Art and culture blooming in Bluff

Lands End Garden Club publicity officer Paddy Rowe sits in one of the Bluff gardens which will be open to the public this weekend.

February is shaping up to be busy in Bluff.

From Uganda to Southland

Richmond Wandera in Kampala, Uganda.

It may be summer in Southland, but Richmond Wandera swears it's freezing. 

Six vie for Southland entertainer award gallery

Shannon Cooper-Garland

Six of Southland's best performers vie to be Southland Entertainer of the Year.

Cabaret Club aims high

The Cabaret Club,  from left: Julie Smith, Jason Schmidt, Nathan Kahukura, Paula Gilroy-Schmidt, Aleisha Kennard, Amelia Dowling, Neale Smith, Emma Williams, Hannah Kennedy, Laura Skeggs, Craig Waddell, Brittany Harris, Morina Colyer and Marc Colyer.

Invercargill has its first professional musical theatre company, the Cabaret Club.

Members make the show go on gallery

Life members of the Waiau A & P Show Dave and Mary Adams.

Winton woman Mary Adams has many memories of her time as president for the Waiau A & P Show.

Show cancelled tonight

Nigel Edwards (left) and Jason Fraser perform on opening night of Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night.

Shakespeare in the Park has been cancelled tonight due to poor weather forecast.

Arrowsmith's travels earn Tui award

Holly Arrowsmith, originally of Arrowtown,  performs at Earnslaw Park.

Holly Arrowsmith has come a long way since a chance meeting with a guitar six years ago.

SIT celebrates Chinese New Year

Tim Wen Xin Li, 4, celebrates Chinese New Year at SIT on Wednesday night.

Good luck spread throughout SIT's Chinese New Year celebration.

New experience for French students

Marama Davis with French students Caroline President and Mathilde Calloch, both 16, as they wait to be welcomed onto the Bluff marae.

School life's a bit different in France compared to New Zealand.

Mal Law, the movie, released this week

Extreme runner Mal Law of Wanaka trains on Mt Iron.

Fifty- The Movie tells story of 50 marathons in 50 days.

Bill Cowie collection exhibition

Central Southland man Bill Cowie has lended 44 pieces of art work to City Gallery in Invercargill.

More than 40 pieces of art on display at City Gallery as part of Bill Cowie Collection.

Bluff gets ready for a big weekend

Bluff Promotions chairman Steve Mitchell is busy preparing for the annual book sale being held at the weekend

Bluff Promotions chairman Steve Mitchell is getting ready for a busy weekend in Bluff. 

Shakespeare draws a crowd

Lizzie Dawson, left, and Jade Gillies perform on opening night of Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night in Invercargill.

Southlanders flock to Queens Park in Invercargill for the opening night of Shakespeare in the Park.

First time Lunar new year show

Lion dance gathers a big crowd on Queenstown streets for Chinese New Year celebration.

Five musicians and four lion dancers put on four shows for Chinese New Year celebrations which attracted a big crowd of locals and tourists.

Museum closed after power cut

Power is out at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

The Southland Museum and Art Gallery has been closed to the public after a power cut.

Preparations under way for SIT O-Week

Victoria Yang, left, and Mayur Mutty take part in a pizza eating competition during O-Week at the Southern Institute of Technology in 2015.

Food, fun and mayhem as students celebrate SIT's Orientation Week.

Review: Twelfth Night

Travis Oudhoff (back) and Dryw McArthur rehearse for Shakespeare in the Park's production of Twelfth Night.

Simple stage props belie wonderful performances in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night.

Lecherous rogues and swashbuckling swordplay video

Nigel Edwards, left, Nick Round-Turner, and Jason Fraser, background, rehearse for Shakespeare in the Park's production of 'Twelfth Night'.

By day, Nigel Edwards is an undertaker. By night, he's a drunken, lecherous rogue.

MasterChef Australia attracts southern chef

MasterChef Australia judge Gary Mehigan with former Southland and Otago based chef Grant King, who appears as a guest judge on the show.

A former Southland and Otago based chef will appear on the Australian version of MasterChef as a guest judge.

SIT celebrates with Sri Lanka

SIT students, staff and community members celebrate Sri Lankan independence day.

SIT students, staff and community members celebrate Sri Lanka's independence day.

Kingswell Height marks 55 years

Kingswell Heights today

In January 1961, Kingswell Height was at the peak of innovative neighbourhood development. But it wasn't to go ahead.

First exhibition in 30 years for collection

Joan Hall-Jones, left, and Lindsay Hazley with one of the paintings from the collection.

Collection of paintings not seen in public for three decades will go on display next year at the Southland Museum.

How a parrot saved a life

John Robertson with a ceramic parrot, which his great-great-grandfather Louis Rodgers believed saved his life.

It's not every day a ceramic parrot saves a life, but it happened in the 1880s.

Fortrose is My Town

The sign going in to Fortrose

David McKenzie has lived in Fortrose his whole life. He shares what he loves about it.

No one expected him to turn 1

Peter and Ashleigh Brown with their 1-year-old son Riley, who suffers from the rare congenital disorder Zellweger syndrome.

"Little fighter" born with rare congenital disorder beats the odds and reaches first birthday.

Movie night in the woolshed

A still taken from the 1932 film, Southland Show. It is one of the earliest sound-on-film productions that survives in New Zealand.

It could be a date to the movies like no other.

Metallers in reunion gig

Hatred are back for a rare Invercargill appearance.

Southern metal bands Hatred and Grief are back together for the first time in 13 years.

Rural games are back on Queenstown streets this weekend

Running of the wools 2015 in Queenstown central.

Running of the Wools, DIY challenges, speed shearing and gumboot throwing part of Rural Games on the weekend.

Museum in race to file treasures video

Southland Museum and Art Gallery manager Paul Horner says an increase in the regional heritage rate would allow the museum to publicly display its collection of more than 71,000 items.

Southland Museum and Art Gallery in a race against time to catalogue thousands of pieces of the region's past.

Hall-Jones art gifted to museum

Several art collections have been gifted to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

A prominent Southland family has gifted several art collections to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

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