First time nerves for students

Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

Hokonui Awards

A group of eager fashion designers are entering the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards for the first time this weekend.

Seamless ape sequel shocks and awes

 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

MOVIE REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a flawless blend of good storytelling, great casting and seamless production.

Sophie wears win really well

Practice makes perfect for dancer

Southland Times photo

Eastern Southland has a new national champion.

Hokonui awards just part of the fabric of NZ

Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards are just part of the fabric of NZ.

'Amazing garments' in this year's Hokonui lineup

Hokonui models

Trends come and go but good quality will never go out of style.

Slow burner that soon heats up

Murder Bag


Is there anything more likely to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly winter evening than a good murder mystery?

Southland stakes claim for wonderful Catlins


The Catlins

ABOUT THE SOUTH: New Zealand's top 10 landmarks from a recent TripAdvisor poll put Olveston in Dunedin in top place.

Animal stories essentially funny


Father-of-two Mark Hotton casts his eye over three books for children.

The sound of music

Behind the scenes: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Getting the sound right for Mamma Mia! is going to mean getting the process right first.

Short and to the point

Books on shelf


The critically acclaimed Bridget Williams Books "short books on big subjects" have moved from the digital world to print.

Artists to show how it's done

Aleisha Toomey

Art lovers can watch how artwork is created this week at City Gallery.

Superstar Sirocco in spotlight again

'From Dud to Stud' up for award


A film about the only bird in the world with a government job is in the running for a prestigious award.

Great family movie

how to Train Your Dragon 2

MOVIE REVIEW: I cried in a kids' movie. I admit it. But How to Train Your Dragon 2 got me all caught up in the moment.

Rhythm and Alps festival final lineup announced

Rhythm and Alps

The final lineup of the second Rhythm and Alps in Cardrona has been announced.

Dream comes true for author

Abby Wilder

If working part time and raising two children wasn't enough, Abby Wilder has self-published her debut novel.

Harmonies make up for leisurely start

Jersey Boys

MOVIE REVIEW: Jersey Boys reignited our reviewer's love for the music of The Four Seasons.

Exhibition aims to inspire 'art city'

South Alive Community artspace

A new "art city" to develop a creative hub is gaining support.

We're just crazy about our pets


Kiwis tend to fall into two categories when it comes to our furry, feathered and/or scaled friends: we are either pet-owners or poorly adjusted human beings who are incapable of forming real, meaningful relationships and doomed to a life of loneliness and social ineptitude.

Searching for some nostalgia

The Searchers

Frank Allen remembers a time when all he and his band had to do was walk on stage and the crowd screamed.

Tech team swings into action

Behind the scenes: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

The technical crew move into the Civic Theatre on the Thursday, July 24. Their nemesis is time.

Gangland killings a shock


Set against a backdrop of six o'clock closings, a Chicago-style underworld, bent cops, prostitution and the lure of a quick buck or two, the book helpfully provides a brief history of the sly-grog dens in Auckland, which helps create an interesting backdrop to the environment in which the murders took place.

Southland hits the right note

St Kilda Brass Band

Southland's mild weather has been praised as organisers wrap up the New Zealand brass band championships. | Visitors play prosperity's tune

True story is gripping reading

book cover


This book shows that a true story can be every bit as exciting as any work of fiction a Hollywood scriptwriter could come up with.

Brothers' lip fitness

Getting down to brass tacks

liam and jack bewley

It might sound like the latest Hollywood exercise fad but lip fitness is serious business for the Bewley brothers.

Performing arts centre plans dealt blow

Trevor Daley

Plans for an art centre adjoining the Scottish Hall have had their bid for funding rejected.

City music teacher gains honorary membership


A visiting music examiner says performance challenges for musicians are growing.

Special skills lost to a wide circle of people

Anna Chilton

Southland's art world shrank with the sudden passing at the end of June of Anna Schneideman Chilton.

Great read captures Kiwi experience

book cover


Going on the big OE is something of a rite of passage for many young Kiwis, so it should come as no surprise that there is now a book looking at the history of this trend.

American Bandstand to entertain Invercargill

invercargill lipstick

A golden era of American music will be revisited in a show in Invercargill this week.

Whimsical work a little gem

Edwin's Egg


Newly published collections by former New Zealand Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen, Owen Marshall and southerner Kay McKenzie Cooke are poetic gems.

Fire-breathing robot dinosaurs 'boring'


MOVIE REVIEW: There is a fire breathing robot dinosaur. And that's really all there is to say about Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Unsung heroes make magic happen

Behind the scenes: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia

We go backstage with Invercargill Musical Theatre to gain an insight into what it takes to produce a show like "Mamma Mia!"

Free to perform

Home detention is fertile creative ground

Daimon Schwalger

A not-so-chance meeting with an undercover cop has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for international music artist Daimon Schwalger, aka The Nomad.

Huge amount of work before rehearsals begin

Behind the scenes: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia rehearsal

One thing not often considered when it comes to a stage production is the preparation the cast put in before they even reach rehearsal.

Reunion could have been better


OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: In 1998 The Wedding Singer graced our cinema screens with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 2004, Sandler and Barrymore fell in love again in 50 First Dates. Now, 10 years on, the romantic comedy couple are back.

Shining a light on Wellington's vampires

 Jemaine Clement(Vladislav), Ben Fransham(Petyr), and Taika Waititi

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: There's no real storyline to hang the action on here, which makes sense given the nature of the film. It's also very, very, very funny.

Faultless big screen adaptation

The fault in our stars

MOVIE REVIEW: If you haven't heard of young-adult author John Green, then boy oh boy, "The Fault in Our Stars" is certainly the best and most emotional way be introduced.

Rockquest teen bands get shot at stardom

The Fiends

Students are hoping to find a path to fame and fortune at the Central Otago Smokefree Rockquest finals.

Dancers heading to Hong Kong

Jazztime group

Young dancers from Jazztime will take part in workshops, visit a refuge and dance at Disneyland.

Classic rockers booked for Gibbston gig


Foreigner, Heart and Three Dog Night will front stellar line-up for Queenstown summer gig.

Bro-mance ignites Jump Street sequel



OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Those who have seen 21 Jump Street will experience a sense of familiarity going into this sequel, 22 Jump Street.

Festival nabs southern acts

The Killer Seas

In a victory for Queenstown's original music scene, Scott Kennedy has secured space on the Queenstown Winter Festival main stage to showcase local bands.

Dreaming of the impossible

100 things


I refuse to set myself a bucket list and believe the phrase should be eradicated from our language, but must admit I did enjoy this trip through what many would see as the ultimate bucket list.

Reviews: Books for younger readers

Books for younger readers.

New twist on Disney classic


OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Maleficent is not a film to take your boyfriend to.

Cameo roles save film


A Million Ways to Die in the West

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I'm positive that one of the ways to die in the West is to sit through Seth MacFarlane's latest film, aptly named, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Saved by a Luftwaffe pilot


A Higher Call is a true story of German honour and chivalry in the skies over Europe during World War II.

Artist enjoys southern switch

Southland Times photo

It's quite a leap from painting to ceramics but Sam Mitchell, the 2014 William Hodges Fellow, has done just that.

Laid-back Cam striding through country

cam luxton

There's just something about the Gold Guitars.

Kiwi hip-hop stars home for TV gig

Justice Crew: World famous ... over there

Southland Times photo

They might be famous across the ditch but when the Kiwi members of hip-hop band Justice Crew return home, their friends keep them honest.
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