James Hargest College jazz band Off the Record, from left, Michael Zhang, Anna Redmond, Josiah Brown,  David Stupples, tutor John McLelland, Jonty Heydenrych and Rebekah Elder prepare for the Southland Secondary Schools Jazz Fest.

Young jazz bands seek winning sound

Saxophones are being shined and shoes waxed for the Southland Secondary Schools Jazz Fest.

Southland films recognised

Two short films from Invercargill have been selected as finalists in the New Plymouth Tropfest film festival.

Tales of mystery and imagination

The Southland Times

The Sparrow Thieves have really hit their straps musically.

Sparrow Thieves' album a colourful ride

The Sparrow Thieves have really hit their straps musically.

Big turnout at Winton A&P

Nearly 1000 lambs shorn in competitions

Organisers were worried numbers would dip this year, but Winton's A&P Show attracted its second biggest crowd ever on Saturday.

Laneway Festival's hits and misses

Laneway always delivers musically but struggles with a host of issues from missing shade, to long toilet lines and questionable sound quality.

Benedict Cumberbatch: I’m an idiot

Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an "idiot" to refer to non-white actors as "coloured."

Of love, loss and laughter

The man behind Galavant

Just another young-adult film

the maze runner MOVIE REVIEW: Maze Runner is yet another young adult book made into a film and I'm over it.

Ninja Turtles on steroids still lots of fun

MOVIE REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is completely silly but so much fun.

A slam-dunk hayride to Hitsville

Comic book noir only

Has an edge adults will enjoy

MOVIE REVIEW: The first words to come out of my 5-year-old niece's mouth after watching The Boxtrolls were "it was amazing", and that it was.

'He touched so many'

Mum, 23, who lost husband to cancer says she's been touched by Southland's support and generosity.

Mark Clare to lead Southland play

Shortland Street actor will be the first out-of-towner to front Shakespeare in the Park.

Jason Kerrison for awards show

Ghost busters on the hunt

Exercise boosts teens' brains - study

Heard the expression "Ask a teen - they know everything?" A  new Dunedin study suggests they could be even smarter with regular exercise.

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