Grass balls washed up by the sea at the north end of Oreti Beach in large numbers over hundreds of meters

Balls all natural video

4:15 PM  It appears the mysterious balls appearing on Oreti Beach are just nature working its course.

Choc milk snapped up

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New World Windsor Dairy Manager Maree Kerr and Manager Warren McKenzie stock the shelf with the last of the stores Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk.

3:53 PM  Lewis Road Creamery's chocolate milk didn't last long on shelves in Southland.

Plain packaged pokies?

Invercargill city councillor calls for poker machines to be "plain packaged" like cigarettes to help fight problem gambling.

Stolen jet boat found stowed away

Mystery disappearance of Te Anau couple's favourite toy has an unexpected ending.

Qtown community housing boost

Community housing gets boost with civil works starting for 44 houses in Shotover Country.

'I'll do drugs in New Zealand'

British tourist who told border officials he would take illegal drugs denied entry to NZ.

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Pensioner swigs on whisky after crash

Gavel

5:17 PM  Pensioner swigs on whisky after crashing car, court told.

Italian tourist remanded

5:12 PM  An Italian tourist involved in a fatal car crash near Riversdale in Southland on Friday has been remanded.

ES to cease routine surface water monitoring

Hundreds respond to soundshell survey

Opinion

Everyone's a critic. Ideally.

Challengers

EDITORIAL: Now we’re getting into a flag debate, as opposed to shadowboxing a nebulous opponent

Still doing a Jetstarve

Jetstar NZ head Grant Kerr

Invercargill is still too far for Jetstar. How will Air New Zealand react?

Home help for seniors may be at risk -- letter

Where?

Might the Government be tempted towards transferring senior now receiving home help to profit-driven aged care facilities instead, Greg Smith wonders in a letter to the editor.

Govt must review health funding

It's been 10 years since the health funding formula was reviewed -- too long, says Labour's associate health spokesman David Clark.

Dog control officers need to pull up their socks -- letter

Roaming dogs are killing cats

After a dog's third attack on cats, Christina Laughton writes to the editor urging more action from civic authorities.

Business

Southland needs to diversify - Joyce

Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce speaks at a public meeting at the Winton Salvation Army Corps on Tuesday.

Southland cannot rely on its biggest employers to remain strong in the future, Steven Joyce says.

Development Strategy report due

Graham Cooney

A report identifying opportunities and factors holding development back in Southland will be presented to the mayoral forum on September 9.

Flat Hill wind farm opened gallery

Pioneer Generation Flat Hill Wind Farm near Bluff

With turbines churning on a grey day, Southland's newest wind farm is officially up and running.

Invercargill Licensing Trust buys Southland Times building

The Southland Times building in Invercargill.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust has bought the Southland Times building in Esk St.

Online purchase GST rules could go further

New GST laws for online purchases are coming up.

OPINION: Murray McClennan considers the changes ahead for GST and online purchases.

Sport

Focus on playing numbers

Southland Cricket Association chairman Gerry Ward.

Growing numbers a priority for Southland cricket.

Southland Boys' High School unbeaten at tournament

Rugby ball

Southland Boys' High School are in the final of the South Island secondary school boys' under-15 rugby final in Christchurch on Thursday.

Injuries hindering Southland Girls' High School at football

Sammy Murrell (Southland Girls' High School) prepares to kick in a game against Trident High School at the national secondary school girls' football tournament in Taupo this week. The game ended 1-1.

Co-coach Eddie Peters believes Southland Girls' High School have a good chance of beating Wellington East Girls' College at the secondary schools' premier football tournament in Taupo on Wednesday afternoon.

Southland Girls' High School in fine form at netball

The Southland Girls' High School's premier netball squad: front row from left, Sipa Saili, Molly Wheeley, Moira Macdonald and Trisha Hopcroft; back row from left, Keri Ann Sinclair, Jenna Kean, Laura Moffatt, Sarah Marshall, Emily Henderson and Alena Saili.

Southland Girls' High School are unbeaten after the first two days of the South Island secondary schools' netball tournament in Timaru.

Move to Wingatui paying dividends for Tyler

Steve Tyler and Lady LIndauer

Steve Tyler is making his mark in the training ranks since he turned professional and shifted to Wingatui from Te Puke four months ago.

Culture

Enter Stage Left: Maree Beker

Southland artist Maree Beker.

Enter Stage Left: Pukeko Alley Gallery owner Maree Beker, in Fortrose, reveals what she loves about south Catlins.

Southland band of the week: Zutto

Zutto's logo

Zutto

Polyfest eyes funding sources

Bluff school senior Kapa Haka group, front three from left, Eden Foggo, Sharvae Te Huia-Goodma, and Jasmyn Pollock.

As Polyfest wraps up organisers are trying to secure funding for the event next year.

Auckland Grammar Stage Band tours Southland

Vocalist AG Fernando performs some Johnny Cash with the Auckland Grammar Stage Band at a public concert at Northern Southland College in Lumsden on Saturday afternoon, before entertaining the crowds at a show in Te Anau on Saturday night.

There won’t be much of Southland left unseen after the Auckland Grammar Stage Band concludes its whistle stop concert tour of the province this week.

Southern kids take stage by storm

The Rakiura Rockers from Halfmoon Bay School perform at the Rockshop Bandquest in Dunedin on Wednesday night.

They may be young, but southern kids sure know how to rock.

Healthy Families Invercargill

Join in on the healthy journey

Southland Times editor Natasha Holland.

I have so many bad eating habits it's not funny.

How do you beat bad habits?

Healthy Families Invercargill manager Jared Cappie.

Think about where you live, learn, work and play.

How to start your own food forest

A ``woodland look'' food forest.

Anyone wanting to start a food forest might be pleasantly surprised to find that they don't have to start from scratch.

How do you think about food?

Sherry Elton is a GAPS Practitioner.

In the old days, cooking was learnt from scratch from our mothers or grandmothers.

A campervan and a chance to change

Rebecca Amundsen started her journey to a healthier life in 2012.

Labour weekend 2012 saw my husband and I making a spur of the moment decision to buy a 1974 Bedford Camper.

Video

Balls all natural

It appears the mysterious balls appearing on Oreti Beach are just nature working its course.

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