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Ka pai top vege pie

Queenstown and Wanaka Bakery Wholesale worker Rita Williams shows off top-awarded veggie pies.

Wanaka and Queenstown ka pai vegetable pies are officially the best in the country.

Piano gig in Central Otago

Wellington musicians Douglas Mews and Robert Ibell will perform in Cromwell on September 22 and Arrowtown on September 23.

Wellington-based musician swill make the audience time travel two centuries back during their concerts in Arrowtown and Cromwell.

A woman's touch

Emma Jarman is the first female musical director of the Invercargill City Big Band.

Emma Jarman is the first female musical director for the Invercargill City Big Band.

Sid and Buck investigate Scott Base conditions

Antarctica NZ worker Vonny Sprey, formerly of Wanaka, embraces Sid the Sloth at Scott Base.

Scott Base's latent thespians dress up to beat the winter blues.

Who killed Richard Bell?

A signpost in the Lora Gorge area.

The murder of Richard Bell by an unknown assailant rocked the Hokonui area. But did a deathbed confession close the case?

Once homeless, now creating music

Piano man Dean Wetere will perform his compositions at the Hidden Treasures concert at the Southland Museum and Art ...

Once he was homeless, now he's a musical maestro.

House bus battery to blame for fire

The charred remains of a house bus, which went up in flames in Cromwell on Monday night.

A battery being charged by a solar panel is the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a house bus and a shed.

Vineyards produce 'evolutionary' map

Felton Road Wines winemaker Blair Walter at the launch of a Bannockburn vineyard map for wine lovers keen to learn more ...

Fine wine regions around the world have them, now Bannockburn in Central Otago does too.

From glass cows to spaceships

Cradle director Damon Duncan works with actress Jacqueline Joe on set.

Glass cows containing milk aren't the only thing to come out of the creative mind of Southlander Damon Duncan.

Cromwell boys slip down cliff-face collecting crystals

Carter Pearson, 9, of Cromwell is rescued by fire crews after slipping down a cliff face with his friend Harvey Browne, ...

An adventure turned into a rescue mission for two nine-year-old Cromwell boys who slipped down a cliff-face in Central Otago.

Theatre minds think alike

Theatre director Jonathan Tucker with a picture of him and playwright Roger Hall in 1980, when he staged one of Hall's ...

Theatre director Jonathan Tucker keeps returning to New Zealand playwright Roger Hall's material for good reason.

Better late than never

Helen Henderson is back in New Zealand to formally release her album, London.

It's fair to say Helen Henderson's latest album, London, has been a long time coming.

Cooking and lollipops inspire songs

Southland musician Anna van Riel has been nominated in two categories for the 2016 Children's Music Awards.

Anna van Riel and Peter Weatherall have been announced as finalists in the Children's Music Awards.

Slow start to arts pilot

Murihiku Arts Incubator group member Lisa Tou-McNaughton.

The Creative NZ arts pilot, awarded to the Murihiku Arts Incubator, is finally starting to take some steps.

Acts sign for New Year's Eve country concert at Lake Hawea

21122015 News Photo: Supplied: Wanaka country-pop music artist Jody Direen in action on stage.

Southern country music fans will have a home at the Lake Hawea Hotel this summer.

Dunedin: When did you get so cool?

ROA's tuatara on a wall in Bath Street, Dunedin.

Something strange has happened to Dunedin. It's become cool.

Southland restaurants absent from guide

A dish from Roots, last year's Cuisine Restaurant of the Year.

40 Cuisine judges conducted months of secret visits and research to bring you this guide.

Polyfest is back bigger than ever

Polyfest co-ordinator Pauline Smith and Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust chairperson Parker Ormond check out ...

Could this be the biggest Polyfest ever hosted down south?

Practically perfect in every way

Grace Doherty (Jane Banks), Emily Burns (Mary Poppins), Korbyn Simpson (Michael Banks), and Nick Purdie (Bert) perform ...

I'm a little bit in love. His name is Bert. He's a chimney sweep.

Kiwi climbers conquer Peru mountain gallery

New Zealand Alpine Team captain Steve Fortune, 36, of Queenstown.

The New Zealand Alpine Team climbed its way into the history books with an expedition in the Andes.

Filming under way in Queenstown

Actress Elisabeth Moss poses with her award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for her role in "Top of the ...

Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss spotted filming season two of Top of the Lake in Queenstown.

Ghost towns that haunt NZ's south

What Macetown looks like today.

These southern towns have been abandoned, but reminders of them are still there.

Seseame St for adults

Theatre extraordinaire Hamish McGregor is making a name for himself in the Auckland theatre scene.

Former Invercargill man Hamish McGregor is in town to cast his upcoming show, Avenue Q.

Plenty for parents at Kidzone

Sisters Sam, 5, and Evie, 9, van de Schoor show off their fingerless gloves they made in the sewing room.

There's plenty for parents to look forward to at the ILT Kidzone Festival.

Exhibition to challenge arts scene

Invercargill artist Kathryn McCully is opening an exhibition of the arts landscape in Invercargill, from 8th July, at ...

Invercargill artist Kathryn McCully's latest exhibition at City Gallery is set to make a statement.

Calling all directors

Invercargill Repertory Society president Anya Bowman is on the look out for some new directors for the theatre.

Ever fancied trying your hand at directing a theatre show?

Reinventing pop classics

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox will play a seven-city tour in New Zealand starting at the end of August.

Postmodern Jukebox are set to play a seven-city tour of New Zealand, starting at the end of August.

Top of the Lake shooting here

The New Zealand director of Top of the Lake, Jane Campion, at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

The Top of the Lake production crew are back in Queenstown to film part of the show's second season.

Love breaks chip shop curse

Fernhill Fish and Chip shop owners Marie Smith and Simon Dennis with their "mascot" Ora the dog.

Couple who fell in love over fish, chips and paua patties have broken a supposed curse over a Queenstown fish and chip shop.

Country music festival on hold

The 2015 Branding Music Festival attracted 2000 young people to Wanaka for New Year's Eve.

New Year's "challenges'' and personal issues behind the Central Otago event organiser's decision.

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