Southland Party at Parliament revived

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 23/08/2012
Eric Roy
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
TASTE CONTROL: National MP Eric Roy does some quality control before top Southland produce is sent to a "world famous" Southland Party in Parliament next month.

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Oysters, chocolate, meat and "sheep on a spit" will be a few of the delicacies National MP Eric Roy will be serving in Parliament next month to bring displaced Southlanders together for a night of cheese rolls and southern company.

Mr Roy said the Southland Party in the banquet hall of the Parliament building used to be an annual evening.

However, it had died out about seven years ago.

In its heyday, the night attracted about 400 Southland people to the Beehive, he said.

"It's about networking and showing off Southland. It was always a good way for us to reconnect - people are saying it's time we did it again."

Mr Roy was calling on any Southlanders based in Wellington, as well as any Wellingtonians with Southland connections, to come out and party "Southland-style" in the capital.

A very protein-laden meal was promised with lots of hay bales, swedes and cheese rolls, he said.

A Facebook page had been set up to spread the word around Wellington, under Southland Party.

For more information contact the organising committee on southlandparty@gmail.com

The Southland Party will be held at Parliament on Friday, September 21, from 6pm to 11pm.

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