Extras wait for their cues as filming for Pete's Dragon moves to Tapanui's main street.

Filming to transform main street

Tapanui residents finally got their chance to take part in the filming of Pete's Dragon as filming moved to the town's main street.

Code a 'smokescreen'

Police under the spotlight

Woman who says her rape complaint was botched calls  new police code of conduct  a smokescreen.

Tramper's mate contacts police

A hiker who travelled with missing German tramperhas contacted police.

New home for spotted kiwi

After more than a century little spotted kiwi have returned to Anchor Island in Dusky Sound.

Work riles retailers

South Invercargill shopping centre retailers feeling the strain of revamp work being done in the area.

Tramper lost his map

A US tramper flagged down a helicopter for help after getting lost in Mt Aspiring National Park.

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News

66 years of selling Anzac poppies for the RSA

Returned Services Association poppy collector Ada Baird, 89, pins an Anzac poppy on Trish Curry.

Every year for 66 years, Ada Baird has been selling poppies to raise money for the Returned Services Association.

Man charged after police pursuit

An 18-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Tuesday charged with several offences following a police pursuit in Invercargill on Thursday night.

Elderly man faces jail for sodomy

Trampers airlifted from Fiordland

Sport

Saints stay unbeaten with thrilling win over Sharks

Southland Sharks forward Tai Wesley is challenged by Wellington Saints defender Damien Ekenasio during their exciting NBL encounter in Invercargill.

Wellington extended unbeaten run in NBL to six wins with thrilling 94-92 victory over Southland in Invercargill.

McKay injured in freak accident

A kick from stable runner Miss Dolly has left trainer John McKay with four breaks in an eye socket and swelling on the right side of his face.

Highlanders try-scorer Malakai Fekitoa goes to ground in the tackle of Blues defender George Moala during their NZ conference derby match in Dunedin.

Highlanders withstand late Blues comeback video

After leading 24-0 at halftime, the Highlanders withstood a spirited comeback from the Blues.

Business

Like a computerised Morris Oxford

The Ministers of Finance and Revenue have issued papers on options for modernising New Zealand's tax administration.

Heritage cider day coming up

It's not quite mad scientist territory, but as brewer Steve Nally describes preparations for Heritage Cider Day this Saturday there is definitely an air of the unexpected.

Good faith flows both ways

A recent case shows how obligations of good faith flow not just from an employer to the employee but also from the employee back to the employer.

Opinion

Things are hotting up for winter

Tim Shadbolt

With the invasion of General Winter and his battalions of rain, hail, sleet and snow there is a tendency to entrench and hibernate until the storms blow over.  Not so Invercargill.  This is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic, exciting and challenging winters we have faced for some time.  My first challenge was  being faced with a defamation claim by a city councillor over my last column on the kakapo proposal.  

Swinging a bit high, there

OPINION: MInimise the hazards without minimising the experience of being alive.

Richie Benaud

Like it was just yesterday

OPINION: You won't want to be too tediously anti-Aussie. Or insufficiently, either.

Culture

Tapanui becomes Millhaven for Pete's Dragon gallery

As the rain persistently fell on the new, old-look shop fronts in Tapanui, it is clear the town has a new identity.

Gary Elford tells family stories in new book

Preserving family stories is more important than ever says poet and entertainer Gary Elford.

Chris Calder of Quality Sheet Metal about to cut a hole in the Civic Theater ceiling for the Phantom of the Opera Chandalier

Civic set for smashing good time with Phantom

If you plan on going to Invercargill Musical Theatre production of the Phantom of the Opera, you're in for a smashing good time

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