Stadium ruined, more snow coming

06:22, Sep 20 2010
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Snow settled down at sea level in Riverton.
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New-born sheep have been caught in the snow storm that hit Southland.
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About 10cm of snow covered the streets of Invercargill.
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Downtown Invercargill was covered in snow.
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Karen and Brad Carthew take photos of the snow in Invercargill. The couple are from Australia, but currently live in Christchurch.
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Motorists drive along State Highway 1, just east of Invercargill.
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Katie Cameron, six, and her brother, Jack, 10, have a spa in the snow at Kennington, near Invercargill.
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Despite the snow, people are still taking their dogs out for a walk.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Motorists are still out driving despite police warning them not to.
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RUNNING FREE: Jemma, a german short haired pointer pup plays in the snow.
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STANDING TALL: This three-metre-tall snow stag on Bluff Rd, Invercargill, had motorists honking their horns, waving and stopping to take photographs throughout the weekend. Brad Turner (pictured) who designed the stag with partner Finah Kirk, said he made the giant snow beast to bring a smile to people's faces. The stag features real antlers and billiard balls for eyes.
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IGLOO KIDS: Hannah, Ryan and Seth Beer in a snow house at Waikiwi yesterday.
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GOTCHA: Tane Law from Newfield, Invercargill. He is 3-years-old and this is his first snow experience.
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NOT MUCH OF A LEGACY: A car partially crushed by a tree at the Feldwick Gates, Queens Park, in Invercargill on Saturday.
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GREAT COLOURS: Beautiful mix of white coloured snow and pink coloured blossoms in Myross Bush.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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Peter Kett, Ray Harper and Pepi Pikia inspect the caved in roof of the tennis court area at Stadium Southland.
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Eldon Gardens owner Donald McDonald stands in front of a ruined commercial glasshouse in which 1000 tomato plants were growing.
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Caltex Savoy owner Steve Gutsell on the roof of the service station shovelling off snow on Sunday.
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An aerial shot of the snow-damaged Stadium Southland.
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Snow at snow at Thomson Bush, Southland, Saturday morning. Supplied by Julia Ponting Nigel Billett.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.

Stadium Southland lies in ruins with no hope of reopening after one of the biggest snowfalls in years brought havoc to coastal Southland at the weekend.

Demolition crews will move in this morning to clear the remains of the $10 million stadium after what may have been the heaviest snowfall in 50 years caused its roof to collapse on Saturday morning.

About 30 people inside the stadium escaped without injury.

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PARK-LIKE SETTING: Snow covers a blossom tree in a secluded are of Queens Park in Invercargill
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TASTES GOOD: Aja Easson, 2-years-old, eating the snow in Invercargill
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WINTER WONDERLAND: The Queens Park water fountain in the snow.
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FAMILY SNAP: Little people having fun in the snow, (Driver family of Invercargill) Tabetha, 8, Jessica, 3 and Joshua, 1.
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NICE HAT: William Clark (6 months), enjoying his first dump of snow in (Waikiwi) Invercargill and helping build Pippa the snow woman!
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RUNNING FREE: Jemma, a german short haired pointer pup plays in the snow.
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STOKED: A South City boy's first attempt at a snowman.
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RELAXING: Xavier Colin Dimmock, 4 months, enjoying his first sight of snow in Invercargill.
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SMILING SNOWMAN: The Beer family of Invercargill and their snowman.
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STANDING TALL: This three-metre-tall snow stag on Bluff Rd, Invercargill, had motorists honking their horns, waving and stopping to take photographs throughout the weekend. Brad Turner (pictured) who designed the stag with partner Finah Kirk, said he made the giant snow beast to bring a smile to people's faces. The stag features real antlers and billiard balls for eyes.
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ALL WHITE PLAYERS: Old Boys football team members celebrate an extraordinary season, having won everything from the Donald Gray to the Golden Boot.
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DEDICATED: This is a very keen fisherman looking for a catch.
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IGLOO KIDS: Hannah, Ryan and Seth Beer in a snow house at Waikiwi yesterday.
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DREAMSCAPE: Thomson Bush on Saturday morning.
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THREE'S A CROWD: Three tough Stag supporters. In the middle is Katie Forde, 10 of Winton.
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PATCHY SNOW: A dumping of snow can form a beautiful picture.
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HAVING FUN: New skifield opens in the south. Pictured is Warren McNamara skiing on his paddock at Rimu on Saturday.
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GOTCHA: Tane Law from Newfield, Invercargill. He is 3-years-old and this is his first snow experience.
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A WILD WALK: Lesley Fredric and standard poodle McGregor.
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PICTURE PERFECT: A blanket of pure white snow turns thsi street into a postcard.
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FAMILY PORTRAIT: This is the Smith family.
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NOT MUCH OF A LEGACY: A car partially crushed by a tree at the Feldwick Gates, Queens Park, in Invercargill on Saturday.
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KILLER SNOWMAN: Jason Slaughter, or North Rd, was pretty pleased with his axe-murdering snowman sculpture.
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WELCOME TO THE WORLD: These ducklings were snapped at Queens Park in Invercargill.
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MID WINTER CHRISTMAS: Snow is so much fun at Orwell Cresent at neighbours enjoyed a sculptures paradise.
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PERFECT HOME: Emma McLeod, 10, in the igloo she built at her home in Mona Bush.
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CHIRSTMAS FRAMED: Last year's window decorations are a perfect fit for the snowy weather outside.
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HAVING A CUPPA: Irene Tresidder enjoys a cup of tea.
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GREAT COLOURS: Beautiful mix of white coloured snow and pink coloured blossoms in Myross Bush.
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WINDOW VIEW: This picture was taken by the Kerr family.

It was one of several large buildings in Invercargill to collapse under the weight of snow, including Wrens decorating store in Yarrow St, which was extensively damaged yesterday morning.

Roads became skating rinks as drivers struggled in the treacherous conditions. Police reported eight trucks and at least 12 cars had come off the roads throughout Southland at the weekend and an ambulance had been involved in a low-speed head-on crash on State Highway 99.

MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt said the snowy weather was caused by sunshine hitting Antarctica after six months of darkness and a buildup of cold air.

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Stadium ruined, more snow coming
GROUND ZERO: Surveying the ruins of Stadium Southland, in Invercargill, yesterday are city councillor Peter Kett, past chairman of the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust Ray Harper and Pepi Pikia, of Amalgamated Builders. The roof of the tennis and netball court area caved in on Saturday morning under the weight of a heavy snow dump in the city.

More showers were expected today and snow again tomorrow, while it was expected to be warm with the skies clearing from Thursday, he said.

Firefighters used a snorkel appliance to check the roofs of many retail outlets in central Invercargill yesterday and ordered the closure of the Farmers building because of concerns about the stability of its roof.

By 1pm, about eight premises had been checked, with firefighters recommending all should close. The Warehouse, Plaza Supervalue, Briscoes, Mitre 10 Mega and Spotlight were among the stores that shut.

Schools will open today at the discretion of their board of trustees and principals, and they have been urged to err on the side of caution.

Waverley Park School principal Kerry Hawkins said the decision on whether his school would open would be made this morning.

"There has been mini avalanching coming off the roof and if that hit a 5-year-old it wouldn't be flash – (but) we will be OK if there is no snow over night," he said.

Farmers will have to wait until the snow clears before working out lamb losses, with the snow arriving in the middle of lambing. Fonterra was also unable to collect milk from more than 400 dairy farmers because of the dangerous roads and is asking some to dump milk.

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said Invercargill airport was operating yesterday after closing all day Saturday.

Snow and ice affected numerous roads across Southland, with the back road between Mataura and Clinton, State Highway 93, closed, as was State Highway 94 from Te Anau to Milford Sound and the Southern Scenic Route between Owaka and Niagara.

Many motorists ignored police warnings not to venture out yesterday, with only the closure of many retail outlets discouraging some of them and sending them for the warmth of their lounges.

Near Queens Park, a tree branch snapped from the weight of snow and crushed a parked car, while numerous minor injury crashes were reported.

Emergency Management Southland controller Neil Cruickshank said staff were continuing to monitor the conditions, with more unsettled weather expected overnight.

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