Southland Sharks basketball players Duane Bailey and Shea Ili start packing for the team's trip to Wellington for the NBL playoffs.

Fans set for big sports weekend video

Southlanders are packing their bags and heading to Wellington for a big weekend of sport.

Budget cuts defended

Health Commissioner Kathy Grant at Southland Hospital

Southern health bosses say bringing the SDHB's ballooning deficit under control is not a "slash and burn exercise".

Highlanders by nine, oracle says

Bad luck Hurricanes' fans, the oracle has spoken and it'll be a Highlanders win on Saturday.

Queenstown NZTA plan 'mistake'

Queenstown residents against a replacement bridge project call the plan "a $25m mistake".

$207m for roads

More than $200 million announced for Southland, but majority of funding yet to be approved.

Our alarming lack of alertness

7:46 AM  OPINION: We are not being vigilant on our own behalf.

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News

3.89 per cent rates hike in store

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Invercargill and Bluff residents face a rates hike of 3.89 per cent in the 2015-16 financial year.

Surplus offsets rates rise

Environment Southland rates will be higher than expected, despite the rates offset with a $1m investment surplus.

'A damn close run thing'

Free GP visits for under 13s launches

Opinion

Southland is a great place

Kindy kids at Polyfest

If you look at people with only one eye open you will probably miss something, writes John Galbraith in a letter to the editor.

Schools seize option to confound parental choice

OPINION: Southland's primary schools have a new, or rediscovered, way to make life hard for picky-picky parents

Piper enjoys a beach-side version of Peppa Pig's "muddy puddles".

When tears don't work

OPINION: Mark Hotton would like to think that after almost five years, he'd have this parenting thing sorted. Yeah, right.

Business

'A damn close run thing'

Tiwai Aluminium Smelter near Bluff.

Tiwai decision whether to end its power contract with Meridian is too close to call, industry sources say.

Main Street Report: Tuatapere

Tuatapere is one of the many Southland towns suffering from a decline in population, and businesses on the main street continue to battle with keeping their doors open.

A mock-up image of a 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft in Jetstar livery.

Southland a compelling choice for Jetstar, but Air NZ won't roll over

Southland has a compelling case to be one of Jetstar's new regional destinations, industry leaders says.

Sport

What makes the 2015 Sharks so special?

Sharks coach Paul Henare addresses his team.

The Southland Sharks will attempt to win the organisation's second National Basketball League title in just their sixth season competing in the national competition when they head to the playoffs in Wellington this weekend.

Move to Riversdale pays off

Trainer Tony Stratford is celebrating 12 months at Macca Lodge, Riversdale on Wednesday and looking forward to the new season on August 1.

Lauras Legacy with owners Allen Harley, left, and Rob Walker and driver Dexter Dunn at Forbury Park on Friday night.

Family's success continues at Forbury Park

Allen Harley, who raced the fine race mare Torrent close on 50 years ago, was back in the winner's circle with her descendant, Lauras Legacy at Forbury Park on Friday.

Culture

Blood treatment offers hope

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma treatment at Queenstown Regenerative Medicine for her two labral tears.

It is surprising what lengths you can go to when backed into a corner with no end in sight.

A 'joyous day' for America - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon headed for NZ this summer.

American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who is coming to New Zealand for the 2016 Summer Concert Tour.

Summer Concert Tour acts announced

Gibbston Valley will once again rock to the sounds of world-class acts this summer including Mellissa Etheridge.

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