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Lorde

Lorde, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Steven Adams. They've done alright. But how well?

SoRDS strategy closer to unveiling

Southland Regional Development Strategy (SoRDS) governance group chairman Tom Campbell, left, with four action group ...

The SoRD's much-anticipated bottom lines are emerging like the dance of the seven veils.

Business park progresses

Daniel Shand, of Ultraspec 2013, working on the new industrial spec building on the corner of Fox St and Bill Richardson ...

Business park progress in Invercargill said to benefit the city as a whole.

Extra Qantas flights for Christchurch

Daily Qantas flights between Christchurch and Melbourne will begin in December.

Qantas is launching new services between Christchurch and Australia in time for Christmas.

Surprise appeal lodged against Wanaka Community House

Disappointed: Wanaka Community House Trust chairwoman Sukhi Turner.

Number of car parks central to Environment Court appeal.

Backpacker jobs probe welcomed

MBIE is trying to ensure that backpackers willing to swap their labour for accommodation are not taken advantage of.

Alleged abuse of work exchange schemes is being investigated by the MBIE.

Beginners boost Cardrona skifield numbers

Cardrona Alpine Resort's new snow tunnel (right) is proving popular with first time skiers and snowboarders.

First time skiers and snowboarders contribute to 20 per cent growth at skifield.

Historic train flyers from Kingston?

The Kingston Flyer has several offers from potential buyers, but may leave the region.

The owner of the Kingston Flyer, Queenstown's iconic steam train, is not bothered who he sells it to.

Backpackers doing jobs for a bed

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

The growing practice of trading a bed for menial work is under investigation.

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Link Upper Clutha staff now on board

Sophie Ward and Ella Lawton.

Kathy Dedo and Sophie Ward appointed to drive Wanaka's new social services scheme.

Rates could have been cheaper

Southland District Council services and assets manager Ian Marshall.

Rates could have been cheaper if Winton water pipes did not fail early.

No winter blues for tourists

Efforts to get tourists to visit year round are paying off with more than ever coming in winter.

Winter weather isn't deterring tourists, who continued to arrive in record numbers in June.

Invercargill Brewery producing Radio Hauraki beer

Invercargill brewery Owner Steve Nally, left, talks with former Radio Hauraki DJ Ian 'Fergie' Ferguson at the launch of ...

The Invercargill Brewery has broadened its clientele to include pirates with two new brews it is producing.

Tourist loo fund too late video

Councils say it will be a push for them to meet a  six month deadline to build toilets and other tourist facilities.

South Island towns flooded by tourists are worried they won't get new toilets built in time for summer.

Public ferries for Queenstown?

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Mike Theelen says public transport must be frequent, cost-effective ...

Council considers ferries and a "park and ride" bus system as potential public transport options.

Ohai railway vehicles on the move

John Titter of the Lumsden Heritage Trust with a train engine once owned by the Ohai Railway Board.

Historic Ohai railway carriages and locomotive, which have in storage for years, have found new homes.

Queenstown ice-cream shop to open new premises

Mrs Ferg front of house service cashier Masha Erjavec, 26, is look forward to the opening of a second Mrs Ferg gelataria ...

"It will be a lovely little twist on the food experience.'' - general manager Steve Bradley

Deer thrive at Fiordland station

Monowai farmer Richard Greer at Sunnyside Station.

Sunnyside Station has changed the way it does things, to much success.

Reserve Bank move no solution

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has given banks little time to prepare for new lending restrictions.

OPINION: The central bank is adding new lending restrictions, but it is not trying to solve the problem.

Wanaka Watersports Trust gives final response to building concerns

The Wanaka Watersports Facilities Trust's original proposal in front of two protected sequoia trees (right).

Planner Duncan White notes Queenstown Lakes council has already permitted removal of lakeside trees.

Big fruit to get a face lift

Cromwell's Big Fruit area is getting renovated, with more plants and a linkage to the mall build by November.

Work to make the area around Cromwell's giant fruit sculpture more visible is under way.

Celebrity chef's plans panned

Annabel Langbein's cooking and filming brought significant benefits to the region, commissioners said.

Locals say Annabel Langbein's Wanaka plans were approved because she's famous.

Tiwai in $20m settlement

The union representing workers who took the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter owners to court over lieu payments claims to ...

Union says it has reached deal over payments for hundreds of current and former employees.

Cycle trail hearing concludes

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail hearing at the Environment Court has come to an end.

Anglers have left the Environment Court for the last time with an emotional plea for the appeal against the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail to be upheld.

Slow start to arts pilot

Murihiku Arts Incubator group member Lisa Tou-McNaughton.

The Creative NZ arts pilot, awarded to the Murihiku Arts Incubator, is finally starting to take some steps.

Wanaka website match makes sitters and clients

WanaSitter founder Sarah-Jane Perriam with her two sons Olly Perriam (9) and Max Perriam (7).

Business aims to empower families.

Southern hair wows judges

The Hair by Night presentation event, showcasing senior stylists and new generation stylists models at the Southland ...

Braids, shades and sleek locks impress crowds at regional competition.

One door closes, another opens

Peter Campbell stands inside the Otautau Presbyterian Church which was built in 1927 and is now closing.

The Otautau Presbyterian Church will hold its final service on July 31.

Inflation rising, but still low

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler faces both rampant house price increases and a dollar much stronger than he would ...

Figures are expected to show inflation remains well below target, but surging house prices might rule out an interest rate cut.

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