Wow what an awesome couple of weeks we had here for the school holidays. With a full line up of activities, and something on almost every day, it was great to see our community rooms and park full of people coming down to join in the fun. Massive thanks to all of the awesome people in our community who help us to run these events, sharing their skills, passions and time, we couldn’t put this programme on without you. You can check out some great photos from the events on our facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/SouthAlive/photos_albums
And in the middle of the holidays we also held our annual Spring Flower Show and it was wonderful to see almost double the number of entries this year compared to last year. The judges even commented on the great quality of the flowers, despite the rough weather we have been having recently so well done to all of those who contributed. Big thanks to the volunteers who put this event on, Diacks & Community Patrol for their support, The Jacks for use of the stands & vases. 


We also wanted to say a massive thanks to Invercargill South Rotary Club who came down to spread a fresh load of gravel around our community garden. We haven’t done this since the gardens were created about 10 years ago, so it has given the space a great face lift, and with the beautification team putting in some fresh plants for the new season, the community gardens are looking fab!! Many thanks to Diacks for organising the gravel and logistics to complete the task.



The planting season is here, as we prepare for growing nutritional kai, enjoying gardening and watching plants grow.  A big shout out to Plants South for growing trays of vegetable seedlings to donate, South Alive have delivered over 400 seedlings to local schools for their community gardens this month.



The findings have just been shared from the air quality study this winter in which South Alive has worked alongside the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) air quality team to look at how much pollution is getting into people’s homes. It follows on from the previous study our volunteers were involved with where NIWA mapped outdoor air quality for Invercargill. 

Dr Ian Longley (NIWA) gave a talk this month to share the findings.

We learnt the most polluted areas in Invercargill were not necessarily where the air pollution was created but where the wind transported it. In Invercargill, the air pollution settled in South Invercargill pockets largely due to the wind pattern, which is generally southward in Invercargill.

Air pollution is particularly bad in the winter months when more people are burning wood and coal to keep warm. This worsens the air quality in towns and cities across New Zealand, especially when the wind drops.

The homes of six South Invercargill volunteers to collect data every few minutes on levels of particulate matter in the home.  This enabled the air quality scientist to work out whether indoor air was being contaminated from inside of from outside the home, or both. Air filtration units were then trialed in the homes of these volunteers, to scrub the indoor air clean and evidence from the study showed they were able to reduce pollution levels significantly. 

This study will help councils and individuals understand air quality and develop good solutions to improve air quality in homes. Stopping or reducing pollution at the source is one step people can take to improve air quality in their home.

“Although we can use filtration to scrub indoor air clean, it is always better to stop or reduce pollution at its source. Switching to electric heating will remove heating emissions entirely, while keeping chimneys clean, using dry or ultra-low emission wood, and using pellet burners are a few other steps that people can take that will help.”  NIWA 2023

To read more more the study outcomes here – https://niwa.co.nz/news/some-homes-contain-3-times-more-air-pollution-niwa-finds

We were thrilled to start the season with our beloved Village Market.
Despite the weather we had a day filled with local crafts, fresh items and the warm embrace of community spirit.
The village market is a great event that aligns with our values as we appreciate and support local producers and makers.  But most of all it is a place for connection. Meeting with neighbours, catching up with friends, and making new acquaintances.

Our wonderful community café at The Pantry is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee. It’s where stories are shared, friendships are formed, and ideas take root. Stop by, enjoy a cup of your favourite brew and connect with your fellow community members.

A strong community is built on connections, and what better way to chat around a coffee and your favourite slice, muffin or scone.



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

As always we have been super busy and super grateful in our space, for the visions from our Community that we can help bring to life and the people we have that help us out in those spaces. The School Holiday programme was successful again with a great turn out and heaps of cool activities! We feel so lucky to bring our neighbourhood these events for free. We also had the Young Hums down over the holidays, and they painted our stage area and done some gardening work! Kau ma te wehi team!

The Rangatahi Art Exhibition was so amazing to see on the walls in our space and we held a special showcase on the Sunday for the artists and their whānau to come down and see it before it was uninstalled by He Waka Tuia. We had a lovely little turnout and we had the cool Shaz from Te Rourou come down and do a story on the opportunity it created! This will definitley take place again next year so keep an eye out for the info on when you can participate.
I have been busy creating some Summer Concert plans and have put a call out for Musicians/Talent groups to get in touch to come and preform at these – so if that is you, send me an email:


Youth Podcasting has resumed for the term, be sure to check their episodes out on Spotify: No one is listening. The more support they get, the more the conversations will flow, I will then continue this into the new School Year of 2024 and see who is keen to begin the journey!

A Te Reo class for beginners is in the works now to happen in our space weekly to help people in our Community begin their journey within their culture & sense of belonging. This class will teach basic Te Reo, Tikanga practises and help you tie your whakapapa together. Once everything is cemented in this planning process, we will let you know how to join!

We have a CV Workshop taking place on the 26th – 4pm start. You can bring your own device to create a CV or build onto your current one, we will also have devices for you to use. Krystal from APM is helping co-host this. There is no registration required, just arrive at The Pod ?

Over the week I made muffins which I have called our ‘Local heroes’ as they have locally sourced ingredients in them! Which you can find in The Pantry. I’ll attach the recipe card below


Ngā manaakitanga (best wishes),
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.


  • Sow seeds direct into your garden – peas, beans, corn, beetroot, coriander, carrots with radish, dill, parsnips. Make small successive sowing every couple of weeks.
  • Have you got your tomatoes underway?
  • In seed sowing trays get your pumpkin, tomatoes, peppers, spring onions, red onions, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, parsley underway.
  • If you have veges going to seed, let one plant of each go to seed. Its free and they will be acclimatised to your area. 
  • As you prick out your seedlings into bigger pots, remember to harden them off by extending their time outside, then get them into the ground.









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