A skier in action at the new ski area, Soho Basin, which has more than 260ha of terrain.

Undiscovered ski area opens

New  Queenstown ski area "undiscovered for 85 years" has opened without fanfare.

"I should be dead"

Police

12:20 PM  Damon Bree reckons he should be dead after two-car crash near Invercargill.

Taha decision this month

11:34 AM  Decision on fertiliser storage application should be made this month.

We need to diversify

Southland can't rely on biggest employers to remain strong, Steven Joyce says.

Girl back on track after eye scare

An Invercargill mum says a simple eye test might have saved her daughter's vision after she was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Police seek witness

A woman who swept up debris following a fatal Dunedin crash is urged to contact police.

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News

Southland author launches new novel

Riverstones, the new novel by Invercargill author Michelle Kelly.

11:42 AM  Invercargill author Michelle Kelly is returning south for the launch of her latest novel, Riverstones.

Two weeks of kind deeds at Waikoikoi School

11:00 AM  Carry out 800 random acts of kindness in two weeks?

Pastel art exhibition opens

Southland broadband behind - Labour MP

Opinion

Everyone's a critic. Ideally.

Challengers

EDITORIAL: Now we’re getting into a flag debate, as opposed to shadowboxing a nebulous opponent

Still doing a Jetstarve

Jetstar NZ head Grant Kerr

Invercargill is still too far for Jetstar. How will Air New Zealand react?

Home help for seniors may be at risk -- letter

Where?

Might the Government be tempted towards transferring senior now receiving home help to profit-driven aged care facilities instead, Greg Smith wonders in a letter to the editor.

Govt must review health funding

It's been 10 years since the health funding formula was reviewed -- too long, says Labour's associate health spokesman David Clark.

Dog control officers need to pull up their socks -- letter

Roaming dogs are killing cats

After a dog's third attack on cats, Christina Laughton writes to the editor urging more action from civic authorities.

Business

Southland needs to diversify - Joyce

Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce speaks at a public meeting at the Winton Salvation Army Corps on Tuesday.

Southland cannot rely on its biggest employers to remain strong in the future, Steven Joyce says.

Development Strategy report due

Graham Cooney

A report identifying opportunities and factors holding development back in Southland will be presented to the mayoral forum on September 9.

Flat Hill wind farm opened gallery

Pioneer Generation Flat Hill Wind Farm near Bluff

With turbines churning on a grey day, Southland's newest wind farm is officially up and running.

Invercargill Licensing Trust buys Southland Times building

The Southland Times building in Invercargill.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust has bought the Southland Times building in Esk St.

Online purchase GST rules could go further

New GST laws for online purchases are coming up.

OPINION: Murray McClennan considers the changes ahead for GST and online purchases.

Sport

Southland Girls' High School in fine form at netball

The Southland Girls' High School's premier netball squad: front row from left, Sipa Saili, Molly Wheeley, Moira Macdonald and Trisha Hopcroft; back row from left, Keri Ann Sinclair, Jenna Kean, Laura Moffatt, Sarah Marshall, Emily Henderson and Alena Saili.

Southland Girls' High School are unbeaten after the first two days of the South Island secondary schools' netball tournament in Timaru.

Move to Wingatui paying dividends for Tyler

Steve Tyler and Lady LIndauer

Steve Tyler is making his mark in the training ranks since he turned professional and shifted to Wingatui from Te Puke four months ago.

Ascot Park stablemates prepare for Riccarton meeting

Ascot Park trainer Sean Bellew

Saperavious, who made rapid headway through the grades last season, has been nominated for the $230,000 Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 11.

Christchurch teams dominate football tournament

James Hargest College's Kate Lietze, left, and Cody Taylor, of Papanui High School, contest the ball in a secondary school girls' football game at the ILT Football Turf on Tuesday.

Christchurch teams Papanui High School and Christchurch Girls' High School are dominating the New Zealand secondary school girls' football tournament in Invercargill.

North Island hockey teams meet in Invercargill

Kate Boswell (left, Queen Margaret College) and Sasha Mitchell (St Mary's College) vie for the ball in a secondary school girls' game at the ILT Hockey Turf in Invercargill on Tuesday.

The two North Island teams in the Audrey Timlin Memorial New Zealand secondary schools' tournament squared off in Invercargill on Tuesday.

Culture

Enter Stage Left: Maree Beker

Southland artist Maree Beker.

Enter Stage Left: Pukeko Alley Gallery owner Maree Beker, in Fortrose, reveals what she loves about south Catlins.

Polyfest eyes funding sources

Bluff school senior Kapa Haka group, front three from left, Eden Foggo, Sharvae Te Huia-Goodma, and Jasmyn Pollock.

As Polyfest wraps up organisers are trying to secure funding for the event next year.

Auckland Grammar Stage Band tours Southland

Vocalist AG Fernando performs some Johnny Cash with the Auckland Grammar Stage Band at a public concert at Northern Southland College in Lumsden on Saturday afternoon, before entertaining the crowds at a show in Te Anau on Saturday night.

There won’t be much of Southland left unseen after the Auckland Grammar Stage Band concludes its whistle stop concert tour of the province this week.

Southern kids take stage by storm

The Rakiura Rockers from Halfmoon Bay School perform at the Rockshop Bandquest in Dunedin on Wednesday night.

They may be young, but southern kids sure know how to rock.

"Open mic" night at library

Invercargill City Council.

An "open mic" night will be held at the Invercargill City Library on Friday to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Healthy Families Invercargill

Join in on the healthy journey

Southland Times editor Natasha Holland.

I have so many bad eating habits it's not funny.

How do you beat bad habits?

Healthy Families Invercargill manager Jared Cappie.

Think about where you live, learn, work and play.

How to start your own food forest

A ``woodland look'' food forest.

Anyone wanting to start a food forest might be pleasantly surprised to find that they don't have to start from scratch.

How do you think about food?

Sherry Elton is a GAPS Practitioner.

In the old days, cooking was learnt from scratch from our mothers or grandmothers.

A campervan and a chance to change

Rebecca Amundsen started her journey to a healthier life in 2012.

Labour weekend 2012 saw my husband and I making a spur of the moment decision to buy a 1974 Bedford Camper.

Video

Final four flag designs

Prime Minister John Key has picked his favourites of the final four flag designs.

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