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SOUTH Alive is abuzz, encouraging people to be involved in community activities and hosting various community groups.

Julz Orr took over the position of community development and operational manager in early May and will co-ordinate the various events and the two community rooms, Kewa and Paikea at The Pod.

‘‘I am covering the position while [the previous manager] Courtney Ellison is on maternity leave until December.’’

Ms Orr also works part-time at Public Health South as a health promotion adviser in nutrition and physical activity.

‘‘In this role at Public Health South, I used the rooms at The Pod for meetings and The Pantry for cooking classes, and also submissions to [Invercargill City] council to advocate for the prioritisation of health where we live, work and play.’’

Ms Orr said the two roles would work together ‘‘nicely’’ and she looked forward to working more closely with the South Invercargill community, supporting projects and events in the area.

The Pod, at the rear of The Pantry on Grace St, South Invercargill, was available again for social, community or business meetings.

‘‘Regular groups, such as the book club and knitting group were meeting again, and we will be hosting free mindfulness and mediation workshops, as well as a South Invercargill business catch-up towards the end of June.’’

Ms Orr said the South Alive action groups, including beautification, housing, events and promotion were planning to resume again.

‘‘These are a great way to get involved with your community.’’

To find out more about events, check out the South Alive Facebook page. For more information about South live, becoming a volunteer, or to book a room, phone 03 218 6882 or go to www.southalive.org.nz

Feeling safe in your community is really important to South Alive so we have installed 4 x new security cameras along with 3 x LED flood lights to light up our premises.
We are a collection point for Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. Save each one and once you have a collection, come on down to The Pod/South Alive and drop them off to us.

Big ups to Georgetown Scout Group for the idea - we love it !
Please spread the word; every tag helps 

The Pantry - will also be a drop-off point if the office of South Alive is closed.

How does it all work?
A litte bit about the project:
Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has been running in South Africa since 2006, collecting bread tags which a plastics company, Zibo, buys for a small amount per kilo. The tags (high impact polystyrene, type 6 plastic) are recycled, being made into seedling trays. The proceeds are used to provide wheelchairs for the needy. At present about 500kg are collected per month in South Africa, funding 2-3 wheelchairs.

People who were aware of this programme had been collecting tags for this cause in New Zealand for many years and either taking then to South Africa when they visited or posting them. In February 2019, we set up a New Zealand arm of Bread Tags for Wheelchairs in order to promote the programme, increase collection, look into local recycling and streamline the transport of the tags
The Pod, South Invercargill's new community centre, is open for bookings by groups and organisations in the community.  There are two separate meeting rooms, one is 5m x 5m, the other 9m x 5m. The rooms can also be hired together and the connecting door opened for one large space. Hire includes access to kitchen facilities, wifi, smart TV, whiteboard and projector (all must be pre-booked).  

Rates begin at $12.50 for non-profit groups and $25 for business groups

10% discount on hire rates if food and coffee are pre-ordered 
from The Pantry.

Contact: info@southalive.org,nz or 218 6882 for more info.

Local fruit produced from one of our eight orchard sites around South Invercargill - This apple weighing in at 414 grams !

Welcome to our 2 new volunteers who joined the Fruit and Nut Team this year.

The Fruit and Nut Team are busy with catchup maintenance of orchards because of lockdown, if this is something you would like to be part of we would like to hear from you as we are always looking for volunteers.

We will be holding a Pruning Workshop sometime in August or September 2020 more info to come.

As part of our Pay it Forward Program, we are asking for old skeins of 100% wool to be donated so we can make cosy slippers and add them to our Pay it Forward Boxes.

If you would like to do some knitting for this, Please email us with the subject line: Volunteer knitting for Pay it Forward to admin@thepantry.co.nz


  • A Huge shout out to Rotary South Invercargill who have now donated 28 boxes to the Pay It Forward programme.
  • $2,433.00 has been donated in cash. We use this cash to purchase additional items from local businesses.
  • Local businesses are supporting the initiative with free or discounted products for inclusion in the boxes, including: Catlins Honey, Gore’s Absolute Free Range Eggs, and Mighty Meats in Centre Street. 
  • Donations have also been received from Te Waewae Bay Eggs and Public Health South, and a local craftsperson has even knitted several pairs of slippers of which we are looking to multiply!

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