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Arts Festival begins in Southland

Jon Trimmer and Helen Moulder perform in Meeting Karpovsky, coming to Invercargill with the Southland Festival of the Arts.

It's the day Southland art lovers have been waiting for.

Southlander safe on the Bachelor

English teacher Alysha, of Invercargill, has reached the final eight in the first season of The Bachelor NZ.

Southland's last lady still competing for the affection of the NZ Bachelor is still in the running.

Film moves in, family moves out

Crew in Tapanui film inside a car on the set of Pete's Dragon.

A family of four braved the Tapanui snow in their family caravan after moving out of their house to make way for the Pete's Dragon film crew.

Axes to grind at Guitar Legends show

Lead guitar action is guaranteed at the Southland Musicians Club's Guitar Legends show on April 29 and 30.

Brace yourselves for the annual Southland axe attack.

Arts festival about to start

The first night of rehearsing in the Civic Theatre for the Chunuk Bair cast on Sunday night.

After months of preparations, the cast of Once on Chunuk Bair are just about ready for opening night. 

NZ Country Music Awards on sale

NZ songwriting trustee Jeff Rea, of Crookston, near Tapanui.

Tickets are now on sale for this year's New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore on May 23.

Southland singers safe on X Factor

Stevie Tonks performs Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love on the X Factor NZ

Southland's singers on X Factor are safe for another week, tonight's results show revealed.

Tapanui becomes Millhaven gallery

Filming of Pete's Dragon in Tapanui.

As the rain persistently fell on the new, old-look shop fronts in Tapanui, it is clear the town has a new identity.

Civic set for smashing good time with Phantom

Chris Calder of Quality Sheet Metal about to cut a hole in the Civic Theater ceiling for the Phantom of the Opera Chandalier

If you plan on going to Invercargill Musical Theatre production of the Phantom of the Opera, you're in for a smashing good time

Gary Elford tells family stories in new book

Gary Elford with the cover painting by Tui Johnson, a Southland artist now based in Cromwell, of his recently released book "Strength in Adversity"

Preserving family stories is more important than ever says poet and entertainer Gary Elford.

The Bachelor gets 'friendzoned'

Primary school teacher Kristie, formerly of Invercargill, has been sent home from The Bachelor NZ.

He's the object of so many women's desires, but even The Bachelor can be "friendzoned".

This is Us

Tasmin McMath for This is Us, Invercargill

I'm very unusual, especially around my friends. I like to eat a lot, it depends on my mood though.

This is Us

Maddy Hodges for This is Us, Invercargill

After school I like to play video games, especially Call of Duty on Playstation.

Helen Henderson set to release new album - 35 years later

Helen Henderson in Southland, 2015

She bought her mum's house five years ago but found she couldn't stay in it for very long so she bought a place in Bluff, up the hill overlooking the ocean. Now she finds herself coming back more.

The Bachelor NZ: Balclutha teacher safe in drama-charged episode

Primary school teacher Kristie, formerly from Balclutha, has survived a drama-charged rose ceremony on The Bachelor NZ.

Balclutha primary school teacher Kristie has braved freezing cold waters and a heart-stopping rose ceremony to ensure two southern bachelorettes will be on our screens when The Bachelor NZ continues tomorrow.

Joe Irvine says goodbye

X Factor NZ contestant Joe Irvine, of Invercargill.

Joe Irvine's emotional X Factor journey is over, with the Invercargill man eliminated from the show.

Southland boys survive again

Invercargill teacher Steve Broad.

Three Southland boys will live to sing for another day on X Factor.

Tapanui's Hollywood makeover

Pete's Dragon set dresser Jess Bauer turns a dairy into a flower shop in Tapanui ahead of filming next week.

There is definitely something happening in the West Otago town of Tapanui - there are no car parks on the main street.

Translating our history

Bluff-born artist Stephen Mulqueen with his Whakamaoritanga/Translations exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

After 15 years in storage, the installation exhibition based on the Bluff Hill lookout is now on display.

Six60 remember their roots

Six60 are now based in Auckland and will tour New Zealand in May and June.

Six60 have added six more tour dates in regional centres to their upcoming NZ tour.

The irrepressible Sir Clifford Skeggs

04042015 News Photo: Debbie Jamieson/FairfaxNZ  Sir Clifford Skeggs at home in Wanaka with his recently published biography.

The boy from Bluff who became Dunedin's mayor, a successful entrepreneur and a royal ankle grabber is telling his story.

A story of loss and discovery gallery

Invercargill man Allan Black looks back through old family photo albums after discovering his family's links to two Winton brothers who died on the same day in Gallipoli.

An Invercargill man has uncovered his long-lost links to two brothers who died on the same day in Gallipoli.

Six60 to play Invercargill

Kiwi band Six60

After a ticket sell out, much-loved New Zealand band Six60 have added six new all-ages regional shows to their New Zealand tour in May and June.

Closet artist makes debut young

Bethany Hughes is exhibiting her work at the City Gallery as part of the Closet Artist exhibition.

There is nothing quite like drawing a dragon for young Invercargill artist and writer Bethany Hughes.

Into the East earn top spot on charts

Graeme Woller (left) and Liv McBride from Into The East perform at the Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival in Gore on March 21.

Invercargill band Into the East have come up victorious as top of the ArtistSignal charts for March.

Dancers ready to rock'n'roll

Dance partners Isabella O'Donnell and George Hall of the Invercargill Rock'n'Roll Club.

It's all about the twist and shout for 50 local dancers heading to Rock'n'Roll Junior Nationals in Christchurch.

Brodksy Quartet - rock stars of classical music gallery

The Brodsky Quartet's Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, Paul Cassidy, and Jacqueline Thomas on stage at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill on Monday night.

REVIEW: As an audible gasp proved last night, the best way to explain a performance by The Brodsky Quartet is simply 'wow'.

Singing hopefuls stay another week

Joe Irvine performs on the X Factor NZ.

All three Southland contestants have survived another week on the X Factor NZ.

Teens catch bug for Bard

James Hargest students Caroline Santos O'Connell, Olivia Riley and Kelsey Acker prepare for their 15 performance of the witches in MacBeth at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition.

Drama students in the south showed just how talented they were when they took the stage to perform excerpts from Shakespeare's plays last night.

Australian dancers at Tartan Festival

Te Anau Tartan Festival organiser and piper David Pickett has trouble getting his breath as two Scottish sumo security guards, Jake Tither, 11, left, and William Soper, 12, keep close to make sure that he doesn't play off key.

If you fancy a highland fling or have a nose for whiskey, the Te Anau Tartan Festival may be for you.

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