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.

Art removes stress for cancer sufferers


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

Actors required for summer Shakespeare

angela newell

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

When Holly meets Sugar music gets sweet

Rising star booked for sell-out shows

RISING STAR: Holly Arrowsmith

Queenstown's rising national folk star Holly Arrowsmith has scored a gig as support act for legendary American singer-songwriter Rodriguez.

Another classic Reacher adventure

Personal by Lee Child

BOOK REVIEW: There's nothing quite like getting your hands on the latest Jack Reacher, and "Personal" is a cracker.

Feel the fear and audition anyway


"Become friends with the nerves". That is the advice from Moorhouse singer Rory McKenna for those taking part in the X Factor New Zealand auditions in Queenstown next week.

Has an edge adults will enjoy

boxtrolls strap

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The first words to come out of my 5-year-old niece's mouth after watching The Boxtrolls were "it was amazing", and that it was.

Outdoor art gallery boost


Roxburgh's reputation as an outdoor art gallery has been enhanced with two more stainless steel structures appearing in town.

Woman who made Katie-Jane

Author fundraising to publish book

Southland Times photo

It has been a pretty busy year for Wanaka writer Kathryn Harper.

Just another young-adult film

the maze runner

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Maze Runner is yet another young adult book made into a film and I'm over it.

Bluesfest fan gets new memorabilia

Keith Greig

A man who lost 45 years of Bluesfest memorabilia in a fire has had some of it replaced.

Celebrating Starship's first 21 years

Starship book


BOOK REVIEW: For a generation of Kiwis, Starship hospital has been the place the very young and very sick can rely on.

Placing in contest finals a good career omen

Southland Times photo

Anna Robertshawe knows she wants to be a fashion designer.

Dags an inspiration for Naseby designer

Denise McGirr

Nothing about Denise McGirr is conventional.

Ninja Turtles on steroids still lots of fun

teenage mutant ninja turtles

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is completely silly but so much fun.

Filmmaker takes on a supersized challenge

video camera

Budding filmmakers have a chance to get radical with a Southland competition.

Outspoken heard again next year


Poets will tread the boards of Wanaka's performance venues again next January.

Purple Hayes

Steven Hayes

It's not often a tight forward gets the spotlight. Rugby rocker Steven Hayes talks to Chris Chilton about being inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A slam-dunk hayride to Hitsville

Topp Twins

OPINION: REVIEW: Fans of NZ's best-loved entertainers expecting a Topp show will have gone home happy at the opening night of the Grand Ole Topp'ry tour.

Murder mystery unravels in letters

Books cover


BOOK REVIEW: Ruth Sutton's world is turned upside-down with one phone call in a compelling book that ends all too soon.

From our reviewers: General fiction

Our reviewers take a look at some of the general fiction novels in bookstores now.

Comic book noir and not much else

Sin City, Jessica ALba

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: You wouldn't be mistaken to think the new Sin City movie was a waste of time for both the film-makers and moviegoers.

Grand Ole Topp'ry Tour ready to roll

Topp Twins

Jools Topp talks about health, taking to the highway and why country music is the new hip-hop.

If you enjoyed the book, beware

the giver

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Giver is one of those book-to-movie adaptations that doesn't quite stack up.

New jazz series launches in Wanaka

Mike Nock

Mike Nock and jazz and Jennine Bailey will be the headline acts at the Queenstown Jazzfest.

Centrestage to host ballet and modern dance competition

Lily Moreton

Sequins, ruffles and pirouettes have taken over SIT Centrestage.

Road Trip: The pilot

Film-makers seek local talent

road trip

Welcome to New Zealand's quirkiest Road Trip - where you can share your story with the world.

Musician in big appeal

Southland Times photo

Gore could soon be heading to the top of the pops with a little community help.

Artist's creativity will be missed

Doug Ayson

The Alexandra Blossom Festival will be a little less bright without Doug Ayson's creative genius bringing life to floats this year.

Winner leaves confidence crisis behind

Maddy Grant

Alexandra High School student Maddy Grant, winner of the town's inaugural Model Search 2014 on Saturday, was stopped on a Dunedin street a few months back.
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