We are always amazed by the generosity of people in our community, and we got to see all of that generosity and kindness recently at our annual World Kindness Day celebrations.

The sun was shining brightly on World Kindness Day Saturday 11 November and there was a hive of activity in the South Alive community garden as our volunteers shared bucket gardening tips and gave away plant seedlings to the public.

This was so successful, with lots of our community keen to grow their own food – that we are now hosting a session for Kew Kindergarten, followed by a public Bucket Gardening workshop on Friday 8 December 2023 at 11am.

We want to say a massive thanks to everyone who supported and joined in with the day’s celebrations including:
New World Elles Road who supplied us with a wonderful hamper for our free raffle, Plant South who provided plants for our bucket gardening workshop, Mitre 10 supported with other materials for the workshop, Aurora College students and staff who made and handed out free soup, Fernworth Primary students and staff who baked beautiful cookies for us to give away, The Shoe Booth volunteers who provided so many shoes that were given away, Active Southland who provided some fun outdoors with an invisible hopscotch that appears in the rain (or under squirt guns). And of course our dedicated South Alive and Pantry volunteers who continue to provide their time and skills to putting these community events together for everyone to enjoy!
We are going from one big community event, to another with our inaugural Deck the Pod, Community Christmas Party here at The Pod on Saturday 2 December, keep reading to find out more and we hope to see you there!

Our PIF team have been busy this year with 245+ food boxes delivered to those in need of food support. The month of December is a busy month for the PIF team also where we connect with local schools in South Invercargill to provide 60 families with a extra special Christmas Hamper to help out at this time of year.

These hampers have extra special treats with ready to make lolly cake and apricot truffle packs for the family to do this together, it makes for a really fun time.

We have made a new food box for donated items which will go into our food bags that are supplied to people in need on our community. This is located in The Pantry by the front counter if you would like to donate some non perishable items.

If you would like to donate funds – Click here

Welcome to our new volunteers: We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our new volunteers. Within the next couple of months, you will see new faces amongst the familiar ones. Don’t be shy, say hi, they are a wonderful bunch!

? Christmas Countdown: As the holiday season approaches, get ready for festive cheer. We will be holding our last village market of the year on the 9th of December where you might find that little something to gift to your loved ones. All your baking needs for Christmas are at The Pantry. Our DIY Christmas cake bags are back this year as well as other edible delights such as seed crackers. Get crafty with our cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves, glue them together to make the most ecofriendly and fragrant Christmas decorations.       

? Special guest: Santa will be in The Pantry on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of December in our Tui room to take your own photo with special photo.


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

And just like that we are almost at the end of 2023 – what a year its been!
From Rangatahi co-designing the events, sending referrals onto other supportive services that I have really connected with, showcasing Art and other talents our Rangatahi can be proud of –  to providing workshops and everything in between, the first year within this space has been nothing but an absolute blast. I cannot wait to see what 2024 will bring!
The Podcast group at Aurora College wrapped up their recordings with some cool new Tees and a shared kai. 8 Episodes made it into the edited pile and these are available on the platform: No one is
listening on Spotify
. In 2024, the group (with some newbies) will reform!

Our well-being is so important, especially at this time of the year where things can get so busy and we can forget to put ourselves first. Come and re-energise at South Alive with FREE Zumba that takes place every Thursday evening from 6:30pm and a walking group on Friday mornings that leave from The Pantry at 10am aaaaand FREE Yoga on Saturdays from 12 – 1! These are the perfect ways to unwind and do something for you before the busy season. These will each wrap up Mid December 2023

A few big goals I have for the New Year; are to really focus on the Transport Barriers and the changes we can make within that area, a huge event for ALL Rangatahi of Murihiku (watch this space) and just being able to continue shaping the pathway that gives Rangatahi all the opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have, giving them a say & making sure they’re heard and showing up for them – the things every young person needs.

There will be lots of workshops & classes taking place in the new year; helping fill the kete of new life-skills, resilience building, language & practises and influential speakers around safe driving, the importance of looking after our well-being and employment.

Ngā mihi for all of the support along the way – for sharing your ideas & making yourself known to me, its been a huge asset to the role, having people behind me each step of the way!

Mā te wā,
Rangatahi Projects Co-Ordinator

We have our own radio show on Radio Southland 86.4 FM, called Stories From The South. This is recorded and released every 2nd Saturday.  The show shares what has been happening, what is coming up and chats with special guests. Have a listen to the podcasts by clicking below.


  • Keep watering (morning or evening) and mounding up your potatoes to ensure they are not exposed to the light.
  • Companion plant for potatoes is horse radish.
  • Problems with aphids and red spider mites – Onion Spray is your answer: Chop up 1 onion and process it in a litre of water until it is milky and spray on affected plants
  • Insect bite or sting – Oil of eucalyptus, essence of lavender or apple cider vinegar dabbed with a clean finger, will take the heat away.









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