Coal ban dismays carer

'They're a bunch of little Hitlers'

Gore carer George Stratton is dismayed with a ban on the use of Kai Point coal from next year.
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'It's too long to wait'

Owen Horton Owen Horton is fuming he has to wait five-months to have his eyes assessed, and he's not the only one complaining about long delays.

Father tells of driveway tragedy

A Southland father tried to save his son after reversing his ute over him.

Toddler drowned in pond

A toddler walked up to 1 kilometre before falling into a pond and drowning, a coroner's court was told.

Rope firm cuts staff

Dunedin manufacturing firm Donaghys is to lay off almost half its staff, blaming a weak economy.

Riverton rescue by Coastguard

The Riverton Coastguard towed a boat with three people on board to safety after it broke down yesterday.

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Newest Scout to show with Munro's

Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as New Zealand's Burt Munro at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in the film The World's Fastest Indian. Indian motorcycles, made famous in New Zealand by Invercargill man Burt Munro, will make an emotional return to Southland.

Southern crime rate falls

Police say crime is down in the Southland, Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts.

Profits down but still 'good news'

Monitoring processes questioned

Rhythm and Alps festival

Festival to be bigger and better

Rhythm and Alps festival will be held in Cardrona for the second year with 10,000 people expected.

Ferns chase credibility

Waimarama Taumaunu Waimarama Taumaunu trying to remind players that a lot of the stuff the team did in Glasgow was actually alright.

On track for sizzling Sunday

Experts and first-timers alike should enjoy ideal track conditions at the final round of the Winter Series on Sunday.

Pride of the south

Riders heading into a storm

John Hardie

Stags lock gets lift

Craig Smith rates Sunday's win over Canterbury as the best game of rugby he's played in.

Employers can become victims

Mary-Jane Thomas The Employment Relations Authority in Christchurch recently issued a determination that clearly reiterated the rules around 90-day trial periods and how employers can become victims of trying to rely on this particular piece of legislation.

Being paid when taking a day off

We have had several questions recently about what an employer has to pay an employee who takes a day's leave, be it annual leave, public holiday, alternative day, sick leave or bereavement leave.

Hair salon aims for sustainability

Search goes global

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Boutique grows into bigger store

A Bluff fashion boutique is re-opening its doors in a new location.

School's 'Superman' hangs up his cape

Wes Gentle East Gore School principal Wes Gentle has mixed emotions about leaving the school where he spent his first day at the front of a classroom in 1976.

Miro offers fine dining for wood pigeons

The saying "one good turn deserves another" is well illustrated in this photograph.

Age Concern given $15,000

Winton trainees' top spot

Ship unloader at Tiwai

Giant moveable machines

ABOUT THE SOUTH: Southland's largest moveable machine is the new 544-tonne ship-unloader on the Tiwai wharf.

More parks but less charm

Parking meter There was a time in the mid-1980s when the Todds auction site in Invercargill was proposed for the new Invercargill Public Library.

You do the best you can

Shortly before she died, New Zealand and the world came to know Vivian Waller. Or rather, to know of her.

Too many mis-steps for Labour

OK so we're listening, JK

Murray in the big room

Murray McCully's speech in support of our bid for a seat on the UN security council was less hard-hitting than hard-swinging.

Perfect brussels sprouts

Orange sauce and green veges I have memories of horrible grey unpleasant smelling little cabbages.

Big spring flavour

Lambs and daffodils? It must be spring.

Favourites revisited

More than a passing delight

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Let your chickens do the hard work

The plight of chickens in cages, unable to preform their natural functions, is a total money-making disgrace.

Murder mystery unravels in letters

Books cover BOOK REVIEW: Ruth Sutton's world is turned upside-down with one phone call in a compelling book that ends all too soon.

A slam-dunk hayride to Hitsville

REVIEW: Fans of NZ's best-loved entertainers expecting a Topp show will have gone home happy at the opening night of the Grand Ole Topp'ry tour.

From our reviewers: General fiction

Comic book noir only

Steven Hayes

Purple Hayes

It's not often a tight forward gets the spotlight. Rugby rocker Steven Hayes talks to Chris Chilton about being inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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