Drey Fonoti, 10, of St Patricks School in Invercargill, leads the senior  dance at Polyfest on Friday.

Polyfest joyous, uplifting gallery video

Polyfest has made its mark with Murihiku magic in Invercargill this week.

State house sell-off 

State Housing shake-up

The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

Police respond to gunshot reports

After false alarm police say people need to think about others around them.

Car crash near Tapanui

A driver was taken to hospital and two cars had to be towed after a crash near Tapanui on Friday night.

Tourists' van in fatal crash

Italian tourists appear to have run stop sign in fatal crash, police say.

Dog back from the dead

A mastiff cross supposedly destroyed after attacking a courier has turned up alive.

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Dog officers won't be prosecuted

Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill City Council staff will not face prosecution following complaints about the treatment of two dogs that were impounded in February.

Southland man has diesel in the blood

There is probably diesel in John 'Pork' Rutland's blood.

Smiles are free on Daffodil Day

House damaged in Waimatuku fire


Safety trumps all, Mr Vincent

Alfred Vincent, as a boy.

EDITORIAL: The Alfred Vincent case tests our stamina for vigilance, not vengeance

Safety reform mustn't drive education indoors -- letter

It's educational.

Health and safety law reform mustn't stifle the benefits of outdoor education, Catherine Kappelle writes in a letter to the editor.

SDHB needs solutions not political opportunism

Todd Barclay

OPINION:The poor financial management of the former Southern District Health Board has to be addressed and -- in spite of what the Opposition portrays -- consultation is key, Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay writes.

Flag from the touch judge -- letter

Servicemen prepare the flag for the Anzac Day dawn service

Just because we had had previous flags does not change that for more than a century we have had law, order and patriotism under this one, David Russell writes in a letter to the editor.

Where's it all going, and so fast

Pat Veltkamp Smith.

Columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith stabilises after a few speed wobbles.


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.

Health and safety law clarified

Mike Mitchell

Small businesses, farms, and volunteers should understand the changes in health and safety legislation. Mike Mitchell sets them out.

Don Nicolson appointed to Power Company Ltd board

Don Nicolson, who has been appointed to The Power Company Ltd board.

Don Nicolson has been appointed to The Power Company Ltd board.

Meet Maggie, the 'bride horse'

Three-year-old Shire, Max, is readied for the morning’s training by Zara-Lee Macdonald.

Seven-year-old Percheron mare sure to bring the "x-factor" to country weddings.


Stags' important assignment

Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh.

The Southland Stags' 2015 campaign gets serious on Sunday.

Uru aims for three

Southland rower Jade Uru.

A Southland family is aiming to make it three Olympics in a row.

Southern bowlers in form at Auckland test match

Indoor bowler Suzanne Mackie.

Three Southland ladies were richly rewarded when representing the South Island in the recent interisland test match at Auckland, winning medals in their respective disciplines _ Belinda Peard (singles) and Suzanne Mackie and Elaine Carnie (pairs).

Southland Girls' team hopeful

Southland Girls' High School Senior A netball team coach Natalie Avellino gives a team talk.

The Southland Girls' High School Senior A netball team coach Natalie Avellino is hoping her team can improve on their third place finish from last year, when the South Island secondary schools' netball tournament gets underway in Timaru next week.

Sparring partners to clash

Training partners Nathaniel Arnold, left, and Aaron Lay, both 17, will square off as the main bout on Saturday at the Southland Boxing Championships.

They are training buddies but will put that friendship to one side on Saturday night.


"Open mic" night at library

Invercargill City Council.

An "open mic" night will be held at the Invercargill City Library on Friday to celebrate National Poetry Day.

CLiK spellbinding in concert

CLiK - The Ensemble 
From left: Edward King, John Chen and Natalie Lin


Hairspray star battles illness

Rachael Scott

In theatre circles they say the show must go on, but rarely has a leading lady given more to the cause than Rachael Scott.

Prestigious Moffitt works donated to Gore gallery

Enyth Good of Auckland is donating this Trevor Moffitt painting, Mackenzie with Dog Swimming in the Clutha River, 1966, to the Eastern Southland Gallery. It is one of 35 works from the artist being donated.

A collection of work from one of Gore's most famous artistic sons will be housed permanently at Eastern Southland Gallery.

A Splotch of Ink gallery

Southland cartoonish Shaun Yeo.

Cartoonist and dedicated Stags fan Shaun Yeo is a full-time graphic artist who signs his illustrations simply as YEO. 

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.


Polyfest joyous, uplifting

Joyous, spiritually uplifting, Murihiku magic .... Polyfest has made its mark in Invercargill this week.

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