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FUNDRAISING FOR SAMOA: Waihopai School pupils Paige Brazier-McLeod, 11, front, Mina Keponi, 11, and Jacob Mika, 6, get into the spirit of a Samoan tsunami fundraiser held in Invercargill. Paige is holding up a photo of herself taken at Lalomanu beach, which she visited a year to the day before the tsunami that wiped it out.
OPENING WEEKEND: Aiden Swale's yacht Yeah Right on the water at Lake Te Anau for the opening weekend of the Marakura Yacht Club. Commodore Iain Campbell said it had been one of the most successful opening weekends in memory, with 19 yachts taking to the water. Unfortunately the weather had not played its part, with the first of two races shortened yesterday and the second cancelled, he said, because of lack of wind.
BACK TO YOU: Year five and six Balfour School pupils watch Southland Flyers player Paratene McLeod test out the new Boomerang rebounding machine at Stadium Southland.
FUN SPIRIT: Showing off their Southland spirit last week are Waianawa School pupils, from left, Jodi Galt, 7, as a tui, Keflar Morrison, 5, as a Southland rugby player, and Daniel Bain, 9, as the Southland museum pyramid, who all joined in the fun. Teacher Janice Boyle said children played three-legged races, sack races and gumboot throwing. "There was a tuatara, lots of rugby players, farmers, cyclists and even a little swede,'' she said.
SOLD: Invercargill real estate agent Sean Bellew volunteers as a collector to support Arthritis New Zealand's annual fundraiser. More than 500,000 New Zealanders have the condition. All money raised will be distributed in the area it was collected. "The response has been wonderful, people have been very generous,'' Mr Bellew said.
AWESOME FOURSOME: The gold medal-winning ``Power of Four'' St Joseph's aerobics team consisting of Sakara Whyte, from left, Faasipa Saili, Shelton Shaw and Gabrielle Balloch shows off its medals from the national schools aerobics championships in Christchurch.
COPPER CRAFT: Thelma Brown checks out the curious range of copper fish by the Copper Workx company at the Dunkleys Great New Zealand Craft Show at Stadium Southland.
BOY RACER: A chance meeting in 1961 in Australia gave the Timaru born and raised Willmott an opportunity most motorsport junkies can only dream of. The then-22-year-old was only just out of his apprenticeship as a mechanic when he met Bruce McLaren.
WOODEN YOU KNOW IT: Te Anau residents Jenny Campbell, left, Dorothy Yates and Jackie Yates admire the wooden garden at The Dunkleys Great NZ Craft Show in Invercargill. Artist Ian Sutton said he made the garden art out of totara. "I like the lifestyle of travelling the country in my bus, going from show to show,'' he said.
HERE'S TO THE WORKERS: Family Works manager Irene Te Koeti, and Family Start Programme team leaders Annalisa Cairns and Monique Harvey have some fun while celebrating national Social Workers Day.
HAPPY 20th: Early days Wakatipu Kindergarten pupils Olivia Hill, left, 23, and brother Fergus Hill, right, 20, celebrate 20 years of the kindy and for head teacher Sally Hogg, centre, with present-day pupil Iroha Shimizu.
THEY'RE HERE: Aliens in Aotearoa, from left, William Lynch, Charlotte Ramsay and Ella Buchanan sing the national anthem during rehearsals for the St Joseph's School production at Queenstown's Memorial Hall.
TIME TRAVEL: Southland Boys' and Girls' high schools are stepping back in time to produce a new take on musical Guys and Dolls. They are, from left, Georgia Pringle, Bonnie O'Donoghue, Caitlin Wood, Joe Rabbitt, Lee Richardson and Sam Smith.
WARM WELCOME: New Zealand's Rose of Tralee Lisa Monaghan celebrates her return to New Zealand with a family barbecue at her parent's Invercargill home.
ANNUAL TREAT: Midnight Cruise Old Boys' Club members Pete Miller, Kerry Hawkins and Bill Somerville about to tuck into their traditional meal of bangers and mash.
LOUD SHIRT SHOW: Patients arriving for an X-ray were treated to an eyeful as staff embraced national Loud Shirt Day (September 19) at Southland Radiology. The event is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme. From left are Rachel Lankshear, Isabel Hamill, Christine Leaf, Jill Scott and Sarah Alexander. Mrs Scott's psychedelic garment was judged "loudest'' by her peers.
SAY IT WITH CAMELLIAS: Celebrating suffrage with Kate Sheppard commemorative camellias, Southland National Council of Women executive members, from left, suffrage speaker Vanya Bailey, NCW president Margaret Cook, breakfast MC Kaye Crowther and function organiser Pauleen Corcoran.
BANDIT AT 5 O'CLOCK: A magpie attacks Invercargill cyclist Wally Kopae near its nest at West Plains. The Australian native birds are breeding and are overly protective of their territory, with walkers and cyclists fair game.
I'M HOME MUM: A spur-winged plover chick returns to its mother on the banks of the Waihopai River. The plover prefers wet grasslands and feeds on insects, worms and similar small invertebrates but will also eat seeds.
BAD TIMING: Blake Ryder, 12, of Riverton, getting a soaking from schoolmate Russel Anderson's car after a sudden downpour flooded part of Riverton's Bay Rd.
JUMP TO IT: Patrick Coombe, left, and Matthew Finlin, both 7, go over a hurdle in the Queenstown Primary School cross-country.
COMING TOGETHER: Cunningham Building and Construction employee Bryce Geary works on the new Southern Kids Early Learning Centre, one of the new buildings being built as part of the showground redevelopment project in Invercargill.
DA MOVES: Young hip-hop dancers, from left, Cody Mudford, 8, Thalia Newport, 9, Krystal Birch, 10, Isabella Collins, 10, Hayley Scott, 8, Grace Dudfield, 10, Peyton Kelland, 11, (obscured) and Madison Duncan, 10, (also obscured), get into their groove in preparation for a YMCA hip hop concert at Centrestage.
DIAMONDS AND ICE: Australian netballers Kimberlee Green, left, and Johannah Curran huddle for warmth after getting off their plane at Invercargill Airport. The Australian team received a frigid reception after arriving at the same time as a cold front.
GOING FOR GOLD: Aidan Gordon, right, leads Alfie Parvin and Sebastian Mataric in the 7-year-old boys' race in the Queenstown Primary School cross-country.
CROSS-COUNTRY FUN: Isabella Archibald, right, and Zoe Barham, both 5, run in the Queenstown Primary School cross-country.
BLOOMING LOVELY: Japanese teacher Midori Sasaki helps James Hargest College student Rebekah Robertson, 17, with her yukata (summer) kimono at the Japanese Blossom Festival in Queens Park, Invercargill.
WHOLE LOT OF HULA GOIN' ON: Mataura Primary School hula girls, from left, Viddell Kawenga, 5, and six-year-olds Tilly Thwaites and Goldey Edwards give it a bit of shake, rattle and roll during a dress rehearsal for the school's production The Pirates of Narrabeen.
DOGGONE IT: Wilco the staffordshire terrier-ridgeback cross sits in the driver's seat of his owner's ute. When his master left the ute running while making a quick stop at a Cromwell store, Wilco managed to push down the column gear change, causing the vehicle to move forward. It stopped only when it hit the front doors of a nearby cafe.
MEET THE CHAMP: West Gore school pupil Mikey Little getting up close to Great Northern Hurdles winner Kidunot, under the watchful eye of trainer Ellis Winsloe. The jumps champion visited his fan club at the school.
SING OUT NOW: Invercargill Middle School made the crowd rock as it sang Mamma Mia at the Invercargill Schools Sing Out competition at the Civic Theatre. The three-day event involves more than 700 year 4 to year 8 children from 20 schools.
BIN GUARDING IT: Raniera Neho-Smith, 4, gives Tui, the family's one-year-old pitbull, a pat. Tui loves sitting on his perch in Tweed St and watching the traffic go by.
SCHOOLS SING OUT THE SEVENTIES: Children from Southland Girls' High School, New River Primary School, Invercargill Middle School, St Theresa's, Otatara School and Southland Boys' High School rehearse for the Invercargill Schools Sing Out.
GET ME A TREAT: Harris takes a break from the lambing beat while boss Peter Knight attends to business at the Otatara Four Square shop.
FAB FOUR: Year 6 Waihopai School pupils (top to bottom) Ethan Stupovski, Joshua Taylor, Mitchell Holden and Jordan Cowie putting up a shed for the school's recycling programme.
A BIT OF HOOP-LA: Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan tries his hand at croquet at the opening of the newly amalgamated Queen's Park Croquet Club. He is watched by club president Wendy Baker. The Waverley Park and Invercargill croquet clubs recently joined forces to ensure the future of the sport in the city.
ON HIS WAY: Invercargill's Michael White surges ahead on his way to winning the category 2 section of the R & R Sport two-day tour in Dunedin yesterday. On his left is Blake Tait-Jones, who finished third overall in the section.
TOUCH AND GO: Old Boys' Frank O'Boyle, left, and Waihopai's Jarrod Halder tussle for the ball during the Charity Cup final at Surrey Park. Old Boys won 1-nil.
PULLING POWER: Rob McLachlan, left, and Travis Nicholls admire Dean and Frank Shearings' tractor collection during the Blokes and Sheds bus tour in and around Invercargill.
THE MIGHTY JUNGLE: Ascot Park Community School pupils Jade Jackson, 7, front left, and Jaykob Reid, 8, and, back from left, Brodie Bissett, Troy Blackler, Amber Hewlett and Brocc McCallum, all 8, dressed up for the final day of the school's Book Week. Room 7 teacher Katie Jones said the theme of the week had been "Safari'' and the school's library had been appropriately made up to look like a jungle.
FAMILIAR RING TO IT: Two-year-old Isla Reynolds rises high above the rest during a game of ring-a-ring-a-rosy at Splash Palace in Invercargill. Isla was one of 37 children who took part in the Active Movement in Water course run by Swimming New Zealand in conjunction with Sport Southland.
FUNDRAISERS: Aparima College students check out an ambulance at the school with trainee ambulance officer Tim Anderson (below). The students have thrown their weight behind a drive to raise funds for a new defibrillator for Riverton St John.
TALL ORDER TAKEN: Former Tall Black giant Ed Book, who stands 2.13m, defends against Salford School's Trent Pirie, 5, during a school visit yesterday. Book and his Southland Flyers team-mates gave the youngsters a day to remember as they passed on their basketball wisdom and signed autographs before the final at the national basketball tournament at Stadium Southland, in Invercargill.
CHARGING TO THE FRONT: Southland No 8 David Hall charges through the Bay of Plenty defence during the Stags 19-12 win at Rugby Park Stadium, in Invercargill. In support are, from left, flanker Josh Hardie, lock Josh Bekhuis and halfback Scott Cowan. The win launched the Stags clear at the top of the national provincial championships points table.
READY, SET, BMX: Southland BMX Club riders, from left, Braden Shields, Mac Stodart, Nardia McLachlan and Max Radka are ready in anticipation for the club's open day.
A DIFFERENT VIEW: Otatara artist Jim Gilmore with his work Probe: our world from space, in Hang Five, a clutch of five disparate artists sharing an exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery this month.
MYSTERY DESTINATION: Blokes and Sheds organiser Ken Bowie at one of the sheds at Invercargill's Demolition World used in a past event. This year's mystery bus tour is on Sunday.
CASTING WIDE: Whitebaiter Kura Pearce attends her nets on the Aparima River near Riverton, waiting for the tide. Southland Whitebait Association president Brett Pearce said the season was off to a good start and everyone seemed happy with their results. On the Mataura River, Mr Pearce was pulling in a couple of pounds a day, on average, easily enough for a "good feed'', he said.
IS IT SAFE TO COME OUT?: Ninteen-year-old Jainie peeks out of her cave at the Southland Museum's tuatara enclosure.
SQUAD TACTICS: Invercargill armed offenders squad members are put through their paces in a building clearance exercise under the watchful eye of a police special tactics group members at Kennington, near Invercargill. Armed offenders squad members are eligible for selection into the special tactics group the fulltime police elite anti-terrorist unit. It trains with the Special Air Service and is equally secretive.
SPRING CLEANING: Bond Contracts' worker Doug Boutherway freshens up bollards against a backdrop of spring blossoms in Esk St, Invercargill.
FIRST FRUITS: Fernworth Primary School pupils Chase de Thierry, 5, left, and Tane Morrell, 10, planting an apple tree at the school. The school children are planting apple, pear and plum trees to add their own fruit supply to the vegetables they already grow. The project is funded by the Southland District Heath Board's Healthy Eating and Healthy Action programme, which is also providing funding for cooking classes for parents and children.
ANIMAL FRIENDS: Lexi Reynolds, 10, with friends at Ascot Community School in Invercargill.
9 ON 9/9/09: There is absolutely no doubt what Jessica McDonald's favourite number is as she celebrates her birthday. Born on September 9, 2000, Jessica turned nine on the ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year of the new millenium. She will have to live to 99 to get a string of numbers like that again but she promised The Southland Times could come and take her photo again in 90 years.
GOOD KITE RISING: James Fogarty, 4, getting a few instructions from his grandfather John Fogarty on the finer points of flying the colourful kite on Oreti Beach, near Invercargill.
FINE STYLE: Samantha Nielsen Walz showing off her talent during the tap solo category of the tap dancing competitions.
HAND ON MY HEART: Teenager Jessica Ricketts returned to Invercargill with a new heart inside her body and her old one inside a plastic bag. She is contemplating what to do with the formalin-preserved heart she is holding.
CELEBRATION: Southland hooker Jason Rutledge is pumped up after scoring the last-minute try that earned Southland a draw against Northland at Invercargill's Rugby Park. Hua Tamariki, left, enjoys the moment.
ON YOUR BIKE: Pastor Danny Steel on a Big Beer Venom, one of 130-odd bikes on display at the Southern River Church (the old Embassy Theatre) in Invercargill. The Father's Day bike show was to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer, which kills about 600 men a year. Mr Steel said about 1400 people turned up to the show, which cost a gold coin donation. About $1400 was raised.
THE WRITE STUFF: Television personality, artist and author Fifi Colston and fellow author Bill O'Brien show their books Glory and Castaway to budding young writers, from left, James Hobson 13, Jane Wallace 11 and Amy Strang, 11, at the young writers workshop at Donovan Primary School in Invercargill.
LITERAL EFFORT: Esther Fogarty, 13, gets her eye in for a gumboot-throwing competition, part of the family activities at the Altrusa International Walk for Literacy held in Queens Park, Invercargill.
IT'S ABOUT THE KIDS: Former All Black Norm Hewitt chats to Arrowtown father Daniel Iosefo and son Izaah Iosefo, and Rebecca Whyte at a Father's Day brunch in Queenstown.
CLEAN LANDING: Emergency services make a water arc to welcome Pacific Blue's first international flight into Queenstown on Saturday.
WHAT A RIPPA: Waikiwi under-seven player Sam Hartmann tries to fend off Marist under-seven player Jordan Goodall during a game of Rippa Rugby in the buildup to the national provincial championship game between Southland and Northland. Like the main game, the under-sevens clash ended in a draw, with the teams finishing tied at 8-all.
WINTER'S FRUIT: With the sun still to rise over the hill behind, sprinklers were in full operation to protect the fruit from frost damage at Hobb's orchard, Hercules Flat.
PALS: Bradley McDonald, 8, of Invercargill, with his family's german shepherd Sammy.
DRAMA KINGS: Southland Boys' High School drama students, from left, Cameron Richardson, Jim Maw-Dowling and Taylor Barrett get into character for the performing-arts showcase Let's Hear it From The Boys
HOT STUFF: Southland Boys' High School students, from left, Zane Neustroski, Conor Monoghan, Edward Jones, Brendan Baucke, Isaac Cross and Paulo Araujo watch as catering and hospitality teacher Scott Richardson fires up the kitchen. The students returned from the New Zealand Culinary Fare with a 10-medal haul.
PASTOR LA VISTA: Pastor Danny Steel outside Invercargill's old Embassy Theatre in preparation for the Father's Day bike show.
MAGIC SHOW: James Hargest College junior pupils Hannah Brown, year 8, and Jonathon Tulett, year 7, perform as the Genie and Aladdin alongside some of the 40 other cast members at a dress rehearsal for the junior school's production of Aladdin.
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