What a busy month April was with Easter, school holidays, Anzac Day and our Drive-in movie nights!

School Holidays
We wanted to say a big thanks to all of the amazing people in our community who help to run our school holiday events. Once again we had a full schedule of yoga, pickleball, lego, arts and crafts, basketball,  cooking for kids and of course an Easter Bunny hunt. It was great to see our community space come alive with kids of all ages coming along to participate. We also want to acknowledge the Invercargill City Council wellbeing fund which has supported the running of our school holiday events over the last few years. 
Dog Park shelter painting
Have you noticed a few extra paw prints at the dog park lately? A few helpers from the Rotary Invercargill South Club came along and gave one of the shelters a fresh coat of paint complete with a few paw prints. Thanks guys you did an awesome job!


Orchard of the Month
Our Fruit and Nut team are showcasing the local orchards they have established in their orchard of the month series. This month they headed to Panton St to show the neighbours what is growing, promote community foraging, when they can pick (remembering wind blown fruit/nuts on the ground is at times as good as the fruit/nuts on the trees). These have wrapped up now for the season but will start again in Spring.
Drive-in movies

What an awesome couple of nights we had down behind the Newfield Tavern with our Drive-in movies. We kicked things off with Pork Pie on Friday and had a family night on Saturday watching Sing 2. We loved seeing the classic cars, picnic rugs and sleeping bags all come out for these 2 nights of fun. Thanks to Sono Sounds for the set up, ICC wellbeing fund for some funding support, all our food trucks for feeding the movie go-ers, and the Newfield Tavern for letting us take over their carpark.
Wow that was a big list of thank you’s but I guess that is what we are all about – different people in the community pitching in and helping make South Invercargill a great place to live, work and play!
So what is coming up for May? Youth Week is happening from 15 – 21 May and there are lots of fantastic opportunities for our rangatahi….

  • Mental health workshop presented by the Y’s Raise Up Crew 



  • Youthline’s t shirt printing – event here at South Alive – Thursday 18 May 4-6pm. See this Facebook link for more infomation – https://fb.me/e/2POnHD0WM

Radio Show
Do you have any gardening woes? We started a new agony aunt for gardening troubles on our radio show last week, so if you have any questions drop them hear and tune into Radio Southland 96.4FM every second Saturday at 9.30am and we will have our South Alive volunteers who are gardening experts provide their solutions.
Missed one of our previous shows? You can hear them clicking on the button below.


A massive thankyou to everyone who came along this morning and took part in our community cleanup!
We enjoyed a drink from The Pantry Invercargill in the beautiful sunshine after all our hard mahi!


‘Poipoia Te Kākano Kia Puawai – Nurture The Seed, And It Will Blossom’

Connection is everything in this space. Connecting with the Rangatahi, connecting with other services & connecting with my team here at South Alive.
We have a group of young people starting their podcasting journey at the beginning of Youth Week! This will give them a chance to have their voices be heard, have healthy conversations with their peers and take away a skillset around modern technology!
A workshop is in planning steps now for guest speakers to influence our young people around their well-being. Mental, physical, and their belief system – to start believing in themselves and reaching goals. Details of this will follow when everything is in place.
Alongside the team here at South Alive we have heaps of cool things happening, that we all bring to fruition together. Keep an eye on our social media pages for event details and to be in the know of all the great things happening in our area! 
If you have any ideas on things, you’d like to see for your Rangatahi or you need any connections to other local services for them, pop in and see me Mon-Wed at South Alive or email me at
stacey@southalive.org.nz and I am always here to help any way that I can! 

Ngā manaakitanga (best wishes), Stacey


It’s not often we get to celebrate a Royal Coronation! We were delighted that we sold out for our Right Royal High Tea fundraising effort which was held on Sunday May 7 We are so lucky to have had Dr Murray Pfeifer speak with proceeds from the afternoon going to Cancer Society NZ.


Also, as we head into winter it might be timely to mention our Pay It Forward food box programme where, with your support, we give boxes of food to those who need it in our community.


You can buy boxes for gifting online or instore.


We have had a great response from our composting workshops here at South Alive and we are heading along to this one, so come along and join us Learn from The CarbonCycle Company and local experts about how to transform food scraps and organic waste into nutrient rich soil (think of how amazing your veggie garden could be!)

The Murihiku Kai Collective, supported by Healthy Families Invercargill is thrilled to be offering this fantastic talk, so come along and find out more. It will be held at the South Lounge, Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, on May 15 from 5.30pm-6.30pm. It’s free, but we’d love to know if you’re coming, for catering purposes. Email stella@activesouthland.co.nz









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