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New SMAG curator ready to learn

New SMAG curator ready to learn

Ari Edgecombe, the new Southland Museum and Art Gallery visual arts curator, is all set for a "fast, steep, learning curve".

2 Southland films are finalists at New Plymouth's Tropfest

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

REVIEW: The Sparrow Thieves

The Southland Times

The Sparrow Thieves have really hit their straps musically.

Review: The Sparrow Thieves

The Sparrow Thieves have really hit their straps musically.

Winton A&P Show draws in big turnout

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.

Jason Kerrison special guest at awards show

Jason Kerrison will be the special guest artist at this year's ILT Southland Entertainment Awards.

Kiwi David Strang gets credit for inventing instant coffee

New Zealand's claim to the flat white may be fiercely contested, but the first commercial instant coffee was made in Invercargill.

Search for missing honour boards turns up historic chalice

A relentless search for missing honour boards in the south has uncovered some interesting historical items.

The River Jesters hit Invercargill

Tom Batchelor and his band The River Jesters are in town for their second gig of their national tour.

X Factor rocker's River Jesters on NZ tour

It's not the ideal set-up for a New Zealand tour, is it?

Bluff resounds with sound of summer

A musician is using her connections to make sure Invercargill is not the only city without a summer music series.

Cardrona turns on the heat for festival planners

Small army of Rhythm and Alps volunteers prepare Cardrona Valley site for deluge of music fans tomorrow.

Lord of the Rings location scout Dave Comer dies

Dave Comer, the man who helped redefine New Zealand as Middle-earth, loses his cancer battle on Christmas Day.

La Muse finds a new home

La Muse has closed the big red doors on its Nith St premise for the final time.

Left Or Right to tour, release new album

Left or right

There's never a dull moment for southern power trio Left Or Right.

Katy Perry says hi from Queenstown

Queenstown is buzzing with news Katy Perry had been in town after the singer posted a photo of her and a helicopter.

Spirit of Munro rides on

'Indian Motorcycles have done Dad proud'

One of John Munro's earliest memories involves him riding to school on the tank of his dad's motorbike.

South City Christmas Concert a success

for the South City Christmas Concert at St Andrews Community Centre in Invercargill. The concert featured several musical acts, including performers from three different Pacific Islands, New River Primary School, New Field Park School and story teller Liz Miller. Afterwards they held a barbecue where Santa mad an appearance and gave out sweets to the crowd. 

Rappers cut concert teeth on metal fans

An Invercargill-based rap group who started their musical career opening for metal bands are off on their first tour.

The art world warms to selfies

Selfie may be a modern addition to our vocabulary but a Riverton art gallery coordinator says the selfie, or self portrait, has been around for hundreds of years.

Southland artists prove career possible

One year on from studies

A group of former arts students have put on a show to prove a career in the arts is possible after graduation.

Return to the Manor a treat

Dog Gone

JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN

BOOK REVIEW: Any book that contains both cutsie animals and humour can't be anything but a winner.

Southern wild food tickets go on sale

Frog legs, snails, and fine French wine - they may be a delicacy in some countries, but here they are wild food fodder.

Southland musos drum up business

'I've never played anything like it'

A Southland musical enterprise is drumming up interest in its boutique, custom-built snare drums.

Performing around the world

Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan dreamed of performing with great orchestras from an early age.

The Ego has landed for 7 Days show

The Friday night TV comedy show 7 Days is taking to the road on a national tour.

Show Me Shorts heads south

Best of film fest for Alexandra, Stewart Island

New Zealand's annual celebration of small, but perfectly formed, cinema is making some southern stops.

World-class choir coming to NZ festival

Choir that performs at Denmark royal functions adds a Wanaka concert to their NZ tour.

Three years of going without

Life without 'madness' of a bottle a day

Lotta Dan

Everything we believe about booze is utter bullshit, a top-selling author about sobriety told Central Otago crowds.

Jump to it

Waihopai School group scores spot in regionals

Jump jam troupe

A troupe of rootin' tootin' dancers from Waihopai School has roped its way into this year's jump jam regionals.

Artist puts different spin on glass

Phil Newbury

Invercargill artist Phil Newbury works with glass in a different way to others.

Wanaka shot a winner

Christchurch photographer wins national award

Dennis Radermacher Photographer of the Year

Christchurch snapper wins coveted award for striking image of lake-swamped willow tree in Wanaka.

Grylls delivers - and some

True Grit

JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN

BOOK REVIEW: Once in a while, a book comes along that actually delivers a lot more than you expected. This is one of those time.

Twisted sisters

Tale of Cinders full of surprise

Cinders: A True Story

The traditional Cinderella story is getting a twist when the Invercargill Repertory Society takes it on in pantomime form.

Putting a serious face on kapa haka

17 schools perform at Nga Putangitangi comp

Kapa haka

They only had six weeks' practice before their big performance but Limehills School took to the stage with confidence at one of Southland's biggest kapa haka events.

Actor's home away from home

Ex-Southlander takes his place as the newest face on Aussie drama Home and Away.

Kapa haka competition celebrates 21 years

Fernworth School kapa haka group

A competition started 21 years ago has grown into a multi-school, ever-evolving, annual celebration of kapa haka.

French idioms ... and bidets

They Eat Horses Don't They?

JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN

BOOK REVIEW: Have you ever wondered what life in France is really like?

Jazz Fest showcases student talent

James Hargest College group Off The Record has secured the title of best Southland jazz band.

All that jazz

Busy weekend for twice-booked singer

Jennine Bailey

Christchurch jazz singer Jennine Bailey is the only artist to have got herself two concert gigs in next week's Queenstown JazzFest.

Fat-tastic fun-raiser

Sumo event to help bankroll dance trip

Sumo

Southland Stags Scott Eade and Keanu Kahukura are used to a bit of rough and tumble.

Quirky thriller is a little off-balance

Dog Will Have His Day

MAREE FIELD

BOOK REVIEW: Former special investigator Louis Kehlweiler has to find new ways to fill in his days now that he no longer works for the Parisian police force.

Young jazz bands seek winning sound

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.

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

Interest in art grows again

Simon King

From small beginnings more than four decades ago, the Wanaka Arts Society now has more than 100 active members.

Hollywood-sized plan for Wanaka hole

Jason Rhodes

For five years, Jason Rhodes has been beavering away on one of Wanaka's most ambitious projects.

Schools collaborate on creative book

book 60 students

High school students are launching a book they have written, illustrated and put together themselves.

Dragon to headline

Moonshiner's Festival signs replacement act

Dragon

Trans-Tasman rockers Dragon will replace The Angels as the headline act at the Hokonui Moonshiner's Festival in March.

All that jazz

Southland Times photo

New Zealand pianist Steve Barry, nationally acclaimed in Australia, and a rising star on the Sydney jazz scene, would like to say he was always a dedicated, hard-working student, who loved the piano from the time he started learning at the age of five.

More than just a ladies' night out

Fundraising comedy 'funny and poignant'

Southland Times photo

Ladies, it's time to get your bras out.

Goodrem posts Queenstown pic

The Voice star jets in wool growers' event

delta goodrem

Australian songstress Delta Goodrem has tweeted a picture of herself near Queenstown on Twitter.
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