Bluff Oyster Festival's beginnings

Former Bluff woman Ann Gopi made the first donation to the Bluff Oyster Festival.

Thousands of people are enjoying seafood, sounds, and snippets of sun at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival.

South Island braces for cold snap

First day of snow on Mt Hutt

A frosty start to the day is a sign of things to come for South Islanders this weekend.

Tragedy puts spotlight on camo gear

New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association president Bill O'Leary.

When hunter Samuel Long wore camouflage gear he was making it harder for other humans to see him. But that proved fatal.

Father admits accidentally killing son

Stephen Phillip Long after leaving the Invercargill District Court on Friday morning.

Stephen Phillip Long, 61, wiped away tears in the dock as a police prosecutor described how the Stewart Island hunting trip went horribly wrong.

Steel mix it up

Southern Steel players Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Wendy Frew and Te Paea Selby-Rickit with cocktails named after them at the club's 'Mix it up' cocktail night on Friday.

Come 4pm on Saturday they'll be sporting looks of steel on the court, but on Friday night the Southern Steel were all smiles as they mixed with fans at the club's first members cocktail night.

Bottle throwers 'could have killed'

Bottles were thrown at firefighters attending a couch fire in Dunedin last night.

A television programme on student drinking has led to an increase in poor behaviour, with firefighters pelted with bottles in the latest incident, a fire boss says.

Artist threatens to burn paintings

Wanaka artist Sally Middleton plans to burn her paintings if she can't sell them.

Hundred of Wanaka artist Sally Middleton's paintings could go up in flames if they don't sell on June1.

Tourism pioneer dies

Frank Haworth owned and operated the hydrofoil on Lake Wakatipu for about 16 years.

The man who launched Queenstown's unusual hydrofoil has died.

Gore ambassador proud of her town

Gore District Ambassador Nicole Parry with the runner up Stephanie Goatley

Nicole Parry cannot wait to get stuck into her new role as Gore District Ambassador.

Expansion not a surprise - South Port

Shipping containers stacked at South Port in Bluff.

Port Otago expansion not a surprise, South Port says.

Arrest in brutal Dunedin beating

Police made an arrest in the brutal beating of a Dunedin man.

An arrest has been made - and another is likely - following the brutal beating of a Dunedin man who sustained multiple facial fractures.

Cold snap expected to bring snow to the south


Winter will rear its head this weekend with low temperatures and the possibility of snow in Southland.

A life of art and family

Barbara McKerchar

Barbara Jean McKerchar_ artist, mother of six _ 1920-2015

Soggy end to test drive gallery

A Ford Falcon XR6 with a $15,000 price tag was written off after people taking it for a test drive got it stranded at Oreti Beach, near Imvercargill.

When a car salesman heard his vehicle was in the sea, he thought it was a joke.

Southlanders break down Budget

Sandfly Cafe owner Carolyn Fox, of Te Anau.

Southlanders share their thoughts on the 2015 New Zealand Budget.

Southern council bosses respond positively to budget

Clutha District Council chief executive Steve Hill.

Chief executives of southern councils largely support the 2015 budget, especially the $790 million aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand's poorest families.

Ministry says it helps at-risk youth


A group supporting youth in Southland calling for more funding received $155k in the 2014/15 financial year.

Southland 'needs to act' on research institute

Dairy cows in a paddock at Springhills, Central Southland.

Southland needs to put forward a case for a regional research institute to capture a slice of national innovation funding.

Southlanders design flags, join debate gallery

New Zealand flag designs submitted by Southlanders.

A Southlander's design may soon be flying from flag poles throughout New Zealand, but many locals say there is no need to change the national flag.

Budget 'positive overall' for elderly

A billion-dollar shot in the arm for health is a positive sign for Southland's ageing population, GreyPower's national president says.

Four decades on ice

David Moen was found on the Tasman Glacier 41 years after he went missing.

Police have confirmed human remains found on the Tasman Glacier in February belong to former Invercargill man David Moen.

Still no sign off on Rugby Park grant

Invercargill Licensing Trust general manager Greg Mulvey

The Invercargill Licensing Trust is still yet to sign off on a grant to the Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust.

A glass to make wine sing

Riedel Australia managing director Mark Baulderstone and Gibbston Valley Winery winemaker Christopher Keys show off the specifically designed glass for Central Otago Pinot Noir in Queenstown.

World-leading glass makers have crafted a wine glass made especially for a Central Otago wine.

Council 'dropped the ball'

Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan.

The withdrawal of a plan to develop a $6m state­-of­-the­-art community museum complex has upset Clutha District councillors.

Kingston community question territorial authority

The small, rural town of Kingston, on Lake Wakatipu, is considering joining forces with the Southland District Council or staying with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Southland District Council Mayor Garry Tong said he is unsure whether Kingston's proposed shift to align with the council would solve the small town's issues. 

Twins conquer the North Pole

"Everest twins" Nungshi and Tashi Malik talk about their latest adventure.

They set a record reaching the North Pole, but twins Nungshi and Tashi Malik are in no hurry to return.

Solo dads get support

Elim Community Church pastor Colin Morrison has started a group for solo dads in the community, based at the Elles Rd church.

Noticing there were support groups for solo mums, but not for solo dads, an Invercargill pastor decided to take action.

Artist happy to be back in the south

Stephen Mulqueen with his Poppies of War and Peace made from .303 rifle shell cases.

Stephen Mulqueen is enjoying being back in familar territory.

Judge slams restorative justice process

A judge has criticised delays in the restorative justice system in Gore.

A district court judge has criticised the restorative justice process after adjourning several cases in Gore so meetings can take place.

No building assessment in Gore

earthquake, richter scale

The owners of earthquake-prone buildings in Gore and Mataura will have 10 years to have them assessed and 25 years to have them strengthened under new rules announced by the Government this week.

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