Huge flames took hold of and destroyed a unit at Mace Motel, Arrowtown.

Arrowtown motel unit burns down

4:27 PM  An Arrowtown motel unit has been destroyed by fire.

Tourists risking lives

Environment Southland chairman Ali Timms walks across a new bridge on the Invercargill to Bluff cycleway with Te Araroa chief executive Rob Wakelin earlier this month.

Tourists are risking their lives to get to Bluff by walking and cycling within metres of trucks on highway.

Food forests for playgrounds?

Two dozen playgrounds in Invercargill and Bluff could be replaced by food forests.

Sleeping Beauty on Ice cancelled

Shipping error forces cancellation of South Island Sleeping Beauty on Ice shows.

Invercargill Prison upgrade on track

The first stage of a $17.9 million prison upgrade is complete.

Brakes on kakapo proposal

Invercargill city councillors shelve plans to open kakapo chick-rearing unit by March.

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News

Cromwell man to head Camp Quality New Zealand

Wayne Collie, of Cromwell, is the new chairman of Camp Quality New Zealand.

4:17 PM  A Cromwell Lion is the new head of a national volunteer group that helps children living with cancer.

Council proposal could spell the end for playcentre

4:12 PM  A proposal to sell off a council reserve could spell the end for the Makarewa Playcentre.

Invercargill man's death ruled as not suspicious

Southland teachers go back to the classroom

Opinion

Which way, where....

Writer Pat Veltkamp Smith.

OPINION: Which way, where…

Drug testing for meetings?

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

Piper is all-serious during her graduation ceremony.

It takes more than parents to raise a child

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.

Business

Council CEO's interest probed

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley.

4:30 PM  Issues of trust and confidence raised over Queenstown council CEO's involvement in affordable housing proposal.

Blue Sky partners with Duncan NZ

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

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Farmers face 'brutal' times

Federated Farmers predict brutal six months ahead for dairy farmers as Fonterra cuts milk price forecast for this season.

Sport

Highlanders and Crusaders to meet in farmer's paddock

Highlanders assistant coach Tony Brown and Waimumu land owner Fred Booth on the site being prepared for a preseason match between the Highlanders and Crusaders.

4:32 PM  Super Rugby heading to Waimumu, with the Highlanders and Crusaders set to play a pre-season match in farmer Fred Booth's paddock next February.

Southland Sports Awards finalists announced

World and Commonwealth champions, record breakers and some of the country and region's top sportspeople, coaches, administrators and officials will all be celebrated at this year's ILT Southland Sports Awards.

Alistair Mackintosh gets a bit of practice in in the snow.

Tokanui hold retain Laing Shield

Tokanui has retained the Laing Shield after a cold, but convincing 4-2 win over Mossburn.

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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