Chad Cleaver was surprised to find a 10m Christmas tree, strewn with toilet paper, in his front garden.
10m Southland Christmas tree

Wool deal coup

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

Tourist hurt in mountain-bike crash

English man in serious condition after falling from his bike at speed on road near Queenstown.

Cops busy with assaults, drivers

Queenstown police are investigating a complaint from a man who said he was assaulted after being offered a ride in a taxi.

Community 'devastated' by death

Cromwell community mourns the loss of its "ray of sunshine" following the death of school girl Rachel Clark.

Extension cord sparks house fire

Sleep-out badly damaged in an Alexandra home after coiled-up extension cord burst into flames.

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Biggest tree in Southland?

10m Southland Christmas tree Chad Cleaver was surprised to find a 10m Christmas tree, strewn with toilet paper, in his front garden.

Cathedral Caves reopen

The Cathedral Caves are reopening after a deep water hole at the entrance forced its closure.

Man arrested for store robbery

Head girl's death stuns Cromwell

Large shed fire in Bluff

Invercargill and Bluff fire fighters are dealing with the aftermath of a large shed fire in Bluff.

Southland reps fall short

Cricket captain produces courageous showing but not enough as Hawke Cup hopes look to have slipped.

Waikoikoi dodges rain for win

Rain yet again dominates play in Southland's senior club cricket competition on Saturday.

Demons Blue causes upset

Robinson still between jobs

Country jaunt for Highlanders

Central Otago provided the perfect pre-season training ground for the Highlanders this week.

Rent needs to drop

The cost of leasing retail space in Esk Street could be too high to attract new businesses, a property valuer says.

Film industry boosts tourism

The billion-dollar visitor economy in Queenstown is on the up, sector representatives say.

Blis pinged for NZX rule breach

Laundromat to get upgrade

KiwiYo opens in Invercargill

Invercargill has a new place for tweenagers to hang out, as the town's first frozen yoghurt bar opens.

Otago lads do the Sugar Plum

... and how elegant they are when pirouetting.

Artists prove career possible

A group of former arts students have put on a show to prove a career in the arts is possible after graduation.

Sparrow Thieves drop album

Show Me Shorts heads south

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Spring chicks for dotterel

This banded dotterel appears to have three legs. There's an important reason for this. The photograph was taken on a cold windy day at the beach high-tide zone.

The sane response to atrocity

We protect ourselves as best we can. We pursue the wrongdoers with steely resolve. But we don't, ever, lose focus on the rights of the innocents on both sides of the conflict.

Want a pollie cracker?

Politics ain't pretty. Politicians, however . . .

Little Miss Liquored-up

It says here ...

Enough sunscreen sloppiness

We've been slipping on sloppy sunscreen rules. The Government needs a slap.

Spirit of Munro rides on

One of John Munro's earliest memories involves him riding to school on the tank of his dad's motorbike.

Blazing a trail in the south

Tom O'Brien has toiled relentlessly for two years in some challenging terrain to realise his dream. But Hannah McLeod discovers his "mad" dream is about to be realised.

Going without is a Lotta struggle

A lovely lunch for two


Flashy flower heads

Love fat, flashy flower heads? Then take a look at the bearded iris.

Left Or Right to tour

Left or right There's never a dull moment for southern power trio Left Or Right.

Katy Perry flies into Queenstown

Queenstown is buzzing with news Katy Perry had been in town after the singer posted a photo of her and a helicopter.

South City Christmas Concert a success

Rappers aim to entertain

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Artist puts different spin on glass

Invercargill artist Phil Newbury works with glass in a different way to others.

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