Cupcakes a family venture

Muffintops owners Tania Johnston and Melissa Clark say their cupcake store started as a "crazy idea".

New cupcake store off to sweet start despite owner facing a personal challenge.

More information needed for highway

The proposed Haast-Hollyford toll road.

The proposed Haast Hollyford Highway project drags on.

Domino's plans Invercargill expansion

Domino's New Zealand general manager Scott Bush wants the pizza chain to expand into south Invercargill.

Domino's Pizza wants to expand in Invercargill, but hasn't been able to find a site for a second store.

Fewer Kiwis doing Great Walks

Tramper Mark Wilson, left, of Auckland, and his namesake, Hump Ridge Track manager Mark Wilson, of Tuatapere.

Kiwis are becoming a minority in their own backyard, only making up a quarter of walkers on iconic tramps.

Business owner bullied, intimidated video

Lolly Time owner Sandy Lindquist has been verbally abused and feels bullied at her business' location in the South City Mall.

Broken doors, litter and verbal abuse at Invercargill business.

BusinessNZ boss' weekend rituals

Hope heading out on a surf mission with daughters Orla, 5, and Mika, 11.

Newly appointed chief executive Kirk Hope loves surfing, soccer, and spinning discs.

Southern Field Days draw record crowds video

BNZ national agribusiness manager Scott Wishart (left) and Crowe Horwath head of corporate agribusiness Hayden Dillon at the Waimumu Field Days on Friday.

Record crowds and unexpected spending have capped off the Southern Field Days at Waimumu.

Meatworkers sent home, worker says

Prime Range Meats signage in West Plains Rd, Invercargill.

Invercargill meatworks staff told to go home until further notice.

Key lauds Southland farmers video

Prime Minister John Key gets a photo with fans Huriana Ponga, 14, left, and Matilda Highfield, 14, at the Southern Field Days on Friday.

New, modern and efficient dairy conversions mean Southland is becoming more important to NZ's dairy production, John Key says.

Chinese New Year boom in Queenstown

Chinese New Year is the busies time of the year for businesses in Queenstown.

Queenstown packed to start Chinese New Year, with some operators reporting records.

Special signage for tourists

One of many businesses in Queenstown to have a sign in Chinese for Lunar New Year celebration.

Chinese restaurants are fully booked for the next week, streets are filled with tourists, but an even bigger wave is coming to Queenstown this weekend.

Co-ops front up at field days video

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton.

Shareholders use Southern Field Days to fire shots at major meat and dairy co-operatives.

South Port off to a good start

South Port chairman Rex Chapman.

South Port's net profit improved by more than 50 per cent in the second half of 2015.

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

Southland blueberry farm aims to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Health and safety app launched

Safely health and safety consultants Duncan Faulkner and Richard Tattersfield at the Southern Field Days at Waimumu

New app helps busy, tech-savvy farmers deal with health and safety.

New health and safety laws

Mike Mitchell

New health and safety law affects volunteers and charities, writes Mike Mitchell in Work To Rule.

Shark dive operator shifts

A great white shark.

Move to mainland not because of tensions on Stewart Island, shark dive operator says.

Fun sauces hit the right spot

Lyndon Tamblyn with his sauces at Southern Field Days.

Lyndon Tamblyn likes to talk a bit of bullshit.

Bannockburn Hotel on the market

The Bannockburn Hotel, in Central Otago, is on the market.

An historic Central Otago pub that offers a "rich back story" to Bannockburn's gold rush era is on the market.

Dairy award nominations open

West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne was the 2015 Dairy Woman of the Year.

Nominations for the 2016 Dairy Women's Network awards have opened.

People power to save trees

"Save Me" signs were attached to 29 trees on Ladies Mile, Queenstown, in order to raise awareness of a plan to cut them down.

Public stink over plan to remove 29 trees on Ladies Mile on the outskirts of Queenstown.

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Real estate agent fined

Hoamz Southland Ltd agent Carl Wilson has been censured and fined $1000.

An Invercargill real estate agent has been fined $1000 forĀ failing to prepare a market appraisal.

Chinese New Year influx

Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming a major calendar event in Southland.

Southern tourism operators, crayfishers and police poised for Chinese New Year influx.

'This gets me out of the house'

James Pirie, of Invercargill, won the Gore A&P Association's champion fleece award with his border leicester ewe fleece.

At 87 years old and with 318,000km on the clock of his wee Fiat, James Pirie is a true champion.

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Less disruption for Queenstown flyers

An ATR aircraft lands in Queenstown.

Air NZ to adapt specialist navigation technology to popular ATR turbo prop aircraft.

'A bizarre barrage of bits and bobs'

Bell & Wyatt manager Jordan Wyatt has re-opened the antiques store after his father, Daniel Wyatt died in January.

Bell & Wyatt's bizarre barrage of bits and bobs reopens.

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