Firefighters outside a Bluff house which caught fire on Thursday afternoon.

Bluff house fire ''suspicious''

13 min ago  "At this stage the cause of the fire is undetermined."

Renowned angler visits

Fly fishing sensation April Vokey casts a line in a northern Southland river.

3:24 PM  Angler vows to return to fish Southland's rivers

Calder wins 19th title

The first championship title of the Southland bowls season has been dished out.

City councillors sworn in

The first meeting of the Invercargill City Council 2016-19 has welcomed four new councillors to the table.

Rocking and rolling 

Bryan Townley is swapping country music for rock'n'roll.

Newcomers welcomed to council

The new Southland District councillors have been officially sworn in.

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Rural residents struggle to access mental health

Demonstrating a medical telehealth consultation are Southland Hospital nurse manager Jo McLeod who is on the screen, ...

16 min ago  ''Videolink can be just as good [as face-to-face meetings] in many cases."

Mayor on drugs: 'We're not immune'

4:18 PM  Central Otago mayor warns community to be vigilant after multiple drug busts.

Hearts stuck up, torn down video

Woman faces drug charge

Local body elections 2016

More to Gore mayoralty campaign than that brand

The Gore mayoralty campaign is unfolding as multi-issued.

Mayoral candidate profile, Karen Arnold video

Invercargill mayoral candidate Karen Arnold.

As her first term as an elected city councillor draws to an end, Karen Arnold talks about why she is running for mayor.

Mayoral candidate profile, Tom Conroy video

Invercargill 2016 mayoral candidate  Tom Conroy.

Airfares, an innovators scheme and council staff relationships are issues close to home for mayoral candidate Tom Conroy.

Mayoral candidate profile, Tim Shadbolt video

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is standing for another term in office.

Incumbent mayor Tim Shadbolt says bureaucracy could be more flexible to ease pressures on new businesses.


Hearts stuck up, torn down

11,000 paper hearts stapled to a wall in animal rights protest. Then a contractor had to peel them all off.


Gold claim for sale

The Old Woman range looking down into the Nevis Valley, Central Otago.

Now's the chance to be super rich and live like our forefathers.

Stunning Wanaka station up for sale

Panaromic views from Wanaka's Lake McKay Station.

A Wanaka high country station with wrap-around views has been put on the market.

March 2018 scheduled for Wanaka pool opening

Simon Battrick is the new sport and recreation manager at Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Wanaka's existing pool will be recertified so swimming can continue while new pool is built.

Tourism wants GST share

International tourists pumped $14.5b into the economy in the year to March.

The Government has collected $2.8b in GST from visitors and the tourism industry wants a share of the money.

Tourism spend hits $34b

Tourism now generates 5.6 per cent of GDP.

Nearly eight per cent of Kiwi work force now directly employed in tourism as visitor spending hits new high.


Mayor stands up for former colleagues

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Southland District Council Mayor Gary Tong has come in to bat for the work of former staff.

Should have been squeals. Not screams.

It turns out they can flip. Disastrously.

EDITORIAL: It wasn't even meant to be scary.

Enough milk for calves

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A reader wished the world would revolve less around money and more around people, animal and environmental welfare.

A great idea if . . . indeed

Headlining in Townsville

EDITORIAL: NZ's free trade delegation was grounded in Townsville rather more emphatically than in reality.

From the Eye newsdesk

Bill Bailey - pic enlarged

When a big act comes to a small town everyone gets excited.


Calder wins 19th title

Southland bowler Pam Calder.

The first championship title of the Southland bowls season has been dished out.

More teams, but no defending champion

2015 Tour of Southland winner Brad Evans won't be back to defend his title this year.

The 60th Tour of Southland starts on Sunday, without 2015 champion Brad Evans and last year's winning team.

Highlanders deal 'surreal'

Southland Boys' High School first XV captain Flynn Thomas.

Highlanders and Stags sign New Zealand Secondary Schools hooker for three years.

Southland golf teams named

Southland golfer Tegan Proudfoot.

Southland men's and women's representative teams have been named to contest their respective South Island Interprovincial tournaments.

Otago expected to land key signings

New Zealand Secondary Schools wing Mosese Dawai in action against Fiji this year.

New Zealand Secondary School wingers likely to head south.


New Central Otago council sworn in

Central Otago District Council chief executive Leanne Mash presents the new mayor Tim Cadogan with the mayoral chain  at ...

Central Otago's new mayor has been presented with his mayoral chains and officially sworn in.

Central Lakes Trust gives students a financial leg-up for studies

Young New Zealander of the Year 2012 Sam Johnson with Central Lakes Trust chairman Dr Malcolm Macpherson. Johnson was ...

Central Lakes Trust gives 50 students a financial leg-up for tertiary studies.

Rock around the clock

Reporter Joanna Griffiths learns about Rock N Roll dance as part of a 60-minute challenge with Kal Herman.

He led me to the middle of the dance floor ... I pleaded for the safety of everyone involved. I am not Baby, you are not Patrick Swayze and this is not Dirty Dancing.

Lake Wanaka relay for charity

Wanaka swim coach Fi Fairbairn, left, with son Finn, Natasha Flude, Marjorie Cook, Emily Heath and Gary Tweedie. Absent: ...

The Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Trust has been supporting children for 10 years.

Wedding venue gets local push

Wedding celebrant Val McSkimming, photographer Peter Andrews, florist Lynda Galt, Jan Rutherford of the Ancient Briton ...

Business people from florists to tavern owners collaborate to promote Maniototo as a wedding destination.

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