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The Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore placed second in the Lonely Planet’s 18 best free things to do in the South Island. AMANDA CARRINGTON asked two people what they thought gave the Eastern Southland Gallery an edge to achieve second place.

Sonny Harden (16), of Gore . . .
‘‘I think that it’s good for the community and Gore. Really good publicity and it shows more of what Gore has to offer. It gets the community up and out and seeing what’s happening in Gore.’’
Jamie Marsh, of Gore .. . ‘‘It’s pretty good considering it’s only in the South Island. It’s awesome to hear we came second. It’s got a lot of cultural stuff in there. People can go in and learn a lot about culture. [It] has my ancestors’ stuff in there as well — from Ngai Tahu.’’