Thayer: 'Rents need to soften'

The cost of leasing retail space in Esk Street could be too high to attract new businesses, a property valuer says.

KiwiYo opens in Invercargill

Invercargill has a new place for tweenagers to hang out, as the town's first frozen yoghurt bar opens.

Film industry boosts Queenstown tourism

The billion-dollar visitor economy in Queenstown is on the up, sector representatives say.

Blis fined $30K for breaching NZX rules

Dunedin biotech has been fined $30,000 by the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Laundromat to get spruce up

The Glengarry Laundromat has changed hands and the new owners plan to give it an upgrade.

Brewery back in business

'We've all been so flat out this month'

Wanaka Beerworks' month-long drought has ended.

Paua group calls for halt to shark cage diving

The paua industry is today calling for a moratorium on great white shark cage dive operations.

Blue Sky Meats buys Gore export business

Blue Sky Meats NZ has bought Gore-based Clover Export.

Pop-up shops on the rise in CBD

The pop-up shop phenomenon has reached Invercargill.

Work starts on inner-city office development

A major inner-city development is underway on the corner of Don and Deveron streets.

Jet boat crash down to 'lapse in judgement'

Investigation into incident where Shotover Jet hit rocks has found drivers need more monitoring and training.

OtagoNet goes south for top price

The purchase of OtagoNet for $153m may prove to be a poor decision, Marlborough Lines chairman says.

Inventions in their genes

Two successful brothers say their upbringing in rural Southland with an inventor-father ignited their engineering passions.

City real estate firms merge

The Invercargill real estate market will have one less player from next week.

Dunedin - the first Gigatown in Australasia

'Digital Dunedin' is forging ahead, after the city won widespread access to the fastest internet in New Zealand.

Progress made on Gore milk plant plans

Plans for a multimillion-dollar milk processing plant near Gore are firming up with hopes a joint venture deal could be done within two months.

Rising to high country challenge

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

Smart feeding breeds winners

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

Dunedin wins Gigatown competition

Dunedin wins cut-price broadband for three years in Gigatown competition.

Ex-sheep farmers win coveted dairying award

Former sheep farmers win Southland's Dairy Business of the Year award.

Rural mum becomes entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

Pita Pit serves up best in country again

When your staff come back after shifts to hang out, you know you must be doing a good job.

Police advised man carrying drugs

Police were told a man, who later died in jail, wanted to be sent to prison with drugs hidden inside his body.

China delegation coming to Southland

Tai'an Municipal People's Government delegates to investigate local opportunities.

Queenstown stay costs $20,000 - a night

Bespoke accommodation a 'showstopper'

Travellers seeking a touch of luxury can find it at a newly-built mansion in Queenstown - for $20,000 a night.

SI's top farmers started with three little pigs

Canterbury pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne are South Island Farmers of the Year.

Dairy auction prices drop again

PM John Key signals the dairy slump is almost over, but economists are not so optimistic after the latest global dairy auction.

Fabulous year for Invercargill jeweller

Jewellery proving popular

A desire to make heirloom pieces with a modern twist has propelled Invercargill jeweller Rebecca Adams into the export fast lane.

Businessman Bob Robertson dies

The South Island entrepreneur and property developer died yesterday after a short illness.

Institute honours four southern directors

Four southern directors have been recognised for their services.

First-timer takes top award

'Edgy, mysterious, and smoky'

It takes time and effort to come up with an award-winning hairstyle.

Antique Lodge a dream opportunity

Gunther and Heidi Birgel

New Zealand Ice Hockey League general manager Gunther Birgel is living his dream ... in Clyde.

Taxman and creditor preferences


Taxing Times

OPINION: In company insolvency, the 7th Schedule to the Companies Act sets out the order in which receivers and liquidators must pay preferential claims.

Impartiality must be strictly observed


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Your workplace is not a "pick up joint" . . . but if your employer sacks you for treating it as such, they still need to be fair about it.

Station planned for patch of Arrowtown

Southland Times photo

After an almost 10-year-hiatus, a petrol station could be returning to Arrowtown.

Apprenticeships hit hard by recession

Glenys McKenzie

There have been 'no drastic increases' in any of the apprenticeship fields where there is demand for apprentices.

IRD able to trace overseas income


Taxing Times

OPINION: Inland Revenue has many ways to track New Zealand tax residents with overseas income and assets.

Store closure 'sad for Invercargill'

Lara Hopa

Invecargill streetwear store Va1idnation is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Is IRD winning war on black economy?

Taxing Times

OPINION: In September last year, I wrote about the Inland Revenue Department's success in winning the war against the black economy.

Facebook comments cost jobs


Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Two recent cases have added to the ever- growing list of people whose Facebook antics have landed them in hot water with their bosses.

Infinity boss Bob Robertson steps down

Bob Robertson

Award-winning Peninsula Bay developer Bob Robertson, of Wanaka, has retired for health reasons.

Retailers: online shopping hurts business

Empty shops in Gore

There are two large, empty shops in Irk St, and soon there will be one more.

Clutha retailers report rise in positive sentiment


Business confidence has reached an 18-month high in Clutha, with retailers cautiously optimistic.

Boutique retirement village for Queenstown

Shotover Country subdivision

A retirement village with a bowling green and swimming pool has been announced for Queenstown.

Antique dealer ready to expand

Southland Times photo

Two shipping containers parked at Shingle Creek have tantalised passing traffic since February, raising speculation as to the future of the former hotel.

Take care over work agreements

STL Work to Rule

OPINION: A recent decision of the Chief Judge of the Employment Court has set out yet again the rules that will be used in deciding whether a person is an employee or a contractor.

Longtime truckie in industry award

Southland Times photo

Les MacKenzie has diesel in his blood.

Budding creatives get down to business

Southland Times photo

Budding entrepreneurs and business brains get their chance to pitch ideas and build a concept from start to finish this weekend.

Long journeys on slink run ending

Southland Times photo

With lambing and calving almost over for another season, Mervyn Soper and his assistant Roger Kubala have travelled about 450 kilometres a day around northern Southland on their slink skin run.

Members drive SBS changes

wayne evans

Southland's bank is making changes in a bid to become more responsive to its members.
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