Lifeguards happy with beach-goers

Visitors to Oreti Beach have been on their best behaviour despite record numbers taking to the sand and surf.

Fire fighters test their skills

Southland and Otago fire fighters battled the heat and wind to find out who was the best with a hose.

Crank Up draws record crowd

Children had to hold on to their hats as the helicopter dropped off star guest Graham Bell.

Classic rockers wow the crowd

Triple bill of stars pump out hits

Showers, sun and Stairway To Heaven. Gibbston Valley 2015 had it all.

Busker crowds drawn to danger

The audience at the Southland Buskers Festival sought out the dangerous acts and humour, and they got spades of both.

Three-vehicle crash by Te Anau

Emergency services are on their way to what is believed to be a three-vehicle crash about 80km from Te Anau.

Dog rules to get tough

Tim Shadbolt is calling for tougher Government legislation so the council can clamp down on attack dogs and their owners.

Large shed fire in Ellis Rd

Investigators will return to the scene of a rural blaze in Southland today.

Woman's car plunges into lake

Woman rescued by boatie after her car plunged into the Clyde Dam lake.

Serious assault in Queenstown

A man was knocked unconscious and then beaten while on the pavement in Queenstown last night.

You make the show

Be prepared to be part of buskers festival

For many street performers, a good show is all about crowd participation.

Blockbuster weekend of events

Thousands of Southerners will take advantage of this weekend's feast of outdoor entertainment.

Blue River sold

Blue River Dairy sells processing plant and brand to a Chinese company in a substantial investment deal.

Funding drive for cycle trail

Fundraising is underway to build a cycle trail from Te Anau to Manapouri.

Bluff disagrees with proposal

Bluff residents are concerned crime will increase if police numbers are reduced.

Environment Southland defends plan

Farmer says introducing new water and land rule changes before studies are complete is irresponsible.

Goose guard at Southport

A mysterious goose is on patrol oustide the Seafarers' Centre at South Port in Bluff.

Women scuffle on mall floor

Police arrested three women for a handbags-at-dawn fight in central Queenstown last night.

Dr Hook coming south

Dr Hook are coming to Invercargill on May 9.

Bones unlikely to be missing girl's

Bones unearthed in Kingston are unlikely to belong to missing toddler Amber-Lee Cruickshank.

Goal is mouse-free island

Cautious approach to pest removal

A mouse blitz on the Antipodes Islands has been delayed for a year after project managers ran into issues scheduling transport.

Dead puppy dumped

Mystery surrounds grisly discovery of a dead puppy in a suitcase at the gates of an Otago cemetery.

Offenders learn new skills

An Invercargill offender has found her voice as a poet through a new numeracy and literacy programme.

Legal high sales restricted to CBD

Legal high

Retailers wanting to sell legal highs in Southland will be restricted to plying their trade in Invercargill CBD.

Council goes into battle for cycle trail

Elements of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail will be considered by independent commissioner.

Choppers battle blaze

Firefighters and helicopter crews have managed to contain a 30-hectare fire in Central Otago.

Pole work takes sheer strength

Giving pole dancing a try-out

Caitlin Salter confirms it takes strength to master pole dancing.

Hearing to consider heritage centre

A proposed heritage centre for Curio Bay will be considered by an independent commissioner in Invercargill next week.

Dad's workhorse is cherished

For Invercargill woman Janice Moore, her 1954 Trojan truck is more than an engine - it's her fathers legacy.

Virile kaka brothers father triplets

Perhaps there's something in the water. Or the trees.

Quake rattles south

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck south-west of Invercargill this morning.

5.2 earthquake off coast of Invercargill

A 5.2 earthquake has struck south-west of Invercargill this morning.

Skills and expertise a trade asset

Associate Trade Minister says our skills and expertise could be as valuable as our products.

Tyre slashing probed

Owner of one of 18 cars with slashed tyres says the damage left her unable to attend work.

Foreigners in 25pc of crashes

Overseas drivers were involved in a quarter of crashes on Southland roads, compared to six per cent nationally.

'Dream job' for Southland artist

New SMAG curator ready to learn

Ari Edgecombe, the new Southland Museum and Art Gallery visual arts curator, is all set for a "fast, steep, learning curve".

Poor driving lands tourist $1k fine

An Aussie driver whose keys were taken by a highway vigilante on the Lindis Pass has been fined.

Fears over river limits

Farmers fear they may be left with less water from the region's rivers if catchment limits are altered.

Stags future hinges on decision

If the council cannot solve the woes of Rugby Park the Southland Stags provincial team may become a thing of the past.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

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