People power to save trees

"Save Me" signs were attached to 29 trees on Ladies Mile, Queenstown, in order to raise awareness of a plan to cut them down.

Public stink over plan to remove 29 trees on Ladies Mile on the outskirts of Queenstown.

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Real estate agent fined

Hoamz Southland Ltd agent Carl Wilson has been censured and fined $1000.

An Invercargill real estate agent has been fined $1000 for failing to prepare a market appraisal.

Chinese New Year influx

Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming a major calendar event in Southland.

Southern tourism operators, crayfishers and police poised for Chinese New Year influx.

'This gets me out of the house'

James Pirie, of Invercargill, won the Gore A&P Association's champion fleece award with his border leicester ewe fleece.

At 87 years old and with 318,000km on the clock of his wee Fiat, James Pirie is a true champion.

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Less disruption for Queenstown flyers

An ATR aircraft lands in Queenstown.

Air NZ to adapt specialist navigation technology to popular ATR turbo prop aircraft.

'A bizarre barrage of bits and bobs'

Bell & Wyatt manager Jordan Wyatt has re-opened the antiques store after his father, Daniel Wyatt died in January.

Bell & Wyatt's bizarre barrage of bits and bobs reopens.

Your employment relationship

Mary-Jane Thomas.

Employers and employees need to understand is what sort of employment relationship they are in, writes Mary-Jane Thomas in Work To Rule.

Canterbury tourism chief heads south

Tim Hunter has been appointed as the new CEO for tourism company Southern Discoveries

Experienced tourism professional Tim Hunter has been appointed chief executive at Southern Discoveries.

10,000 visitors to Transport World

Bill Richardson Transport World on the corner of Anglem St, Tay St, and Inglewood Rd, Invercargill.

Truck enthusiasts flock to Invercargill transport museum.

New businesses open

Tasti Bitz manager Rutu Joshi says she once felt isolated in Invercargill and now feels there is a large Indian community in Invercargill. Her family's new store sells specialty Indian food on Kelvin St.

New Invercargill businesses bank on local touch to set themselves apart.

Central Otago's Lowburn Ferry Wines savours international success

Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Roger Gibson shows the certificate and a photo of the trophy won at the Sydney International Wine Competition for Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014. Lowburn Ferry hopes it will boost wine sales across Australia.

Lowburn Ferry Wines from Central Otago has won top honours at the highly acclaimed Sydney International Wine Competition notching another success for its "Home Block" pinot noir wines. 

Prime spot changes stripes

Queenstown Local Sights is now based in the Skyline Properties building in central Queenstown, where Pumpkin Patch was housed for 17 years.

A highly sought after retail location in Queenstown has been snapped up by an information and booking centre.  

Milk meets the market at Mataura

Mataura Butcher Shop manager Chris Duffy takes a swig of milk

Two businesses are making a difference to budgets in eastern Southland.

Tourists driving up rental car demand

About 80 per cent of the 120,000 rental vehicle hires in February will be to overseas visitors.

Rental car companies expect vehicle hires to surpass 120,000 this month and visitors who haven't booked ahead could be in trouble.

Popular store's traffic concerns

Centre St Discounter store owners Tania and Sunny Bal have taken steps to clean up litter and reduce traffic in the area.

Business booming at an Invercargill discount store, but not everyone's happy.

Technology focus for Queenstown's high school students

An artist's impression of a new Wakatipu High School, built at Frankton.

The detailed design of a Wakatipu High School is currently being finalised and will be rebuilt in Frankton over the next couple of days.

Visitor numbers up 10 per cent

It's been a golden summer on Stewart Island with visitor numbers expected to be at least 10 per cent up on the previous season.

It's been a golden summer on Stewart Island, with visitor numbers up 10 per cent.

Waikiwi Tavern underway

Fili Tagicakibau, left, with Henderson Construction staff working on the new Waikiwi Tavern foundations

The new Waikiwi Tavern is starting to take shape in Invercargill.

Making power from manure

The cover on an effluent pond in Southland where a new system being built will turn methane into electricity and heat.

Southland's first system to make power from cow manure should be up and running in a month.

Southland farms sold for $47m

Five Southland dairy farms have been sold for $47.1million

Five adjoining Southland dairy farms sold for $47.1m could be biggest farm transaction in the region.

Night class Mandarin benefits South Island businesses

Even a smattering of Mandarin can be useful for those doing business in China

Even a smattering of Mandarin is proving useful for South Islanders doing business in China

Frankton loses 29 trees

The trees that grow under the power lines will be taken out  from the Laidies Mile property in Queenstown as shown on the map.

Trees that grow under the power lines will be removed in from the Ladies Mile in Queenstown.

$400,000 arts funding awarded to MAI

Lisa Tou-McNaughton.

A Creative New Zealand regional arts pilot, worth a potential $400,000, has been awarded to the Murihiku Arts Incubator (MAI).

Pitfall for employers

Mary-Jane Thomas

The importance of employers and employees understanding the 90-day trial period is illustrated in an ERA finding.

New freedom camping patrols

The Southland District Council has authorised a new freedom camping patrol service in Waikawa.

New freedom camping patrol service to be set up in the Catlins to combat problems caused by freedom campers.

Gore builders in liquidation

Gore building firm Price Bros Builders Ltd has gone into liquidation.

Gore building firm goes into liquidation, owing more than $300,000 to secured and unsecured creditors.

Awarua Communications Museum opens

Awarua Communications Museum chairman Paul McKay in front of an exhibit showing a 1953 radio operator at the museum opening on Wednesday.

New specialist museum opens in Southland, with one man saying it was like walking back into his past.

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