Venture Southland sets out priorities for 2015-16 year

A regional cycleway strategy and a review of Southland's tourism strategy are among the key projects Venture Southland is tackling in the next year.

Dairy prices hit five-year low

A screen from the GlobalDairyTrade auction website showing recent trends.

Prices have continued to fall at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Gore CBD initiative to keep heart of town healthy

Gore district mayor Tracy Hicks

Gore wants to become New Zealand's most resilient provincial town and is bringing stakeholders together to brace for the future.

Southland Biz Excellence celebrated

Paul Casson, Jane Stanton, and Lisa Shaw at the launch of the Southland Business Excellence Awards on Tuesday night.

The Southland Chamber of Commerce as launched the awards with a speech by Dean Addie.

Farmer demands truth over toxic swedes

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

Tunes and Tries promo to attract people south at QB weekend

04042015. News. Photo: Supplied. New Zealand band Six60 who are playing in Invercargill on May 31.

Venture Southland is launching a "Tunes and Tries" promotion to entice people south for an action-packed Queens Birthday weekend in Invercargill.

Sharemilkers ahead of the game

Justin and Melissa Slattery have been named 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year.

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Fonterra's winter milk offer a 'token gesture'

A Fonterra milk tanker.

Fonterra's premium offer for more South Island winter milk described as a "token gesture".

Shaking up the boat industry

Gareth Dykes, of Invercargill business FI Innovations, with examples of the carbon fibre panels they are building for Stabicraft boats.

A family business in Otepuni Ave is helping revolutionise NZ's pleasure-boating market.

Region becoming energy efficiency hub

From left: PowerNet chief executive Jason Franklin and Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges inspect the new PowerNet building in Racecourse Rd.

Energy Minister says efficient lines company structure proves Southland is becoming a hub for the nation’s energy efficiency activities.

New products will be 'a hit in China'

Blue River general manager Phil Neylon, Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong, founder Keith Neylon, and Blue River vice-president Wei Li at the Invercargill sheep milk plant, on Thursday.

Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong says premium quality sheep milk infant formula is likely to do well in China.

Dairy hub a step closer

Southern Dairy Development Trust chair Matthew Richards, left, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and dairy farmer Greg Herbert discuss the Southern Dairy Hub proposal.

The $26.5 million Southern Dairy Hub is a step closer to becoming reality after the majority of Southland farmers pledged their support for the proposal.

74-year-old's historic flight

John and Margaret McDougall are travelling on the return flight from Invercargill to Melbourne in November. John also travelled on the first public flight from Invercargill in 1944.

Man who was on Invercargill's first passenger flight will now be on city's first Melbourne Cup flight.

Fat Bastard Pies flying out the door

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Fat Bastard Pies co-owners Michelle Burgess and James Owen are cranking out their creations from their Dome St base.

James Owen flatly refuses the notion that he has created the Fergburger of the south.

Southland business awards launch next week

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sarah Hannan.

Local business talent and success will be celebrated at the Southland Business Excellence Awards.

Dairy hub will breed smart farmers

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Southern Dairy Development Trust chair Matthew Richards, left, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and dairy farmer Greg Herbert discuss the Southland Dairy Hub proposal at Herbert's Mokotua farm on Sunday.

Southland's future as a leading dairy region could hinge on whether the proposed Southern Dairy Hub proceeds, proponents say.

Lack of vision 'hampers Invercargill'

Chantillys co-owners Carolyn, left, and Lana Milne are concerned about the future of Invercargill's CBD.

Invercargill leaders need to show vision for the city's central business district to survive, retailer Carolyn Milne says.

The Mondayisation of Anzac Day

Anzac Day day in lieu and extra pay rules are confusing if you usually work on a Saturday or a Monday.

OPINION: There has been some confusion as to what people do about the new phenomenon of the Mondayisation.

Funeral home buys former Bella Kai building

Avenal Park Funeral Home has bought the former Bella Kai building
in Lorneville, near Invercargill.

Avenal Park Funeral Home has bought the former Bella Kai building in Lorneville.

GST and foreign internet purchases

GST is a consumption tax; it is based on the sale of goods and services, with the tax ultimately being borne by the end consumer. On line shopping accounts for approximately 10% of retail shopping undertaken by New Zealand customers.  Much of on line shopping is bought from overseas suppliers, but GST is not imposed on much of foreign internet purchases.

Tiwai Point posts $74m profit

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in operation.

Tiwai Point posts strong profit despite tough market conditions.

Tiwai Point 'squarely in the black'

Market conditions have moved in favour of the power hungry aluminium smelter in Southland.

After lobbying for lower power prices, the Tiwai Point smelter is in a healthy position.

City shops lie empty as retail environment changes

Thayer Todd Valuations valuer Regan Johns says landlords are 'in no-mans land" as they await government direction on earthquake strengthening. This has contributed to more than 40 empty shops and offices in Invercargill's CBD.

Invercargill's CBD has more than 40 shops and offices awaiting tenants, the highest number in a decade.

Like a computerised Morris Oxford

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Stock Photo - Tax return papers on a desk with copy space

The Ministers of Finance and Revenue have issued papers on options for modernising New Zealand's tax administration.

Good faith flows both ways

A pain: performance reviews.

A recent case shows how obligations of good faith flow not just from an employer to the employee but also from the employee back to the employer.

Heritage cider day coming up

Invercargill Brewery head brewer Steve Nally sizes up the donated apple stocks ahead of the brewery's Heritage Cider Day on Saturday.

It's not quite mad scientist territory, but as brewer Steve Nally describes preparations for Heritage Cider Day this Saturday there is definitely an air of the unexpected.

Kaye's Bakery flying under the radar

Kayes Bakery general manager Luella Penniall with a selection of Anzac biscuits in special tins and packets baked at Kayes Bakery in Invercargill.

Kaye's bakery won the contract to produce anzac biscuits for limited edition run of WWI commemorative Anzac biscuit tins.

Graphic design business moves off main street

Back 9 Design owner Phil Robinson in their new premises.

Graphic design studio Back 9 Design has moved out of its prominent location on the corner of Don and Dee Streets, after 20 months in the space.

Business has growing pains

Retro Organics owner's Robin, left, and Lois Greer, of Tuturau, near Wyndham, with some of the milk, yoghurt and cheese products they produce.

Retro Organics is experiencing growing pains but owners Lois and Robin Greer are not unhappy as the Tuturau-based business looks at the next phase of its growth.

Car sales drive busy period

Potential car buyers check out vehicles at an Invercargill car yard.

While Southland vehicle sales surged last year, some are warning the golden run could be at an end.

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