150 stories in 150 days
From our archives: August 21, 2012
About 10,000 rolls of ticker tape will shower Southland's seven Olympians and 1000 balloons will be released to celebrate their sporting efforts in a parade through the city on Thursday.
From our archives: March 29, 2008
A North Island teenager has been left trying to clear his name after his identity was used by someone caught in Gore earlier this month for drink-driving.
From our archives: June 22, 2006
Yesterday signalled the end of a Southland rural tradition when the McNab Machinery Sale was held at McNab for the last time.
From our archives: June 29, 2006
Hot-water bottles have become hot property in the extreme cold experienced throughout the country this winter, sending a rubber rush to many Warehouse and Mitre 10 stores nationwide.
From our archives: June 29, 2006
Committed residents are warning the Queenstown Lakes District Council it will have a fight on its hands if it gets rid of the Wanaka Community Board.
From our archives: June 30, 2006
David Partington was a typical, fun-loving 17-year-old into surf life-saving, his family and an old Hillman Hunter car, but his dream was to be a soldier in the New Zealand Army.
From our archives: June 29, 2006
The hunt for a hydrocarbon strike in the Great South Basin has been thrown wide open after Australian company Bounty Oil and Gas lost its fight to retain its permit.
From our archives: February 4, 1998
Insurance premiums could rise after claims totalling $2.1 million were made for damage caused by wind storms in the South Island at the end of last year.
From our archives: January 29, 1986
Six months to the day since she received a new heart and a set of lungs at Harefield Hospital, in England, Ann Crawford is starting to cram 10 years' missed experiences into a year.
From our archives: August 10, 1981
The crowd wanted Rugby, and that was what they watched for an uninterrupted 80 minutes when the Springboks beat Southland 22-6, at Rugby Park on Saturday.
From our archives: March 8, 1993
He doesn't play golf but Prime Minister Jim Bolger did the game proud when he officially opened the $45million Millbrook Golf Resort near Arrowtown at a star-studded function on Saturday.
From our archives: May 29, 1998
Invercargill Mayor David Harrington plans to confront Education Minister Wyatt Creech as the battle to save Surrey Park School hots up.
From our archives: March 22, 1992
Tim Shadbolt became Invercargill's new mayor on Saturday night, annihilating several high-profile local contenders in the process.
From our archives: March 28, 1944
''This meeting has not been called to discuss the question of how the hotels in Invercargill are to be run. The purpose is to stand up for our democratic right to have a say in governing our own home town,'' said Mr R. G. Webb in moving a resolution at the meeting of electors held in the Victoria Concert Chamber last night for the purpose of urging upon the Government the necessity for consulting the electors before proceeding with the Invercargill Licensing Trust Bill.
From our archives: August 30, 1910
Dr Graham Bell, the eminent inventor of the telephone, arrived at the Bluff yesterday afternoon by the s.s. Moana, from Hobart, and spent last evening in Invercargill.
From our archives: October 30, 1991
Southland Musuem and Art Gallery tuatara Juliet was safe in her burrow last night after fears she had been stolen in a smash and grab raid on the tuatarium on Monday night.
From our archives: November 11, 1906
The ceremonies arranged in connection with the opening of the new Town Hall and Theatre today should worthily mark what is undoubtedly a red letter day in the brief annuals of Invercargill.
From our archives: July 24, 1999
Stewart Island's "fluid druid" is announcing himself to New Zealand.
From our archives: March 25, 2003
A former Arrowtown resident was yesterday arrested in Nelson for the 1987 Boxing Day murder of Maureen McKinnel.
From our archives: December 31, 2003
A milestone has been reached on an Opio farm today _ in triplicate.
From our archives: December 30, 2002
Pilot Andrew Fairfax was so focused on making an emergency landing on Saturday that the harsh memories of a crash, which left him with multiple injuries less than two years ago, never entered his mind.
From our archives: August 20, 2001
Invercargill's domestic airport was flooded with about 400 extra passengers travelling on international flights at the weekend.
From our archives: August 21, 1999
A steady procession of "mourners" visited the Oreti Rest Tavern yesterday _ now only a shell after it was gutted by fire on Thursday night.
From our archives: August 26, 1999
A $3 million deal to turn the Invercargill City Council's forests into a business survived by a single vote on Tuesday after one councillor changed sides.
From our archives: August 27, 1999
The New Zealand Returned Services Association will today co-launch a $1 million trust aimed at getting medical help to war veterans on hospital waiting lists.
From our archives: August 25, 2009
From our archives: Bruce Howden should know about lambing.
From our archives: August 26, 2009
It takes a special type of bravery to launch yourself down a very big, very steep mountain.
From our archives: January 2006
Man's love affair with the car spans the history of the automobile itself. For the true car enthusiast that love is profound.
From our archives: June 5, 2010
On June 6 1985 Kevin David Fox, aged 32, and his wife Donna Terese Fox, aged 26, were shot dead in Gore's Main St. Sonia Gerken looks back on a black day in the town's history.
From our archives: December 31, 1999
Y2K preparations might mean southerners are better prepared when the big earthquake hits.
From our archives: Sepember 13, 2001
A former Winton man and his family who live 20 miles from the World Trade Centre were waiting this morning to hear how many of their neighbours and friends had been injured or killed when the building was the target of terrorism.
From our archives: August 8, 2010
An Invercargill man has 39 reasons for neurosurgery services to stay in Dunedin that add up to a lifetime of happy memories with his wife.
From our archives: May 6, 1999
"Sting, Sting, Sting. We are the champions."
From our archives: March 18, 2008
One of Invercargill's oldest residents got caught in the act when he had sex in a public place last week.
From our archives: September 16, 2011
Romanian loosehead prop Mihaita Lazar is set to become one of the most sought-after frontrowers, following an emphatic start to the Rugby World Cup.
From our archives: January 19, 2004
Yesterday it was easy to imagine the excitement and anticipation of 50 years ago when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh travelled the length of the country by rail.
From our archives: December 30, 1999
You earn $35,000 a year, you have no debt, you live in Southland, and you long for a dream home.
From our archives: June 23, 2005
They'll share a two-person living space, live off meat patties and beer while enduring long periods without showers to support their Lions.
From our archives: December 15, 2000
A hot new movie is set to make a star out of Queenstown whose mountains provide the backdrop to some thrilling action. SUE FEA talks to actor Chris O'Donnell about his time spent in the South Island.
From our archives: July 16, 2009
A tsunami warning was issued as a precaution late last night after a huge earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale was felt in Fiordland, Queenstown, Gore and Invercargill.
From our archives: June 18, 1997
Jeff Wilson's five-try haul in the All Blacks' 71-5 trouncing of Fiji at Albany on Saturday night served to remind me of a rugby exploit that really catapulted him into the national spotlight five years ago.
From our archives: December 30, 2010
A Haast woman who survived a harrowing nine-hour ordeal on an exposed rock ledge in southern Fiordland has given her family the perfect Christmas present - herself.
From our archives: January 31, 2000
Classic cars and vintage machinery swamped the Edendale Domain, 39km north-east of Invercargill, on Saturday, along with more Caterpillar machines than you would need to shift Mt Cook.
From our archives: February 28, 2001
Actor Sam Neill yesterday labelled Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Warren Cooper "a liability" and suggested he should "stay home in front of the telly."
From our archives: December 31, 2005
For most people tomorrow brings with it the chance to reflect on the year that's been.
From our archives: June 26, 1997
Invercargill has become the second city in the country to have a Plunket clinic on wheels.
From our archives: March 21, 2005
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt was first elected to office 12 years ago today.
From our archives: September 14, 2010
The Invercargill City Council yesterday rubber-stamped a proposal to make all its council- owned sports fields and reserves smokefree.
From our archives: September 22, 1998
Invercargill's new $750,000 aviary at Queens Park officially opens on Sunday.
From our archives: December 30, 1999
Banks are getting ready to eyeball the Y2K bug this weekend and are confident their systems will pass the test.
From our archives: April 21, 1997
Decorative lights are to go up in Invercargill and Bluff to help people get over the winter blues.
From our archives: December 31, 1999
Another forged $50 note has been found in Invercargill.
From our archives: February 10, 2002
The south's romance with rail suffered a breakup yesterday when the Southerner rolled into town for the last time.
From our archives: May 15, 2006
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The three survivors of the fishing boat Kotuku that capsized in Foveaux Strait on Saturday afternoon saved their lives by abandoning the safety of the upturned hull and swimming 500m through heavy seas for Women's Island.
From our archives: September 27, 1995
Police were early this morning stalking out an inner-city Invercargill store, after a man holed up inside had fired nearly 50 shots by 2.30am.
From our archives: April 15, 1995
A 23-year-old Invercargill man stood quietly in the Invercargill District Court yesterday, showing no emotion as he faced a charge of murder.
From our archives: 1993
Tim Shadbolt was elected mayor of Invercargill in 1993.
From our archives: April 4, 1994
Some people gasped in horror and others burst into tears when an aircraft crashed during a display at the Warbirds Over Wanaka air show yesterday afternoon.
From our archives: June 12, 2004
Tim Shadbolt's "From the Hot Seat" column from June 12, 2004
From our archives: September 3, 1998
Owaka man Bevan Smith thinks of his daughter Kylie every day, especially when he sees her friends.
From our archives: September 1, 2012
The Block NZ journey started for a Southland brother and sister over a few beers at a game of rugby.
From our archives: September 18, 2010
The home of Southland sport has been severely damaged after the roof collapsed on Saturday under the weight of the largest amount of snow seen in Invercargill for several years.
From our archives: May 31, 2005
Southland dairy farmers shifting on Gipsy Day tomorrow will be tightening budgets in response to Fonterra's low 2005-06 forecast payout.
From our archives: October 23, 2009
Last night erupted into one of the biggest celebrations Southland has seen in 50 years.
From our archives: January 3, 2012
Police have named the two men who died after a boat capsized in Foveaux Strait last night.
From our archives: December 23, 1997
The future of the Southland Indoor Sports Centre in Onslow Street hangs in the balance after much of it was destroyed in an arson attack early yesterday morning.
From our archives: June 1908
From our archives: Six-year saga for Invercargill's most prominent monument.
From our archives: October 1993
From all accounts, the police are bending over backwards to be scrupulously fair about the introduction of speed cameras.
From our archives: Septembe 1956
The first Tour of Southland road cycling race was held in 1956 as part of Invercargill's centenary celebrations.
From our archives: December 28, 1992
Local body and national politicians yesterday honoured Eve Poole, who died on Saturday.
From our archives: December 28, 1992
Invercargill lost a sister, a supporter and a forthright leader in Mayor Eve Poole, who died on Boxing Day.
From our archives: 1967
Skyline Enterprises built the Skyline Restaurant and aerial gondola cableway at Bob's Peak, Queenstown.
From our archives: January 2 and 3, 1988
The New Year in Invercargill in 1988 started with a bang of the worst kind.
From our archives: August 1987
Gang violence which had been simmering in the south for some time, erupted into murder in August 1987.
From our archives: January 1905
Bluff's new railway station was officially opened on January 6, 1905, by Sir Joseph Ward.
From our archives: January 31, 1984
Official estimates of the damage caused in the Southland floods soared yesterday to at least $20 million as businesses reopened to count their losses and more residents were allowed home to inspect briefly their flood-ravaged houses.
From our archives: January 30, 1984
What many are describing as the worst disaster in Invercargill's history has left the city without its airports for possibly three weeks and some residents out of their homes for one week or longer.
From our archives: January 28, 1984
An incredible day of flood and drama in Invercargill, and several other parts of Southland, yesterday, will be followed by insurance claims worth millions of dollars.
From our archives: January 27, 1984
After nearly 24 hours of continuous rain, all preparations declaring a state of emergency in Invercargill were made by police, the Fire Service and City Council personnel at 3 o'clock this morning.
From our archives: October 10, 1983
A clear win for Invercargill's first woman Mayor, Mrs Eve Poole, the replacement of Mataura's Mayor of 13 1/2 years by a young man following in his father's footsteps, a "tenter hooks'' result in Bluff Mayoralty and several other surprises were the features of the local body elections in Southland on Saturday.
From our archives: December 1982
The vintage steam train, the Kingston Flyer returned to its original base at Kingston on Saturday, December 18.
From our archives: December 16, 1981
An outstanding year for the veterans' Olympic cycling champion, Barry Harcourt, of Invercargill, was climaxed in Christchurch last night when he was names winner of the Adidas-Nikon sports photo of the year competition.
From our archives: 1979
Who should unload the giant floating fish factory trawler The Wesermunde, which arrived in Bluff on March 22?
From our archives: June 9, 1978
Old ewes will be "protest" slaughtered in Invercargill this afternoon, if plans being prepared by an action group of frustrated farmers come to fruition.
From our archives: March 3, 1977
"I couldn't have hoped for anything better" this was the satisfied comment of the Mayor of Invercargill, Mr F. R. Miller, yesterday, after a whirlwind, two and a half hour visit to the city by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
From our archives: June 1975
Gary Glitter "gyrated" in front of a "conservative" audience at the Civic Theatre in late June.
From our archives: 1971
Production of aluminium has started at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd smelter at Tiwai Point.
From our archives: 1971
One of the biggest searches in Invercargill history found Janice Margaret Murphy, 4, in thick scrub after a 43-hour search in the Awarua area.
From our archives: MARCH 5, 1975
The scene in the Coldstream baths yesterday as the Mayor opened the new pool.
From our archives: JANUARY 1910
All 141 passengers and the crew of 85 on the Union Steam Ship Company steamer, Waikare, made it to safety when she struck an uncharted rock in Dusky Sound on January 4, 1910, and beached on Stop Island.
From our archives: JANUARY 25, 1965
City powdering her nose, but those freckles!
From our archives, April 1916
The Queen Mother unveiled the bronze fountain and animal sanctuary at the children's playground in Queens Park, Invercargill, on April 16, 1966.
From the archives: 1916
The 1496-ton iron barque, Antiope, carrying a cargo of timber and scrap iron, was aground in Bluff harbour for more than three months in 1916.
From our archives: APPRIL 16, 1966
The royal yacht, Britannia, will drop anchor in Bluff harbour opposite the main wharf at 10.45a.m. today.
From our archives: FEBRUARY 1912
A steam boat that was to become world famous and is today a Queenstown icon as launched at Kingston without fuss on February 24, 1912.
From our archives: JUNE 1919
After nearly six months of negotiations in Paris, a peace treaty with Germany was signed at the Palace of Versailles in June 28, 1919.
From our archives: APRIL 1908
Today's HQ ground of the Rugby Southland Football Union was opened in 1908.
From our archives: MARCH 1954
The biggest Tay Street crowds during the Queen's 1954 visit gathered on March 15 for the Elephant Charity Stakes.
From our archives: 1962
Wakatipu district celebrated 100 years of European settlement in 1962 with re-enactments and a well-supported heard-growing competition.
The new Chief Post Office goes up in the square in front of the old post office building.
Thieves wasted no time helping themselves to the money in this self-serve food dispenser in the Arcade outside E Bell and Sons tearooms.
December 18, 1957
A firm decision to fluoridate Invercargill's water supply was made yesterday by the city council.
Southland Museum proudly displayed its first live tuatara on June 15.
November 19, 1957
Continous and a times almost torrential rain over the whole of Southland yesterday brought a rapid rise in river levels.
June 9 and July 10, 1967
For one New Zealander, the change to dollars and cents marks the realization of a 30-year campaign.
September 11, 1952
Four battered veteran tramcars limped back to the depot in Leven street last night after they had been bidden farewell by the people of Invercargill, and badly mauled in the process.
The province marked its 100th birthday in 1956.
January 28, 1954
For Invercargill and Southland the long-awaited day has arrived.
February 12, 1956
"We'll be back next year - if they will have us".
November 19, 1948
Two Specimens Captured by Invercargill Party
February 15, 1940
Compared with the floods that occur in other parts of the world, and even in other parts of New Zealand, the water that overflowed yesterday from the Otepuni Creek was a very minor visitation.
May 4, 1937
Two people were killed at the Homer Tunnel work site in May, 1937.
March 21, 1939
A big number of moa bones, from which it is hoped to assemble a compete skeleton for the Southland Museum, was discovered on Saturday in the sand at Wakapatu, near Colac Bay, by Mr J. H. Sorensen, director of the museum, and Mr S. Ward.
This morning, on a site occupied by sod huts more than 100 years ago, the new £161,000 Government building named after Southland's founder Dr J. R. Menzies, will be opened by the Attorney-General Mr Hanan.
March 21, 1952
A steady stream of betters invested on the six race meetings on which the Invercargill office of the Totalizator Agency Board accepted bets on the first day of its operations yesterday. The manager of the office, Mr T. N. Forde, said last night that about £1320 had been invested during the day.
This gallery features scenes from the filming of the 1928 movie, A Daughter of Invercargill.
February 23, 1939
Finger prints found at the scene of a crime were used for the first time in evidence in the Supreme Court in Invercargill yesterday, when the Crown Prosecutor (Mr H.J. Macalister) based the case for the Crown exclusively on finger prints found on a broken window pane.
Subscribers connected to the Invercargill telephone exchange numbered 2192 in January, 1932.
July 18, 1934
This photograph shows aviator Jean Batten's mother clasping the hand of her famous daughter just after the vessel Rangitiki berthed in New Zealand after travelling from England.
September 25, 1901
At five minutes to one this morning a fire was discovered in Mr E. R. Kidd's store, in the main street, Winton.
October 21, 1919
The Waikato Hospital and Charitable Aid Board is not the only institution of its kind that is unable to secure from the Government the money that it expended in relief to widows and widowers suffering as a result of the influenza epidemic.
An early morning fire in Gore destroyed 22 shops.
January 11, 1904
It had been arranged that his Excellency should open the new bridge on the North road across the Waihopai, and shortly after the party left for the site, which was reached at 4.30 p.m.
June 13, 1934
Having carried the road from Lake Te Anau so far in the direction of Milford Sound, the Government was wise in deciding to carry on the work and to complete the road to the Sound.
January 27, 1932
Here there is no talk of the Depression, but an atmosphere of optimism prevails in every nook and corner.
August 30, 1901
Yesterday the morning train to Bluff struck a horse that had got on the line between the central station and the foot of Clyde street.
October 18, 1912
Queenstown presented a lively spectacle when the new Lake Wakatipu steamer Earnslaw arrived from Kingston last evening after a run occupying one hour forty minutes.
February 27, 1901
Te Anau-Milford Sound - There is not a great deal to chronicle here. We have had four or five days of rainy weather recently, and the rivers were in flood. A corresponding rise took place in the lake.
July 14, 1909
Arrangements are now complete for the race this afternoon.
March 13, 1908
For the purpose of assisting the authorities in selecting a design for a war memorial for Invercargill, the Southland Times will publish suggestions limited to two hundred words.
October 12, 1903
During this morning it was ascertained that a distressing boat accident had occurred in the estuary, resulting in the drowning of George, Thomas and William Walker, and William Spence, four young men employed in warehouses in town.
February 10, 1902
Something new in the cycle line, in the way of a motor cycle, was to be seen careering along the streets of the town yesterday afternoon, and, of course, attracted much attention.
December 3 and 4, 1903
For the electric light installation functions, which takes place in Bluff to-night, the arrangements are completed. The ceremony will take place at 8.30 p.m. at the freezing works.
September 15, 1920
The Wellington team to play Southland today arrived on Monday night, bringing with them the magnificent Ranfurly Shield, which is held by the winners if this match.