Out with the old, in with the new: Emergency Management Southland manager Neil Cruickshank with a cellphone, which is replacing sirens in Invercargill - including the one behind him at St Teresa's School in Windsor - to alert people of emergencies.

Texts replace sirens

If a disaster threatens Invercargill, the city's emergency sirens will be silent ... but your cellphone may beep.

Two hospitalised

Two people were taken to Southland Hospital with moderate injuries after a collision at the intersection of Queens Drive and Gala St.

Victim thought life was over

An Invercargill woman attacked by a masked man in her own home thought she was going to die.

Interest in island life

A plea from Stewart Island's only school has been heard as far away as Auckland.

Inquest probes Milford Track death

An inquest for Yessica Asmin, swept away by icy waters while walking in Fiordland, starts today.

Picton diver named

A diver who died in an incident in the Marlborough Sounds was a former Otago man.

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Decision to cross swollen creek proves fatal

Sean Mcnabb and his girlfriend Yessica Asmin enjoy visiting the glow worm caves near Te Anau on the night before departing on their ill-fated tramp of the Milford Track.

Crossing a swollen river was the biggest contributing factor into the death of Sydney student in Milford Sound last year, an inquest has heard.

Out and About with the Mirror, 27 May 2015

Out and About with the Mirror this week

Picton diver named

Blue Sky partners with Duncan NZ

Opinion

It takes more than parents to raise a child

Piper is all-serious during her graduation ceremony.

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

Water and land plan worth attention

OPINION: We had a good turn out and some honest discussion at Environment Southland's public meeting in Riverton this week.

Mary-Jane Thomas.

Drug testing for meetings?

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, need to agree to be drug tested?

Business

Blue Sky partners with Duncan NZ

Blue Sky Meats plant at Morton Mains near Invercargill.

A new meat processing partnership shows the rationalisation of the New Zealand meat industry, the companies involved say.

Q'town's $250m building boom

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

Mary-Jane Thomas.

Drug testing for meetings?

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, need to agree to be drug tested?

Sport

Tamou's Bulls selection a boost for Southland league

Taina Tamou

Southland rugby league player Taina Tamou will start for the Canterbury Bulls in their showdown with an Auckland development team in Auckland on Monday.

Rickety ride sparks lifetime interest

Southlander picks up Lifetime Service Award at Cycling New Zealand AGM

James Hargest College Football player Callum Smith at the ILT Turf.

Smith hoping for states scholarship

With no set plans and a penchant for football, the future is looking good for footballer Callum Smith.

Culture

Recipe: Kumara and quinoa cakes

Masterchef 2014 finalist Bec Stanley shares a simple recipe for kumara and quinoa cakes with yoghurt dressing.

Indian flavours spice up this healthy dish from Masterchef finalist Bec Stanley.

Southland Arts Festival ended

The seventh annual Southland Festival of the Arts has just concluded for another year.

Neil Chilton slips effortlessly into rock star character as Mick Jagger in the show When Love Comes To Town.

Southern stars shine in steamroller tribute show

REVIEW: Following up the once-in-a-lifetime experience of One Of These Nights was always going to be a big ask.

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