Drug testing for meetings? Not me, buster

Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, where the most they will wield is a cheap ball point pen, need to agree to be drug tested?

Q'town's $250m building boom

The 'Five Mile' construction site in Frankton, near Queenstown.

Frankton leads the way as Queenstown's construction industry booms.

Expansion not a surprise - South Port

Shipping containers stacked at South Port in Bluff.

Port Otago expansion not a surprise, South Port says.

New property tax rules

"Its life Jim, but not as we know it". Many of you will recognise this line from Mr Spock to Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek series. A similar description could be given to the Prime Minister's announcement about property tax.

Southlanders break down Budget

Sandfly Cafe owner Carolyn Fox, of Te Anau.

Southlanders share their thoughts on the 2015 New Zealand Budget.

Southland 'needs to act' on research institute

Dairy cows in a paddock at Springhills, Central Southland.

Southland needs to put forward a case for a regional research institute to capture a slice of national innovation funding.

Toyota unveils new Hilux

The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux due in New Zealand later this year.

Toyota NZ ramping pressure on Ford Ranger with news of nine new Hilux models to join current 12 varieties.

Artist happy to be back in the south

Stephen Mulqueen with his Poppies of War and Peace made from .303 rifle shell cases.

Stephen Mulqueen is enjoying being back in familar territory.

Further falls for dairy prices

A screen grab from the GlobalDairyTrade website show recent auction price trends.

Prices slip at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction for the fifth time in a row, with more expected.

What's the plan?


Graham Cooney is chairing a steering group to create Southland's blueprint for the next 20 years.

Rio Tinto smelter sale?

The Tiwai Point smelter could be up for sale if Rio Tinto decides to sell off its Australasian assets.

Tiwai Point's owner reportedly revives efforts to sell Australasian aluminium assets.

SCF shareholders discuss legal action

Edward Sullivan arriving at court in October 2014.

A Queenstown man who lost $62,000 in the SCF collapse says a potential claim to reimburse shareholders would be a gamble.

'Icecream making is in my blood'

Brian Simon is helping create a new ice-cream range for Dairyworks. He and his wife Jeanette were the founders of Deep South ice-cream, and
earlier the Manda brand of icecream.

The 79-year-old founder of Manda and Deep South is back in the icecream game.

'It's going to be bloody tight' - NZSki

The new Remarkables base building from the upper car park.

Round-the-clock construction will allow the new Remarkables base building to open at the start of this season.

Ratepayers fund Fergburger footpath

An artist's impression of a redeveloped Fergburger precinct in Shotover St, Queenstown.

Queenstown ratepayers pick up bill for controversial footpath outside multimillion-dollar business Fergburger.

Russell MacPherson reflects on term

Outgoing Federated Farmers Southland president Russell MacPherson.

Outgoing Federated Farmers Southland president reminds Southlanders of agriculture's importance to economy.

Ignore message, face consequences

Mary-Jane Thomas.


Getting it right first time

HEAD: Taxing Times Article

Businesses find success in lean scheme

Business consultant and "lean thinking" specialist Clinton Yeats speaking at the lean manufacturing processes training session.

Only one month in to this year's training in lean manufacturing processes, a Southland business is already starting to make changes.

Pride on the rise at port

South Port PACE team leader and tug bosun Bruce Jones checks a well-labelled equipment cupboard on the tug Hauroko.

Pride and satisfaction is rising at South Port, with frustration and stress decreasing.

Countback needed to find top bull video

Te Mania Jonah, the champion of champions bull at the Beef Expo in Feilding with breeder Will Wilding.

A countback was needed to decide the champion of champions title at the Beef Expo at Feilding this morning.

Invercargill firm buys Dunedin store

H&J Smith managing director Jason Smith.

Deal between two of the south's best-known brands brings a century of tradition to an end.

Majority of Southland dairy farmers braced for downturn

Dairy cows enjoying a break in the weather near Wairio, Western Southland.

Most Southland dairy farmers are braced for the fallout from a dramatically lower payout.

Female shareholders tour Alliance plant

Alliance Group processing room senior supervisor Shane Walters shows women shareholders the final product at the Lorneville Plant.

It was off the farm and into the freezing works for some of Alliance Group's female shareholders.

Te Anau dairy conversion punt paying off

2015 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Award supreme winners Robert and Anna Kempthorne.

Robert and Anna Kempthorne took a punt when they converted part of their Te Anau sheep farm to dairy in 2007.

Southland construction boom driving new face of retail and industry

Part of the H & J Smith Department Store building in Invercargill which was demolished to make way for their new Outdoor store.

A Southland construction boom in excess of $275m during the the past few years represents the new face of retail and industry in the region as big-box premises become the norm, commercial property sources say.

First-home sales bolster property stats in south

House with a sold sign outside in Invercargill.

First-home buyers are lining up in Gore with latest figures showing strong property sales reflecting a seller’s market, a Gore real estate agent says.

Smart meters rolled out in south

PowerNet installer Jo McIlwrick installs a smart meter at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village.

The days of estimated power bills will soon be over.

Mobil refurbishes fuel tanks in Bluff


 Mobil has purchased two bulk storage tanks at Bluff Terminal to help ensure a reliable fuel supply in the South Island.

NZ's best beef steak found video

Christian Mata cooks for judges in the ''Steak of Origin 2015'' competition aimed at the tastiest and tenderest sirloin.

The tastiest and juiciest steak has been found after judges checked 20 of the finest in Palmerston North.

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