South Port sizes up $2m tug purchase

Te Matua, a Port of Tauranga tug, in the Tauranga Harbour. South Port is considering buying the tug.

Bluff port looks at buying larger tug as size of ships continues to increase.

South Invercargill McDonald's nearly ready to build

An artist's impression of the south Invercargill McDonald's from the street.

The South Invercargill McDonald's is due to open towards the end of November says a spokeswoman for the restaurant.

Search for dairy hub site continues

An artist's impression of what the proposed Southern Dairy Hub might look like.

A site for the Southern Dairy Hub should be confirmed by spring, Southern Dairy Development Trust chairman Matthew Richards says.

Lumsden a mixed bag: business owners

Aerial shot of Lumsden

Despite its prime spot on State Highway 6 Lumsden's main street sees ups and downs like all Southland towns.

Southland dairying couple battle tough times

Jono and Kelly Bavin are the 2015 Southland-Otago Sharemilkers of the Year

Sonita Chandar reports on an award-winning Southland couple who battled through a tough season

Farm passes wow test

Catherine and John Ford, owners of Highland Station near Rotorua and winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2015.

Winning the nation's top farming award has special significance for a Rotorua couple.

Things that irritate a lawyer (this is not a how-to guide)

Mary-Jane Thomas

There are a number of things that have been annoying me lately – more than usual.

Fonterra job cuts plan confirmed

Fonterra workers file into a staff meeting held in the Salvation Army Hall in Hamilton.

Fonterra confirms that massive jobs cuts are underway after a series of leaks about staff meetings across the country.

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Workshop targets business efficiency

Simon Harvey, senior executive of The Natural Step and in Invercargill to give a presentation at Venture Southland on Adding Sustainable Value courses

Southland businesses could soon have the opportunity to learn how to improve their efficiency with a national programme aimed at gaining business sustainability.

Ex-Southland man at Spark helm

Former Invercargill man Jason Paris is the new chief executive of Spark Home, Mobile and Business (HMB)

Former Invercargill man Jason Paris has taken up a top job with Spark.

Times building fails to sell at auction

The Southland Times building in Invercargill.

Southland Times building still on the market.

'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.

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

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

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

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.

Smelter site rehab 'encouraged'

Tiwai Aluminium Smelter near Bluff.

City council encourages smelter to rehabilitate Tiwai site if its closes, owners say they have plans in place already.

Southland fallout to Greek collapse

Business and Economic Research Ltd chief economist Dr Ganesh Nana.

Southland's economy would not be unscathed if Greece exits European Union, economist warns.

D-day for Tiwai

New Zealand Aluminium Smelters must make a decision about its electricity contact by Wednesday.

Wednesday is d-day for New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, when bosses must make a decision about its electricity contact.

Blue Sky Meats profit slips

Blue Sky Meats chairman Graham Cooney at the meat processing plant near Morton Mains.

Chairman blames farmers for a more than $700,000 drop in annual profit.

Bean counter changes it up

RightWay Southland regional partner Jamie Cross is looking to disrupt traditional accounting practice with his cloud-based approach.

Cloud-based Invercargill bean-counter reckons he's helping disrupt age-old accounting traditions.

There's a train wreck coming

Craig Macalister

Craig Macalister rips into problems with the latest tax legislation before the House.

Crimp's buildings up for sale

The Divaz building on Tay St.

Three buildings belonging to late Invercargill businessman Louis Crimp are for sale.

HT swede risks far higher

Southern veterinarians have outlined the working theory for how deaths and illness occured from Southland cows eating HT swedes last year.

Southern veterinarians believe herbicide tolerant swedes were the cause of more than 200 cattle deaths.

Rotorua couple win farm award

John and Catherine Ford of Highland Station, Rotorua, national winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

John and Catherine Ford have won NZ's pre-eminent farming prize, the Ballance Farm Environment Award.

No business too small to enter Southland business awards

Southland Chamber of Commerce CEO Sarah Hannan encourages businesses to enter the Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards.

Preparations are hotting up for September's Southland Business Awards.

Airport expands for growth

An aerial view of the new $17 million international terminal at Queenstown Airport.

Queenstown Airport has doubled the size of its international operations with a $17 million expansion.

SBS posts record $19.4m profit

SBS Group chief executive Wayne Evans presents the 2014-15 annual report.

Invercargill-based bank has a bumper result, and unveils plans to refresh the brand and branches.

Wedding love turns into business

Donna Dawson in her new shop in Invercargill with her senior seamstress Kay Erskine.

Ever since Invercargill woman Donna Dawson got married, she has dreamed of working in the wedding industry.

Shared work space trend takes off

Web developer and The CoLab founder Ben Deegan, of Cromwell.

A freelance web developer is trying to bring the growing global trend of "coworking" to Central Otago.

Queenstown companies win construction awards

Wilson Contractors Ltd award winning Flagstaff Station Water Scheme.

Three Queenstown Lakes companies won the big awards at the recent 2015 HYNDS Construction Awards for Otago.

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