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Basketball, Southland Sharks Coach Paul Henare encouraging his players against the Wellington Saints at Stadium Southland.  Saints won  94-92.

SI cold snap

First day of snow on Mt Hutt

A frosty start to the day is a sign of things to come for South Islanders.

Steel mix it up

Come 4pm on Saturday they'll be sporting looks of steel on the court.

More than parents to raise a child

Five important people have played a vital role in helping to mould and shape Piper into the strong, confident and independent little girl.

Bluff, the world's oyster

3:07 PM  The story of the modern Bluff Oyster and Food Festival starts with a $10 note.

Father fired fatal shot

A father has admitted accidentally shooting dead his son on a Steward Island  hunting trip.

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News

Tragedy puts spotlight on camo gear

New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association president Bill O'Leary.

When hunter Samuel Long wore camouflage gear he was making it harder for other humans to see him. But that proved fatal.

Bottle throwers 'could have killed'

A television programme on student drinking has led to an increase in poor behaviour, with firefighters pelted with bottles in the latest incident, a fire boss says.

Wanaka men charged with attempted murder

Artist threatens to burn paintings

Opinion

Drug testing for meetings? Not me, buster

Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, where the most they will wield is a cheap ball point pen, need to agree to be drug tested?

Manana from heaven?

OPINION: This looks an even-handed Budget. Which is to to say it's part open-palmed "have this" and part backhand "take that!"

Ali Timms

Water and land plan worth your attention

We had a good turn out and some honest discussion at Environment Southland's public meeting in Riverton this week. This was our first meeting to explain how we are planning to use our latest science (physiographic science) in the Water and Land Plan due out in the next couple of months.

Business

Drug testing for meetings? Not me, buster

Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, where the most they will wield is a cheap ball point pen, need to agree to be drug tested?

Expansion not a surprise - South Port

Port Otago expansion not a surprise, South Port says.

The 'Five Mile' construction site in Frankton, near Queenstown.

Q'town's $250m building boom

Frankton leads the way as Queenstown's construction industry booms.

Sport

Come Fly With Me relishes firm track

Winner Come Fly With Me with trainer Stephen Blair-Edie, jockey Lee Callaway and strapper H Y Cheng at Oamaru on Friday.

Come Fly With Me displayed her preference for firm footing with a runaway win at Oamaru on Friday.

Grey pacer Billy Klondike wins at Forbury Park

Norah Bishop, who combines training standardbreds with raising a family, had a win on her home track with Billy Klondike at Forbury Park on Thursday night.

Tai Wesley was the key man for the Sharks in Palmerston North.

Southland Sharks come from behind to beat Jets

Southland Sharks pick up first road win of NBL season, beating the Manawatu Jets 106-93.

Culture

Artist happy to be back in the south

Stephen Mulqueen with his Poppies of War and Peace made from .303 rifle shell cases.

Stephen Mulqueen is enjoying being back in familar territory.

Changing of the guard for repertory

When it meets again, the Invercargill Repertory Society committee will look considerably different.

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