New taste tempters in Queenstown

Southland Times photo

Queenstown's food and drink scene continues to grow with the opening of four new businesses.

Luggate sludge test for 'calibrated noses'


Differences in nose "calibration" could impact odour assessment, hearing told.

McDonald's planned for city

Big Mac

A major development of a south Invercargill site could be the new home to McDonald's.

Axes out for main street trees

'Too brown, too messy - chop them down'

Michelle Baxter

Shop owners in Gore's main street want some trees outside their premises chopped down.

Sick leave rules not so simple



OPINION: We have been getting inquiries lately about entitlements to sick leave under the Holidays Act 2003, and an individual's employment agreement.

Family business farewelled

Many changes have come on mail run

Alan Brown

Alan Brown has said farewell to a family business that has connected him to Northern Southland for more than 38 years.

Mobile eateries multiplying

Wheely good food on every corner

Southland Times photo

Mobile food caravans are popping up all over Wanaka with three new businesses started in the past month alone.

Dairy farm's effluent consent approved

Dairy cows

An application by a Waituna dairy farm to extend its effluent disposal area has been approved.

Remarkables skifield main priority for 2015

Despite a tough year at its Mt Hutt field, NZSki is going ahead with further investment at its southern skifields.

Post mortems on cows after mystery deaths

Cows graze on swedes

Team of experts carrying out post mortems to get to the bottom of a mystery illness that has killed as many as 300 cows.

Mild winter likely cause of cow deaths

Dairy cows

A seed company believes it knows what's behind the mystery illness killing Southland cows.

$157m work kicks off

Fonterra milk plant at Edendale

Work has begun this week on a $157 million expansion at Fonterra's milk plant at Edendale

Bell Tea properties sold in Auckland, Dunedin

Bell tea

Four industrial properties in Auckland and Dunedin are investors' cup of tea, selling for $18.7m.

Wanaka home for brillig brew

Southland Times photo

It started off as home-brew made in a pot and a tea urn in the garden shed.

Sales take off like an e-rocket

Southland Times photo

E-biking could soon take over the Sunday drive as more people prefer pedals to petrol.

Constructive dismissal hard to prove


Mary-Jane Thomas

Mr B was employed from January 2012 as a fulltime groundsman at Kingdom of Zion Wildlife Park, a private zoo managed by Earth Crest Ltd.

Lorneville stock sale


Firm demand occurred for a small yarding of prime sheep, bobby calves and a large yarding of cattle at this week's Lorneville sale.

Fledgling firm turns pine pest into perfume

Marlo Molgat

Firm on the cusp of a global breakthrough from processing invasive trees into a highly sought-after product.

Jetstar adds direct Qtown-Gold Coast flights


Queenstown can expect more visitors from across the Ditch.

Innovation pays off for sheep breeder

Andy Ramsden

Well-established composites are the new purebreds according to award-winning sheep breeder Andy Ramsden.

Billionaire cartel buys back land

NZ money, cash

An Israeli billionaire family and business partner have bought back, for nearly $4 million, land that was sold to a developer whose property deal failed.

Drone big success on and off farm

Mark Gardyne

A father and son's use of a drone to check on stock has catapulted them to international fame.

Angry retort to Fonterra U-turn

Art and Helen Blom

Farmers who have invested millions to supply winter milk are upset at Fonterra after their contracts are not renewed.

Firm wins top award from Maori business network

Suzanne Spencer Memorial Award

Invercargill business Awarua Synergy has taken out a top award from KUMA.

Doors close on 'white elephant'

Doors close on 'white elephant'

The former Central Otago Vintners winer

A Marlborough winemaker has mothballed a beleaguered Cromwell winery.

Companies' spat likened to divorce

Power lines

A bitter break up has evolved between Electricity Invercargill, and Marlborough Lines Ltd.

Dealers call for action over car hawkers

Car yard owners vent frustration at car hawkers

Brian Millar

Invercargill car dealers are furious that hawkers can line Tay St with cars to sell while they are regulated.

Commercial vehicle sales soar in south

GM Colorado ute.

Tradies and farmers are cruising in style in the south.

Paradox of increasing tax rates



In a recent press release, the Green Party announced an increase in the top personal marginal tax rate to 40 per cent.

South Island tourism targets Australians

Tourism NZ and Chch Airport are joining forces to remind the Aussies that the South Island has a lot to offer.

Health and safety nitty-gritty


Mary-Jane Thomas

The Health and Safety Reform Bill is now working its way through Parliament. Prompted by the Pike River Coal Mine disaster, it represents the largest change to workplace health and safety since the Health and Safety in Employment Act was passed in 1992.

Parties and their taxation promises


Taxing Times

OPINION: The Green Party released its tax policy earlier this week. The key points are: A new top marginal rate of 40 per cent for individuals earning more than $140,000 per annum;

Help needed to boost regional development

Sarah Hannan

Resources that support regional economic development are what Southland needs from its elected representatives, industry and business heads say.

Couple sues lawyers over luxury holiday perk

Matakauri Lodge

Couple who started exclusive Queenstown lodge furious they're not allowed free holidays there.

Dad brews up a winner


Dale Booth brewed a raspberry beer for his baby girl. Now he's in the pink over a commercial contract.

Terms of employment can cut both ways


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Mr S had been employed by IBM New Zealand Limited for more than 20 years when he resigned.

Farmers share secrets of success

roast beef

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

Recognition for sled designer

Southland Times photo

Clyde entrepreneur who sells snow sleds across the world makes regional finals of business-plan competition.

Nut shortage to benefit NZ growers


A southern hazelnut grower says it's too early to say if an overseas shortage will benefit growers in the south.

Akarua expands in Central Otago

Southland Times photo

A Central Otago winery has snapped up two established vineyards to meet growing demand.

Mothering-on trick for ewes and lambs heaven-scent

Southland Times photo

A sheep farmer has a penchant for women's perfumes. But, it's not what you might think.

Quiz app launched

Step towards software business

Southland Times photo

Invercargill is jumping on the app developing market.

New role for Dunedin Chamber boss

John Christie

Long-standing Otago Chamber of Commerce boss John Christie has been named the city's new marketing and tourism chief.

Forum to focus on alpacas and llamas


The newly formed Otago-Southland alpaca owners group aims to educate farmers and lifestyle block owners.

Agencies cite farm drainage concerns

Dairy cows

DOC and Fish & Game call for further conditions on a Waituna dairy farm's application to renew a dairy effluent discharge permit.

Is capital gains tax needed?



OPINION: In an earlier article, I wrote about why governments impose tax. In this article, I discuss capital gains tax (CGT) and ask whether we need it.

A little home cookery for orphan lambs

David Hamill

David Hamill has a secret weapon when it comes to mothering lambs onto ewes.

Lieu days dispute lies with Court of Appeal


An Employment Court decision about the accrual of lieu days could cost NZAS millions of dollars, the Court of Appeal has been told.

Labour's tax policy a breath of fresh air


Taxing Times

OPINION: In the run-up to election 2014, political parties are busy hoisting various policies up the flagpole to try to attract voter attention.

Farming jobs plentiful in south

dairy farm rain

NEIL RATLEY - The Southland Times

Southland's unemployed youth can reap the rewards of the region's strong agriculture industry, agencies say.
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