Top dogs fetch $5700

A dog waits its turn in the sale ring at the Gore Dog Sale.

A shortage of good working dogs pushed prices up at the Gore dog sale recently.

Contract workers fill rooms

Shona King from Invercargill's Surrey Court Motel.

Motels are benefitting from an increasing number of contractors coming to Southland for work.

Banks 'reluctant' to force farm sales

Bill English says the Government has been in talks with banks about troubles facing the dairy sector.

Banks will be reluctant to force indebted dairy farmers to sell up, Finance Minister predicts.

Former Taha manager sentenced in Invercargill

Court gavel.

A former United Kingdom cop appeared in the Environment Court in Southland on Monday.

Time to seek advice

Rebecca McLeod

It's not up to the potential employee to ask for enough time to seek independent advice. The company must provide it.

Certain complexities complicate certainties

Craig Macalister

Tax principal Craig Macalister gives his view on the Labour Party's proposal to simplify our provisional tax system.

Salmon company looks to expand into south

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right.

Malborough-based NZ King Salmon is looking to expand into Southland.

SBS outlines record-breaking year

SBS Group chief executive Wayne Evans speaking at the AGM.

SBS Group chief executive Wayne Evans spoke at the group's annual general meeting.

Advice sector changes with the times

Stephen O'Connor, the principal at Invercargill's Mitre Wealth Management, and a member of the industry's code of conduct committee.

Changes to the financial advice sector post GFC are still being fine-tuned.

Rental agencies target China

A high-end property marketed for sale by Ray White Queenstown on

High-end NZ rental agencies are translating their websites for the Chinese market.

New leaders for Venture Southland committees

Venture Southland's joint committee has elected Trevor Johnston as chariman of its advisory subcommittee.

Venture Southland has appointed new chairmen for two of its committees.

Golden gongs for home-builder

The award-winning Lake Hayes home built by the Lakes Building Company, in Queenstown.

The awards keep coming for a Queenstown-based company recognised as among the best in NZ.

90 day trial tribulations

Mary-Jane Thomas

A 90 day trial period for an employee cannot start before the paperwork is signed, Mary-Jane Thomas cautions.

Employee or contractor?

Independent or not so much?

Employee or independent contractor?  The answer to this question can be of great significance for the parties involved.

Disastrous dairy auction results

Dairy prices have fallen for the ninth consecutive time and suffered the largest decline of the year at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction.

The latest GlobalDairyTrade auction has returned disastrous results for New Zealand dairy farmers.

Lean dairy programme vital in downturn

From left: Dairy NZ project manager Sarah Watson and Motu Bush dairy farmers Paul and Juanita Marshall at a lean management programme session in Winton on Wednesday.

Dairy farms lap up lean management as downturn bites.

Big players jostle for position as rezoning looms

Niagara Sawmill, Kennington, near Invercargill.

Proposed business, industrial and rural zones changes in Invercargill are ruffling feathers.

Wanaka's 1791 Diamonds seeking funding support

Alice Herald of 1791 Diamonds.

Wanaka business 1791 Diamonds wants to raise up to $2 million to increase its foothold in the overseas market.

Crafty businesses move to Dee St

Wool World Invercargill owner Mary Davenport in her new location on Dee Street.

Wool World owner Mary Davenport could not be happier with her new location on Dee St.

Wallets appear to be tightening in south

Mighty Meats owner Ken Officer at his Invercargill butchery. Officer says people are looking for the cheapest deal on meat which goes the furthest.

Pockets of spending can still be found in the south, but wallets are tightening.

Accountant quills v IR polyfiller guns

Craig Macalister

Tax accountant Craig Macalister finds Inland Revenue a tad too gung-ho about filling in cracks in legislation.

Q and A on workplace health and safety

Mike Mitchell

Commercial solicitor Mike Mitchell answers some common workplace health and safety queries.

Invercargill hairdresser hopes to brighten Esk St

Natasha King's two hair salons Fred & Ginger's and Karma will merge in August.

An Invercargill business owner is hoping to help bring life back to Esk St by merging her two hair salons into one 'super salon'.

South Port eyes freight changes

Shipping containers stacked at South Port in Bluff.

South Port is navigating its way through unchartered waters as the New Zealand shipping landscape changes.

Sectors eye slowdown in south

Builder Colin Kelland at work on a new Invercargill house.

Despite a gloomy economic outlook the southern building and construction industry is experiencing solid demand.

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

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