South Port, in Bluff, would need to be upgraded for major oil and gas exploration to occur offshore on the Great South Basin.

Petroleum reserves could yield $3b to $20b

The oil and gas industry could transform the Southland economy, much like it has in Norway.

Winter will be back

Ice near the Invercargill Airport. The frosty morning left ice on the runway delaying flights departing the city.

Those wondering where winter had gone, rest assured, it is on the way back.

Tenants win against landlord video

He tried to kick them out. They filmed it, took him to the Tenancy Tribunal - and won.

Is Pokemon Go taking over schools? video

Gotta cath 'em all - but be sure to catch up on your homework first.

Craft market opposition

An Invercargill craft market is denying double entries from a competing market.

Armed police in Qtown

Armed police have been spotted near Queenstown with roads blocked in the area.

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News

Left dangling at 160m

A person was left suspended 160m above the Nevis River after an equipment malfunction.

7:22 PM  Queenstown adventure-seeker "understandably distressed" after an equipment malfunction.

Overseas driver crashes on Southland road

Taiwanese national convicted of careless driving causing injury on rural Southland road.

Drink driving mum seeks AA help

Ex-referee seeks ILT election

Video

Is Pokemon Go taking over schools?

Gotta cath 'em all - but be sure to catch up on your homework first.

Business

Backpacker jobs probe welcomed

MBIE is trying to ensure that backpackers willing to swap their labour for accommodation are not taken advantage of.

Alleged abuse of work exchange schemes is being investigated by the MBIE.

Beginners boost Cardrona skifield numbers

Cardrona Alpine Resort's new snow tunnel (right) is proving popular with first time skiers and snowboarders.

First time skiers and snowboarders contribute to 20 per cent growth at skifield.

Historic train flyers from Kingston?

The Kingston Flyer has several offers from potential buyers, but may leave the region.

The owner of the Kingston Flyer, Queenstown's iconic steam train, is not bothered who he sells it to.

Backpackers doing jobs for a bed

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

The growing practice of trading a bed for menial work is under investigation.

Link Upper Clutha staff now on board

Sophie Ward and Ella Lawton.

Kathy Dedo and Sophie Ward appointed to drive Wanaka's new social services scheme.

Opinion

Star Spangled Kiwi

The Australian Ballet. There's a reason these people are professionals.

 Ben Mack gives ballet a try in his latest column.

Wretched Rio buildup so far

Is there a problem, officer? Jason Lee in Brazil.

EDITORIAL: Who put the "Rio'' in notorious? Or in spurious, insalubrious, injurious or just . . . seriously?

Letters to the editor - July 25

Letters to the editor

Affected ratepayers have fewer than seven days to give feedback on Environment Southland's Water and Land Plan, says one letter-writer.

Clark knockback -- are the reasons good or shabby? video

Helen Clark

EDITORIAL: Is the best person for the job the last person the UN security council really wants?

We must set our house in order

Anderson House

EDITORIAL: There's no problem-free option, but several that are better than rack and ruin.

Sport

Ex-referee seeks ILT election

Former international rugby referee Paddy O'Brien is standing for the Invercargill Licensing Trust  board.

Ex-rugby referee and ILT board hopeful Paddy O'Brien says Stadium Southland needs to be better utilised.

Future star: Mitchell Kempton

Southland squash player Mitchell Kempton.

Promising Southland junior squash player Mitchell Kempton is a future star on the rise.

O'Brien braces for Rio

IRB Sevens rugby referee manager Paddy O'Brien, of Invercargill, heading to Rio for the Olympics.

Former test referee excited at attending the Olympics as the sevens referees manager.

Southland players finish in top 16

Gore snooker player Shannon Swain takes a shot.

There was no hometown fairytale victory in the NZ Snooker Championships held in Gore recently.

Clubs need to thrive

Sport Southland community sport manager Andrew Petrie is ready to help Southland's golf clubs thrive.

Sport Southland to work with Southland's golf clubs to ensure they thrive.

Culture

A woman's touch

Emma Jarman is the first female musical director of the Invercargill City Big Band.

Emma Jarman is the first female musical director for the Invercargill City Big Band.

Sid and Buck investigate Scott Base conditions

Antarctica NZ worker Vonny Sprey, formerly of Wanaka, embraces Sid the Sloth at Scott Base.

Scott Base's latent thespians dress up to beat the winter blues.

Who killed Richard Bell?

A signpost in the Lora Gorge area.

The murder of Richard Bell by an unknown assailant rocked the Hokonui area. But did a deathbed confession close the case?

Once homeless, now creating music

Piano man Dean Wetere will perform his compositions at the Hidden Treasures concert at the Southland Museum and Art ...

Once he was homeless, now he's a musical maestro.

House bus battery to blame for fire

The charred remains of a house bus, which went up in flames in Cromwell on Monday night.

A battery being charged by a solar panel is the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a house bus and a shed.

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