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Cows reflect diversity of ILT Youthmark awards

In 24 years involved with the ILT Youthmark Young Achievers Awards, photographer Shelley Clark has never had cows in the mix before.

Wyndham's Kate Cummings is one of 49 successful recipients in 2016, earning the award for Holstein Friesian Cattle and Sheep Meat Judging.

Clark said it was a far cry from the traditional sporting and academic recipients and reflected the diversity of the province's youth.

"It's always nice to see students acknowledged for their achievements outside of what's considered the norm," she said. "It's so important for our young people to get the kudos they deserve - too often society focuses on the negative of our youth."

The annual awards will be presented to students from all Southland secondary schools, as well as Blue Mountain College and Wakatipu High School, following an exhibition at the Ascot Park Hotel on October 27.

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Plans unveiled for $1.2m community hub in South City

South Alive has unveiled plans for a vibrant $1.2 million community hub in South City.

The latest initiative of the South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust will provide a significant community asset, incorporating a social enterprise business to assist with the future sustainability of the organisation.

“We’re really excited. This is a real step up as we continue to recognise the needs of our community,” South Alive chairperson Robyn Hickman said.

“It will be welcoming yet contemporary – people will feel very proud of the vibrant space we are creating.”

The trust will purchase a 400sqm building, currently occupied by Bin Inn, on the corner of Grace and Ness Streets, adjacent to its existing community park and basketball court developments. “This initiative will tie it all together in a fully integrated indoor/outdoor facility,” Hickman said.

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Ascot Park Hotel finalist in national awards!

In a culinary contest against some of New Zealand’s best, Invercargill’s Ascot Park Hotel has proved it’s up to the challenge.

The hotel’s Emberz restaurant has earned two nominations in the annual Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence – in the coveted Best Restaurant category and Best New/Redeveloped Bar/Restaurant.

Executive manager Bryan Townley said the hotel’s staff were “all very pumped” to learn of the recognition.

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