY. Every year, Riversdale Arts Inc produce a stunning mixed media exhibition which runs over a 10-day period. The annual exhibition is a visual feast of outstanding artwork from jewellery to sculpture, textiles, painting and photography. Stylishly displayed to its best advantage, producing a sophisticated exhibition which can rival any of that in larger city centres. Gala Opening is the Friday night 7pm, then daily at the Riversdale Community Centre from 11am-5pm. Guest artist is Tanith Norton of CHCH whom members of the committee met at Dunedin ArtShow. Hand stitches jewellery onto velvet which is then framed with UltraVue non-reflective glass. This will be her first time work has been featured at an exhibition. Collected vintage jewellery since she was a kid, loves the stories each piece contains. She says art is a way to decompress from her busy work as an accounts manager. Art from over 80 exhibitors from across the country. Around 250 are invited. Also workshops, gift shop and YUM cafe run by Balfour School. Enquiries to riversdalearts@gmail.com or find more at www.riversdalearts.co.nz


  • Queens Go South returns to Ascot Park Hotel FRI 1 and SAT 2 JULY. Join us for an evening of big hair, fabulous fashion, great dance numbers, and risqué comedy! Following a sell-out show in 2019, the Queens are coming back to deliver their unforgettable entertainment! $60 Premium -includes some drinks & nibbles (10 seats per table) or $25 General Admission (6 tables of 10 seat per table, & the remaining tickets standing/at bar leaners). Available from the Ascot Park Hotel, call 03 2199305 to buy your tickets.


  • St John Book Sale is on the weekend SAT 2 - SUN 3 JULY at Bluff Town Hall, Gore Street 10am to 4pm. Astrid Brocklehurst – 212 7003. Books, Jigsaw Puzzles, DVD’s, videos and more. All proceeds to St John Bluff. EFTPOS not available.


  • Bluff RSA Open Day is on SAT 2 JULY, 42 Gore Street, Bluff, 2.00pm. Peter Robertson (Robbo) 0272 422 506. An informal open day with Peter Robertson “Robbo” of the Bluff RSA who will talk about the RSA’s new bar leaner which features memorabilia from Bluff Service Personnel, the story of the search and recovery of the McKenzie flagpole on Bluff Hill and the future of the Bluff RSA Museum. An informative and entertaining afternoon with plenty of time for questions plus afternoon tea.


  • The Eastern Southland Gallery is delighted to welcome Lizzie Bisley, Curator of Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa, to Gore on SAT 2 JULY. Lizzie Bisley is Curator Modern Art at Te Papa. She studied at Victoria University of Wellington and the Royal College of Art, London, before working as a Curator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. While at the V&A she curated a number of major exhibitions on modernism and twentieth century design. Her research is focussed on histories of modernity, and she is interested in the close relationships between art, design and architecture in the twentieth century. Afternoon Tea will be served from 3pm, at the Maruawai Centre (across the road from the Gallery), followed by the Floor Talk at the Eastern Southland Gallery at 4pm. Gold coin donation. All welcome.  For catering purposes please RSVP to artgallery@goredc.govt.nz or phone 03 208 9907. All welcome.


  • Bluff Car Boot Sale is being held SUN 3 JULY at Bluff Oyster Festival Site, Barrow Street. 10am to 2pm. Leah Smith – 027 202 2466. Sellers can come along between 9am to 10am to set up. No charge for sellers or the public. Not all sellers will have EFTPOS. Event will be on whether wet or fine. Second hand, new and vintage clothes, second hand goods, crystals, suncatchers, Titi Birds - vacuum packed doubles and buckets, arts and crafts, planter boxes, plants - indoor and garden, homemade food, Kawakawa balm, New Generation liquorice, garden art, jewellery, kina lights, Maori art, Piccolo Boutique NZ, books, DVD’s/Blurays, sewn and knitted items, Ruapuke Island Honey, kindling, greenstone and more! Food and beverage will be available with Let’s Be Frank Bluff Hot Dogs, a fundraising sausage sizzle and coffee all on sit. 


  • West Otago Theatrical Society celebrates 40yrs with "Phantom of the Opera" on at the West Otago Community Centre from FRI 1 - SAT 9 JULY. A special masquerade gala evening is on SAT 2 JULY. Come dressed up with complimentary refreshments courtesy of the MLT. Book your tickets through iTicket.  


  • Riversdale Arts is hosting a series of Exhibition Workshops through July. Including Creative Picture Framing with Andrea Sexton on SUN 3 JULY, Floral Wreaths with Anna King on SAT 2 / SUN 3 JULY and Watercolour Card Making for Beginners with Jo Jagon on SAT 2 JULY. Then the following weekend there's Earring Making with Ruth Napper on SAT 9 JULY, Wire Hearts, Poppies, Daisies with Lee van der Geest on SAT 9 / SUN 10 JULY, and Macrame Basics with Aleisha Eden on SUN 10 JULY. Book via the new online booking system here: https://www.trybooking.com/nz/eventlist/exhibitionworkshops?embed=1&fbclid=IwAR0NFUAjDq3Yya6V0IrbfK9iCPSeNkJe2ZhvFOKsSwoUB9RKFPvFEdNfzaI. 


  • Camp Colomba is hosting an Open Day on SAT 2 JULY at the venue on Kaiwera Road, Pukerau. 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Come along for a fun filled day learning about Camp Colomba. Try your hand at rock climbing, bouncy pillow, zipline, archery. If your kids have never been to camp before and you are keen to check it out this is the perfect chance. Enjoy a BBQ and your chance to win a camp registration. Meet the team. Just $5 per person. 


  • The Southland Home Show transforms the community courts of ILT Stadium Southland into a house and home lovers haven! Your one stop shop, with professional help to make qualified decisions for your dream home. On SAT 2 and SUN 3 JULY 10:00am - 5:00pm. Adults $10.00 | Seniors $8.00, Children are FREE!. Join the event page | SOUTHLAND HOME SHOW


  • Gorge Road Country Club is hosting the "Small 3" Kids Hunting Competition, the hunt running FRI 8 - SUN 10 JULY. Weigh in and sausage sizzle on the Sunday at 2pm at the Club. Prize giving 5pm. Duck, hare, possum and smallest deer is an extra for the really keen hunters. Junior section 4-9yrs $5 entry, Senior section 10-16yrs $10. Every entry goes in the draw to win a rifle. Competitions on the day also include duck pluck and possum throw alongside lolly scramble and spot prizes. Entry forms available from the club or email grcchunt@gmail.com. Entries close TUES 5 JULY. 


  • Beef and Lamb Progressive Ag Conference is being held at the Croydon Lodge Gore on THURS 7 JULY, 12:30pm to 6:15pm. Come along to hear about the opportunities within our innovative sector, covering a range of topics that can add real value to your farming business. You can pick the topic that interests you most in the Pick ‘n’ Mix Sessions, before joining the mid-winter dinner with special guest Dan Steele from Blue Duck Station. Book via their website. 


  • Invercargill Poultry and Pigeon Show is back at the Kennington Kennel Club Hall SAT 9 and SUN 10 JULY. On Sat 1pm-5pm, and Sun 9:30am-2pm. Just $5 per adult at the door, $2 child and family pass $10. Cash only, no EFTPOS. Sale birds available. 


  • Gore Parents Centre Winter Fete returns SUN 10 JUL, 10am-3pm at Gore Town and Country Club. More here: https://www.facebook.com/1925352924350508/posts/3234736520078802/?d=n 


  • Cruise down memory lane – tick a drive-in movie experience off your bucket list with Bill Richardson Transport World from TUES 12 - SAT 23 JULY. Set in the spectacular surroundings of Bill’s Shed – home to Ford letter cars, grunty V8s from the 1930s and 40s, and a dazzling 1940 Dodge Airflow Texaco tanker – the background ambience has style galore. Take your pick between general admission seating or opt for the whole she-bang, jumping in a vintage car to bask in the nostalgic buzz of the night.  Chow down on an American hot dog, buttery hot popcorn and enjoy a creamy milkshake, 60s-diner styles, for a drive-in with plenty of retro and authentic panache. We’ll take care of the finer details, but the hardest part is up to you: which movie will you choose?

    • Hot dog, popcorn and milkshake included
    • Cash bar available
    • $55 per person for general admission
    • $130 per car for two-seater vehicles
    • $260 per car for four-seater vehicles
    • Tickets available to purchase online, or at Transport World gift shops
    • Tickets are strictly limited. Sales will close 24 hours prior to showing
    • Terms and conditions apply
    • Take a look at the seating map

    12 July - Dirty Dancing - PG - 6pm – 8.10pm
    13 July - Herbie: Fully Loaded - G - 6pm – 8.10pm
    14 July - American Graffiti - R16 - 6pm – 8.20pm
    15 July - Friday Fright Night - The Shining - R16 - 6pm – 9pm
    16 July - Grease + Grease 2 (double billing) - PG - 5.30pm – 10pm
    17 July - Cars - G - 6pm – 8.30pm
    18 July - Thelma & Louise - R - 6pm – 8.40pm
    19 July - Willy Wonka (1971) - G - 6pm – 8.10pm
    20 July - Titanic - PG13 - 6pm – 9.45pm
    23 July - Jaws - PG - 6pm – 8.30pm

    Please note all drive-in movie nights include a half-hour intermission. Book via iTicket. 


  • 2022 NZ Gymnastics Championships are being held at ILT Stadium Southland WED 13 - SAT 16 JULY. Four days of non-stop action as New Zealand's top athletes across aerobic, artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline gymnastics compete for the 2022 national titles. See more info at bit.ly/GNZNationals2022


  • ILT Kidzone Festival is back WED 13 - MON 18 JULY. Imagine being a kid again. Now you can be! Join us these winter holidays for Southland’s most popular six-day family festival jam-packed with hands on designing, building, riding, touching and creating. The ILT Kidzone Festival will be at Southland Girls’ High School from the 14th – 19th July with over 150 activities for kids and families to enjoy. Find more www.iltkidzone.co.nz


  • Riversdale Golf Club is hosting a Friends and Family Tournament on THURS 14 JULY, tee off 12-noon. Open to farmers, friends and non-golfers. Men and ladies. 18-hole stableford. Entry just $40 which includes BBQ lunch. Bumper fundraiser with auction including golf trips and firewood. Prizes and evening meal too. Limited to 96 players. Entries by TUES 12 JULY to Simon si@yrless.nz or 027 231 9771. 


  • NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank is returning South. Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what Kelvin was put on earth to do. However, since the incredible success of Sensing Murder there's been such a great demand from people on this side wanting private readings that it is just not physically possible for him to do them anymore. The best way for Kelvin to be able to put people in touch with the loved ones they've lost - and also help them to understand how the afterlife works - is through his live shows, Kelvin Cruickshank Live. When you come to his live shows, please come with an open heart and an open mind. Kelvin tries to read for as many people as possible but what happens on the night is up to spirit, not Kelvin. If there is a lot of expectation from the audience it can create a barrier. So relax, chill out and enjoy the show, and you never know - it could be your loved ones who show up. And even if they don't, hopefully the evening will open your eyes to the fact those we've lost are now in the white light, and their spirit lives on. At Ascot Park Hotel on SUN 17 JUL, and SBS St James in Gore on MON 18 JUL 7pm. Tickets from iTicket. 


  • "We work long, hard and difficult hours to feed the country, so how can we be appreciated for that?". "How can we have more shops and local services when there's no-one to do the work and nowhere for anyone new to live?" These are just two of the many current-day issues that facilitator John Glover expects rural Southland communities to address at a series of events happening across the District in July & August entitled "Call me Southland" with publicity featuring cheese rolls, mullets and muttonbirds. Shaping our Future, a not-for-profit community visioning organisation has been funded to help Southland District communities describe what long term success really looks like, and what the first actions towards that future should be. "Our workshops are a bit quirky and involve a really good conversation with no pre-determined or hidden agendas" says Vanessa van Uden, who chairs Shaping our future. She adds "Councils often ask communities about their vision and values and capture words like 'thriving, cohesive, vibrant and multicultural' but no-one can tell you what that looks like in 30 years for Nightcaps or Wyndham because they are focussed on today's issues". Shaping our Future leads transformational conversations with communities about taking control of what their future should look like, thinking beyond present day constraints, setting priorities, and taking action. “We also need to look to our past to make sure our customs, traditions and treasures are embedded in the future, which is where the cheese rolls come in" adds John. "If you can't describe the future you want, how can you ever get there" says John who adds that 'attending the workshops are possibly the most important two hours you can spend this year". There will be 8 two-hour public workshops across the district between FRI 22- MON 25 July, visits to as many of the colleges as possible in early August, some woolshed drop-in sessions and then an online survey for anyone that hasn't been able to make an in-person event. Workshop details are

    22 July Athol 11-1 pm Lumsden 6-8pm

    23 July Wyndham 11-1 pm Winton 6-8pm

    24 July Stewart Island 11-1pm Riverton 6-8pm

    Monday 25 July Nightcaps 11-1pm Te Anau 6-8pm

    To register a space email executive@shapingourfuture.org.nz. For more information contact Shaping our Future executive officer John Glover 02756867233 see www.shapingourfuture.org.nz. 


  • Full steam ahead for the 33rd Hokonui Fashion Design Awards. Strictly Fashion Evening is FRI 29th JULY and Gala Evening SAT 30th JULY at Gore T+C Stadium. Longest running event of its type in NZ, $42k in prizes! Judging panel always been second to none in the past we’ve had Karen Walker, Nic Blanchet, Francis Hooper, Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester, Liz Findlay, Doris Du Pont and Margi Robertson (of NOM*d). This year: Rachel and Anjali from Twenty Seven Names joining Juliette Hogan and Steve Dunstan founder of Huffer. The label name is a homage to the list of 27 people who helped to get their label off the ground. Proudly made in New Zealand since its inception, the brand's values lie in a commitment to sustainability, ethical production and supporting local industry.  Find more at www.hokonuifashion.co.nz. 


  • Playing all the classic Exponents hits and more, The Jordan Luck Band are thrilled to be bringing their annual Winter Road Trip to Southland Musicians Club - Invercargill on THURS 4 AUG. From ‘Who Loves Who The Most?’ to ‘Victoria’…. ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ to ‘Ill Say Goodbye’…. and so many more Kiwi classics, the Jordan Luck Band party will be sure to banish those winter blues!! Tickets from undertheradar.co.nz.
    Southland Hug a Rig Day is back SAT 20 AUG at the new venue Southern Field Days site, 12pm-3pm. Taking people of all ages with special needs or life long medical conditions. For a ride in a Big Rig, Classic Car or Hot Rod. Raffles available on the day. Anyone wanting to volunteer their time, truck or car please contact Dianne 027 773 2700. Check out Southland Hug a Rig Day on FB. 
    Blind Low Vision is hosting a fundraiser Dining in the Dark on FRI 30 SEPT at Ascot Park Hotel. Doors open 6pm for 7pm dinner. $65pp includes drink on arrival and two-course dinner, followed by music from Jae and Mariam Bedford. Tickets on sale through the venue.
    Southland Society of Model Engineers presents the Great Little Train Show on Labour Weekend SAT 22 - SUN 23 OCT. At the SSME Club Grounds, Surrey Park Invercargill. 10am-4pm both days. Model and hobby displays featuring planes, boats, trains, RC buggies and retailers. Outside train rides $2. Entry $8 for adults and kids up to 14yrs $2. Family pass $15. EFTPOS available. Back on after COVID cancelled last years show. Same fantastic format as previous years, starting in the two badminton halls beside the club, that's 10 courts full of layouts, displays and retailers, then flowing out into grounds for the two club scale layouts, ride-on trains, boats on the pond and r/c off-road displays on a grass track.
    Mataura Scouts are back with their annual fundraiser Motoring Mad Car Show and Cruise on SAT 19 NOV. The show 9am-2pm at Tulloch Park, Mataura. $10 per car, register on the day. Cruise starts after 2pm. Spectators just a gold coin donation. Keep an eye on the Motoring Mad FB page for updates. For more you can call John on 027 208 3303. To express interest in a stall email mataurascoutscarshow@gmail.com. Great family day out.  
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