New homes planned for Invercargill

The Invercargill City Council has publicly notified applications for resource consent to subdivide a Waikiwi property and create four new allotments.

A Waikiwi property could be subdivided to allow the construction of three new homes.

Dead Dunedin woman named

Police working at the Waldronville house were a woman was found dead in what was believed to be a stabbing.

Vicki Lee Warington, 48, was found dead at a Dunedin house on Friday.

Southern painters are masters

Kim McDowall and his team from Gore won an award at the Master Painters award night in Wellington

Several southern painters were recognised last weekend at the National Master Painter Awards in Wellington.

Dunedin man shot

Police at the scene of a shooting in Dunedin on Friday.

A Dunedin man has been shot, and his assailant remains at large.

Renters suffering in Queenstown growth boom

Road works on State Highway 6, Frankton.

An increase in the resident population is driving land and house prices up while available rental stock is all but drying up amid a tourism and construction boom in Queenstown.

Options considered to reopen Southern Scenic Route

A slip has forced the closure of a section of the Chaslands Highway.

A temporary bypass or bridge are being considered as short-term measures to reopen a section of the Southern Scenic Route that collapsed because of a massive slip.

Retired in Riverton

Les Gibbs stands in front of his solar panels

Les and Janet Gibbs have found the ultimate way to give back to their community.

Charges for smuggling kereru

Sonny Tau was caught with five native birds on a plane.

Iwi leader Sonny Tau has been charged after being caught carrying dead kereru.

Splash of red on socks day

Southland Girls High School students celebrating Red Sock Day on Friday.

Students from Southland Girls High School added red socks to their red shoes in celebration of Red Socks Day.

Woman sentenced after dog attacks

Court judge's gavel.

Two elderly Invercargill women, who were attacked by dogs, no longer feel safe to walk in their community. 

Bluff officers make restructure work

Police station

Bluff residents have not noticed much of a difference three months on from a restructure that reduced police staff from three to two.

Killer's son sentenced for assault

Adam and Greg Kearns

Helen "Black Widow" Milner's son Adam Kearns assaulted former All Black Justin Marshall.

Dunedin Hospital loses trainees

Dunedin Hospital may lose trainee doctors in 2016.

Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training for trainee doctors, forcing them to now train somewhere else.

Kiwi love kept Czech Republic tourist in Central Otago

New citizen Miro Kollar with his family Kirsten, Juno, 4, and Pax, 6.

It was deal done while doing seasonal work on a vineyard in Cromwell: A meal in exchange for an English lesson.

Nature and nurture, island style

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pic of the day, a calm Halfmoon Bay ferry terminal showing how beautiful the Island is.

On Stewart Island, visitors and locals have stacks to be getting on with. Michael Fallow concludes a series on island life.

Paw prints reveal predator

Paw prints of a stoat inside Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin.

Cute animal paw prints in the snow?

Thief ransacks students' bags

Police Badge emblem logo

An Australian school group's bags were pilfered while the teenagers were on holiday in Queenstown, police say.

Central Otago man charged with indecent assault

Queenstown police.

Police in Queenstown have charged a Central Otago man with indecently assaulting a family member.

'Severe' earthquake hits Fiordland

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 125km west of Tuatapere on Friday morning.

A "severe" earthquake has been reported in Fiordland on Friday morning.

3-D model helps scientists study water

A 3-D geological model of Southland. Each colour represents different layers of geological formation.

Scientists have created a 3-D model to understand water movements in Southland.

'Phantom' wigs prepped for show

Some of the dozens of wigs being used for Invercargill Musical Theatre's production of Phantom of the Opera.

There will be no pincurl out of place for Invecargill Muscial Theatre's Phantom of the Opera.

Home affordability falls

A house for sale in rural Southland.

An Auckland exodus has caused home affordability in Southland to plummet by more than 20 per cent.

South Port forecasts record profit

South Port NZ.

South Port New Zealand expects to make up to $1 million more than originally anticipated in the 2014-15 financial year.

College students pass with flying colours

Shannon Harvey, 17, graduated from Community College Southland on Thursday with NCEA level 1 and 2 qualifications, along with one of the top student awards.

Community College Southland students are a step closer to their dream careers.

Car collides with power pole

Police car.

A woman has escaped without injury after her car collided with a power pole near Nightcaps on Thursday.

Farm focus days

Southland Demonstration Farm director Elaine Cook.

The Southland Demonstration Farm will hold focus days across the region this month.

Man charged with attempted murder named

Court judge's gavel generic.

One of the men charged with attempting to murder Wanaka man Kahu Vincent can now be named.

Big shout out for town criers in Alex

Central Otago Town Crier Paddy-Ann Pemberton is busy organising the World Town Crier Tournament to be held in Alexandra in September.

Organising an international tournament for some of the world's best town criers is proving no small task for Central Otago woman Paddy-Ann Pemberton.

SFF shareholders gain support

Otago farmer Allan Richardson has gained enough support to force special meeting of Silver Fern Farms to discuss meat industry reform.

Farmer shareholders have gained enough support to force Silver Ferns Farms to hold a special meeting.

Gore retailers finalists in awards

Carvin Streetwear owner Chanelle Purser, left, and manager Jess Pulham are delighted about being finalists in national retail awards.

Three Gore retailers have been named as finalists in this year's Top Shop Awards for the lower South Island.

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