What’s been happening…

School holidays in April were a blast, and our community rooms were packed with whānau coming along to join the fun activities on offer. Massive thanks to all of the amazing people we have running these sessions now, bringing their passion and expertise to our space for our local tamariki to enjoy. We had Tī Rākau with Tiaki, Active Play with Greg from Active Southland, Lego with Wendy, Arts and Crafts with Geraldine and Rosemary and Cooking for Kids, with Trudy, Glenda, Claire, Julz and Stacey. 

Thanks to volunteers who braved the weather to come along for our recent Clean Up day on 11 May.  We hold these rubbish clean up days four times a year, and while its only 1 hour of mahi, it contributes a lot to the pride people feel in the area. We hope to see you at the next one!


We attended the launch of soft plastics recycling at The Warehouse where we were lucky enough to be the recipient of a garden planter bed made from the recycled soft plastics! This will be such a great addition to our community garden, and these kind of sustainability and recycling initiatives fit right in with our own sustainability projects so we were excited to be there. You can read more about the recycling here…. https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/350273917/soft-plastic-recycling-returns-invercargill Thanks again to the local Warehouse team for choosing to support us with this donation! 


What’s coming up…

FREE Community talk for parents and caregivers with leading Neuroscience Trainer Kathryn Berkett coming up this Saturday 18 May, 10am at Aurora College. Everyone welcome!

Join us for a hosted a mini walking tour as part of the South Invercargill Heritage Trail Project with Julz Orr and Katie Greene. They will share stories of the rich history of South Invercargill. Meet at South Alive 262 Ness Street at 10am to commence the tour.


SafeWaste Wheelie Bin Latch

Simple, effective. SafeWaste auto-release bin lid latches are a proven solution to stopping trash and plastic recycling getting into the environment due to wind, animals and tip overs during curb side collections.

Pick yours up today for your red and yellow bins from the Invercargill City Council  – 101 Esk Street for FREE.

“The weight of the rubbish pushes the lid off when it’s upside down, Its brilliant!”

GOOD TECH TEAM – THANK YOU for your continued sponsorship & support for our community printing needs. We really appreciate all you do !


‘poipoia te kakano kia puawai ~ nurture the seed and it will blossom’
I would love to start this months writing piece with gratitude ~ gratitude for how active I am in the community ~ the connections im building within the sector, training opportunities, providing our Rangatahi with wonderful initiatives and just being a pou on the path we carve for our people. 
Our Rangatahi Art Exhibition was installed over the April school break and what fantastic creative energy our youth have bought to our space! We held a showcase where the artists could bring along their whānau and it was such a cool experience watching these young people shine with pride. We will host another one of these later in the year – so keep watch for our comms around that! 

Zumba is back up and running from May 30th and this is being held indoors, at New River Primary School hall on Thursdays, from 6pm. Ngā mihi nui to the Instructors and the School for allowing us the space to host this over the winter. 

I feel privileged to have been able to attend two days of Mana Taiohi training, learning the kaupapa around threading the appropriate ethics throughout this role. It was a great chance for me to refresh and add tools to the kete! We love what Ara Taiohi bring to the forefront for kaimahi in the Sector. So a big thank you to them for the opportunity!
Alongside these projects I have also supported a Stall setup at our local Marae community day, planned a BIG event for our youth for youth week ~ called the Block Takeover and met with many amazing beings that make this mahi exactly what it is. 

Join us on the 18th June from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at The Pod, South Alive, for an informative and engaging session around Employment.
We will have CV and Cover Letter building, Interview preparation, understanding of payslips and time to get those employment questions answered via our facilitators. Workbridge are joining us in this Kaupapa and they’ll have lots of different tools for you to learn. Feel free to bring along your own device, or use one of ours if you would like to create your CV. No registration necessary – all welcome, see you there!


Enjoy your month of May, come along to our Events and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with all things Alive in the South! 
Noho ora mai – Stacey, Rangatahi Lead 


Hasn’t the weather cooled down drastically in the last few weeks? 

Thankfully before the cold snapped, we organised some exciting community events like the Autumn Festival where company was great, and the sun was shining. We also held the ever-successful Maimai Hightea where food was amazing, and fun was all around. We have been busy lately catering for events and meetings such as the Feeding Murihiku: our Good Food Road Map release

To keep us warm in these coming months, below is a simple recipe with most ingredients found at The Pantry.

French-Style Lentils: 


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

  • 1 onion finely chopped 

  • 2 cloves garlic crushed 

  • 3 sticks celery finely chopped 

  • 1 large carrot finely chopped 

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary finely chopped (about 2 tbsp) 

  • 1 cup puy or green lentils (dry/uncooked) 

  • 1 litre vegetable stock 

  • 2 bay leaves 

  • Salt and pepper 


  • Heat olive oil in a deep saucepan. Add onion, celery and carrot. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until everything is tender and starting to colour. Add garlic and rosemary and cook for another few minutes until fragrant. 

  • Add lentils, vegetable stock and bay leaves. Simmer over a low heat for about 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are tender but still holding their shape. Keep an eye on them during cooking, stirring occasionally, and add a little more water if necessary to prevent the lentils from drying out or sticking to the pan. You want to end up with lentils and vegetables that are tender, with a little liquid surrounding them – but you don’t want soup. 

  • Discard bay leaves before serving. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste. 

Coming up at The Pantry, we have Mend It Monday, happening every second Monday of the month from 10am to 2pm. 










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