Southland needs to diversify - Joyce

Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce speaks at a public meeting at the Winton Salvation Army Corps on Tuesday.

Southland cannot rely on its biggest employers to remain strong in the future, Steven Joyce says.

Development Strategy report due

Graham Cooney

A report identifying opportunities and factors holding development back in Southland will be presented to the mayoral forum on September 9.

Flat Hill wind farm opened gallery

Pioneer Generation Flat Hill Wind Farm near Bluff

With turbines churning on a grey day, Southland's newest wind farm is officially up and running.

Invercargill Licensing Trust buys Southland Times building

The Southland Times building in Invercargill.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust has bought the Southland Times building in Esk St.

Online purchase GST rules could go further

New GST laws for online purchases are coming up.

OPINION: Murray McClennan considers the changes ahead for GST and online purchases.

Health and safety law clarified

Mike Mitchell

Small businesses, farms, and volunteers should understand the changes in health and safety legislation. Mike Mitchell sets them out.

Don Nicolson appointed to Power Company Ltd board

Don Nicolson, who has been appointed to The Power Company Ltd board.

Don Nicolson has been appointed to The Power Company Ltd board.

Meet Maggie, the 'bride horse'

Three-year-old Shire, Max, is readied for the morning’s training by Zara-Lee Macdonald.

Seven-year-old Percheron mare sure to bring the "x-factor" to country weddings.

Stabicraft in famous company at design awards

Paul Adams of Stabicraft Marine Ltd in his boat building factory on the Bluff Road

A Southern-designed boating sensation is about to foot it with some famous names at the New Zealand Design Awards.

Transport World a "catalyst" for tourism

H W Richardson Group director Jocelyn O'Donnell and operations manager Sally McDonald stand in the Henry Ford workshop entrance to the events centre, inside the building site for the Bill Richardson Transport World.

Bill Richardson Transport World is going to instigate a tourism boost for the south, Venture Southland says.

Creeping IR debt recovery rules

Might that be the Commissioner of Inland Revenue tiptoeing up behind you? Taxing Times columnist Craig Macalister wants a word with employees who find themselves indebted to the taxman.

Culling of dairy cattle increases

A truck full of dairy cattle that aspiring meat company director Gray Baldwin pictured on the way to a Southland processing plant. Baldwin tweeted the picture as an example of dairy farmers under financial pressure.

Cash-strapped dairy farmers are slaughtering thousands more cattle than usual in response to slumping milk prices.

Dairy prices caution

The rise is welcome relief for the beleaguered industry, with Fonterra earlier this month slashing the price it pays farmers for milk solids to $3.85 per kilogram from $5.25.

Long awaited turnaround in GlobalDairyTrade auction prices comes with a warning.

Charity shops experience winter shortfalls

Habitat for Humanity ReStore retail assistant Fiona Adams in the unusually empty store.

Charity shops across the south are experiencing mixed fortunes as seasonal fluctuations and increased competition bite.

Winton agent wins top award

PGG Wrightson real estate agent Kelvin Moylan, of Winton, celebrating his trophy haul after being named the country’s number one residential-lifestyle agent.

A Winton real estate agent has won a national sales award for listing and selling the most properties in New Zealand which he says reflects the strong residential property market in Central Southland.

Wine event misses out on funding

As part of Down to Earth Celebrations wine tourists will be asked at Misha's Vineyard to literally work for your lunch by doing shoot thinning, bud rubbing and lateral removal in the vineyard before dining on organically grown local produce al fresco at the old gold miner ruins on the vineyard.

Organisers of a 10-day regional winery event are staying upbeat despite missing out on funding from the Cromwell Community Board.

Queenstown property market hits record sales

Residential property and section sales are booming in Queenstown.

The Queenstown residential property market had its busiest month for years in July, according to the latest real estate figures.

Island trust and Real Journeys team up

A Kiwi on Stewart Island.

Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and Real Journeys have joined forces on Stewart Island.

Bathurst could buy Southland mines

Eastern Coal, Bathurst Resources Limited's domestic coal business, would considering buying Solid Energy's Southland assets.

Buyers are already eyeing up Solid Energy's Southland assets, following the coal company's voluntary administration.

More dairy farmers hitting a wall

"There's a lot of people who are very very stressed and probably don't know who to go to for help," says Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel Rural Support Trust farm consultant Mandi McLeod.

Four times as many dairy farmers than normal are crying out for help thanks to Fonterra's plunging payout.

Limited taxability exemptions for offshore income

Tax -- not as resolutely domestic an issue as some think.

The long arm of Inland Revenue is longer than some people think, Murray McClennan explains

Foot in the door for the older jobseeker

Brian Richardson

A programme aims to give older workers the chance to prove themselves with no risk our outlay for the employer, Brian Richardson reports

Barn big enough to house whole herd

With snow on the ground, West Otago dairy farmers Ken and Bruce Eade were happy to bring their whole herd of 550 ayrshire and holstein friesian cows under cover in their 5100 square metre cow shed.

A cow barn has enabled a West Otago family to increase their milking herd and make a big jump in production.

Maintenance costs add to ILT profit dip

The Invercargill Licensing Trust's head office on Dee St in Invercargill.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust consolidated group recorded a 4.7 per cent drop in profit for the 2015 year.

Dramatic fall in cow prices

Cow prices have fallen by as much as $600 at saleyards around the Waikato.

The price of dairy cows has taken a hammering over the past six months due to the downturn in the milk price.

Simon's got the 'ballance' right

Castlerock farmer Simon Saunders on his property.

Simon Saunders admits there still a bit of work to do on his Stag Valley property.

A leader in farm sustainability video

Malcolm MacKenzie with the wetland he created on his East Limehills farm.

The birdsong flows around Malcolm MacKenzie's Southland farm. 

Constructive dismissal hard to prove

Rebecca McLeod.

Work to Rule columnist Rebecca McLeod reports an Employment Relations Authority ruling.

Milk price slashed video

Fonterra has cut its milk price forecast.

Fonterra's decision to slash the price it pays its farmers for milk solids will wipe $2.5 billion off the economy, an analyst says.

Pay PAYE or pay dearly

Craig Macalister.

It's perilous to neglect PAYE, Taxing Times columnist Craig Macalister writes.

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