Leadership is needed

Healthy Families Invercargill manager Jared Cappie.

It was great to read in last week's Southland Times about changes to food policy at Rugby Park.

Exercise of the week

The exercise of the week for the  Healthy Families Invercargill project is the Wall Sit.

The correct way to do a wall sit.

House destroyed in fire, Central Otago

Firefighters battle the fire in Fache St, Clyde, Central Otago.

A house in Clyde, Central Otago, was gutted by fire on Sunday.

Wild winds battering NZ gallery video

A huge dust cloud forms on the Mackenzie Basin as a result of the wind.

More gusts are coming in the wake of the severe gales that lashed parts of the country overnight.

Calm after storm, more wind likely

A tree at the old Gore hospital blew down across Wigan St on Sunday night taking out a boat and a truck but luckily no-one was hurt.

Gale winds that caused havoc in the south on Sunday have calmed on Monday morning but could return.

Southland hit hard by windy weather

People are stranded at Invercargill airport as Air New Zealand flights are delayed due to windy weather.

The Invercargill airport terminal is full of stranded fliers, as flights in and out of the city are delayed.

Biggest crowd for World Travel Expo

Bonnie Mager plans her next trip to Europe at the House of Travel Lakers World Travel Expo held at Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday.

Southlanders have snapped up the chance for travel bargains at the House of Travel Lakers World Travel Expo.

Aussie shearer wins sixth merino champs

Western Australian Damien Boyle on his way to taking the New Zealand title in Alexandra last year.

Australian champion Damien Boyle is contesting a sixth consecutive win in New Zealand's only fine wool shearing championship this weekend.

Charred home open to public

Erin Nelson and Zane Eyre with their children Layla, 4, and Cooper, 2, check out the fire-damaged house on Nelson St during the open day run by the Invercargill Fire Service.

If the Broome children were in their Nelson St home a minute longer, the outcome could have been far more devastating.

Invercargill action against state house sell-off

Otago University child health academic and former Clutha-Southland Labour candidate Liz Craig and State Housing Action Network Invercargill co-ordinatorRachael Goldsmith at the State Housing Action Group Protest at Wachner Place in Invercargill on Saturday.

Some southern state housing tenants feel they will face backlash if they speak out against the Government's plan to sell off housing stock.

Skies lit up by orange 'meteors'

A 2012 photo of what was believed to be a meteor spotted in Southland.

Southland man says he saw two orange objects in sky before a "boom" and a bright glow from the distance.

Cure Kids $10 Challenge competitors arrive

Four KJet boats carrying 75 Cure Kids $10 Challenge competitors made an impressive entrance into Queenstown Bay on Saturday.

Four boats carrying 75 Cure Kids $10 Challenge competitors made an impressive entrance into Queenstown Bay on Saturday.

Kids nearly drown as parents on phones

Splash Palace manager Pete Thompson with a poster he is displaying around the Invercargill swimming pool complex after five kids nearly drowned in the past six weeks.

Five children have nearly drowned at Invercargill's Splash Palace swimming complex in the last six weeks.

Car seen speeding before crash

Emergency services at the scene of a car versus motorbike crash on the Devil's Staircase, State Highway 6, between Queenstown and Kingston.

A car was seen being driven erratically before crashing into a motorcycle carrying two people.

Sister-city costs unknown

Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow has been to Kumagaya five times in the last 12 years, the council says.

The Invercargill City Council has been on eight ratepayer-funded trips to sister-city Kumagaya in the past 12 years but does not know the total cost.

MPs visit SIT to ask for more technical skills

From left: NZ First MP Ria Bond, NZ First MP Mahesh Bindra, NZ First MP Ron Mark, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds, SIT deputy SEO Bharat Guha, and SIT programme operations manager trades and technology Warren Ruwhiu, at SIT today.

New Zealand First MPs visit Southland to talk about education and technical training

Researcher hopes to change the way sharks are perceived

A 3m great white shark in Foveaux Strait.

A New Zealand anthropologist thinks cage-diving could be a saviour for great white sharks.

GP retires on Stewart Island


The retirement of Stewart Island's GP has left residents feeling uncertain about the future of their health.

Fine wool fleece flies through air at 2015 NZ Merino Championships

Western Australian Damien Boyle on his way to taking the 2014 New Zealand title in Alexandra.

Australian champion Damien Boyle is contesting a sixth consecutive win in New Zealand's only fine wool shearing championship this weekend.

Tourists hit the roads again

Sergeant Tod Hollebon  of the Te Anau police at a recently installed traffic sign on State Highway 94 asking slower motorists to move over and let traffic behind pass. This sign was just one of many that have been placed around Southland.

As tourist season warms up police in the south are noticing an increase of dangerous drivers, but plans are in place to help reduce this.

Body of missing man found

Police are calling for witnesses to a fatal car crash in central Christchurch to come forward.

Police have found the body of missing Mosgiel man Bruce Jenkins.

Kids tread the boards

Southland children take part in the Speak Up and Sing Out holiday programme.

A group of Southland youngsters have spent the first part of their school holidays learning about singing and drama.

Gracious centenarian with a girlish spirit

Nancy Soper on her100th birthday.

Nancy Soper entered her second century alert, witty and with a resilience won by experience.

Seven kaka chicks hatched in one year

Two of the four native Kaka Chicks Russell Evans and kaka parents Casey and Hannah have welcomed  to the nest at Bush Haven bird sanctuary in Otatara.

Three new arrivals in one year would be enough for any parent, let alone four.

Fire-damaged home open for public

Melanie McCormack and her son Daniel Broome, 5, in Daniel's bedroom in their Nelson Street house that caught fire recently.

The faint beep of a smoke alarm helped save a Southland family from an inferno.

Cold winter sparks firewood thefts

Firewood was on hot demand this winter.

Police have logged dozens of firewood thefts across Otago and Southland.

ES commits $250,000 to geographic project

What lies beneath: An aeromagnetic survey will give "tremendous insights" into what lies below the surface of Southland.

Tremendous insights into what lies below Southland to be gained in mapping project.

Daffodils in full bloom for Te Anau show

Manapouri gardening hobbyist  Neal Duncan preparing his daffodils for the 42nd Te Anau Spring Flower Show which runs on Friday from 2pm until 7pm and Saturday  from 9am until 4pm at the Te Anau events centre.

You'd be blooming mad to miss the Te Anau Spring Flower Show.

Southland lifestyle to attract more Asian settlers by 2038

Chinese students Victoria Yang (30, on left) and Vicky Chen (35).

Statistics New Zealand predicts a greater Asian population in Southland by 2038. 

From grief comes determination gallery video

Invercargill woman Caroline Loo, with a photo of her daughter Sara, who died of meningococcal septicemia in 2010. Loo is launching Hope Resources, a grief and loss awareness service.

Invercargill mother-of-three Caroline Loo frowns a little bit, and says: "People say I smile a lot."

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