A bright orange birdman leaps from the wharf on Queenstown's lakefront.

Strip and dip at Winter Fest video

Scene of unseasonal jollity unfolds on Queenstown's lakefront as near-nude men and women fall over one another and rafts lose crew.

Pet dog shot dead

Max's owner found his body on Friday evening near the front gate of their property.

"Playful, friendly" labrador found dead at home with a bullet in his chest.

He Tauaa make it five

He Tauaa has won their fifth Southland club rugby league title in a row.

3 generations, 1 rugby team video

Grandad plays in the loose forwards, his son's at halfback and grandson is in the outside backs.

Young performers face the music

Young performers are gaining exposure and touring the country for Sister Act the musical.

Skatepark hit by vandals

The Winton Skatepark has been hit by vandalism just weeks before the project is due to open.

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News

Steel switch focus to Pulse

Central Pulse netball goal attack Tiana Metuarau against the Northern Mystics.

11 min ago  The Southern Steel have known for weeks that they would host the national netball league final, but they are pleased to finally find out their opponents.

Struggle to keep Maori language alive

''If we lose our language we lose a large part of who we are and who we identify ourselves as."

Early finish at Nightcaps video

Rovers advance, Gore and Old Boys win

Video

Early finish at Nightcaps

Waikiwi recorded an impressive win in second division club rugby on Saturday.

Business

Tourism's recruitment crisis video

Dylan Bryant got his big break by completing a five week hospitality course run by Accor Hotels and now works  at ...

Migrant labour is propping up our tourism industry which needs thousands of new workers to service the international visitor boom.

Shock as Cadbury bid dropped

A Dunedin group's plan to keep production of Pineapple Lumps, Jaffas, Buzz Bars and Pinky bars locally made, is now over

An ambitious campaign to keep the production of famous Kiwi Cadbury products in Dunedin is over.

Bar gives lollipops to keep quiet

The Vinyl Bar, in Queenstown, wants to stay open until 4am.

Queenstown bar wanting to stay open until 4am hands out lollipops to appease neighbouring hotel guests.

Desexing programme ignored

An Invercargill City council animal control officer tries to catch a large dog on Ness St in 2013

The Invercargill City Council is disappointed by the number of dog owners who have not made use of their free "high-risk" desexing programme.

Spark launches 4.5G

A rigger performing an installation on a central Queenstown mobile tower.

Queenstown becomes New Zealand's first town with 4.5G – enabling fastest mobile speeds in the country

Opinion

Many magnificent memories

Many magnificent memories were made in the Mighty Mondeo.

OPINION: I've officially joined the world of adults: I bought a new car.

Show me the money, honey …

With a couple of bills to pay, columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith has sworn off opening sale catalogues for the time being.

With a couple of bills to pay, columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith has sworn off opening sale catalogues for the time being.

Farmers need to re-invest in environment

Farmers will ultimately benefit from environmental initiatives, Peter McDonald says.

 The Proposed Southland Water and Land Plan will ultimately benefit farmers, Peter McDonald writes.

Where has all the business gone?

Whitcouls store manager Paula Winslade and Invercargill City Council city centre coordinator Kari Graber hang kites in ...

OPINION: Walking through Invercargill CBD, you cannot help but notice the empty buildings and lease signs. 

'We need a game changer'

Tracy Hicks.

OPINION: I must admit the life of a mayor at times feels a little like being in one of the classic Mainland cheese TV ads from a decade ago.

Sport

Butt brothers upset

Anthony Butt delivered an inch-perfect drive to get Field Marshal home in the Group I Len Smith Mile.

Kiwi horse upsets the Australian big guns for biggest win of his career so far.

Steel switch focus to Pulse

Central Pulse netball goal attack Tiana Metuarau against the Northern Mystics.

The Southern Steel have known for weeks that they would host the national netball league final, but they are pleased to finally find out their opponents.

Rovers advance, Gore and Old Boys win

Queenstown Rovers player Peta Seda, in blue, goes for the ball ahead of Southland United's Bob Cox earlier this season.

Queenstown Rovers have advanced to the fourth round of the Chatham Cup, while Gore and Old Boys have a break on the field in Southland club football.

Irish Express Guineas bound

Chris Johnson gives Irish Express a well-earned pat following his second win from as many starts.

He's big, strong and fast and has earned his shot at the big time so long as he can go on with next season.

Fight finishes big Stampede win

Skycity Stampede Tomi Martikainen negotiates the referee early on in the game as they beat Botany Swarm convincingly 8-0 ...

Three players were penalised for fighting but only two were sent off.

Culture

Strip and dip at Winter Fest video

A bright orange birdman leaps from the wharf on Queenstown's lakefront.

Scene of unseasonal jollity unfolds on Queenstown's lakefront as near-nude men and women fall over one another and rafts lose crew.

Festival goes to the dogs gallery

Russell Wilson and Tedd at the Monteith's Dog Derby on the opening day of the Queenstown Winter Festival at Coronet Peak ...

Capable dogs and their confused owners barrelled down Coronet Peak ski field on the opening day of Queenstown Winter Festival.

Arrests made over restaurant burglary

The Postmaster's House Restaurant in Arrowtown.

An off-duty police officer helped nab three Invercargill men sitting in a parked car full of spoils from an alleged burglary.

Ladies Mile plans released

Queenstown Lakes District Council's planning practice manager Blair Devlin, planning and development general manager ...

A rural area on the outskirts of Queenstown could see up to 2800 homes be developed to cope with growth.

A sign of the times?

Southland Girls' High School students Nakita Tupoutoa, 17, Ruby Bodkin-Oien, 16, Rachel Hawkes, 17, and Bethan Madoc, ...

A Southland teacher is calling for the community to support high school theatre productions.

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