South Alive is an urban rejuvenation project, led by the community, with the goal of identifying the best possible future for South Invercargill and ways to make it happen.
It was established in 2012 with a small steering group, which then held a public meeting in April 2012 to generate ideas and decide priorities. Action teams of volunteers formed around each of the priority areas, and have been working since then to develop and implement projects.
South Alive became a charitable trust in 2013 under its legal name, the South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust.
In 2017 South Alive opened its Social Enterprise, ‘The Pantry’. The Pantry is a retail shop selling wholefoods and specialty groceries, great barista coffee, and a simple, nutritious food range. The Pantry also features a community kitchen for community workshops and classes. The Pantry will enable South
In 2018, South Alive opened the first stage of its new community centre for South Invercargill, with the support of our wonderful community, local businesses and local and regional funders. This building will provide a community-owned space.
The group has identified its vision as:
A vibrant and diverse community that takes the lead in its own future
And it's mission as:
Empowered by our strengths as a community, we will build a place to live and work thatengenders pride and inspires us