Parliament is alive with the hum of preparations for the Southland Party this evening, as the event makes a comeback.
Organised by Gore-born radio journalist Barry Soper and Invercargill MP Eric Roy, the party reinstates an event last held eight years ago.
Southlanders living in the capital, and anyone associated with our fair province, can attend the feast tonight in Parliament's banqueting hall.
Mr Roy, currently in North Canterbury, is flying to Wellington for the party this afternoon.
We've got 250-ish people signed up .... It's created quite a bit of interest and we're going to maximise the advantages of being Southlanders. We won't be shy.
Out-of-season oysters have been sourced from a farm on Stewart Island, and lamb, beef and venison has been provided by Alliance Meatworks, Mr Roy said.
As a teenager, Mr Roy shot and cooked a Fiordland kereru to feed his classmates while stuck without food on a school tramping trip, an action for which he would have been prosecuted without the intervention of then Southland MP Brian Talboys, but he said endangered birds were off the menu tonight.
Although marketed as a party for Southlanders, Mr Roy said they would not be ‘‘digging too much into parentage, association or whakapapa’’ among the attendees.
- The Southland Times
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