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Tribunal censures real estate agent

NZ house, real estate, property

A prominent Queenstown real estate agent has been censured for unsatisfactory conduct.

Getting a fair deal for consumers

Mark Berry

His job involves grappling with forces of corporate darkness yet Mark Berry is disarmingly twinkly.

Sawmilling firm ordered to reduce noise at night


A major Southland company has been served an abatement notice following complaints to the Invercargill City Council.

Company to dig for South Island treasure

Simon Bridges

Canadian company given go-ahead to search for precious metal in Tasman and Southland.

Anger can be expensive


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Ms A and her husband were employed by Ms C in late May-June 2013. Ms A was employed as the calf rearer for the spring and relief milker as and when needed.

Boat building empire began over lunch

Boat manufacturer recalls start


A friendly chat at lunch about rubber inflatable boats led to the creation of the south's largest boat manufacturer.

SBS bank CEO leaves bank in good shape

Ross Smith

The outgoing SBS CEO leaves the bank after reporting a near-record profit for 2014.

Creditors may be out of pocket

postie plus

Businesses owed money by Postie Plus have lost hope of getting any of their money back.

Success lies with harvesting beet

Kaweku farmer Mark Dillon loves his fodder beet lifter – a Grimme Rootster,  which can lift about a tonne of fodder beet an hour.

The growing popularity of fodder beet has prompted Southland cropping farmer Mark Dillon to invest in a fodder beet lifter.

Farmers urged to pay up for $2m dairy hub

Dairy cows

Southern dairy farmers are being asked to contribute $2 million towards the proposed Southern Dairy Hub.

'Grimme Rootster' an investment

Success lies with harvesting beet

Kaweku farmer Mark Dillon loves his fodder beet lifter – a Grimme Rootster,  which can lift about a tonne of fodder beet an hour.

The growing popularity of fodder beet has prompted Southland cropping farmer Mark Dillon to invest in a fodder beet lifter.

More local taxes come with costs



OPINION: As promised, in this article I depart from informing readers about the shambolic state of affairs Inland Revenue and the Taxation Review Authority have collectively left our tax residence rules in, and instead focus on proposals to increase local government bureaucracy.

Roading manager defends design cost

craig pocock

Consultancy work for the inner city upgrade has cost the Invercargill City Council more than $80,000 but council bosses say it is money well spent.

Resort may get first airport hotel

Queenstown Airport

An Auckland company says it has lodged a resource consent to build a Ramada Hotel in Queenstown.

Dishonesty catalyst for dismissal


Job interview nightmares

OPINION: The Court of Appeal recently considered whether it would allow an appeal from the Employment Court on whether an employer could dismiss someone it regarded as having lied about something when being investigated over another issue of misconduct.

Postie Plus sale to Pepkor confirmed

Postie Plus

Administrators confirm the sale of the national retail chain to South Africa's Pepkor.

Southern growth prompts store upgrade


A $1.5 million investment in Northern Southland is now open to the public.

Court rules in Gibbston Valley water fight

water generic

Controversial sale canned of Gibbston Valley water company to a firm linked to bankrupt Dave Henderson.

Schist and glass for sports store revamp

shotover street

A new luxury shopping centre will be opening in Queenstown's main street next year.

China expected to be NZ's biggest lamb market

Lamb shoulder

ANZ agri chief says China could one day bypass the United Kingdom as the largest market for NZ lamb.

Success brewing for south

Joyce predicts farm productivity lift


The minister of economic development expects agricultural productivity to increase in Southland.

Intent and acquisition date important

Taxing Times

OPINION: For many years there has been a debate about what is the acquisition date of land for tax purposes.

Milk price cut is jolt for sector

Dairy cows.

Southern dairy farmers urged to spend cautiously after an unexpectedly sharp drop in global dairy prices.

PowerNet 'in good position' despite loss

electricity 300

Southern power firm takes a hit but chief executive says the company is in good health.

Landbankers stifle housing bid


Housing trust chairman calls for landbanking restrictions in Queenstown.

Ambassador role more important than prizes

Wiremu Reid and his family

2014 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Dairy Farmer of the Year Wiremu Reid is making his mark in the industry.

Cardrona skifield closes gates


Cardrona skifield had to "close the gates" yesterday.

Tale of two stores: a success, the other closing

Kemp & Hogan

While one second-hand clothing store is running strong, another closes its doors.

Central Otago resort dream 'pie in the sky'

Backers of a Central Otago luxury resort and lifestyle development will consider appealing a decision that wipes the project off the district plan.

Shotover Jet takes Trip Advisor top spot

Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet has become Trip Advisor's most reviewed single activity in Queenstown.

Visitors play prosperity's tune

brass band

There were more than just brass bands playing a tune around Invercargill this weekend.

What's good for the goose ...


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: My dad was dropping me off at 8.15am on Wednesday. It was raining heavily and it was cold (I mean cold for Southland).

$52m profit for gondola owners

View from Skyline Gondola

Queenstown gondola saw record numbers helping drive Skyline's profits to nearly $53 million.

High-country plan decision deferred again

environment southland

A decision to high-country development to become a permitted activity is likely to be deferred to October.

Controversial marine farm to go ahead


A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker

Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Swearing joiner legally sacked


Man who refused to wear safety glasses and launched into verbal tirades sought $24K compensation.

Blue Sky Meats betting on its future

graham cooney

Blue Sky Meats is making a significant capital investment at its chilled products plant.

Southern franchisee scoops top award

Jennian Homes franchise winners

The Southland Times

Jennian Homes Southland has won a top franchise award in the country.

Bluff salmon farm upgrades fleet

Frewza Boats owner Brendon Frew

Sanford Bluff is upgrading its Stewart Island salmon farm marine fleet with two custom-built boats.

Christchurch lodge 'picturesque amidst destruction'

Amross Court Motor Lodge

Expedia has named a quaint Christchurch motel for 'superior service and notable value'.

Long-time city barber trims back his hours

peter hair

One of Invercargill's longest-standing barbers is cutting back on a career that's spanned five decades.

Cricketers enlisted to sell lamb

John Rabbitt and Geoff Allott

Wealthy Indians will soon be dining on top-quality New Zealand lamb.

Lull hits southern construction industry

House construction

Construction work is drying up in Dunedin, forcing workers to look elsewhere.

Hazards laws are enough - Alliance

Alliance group

Plans to limit the amount of hazardous substances on industrial sites are unwarranted, the Alliance Group says.

China city farmers see similarities

Southland Times photo

Suqain may be thousands of kilometres away but it faces the same issues as Southland.

Behaviour reduces award


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Sometimes an employee's actions contribute to the effect of a personal grievance case.

Kings of the hill feel regulatory squeeze

Geoffrey Young

Rule changes have some farmers questioning whether this is the start of farming by consent.

$650m upgrade for Otago University


Campus renovation plan includes clock tower and several buildings.

'Exciting' plans for Cardrona whisky distillery

Cardrona distillery

A new whisky distillery in the Cardrona Valley near Queenstown has been given the go-ahead.
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