Tourism's recruitment crisis video

Dylan Bryant got his big break by completing a five week hospitality course run by Accor Hotels and now works  at ...

Migrant labour is propping up our tourism industry which needs thousands of new workers to service the international visitor boom.

Shock as Cadbury bid dropped

A Dunedin group's plan to keep production of Pineapple Lumps, Jaffas, Buzz Bars and Pinky bars locally made, is now over

An ambitious campaign to keep the production of famous Kiwi Cadbury products in Dunedin is over.

Bar gives lollipops to keep quiet

The Vinyl Bar, in Queenstown, wants to stay open until 4am.

Queenstown bar wanting to stay open until 4am hands out lollipops to appease neighbouring hotel guests.

Desexing programme ignored

An Invercargill City council animal control officer tries to catch a large dog on Ness St in 2013

The Invercargill City Council is disappointed by the number of dog owners who have not made use of their free "high-risk" desexing programme.

Spark launches 4.5G

A rigger performing an installation on a central Queenstown mobile tower.

Queenstown becomes New Zealand's first town with 4.5G – enabling fastest mobile speeds in the country

SBS reports record surplus

SBS Bank Group chief executive Shaun Drylie at the bank's Invercargill office. SBS has posted a record surplus of $27 ...

SBS has reported a net surplus for the 2016/17 financial year of $27 million.

Turning selfies into lollies video

The Remarkable Sweet Shop's 3-D gummy printer can create lollies in more than 100 shapes.

From spiders to castles and even personalised selfies, printer creates 3D lollies in eight different flavours.

Building costs 20 per cent higher in Qtown

Registered Master Builder president  Allister Saville, of Queenstown, says wages created a "major spike" in the building ...

The average building cost per square metre in Queenstown is $2268, while it's $1827 in neighbouring Central Otago.

DOC bumps up its fees

Southern Lakes Helicopters pays about $100,000 a year in DOC concession fees and is unhappy about lack of consultation ...

The Department of Conservation's tougher commercial approach has boosted earnings from concession fees to almost $17m.

The rise of "road slugs" video

Seclusion, scenery and saving money are all reasons given for the popularity of freedom camping.

Freedom camping has a bad rap, but almost 30,000 Kiwi motor home owners are among the wallets on wheels.

Infrastructure problems in spotlight

Queenstown at dusk.

A housing crisis, desperate need for visitor accommodation and traffic congestion have become clear in Queenstown.

'Victory' after lease cancellation overturned

Detour Clothing before it was evicted from its prestigious central Queenstown location.

A Queenstown clothing retailer is claiming a moral victory after his landlord's decision to cancel his lease was overturned by the High Court.

Immigration changes contested

Venture Southland are one of several Southland organisations providing feedback on the government's immigration proposals.

Several Southland organisations have made submissions contesting some of the Government's plans to reform New Zealand's immigration policy.

Oysters to be removed

The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced the mass removal of Stewart Island oysters affected by bonamia ostreae.

With "a bit of luck" an iconic wild oyster fishery can be saved, those in the industry say.

Inner city pressure

Southland Regional Development Strategy governance group chair Tom Campbell.

Southland Regional Development Strategy governance group chairman Tom Campbell says progress is being made on the inner city.

Mayoral Forum still undecided on plans for new SoRDS organisation

Mayoral Forum Committee chariman Tracy Hicks at the SoRDS action plan launch in November 2016.

The Southland Mayoral Forum is still yet to reach a consensus on the proposal for the new Southland Regional Development Agency.

$2.5m pledged for Kiwi sweets

Jim O'Malley is trying to keep some Cadbury production in Dunedin.

In just over one day, choc lovers pledge $2.5m to save the likes of Jaffas and Buzz Bars.

$5.2m for tourist toilets

West Coast councils will get more than $1m for to help pay for much needed tourism infrastructure such as parking and ...

36 new toilet blocks are coming to our beauty spots to help keep them clean.

$470k to Central Otago toilets, rubbish bins

Lake Dunstan, in Cromwell, Central Otago.

A steady stream of tourists and freedom campers into Central Otago has forced the Government to do something for infrastructure in the region.

Legal stoush over for wine company

Shaky Bridge Wines has paid off its core debt and set up a payment order to stave off a liquidation request from Customs.

A legal battle between Customs and a Central Otago wine company over unpaid duty is over.

SBS to launch new digital banking service

SBS Bank chief executive Shaun Drylie.

SBS bank has teamed up with Australian company Sandstone Technology to help extend its digital services.

Tourism causing visitor fatigue video

Protests by Waiheke Island residents are a sign that Kiwis are not entirely thrilled by the growing numbers of overseas ...

The tourism industry is worried about keeping Kiwis sweet as our visitor numbers head towards 5 million a year.

$20m plan to keep Jaffas local

A Dunedin group has a plan to keep production of Pineapple Lumps, Jaffas, Buzz Bars and Pinky Bars local.

Over $70,000 was pledged in an hour after Dunedin group launched a plan to save part of Cadbury's factory.

Call for farmers to recycle

Southland disAbility Enterprises employees Nga Maruariki and Brett Sutherland.

A southern recycling plant is calling for farmers to recycle more baling wrap to help create jobs and protect the environment.

Wanaka chocolatier savours expansion

Speciality bon bons by artisan chocolate maker Tanja Schwindt, of Wanaka.

Tanja Schwindt's passion for chocolate was a flame she could never let go.

The coming of the 5 million video

New Zealand is expecting a 40 per cent increase in overseas vistors in the next five years, but are we ready for them?

Some overloaded NZ tourist hot spots are already '100% pure chaos', and visitor numbers are rising.

Heat goes on for Ballantyne Rd sealing project

Permanent 50kmh signs went up on Ballantyne Rd after a 17-year-old died in a car crash in 2016.

Mt Barker Residents Association chairman Russell Blackgrove fears he could be dead before a dangerous Wanaka rural road is sealed.

Gateway programme opens doors

Hair Razor's second year apprentice Ella Dowling, Year 11 Central Southland College student Rahera Tamihana and Hair ...

A programme aimed at providing senior students with opportunities to access workplace learning is having positive spin-offs for one Winton business.

Celebrating volunteers in Southland

Trustpower Chief Executive Vince Hawksworth, Invercargill City deputy mayor Darren Ludlow, Koha Kai representatives ...

 Southern councils are calling for people to nominate volunteer groups in the Trustpower Invercargill Southland Community Awards.

Pre-loved condensed milk plant available

Mondelez has decided it doesn't want the condensed milk plant at its Dunedin Cadbury factory.

Mondelez has re-evaluated the bits of its Cadbury factory at Dunedin that it doesn't want - including the condensed milk plant.

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