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Restaurant to make a comeback

The new team at No7 restaurant and bar in Cromwell which is opening on September 4. From left: Head chef Paul van der Molen, manager Ceri Richardson and assistant manager Keeley Gillan.

A trio of out-of-town are reopening the No.7 restaurant in Cromwell Mall.

Gran and cat reunited after fire

Barbara Macnee, 67, right, is reunited with Buddy held by Emma King, 40 at their Milton home destroyed by fire on Saturday.

She thought her 6-month-old cat, Buddy, was dead. When she heard him meowing, she started crying.

Chef scared elderly couple

Queenstown District Court.

A former Masterchef contestant tried to climb into the wrong house and frightened an elderly Queenstown couple.

Teenager released from hospital after crashing into grit truck

A car crashed in to a grit truck in Cromwell on Friday August 28, 2015.

An 18-year-old Cromwell man who crashed into a grit truck has been released from Dunedin Hospital.

Southland man who cut electronic monitoring bracelet still on the run

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Invercargill police are still searching for a man wanted for cutting his electronic monitoring bracelet.

Haast man spat in partner's face

Queenstown District Court.

Builder who spat in his on-off girlfriend's face remanded for sentence.

Queenstown not a factor in Invercargill decision - Jetstar

Jetstar has announced its new regional destinations, with Invercargill not among them.

Invercargill has missed out on Jetstar flights, but says proximity to Queenstown not a factor

Tourist in massage mix-up

Queenstown District Court.

A tourist who asked for more than the standard service in a Central Otago spa has had sentencing delayed.

Return of the ring

RARE JEWELS: The Argyle pink diamond ring designed by Nikki Partridge, from $11,500.

Police investigation leads to recovery of $2500 ring stolen from Dunedin jewellery store.

Quirke looks forward to next challenge

Mazunga Restaurant owner Brendan Quirke (centre) with general manager Ian Thomas, left, and head chef Chrissy Roper.

Wanaka restaurateur Brendan Quirke is looking forward to change of pace with new venture.

Sir Tim patron of Wanaka watersports trust

The proposed Wanaka Watersports building.

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Southland firefighters heading to Australia for stair challenge

Riverton firefighter Anthony Haines and volunteer fire chief Helen Bull are taking part in the Stair Climb of Melbourne's Metropolitan Crown Hotel on Saturday.

Two Southland firefighters are heading to Melbourne this week to take part in the Australian equivalent of the Sky Tower Challenge.

New Zealand snipe transferred to south seas island

18 Tutukiwi, more commonly known as the New Zealand snipe, have been transferred from Putauhinu Island to Kundy Island. Both islands are off the South West coast of Stewart Island.

A small secretive bird with a mythical back story is now roaming another island off the south-west coast of Stewart Island.

HEARTsafe collecting heartbeats to make Invercargill safer

Invercargill HEARTsafe community committee chairperson Lorraine Garrett.

An Invercargill community initiative is looking for 4000 heartbeats.

Italian tourist charged after fatal crash

The scene of the fatal crash in Northern Southland on Friday.

An Italian tourist involved in a fatal crash in Northern Southland on Friday has been charged by police.

Jetstar to announce new destinations

Jetstar NZ head Grant Kerr during his visit to Invercargill on Wednesday. Jetstar is looking at four new regional centres to fly out of.

Jetstar will announce whether they will begin flying to Invercargill as part of four new regional destinations on Monday.

Lions club closes as membership dwindles

Celebrating 34 years of involvement in the Lions movement for Tuatapere women at their last meeting was Les Kollat, husband of the first president of the Tuatapere Waiau Valley Lions Club in 1992, the late Rata Kollat and current President Wendy Knowler.

Declining numbers has lead to the closure of the Tuatapere Waiau Valley Lions Club.

Winter Games may become annual

Raibu Katayama of Japan competes in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe Finals during the Winter Games NZ.

The New Zealand Winter Games is being hailed an international success and may become an annual.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

24082015 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Fairfax NZ.  From left, Monne and Ruth Bruinsma with Ruth's parents Karen and Charles Irving, are facing $157,000 in fees following an attempt to secure a resource consent for a dairy conversion in the Waituna catchment.

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

Surgeries cancelled at Southland Hospital

Southland Hospital.

A significant number of non-urgent surgeries have been cancelled at Southland Hospital in recent weeks because there were no spare beds.

Police wait for fatal crash report

Italian man Simone Agatau,24, was driving a campervan involved in an accident which left Sri Lankan dairy worker Pradeep Edirisinghe dead.

Police will wait for serious crash report into northern Southland fatal smash before deciding whether to lay charges.

Frana's final gift

Frana Cardno.

Frana Cardno's life was all about giving, and the former Southland District mayor has left her beloved province one final gift.

Eureka! It's in the water again gallery video

29082015 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Fairfax NZ.  Relaunch of the 107 year old Eureka vessel at Riverton on Saturday. The Eureka was built in Dunedin then bought to Invercargill in 1928 where it was in the Biggs family for 50 years. She was the last boat to leave Ingill Harbour when it ceased being used. She was bought by Murray Rohloff (0210448490) of Alexandra and rebuilt by Cory Ward of Marinecraft and Fibreglass, in Riverton. Pictured family and friends being taken for a short cruise from the wharf.

Southland man Alex Biggs, 96, never thought he'd hear that the boat he sailed in as a child would be relaunched about 100 years after its maiden voyage.

Italian motorist questioned in crash

Pradeep Edirisinghe, 44, died when his car was hit by a campervan at an intersection in Southland on Friday.

Death of dairy worker in Southland again stirs debate over whether foreign drivers should face NZ tests.

Several drink-driving arrests in Queenstown

Queenstown police dealt with several drink-drivers in the resort during the weekend.

Queenstown police dealt with several drink-drivers in the resort during the weekend.

Auckland Grammar Stage Band tours Southland

Vocalist AG Fernando performs some Johnny Cash with the Auckland Grammar Stage Band at a public concert at Northern Southland College in Lumsden on Saturday afternoon, before entertaining the crowds at a show in Te Anau on Saturday night.

There won’t be much of Southland left unseen after the Auckland Grammar Stage Band concludes its whistle stop concert tour of the province this week.

Southern kids take stage by storm

The Rakiura Rockers from Halfmoon Bay School perform at the Rockshop Bandquest in Dunedin on Wednesday night.

They may be young, but southern kids sure know how to rock.

Car crashes through fence

Police car.

Three people walk away with minor injuries after crashing through fence.

Police respond to gunshot reports

Police car

Police responded to multiple reports of gunshots in Invercargill on Friday night.

Man survives after smashing into grit truck

The 18 year old  driver of a car which crashed into a grit truck in Cromwell on Friday night is in Dunedin Hospital with serious injuries.

An 18-year-old Cromwell man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after smashing in to a parked grit truck in Cromwell.

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