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


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


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.

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.

Actor's home away from home

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

French idioms ... and bidets

They Eat Horses Don't They?


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


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


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


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.

Actors required for summer Shakespeare

angela newell

Shakespeare in the Park is gearing up for its 2015 season and calling for auditionees.

Art removes stress for cancer sufferers


An artistic outlet is being provided to Southland cancer patients and survivors.

Duo launch album

Jazz standards feature on 'Gusto'

Dale Gold and Mark Wilson

Well-known Queenstown musicians Mark Wilson and Dale Gold have pooled their talents for a special release at this year's Queenstown Jazzfest.

Teens' jazz road to tertiary education

JazzFest kids

A new youth development programme for aspiring young musicians will make its debut at the Queenstown JazzFest at Labour Weekend this year.

'X Factor' hopefuls prove noteworthy

Southland singers keen for spot in contest

X Factor audition

It was showtime for X Factor New Zealand hopefuls in Queenstown yesterday.

Art exhibition gives artists an outlet for their creativity

chris mulgrew

From chainsaw sculpture to papier mache, the Fiordland Art Society's Labour Weekend exhibition will be a real mixed bag - as long as the post arrives on time.

Recipe for fabulousness

Action-packed tour on menu for Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias

A new book, a deep-south tour - and Cuisine @ Clyde. That's what's on the menu for Her Fabulousness Peta Mathias.

Award-winning show bares all

Queenstown to host one-woman play

Harmony Stempel

Scenes from the New York stage will be brought to Queenstown this month with a one-off performance of a critically acclaimed play being showcased.

Brutality enjoyed in Oz re-imagining

Dorothy Must Die

NADINE HANCOCK - The Southland Times

BOOK REVIEW: The Dorothy that landed in Oz and met the Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion must be killed. But why would anyone want to kill Dorothy?

X Factor comes to Queenstown

bryan townley

Executive producers of X Factor NZ are hoping to find the country's next star in Queenstown.

Silent art auction a resounding success

angela newell, julia adams

Southland's first silent art auction won't be its last.

Merino lover wins top award

WoolOn’s Supreme Winner

Wanaka designer enters WoolOn Creative Fashion Event hall of fame, winning 2014 supreme award.

The beautiful south

Death and the Maiden

A fresh compilation featuring bands from Dunedin is unencumbered by the city's rich musical heritage.
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