Events Calendar

11 March-31 March

2 Fly Boys and a Brigadier

Discover the stories of New Zealand’s #1 flying ace, Ronald Burns Bannerman, the exploits in the air of local farmer and WW2 pilot Wilfred Elder and the district’s own Brigadier, James Hargest, who was born in Mandeville.

All three were highly decorated for their war efforts.


This is a Southland Heritage Month Event.

Heritage month brochure [PDF, 11 MB]

Where: Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville

When:From Saturday 11 March, 9:30am to 4:30pm(weekdays), 11.00am to 3.00pm (weekdays)


For more information email

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 F: 03 209 0357 E: