Wanaka host parents follow kids around world

Wanaka couple Kathy and Gary Tweedie.

Wanaka couple Kathy and Gary Tweedie had the best excuse for a late-in-life "big OE'' - "kids'' in five countries.

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.

Nature and nurture, island style

23112014 News Photo supplied   supplied by Stewart Dovey of Otematata   
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.

A friendly wax-eye pops in

Sugar water is bliss for wax-eyes.

Paul Gay had an unusual visitor in his kitchen.

When the Dong Won went down

The Dong Won in distress

The Dong Won grounding, immodestly sized vegetables, canned bunnies and leaky local biros feature in Lloyd Esler's latest About the South column.

A 'joyous day' for America - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge will play three shows in New Zealand in January 2016, touring with Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon.

Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon headed for NZ this summer.

Tuck me in to Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay at dusk.

A visit to NZ's South Island doesn't have to be an adrenaline-fuelled escape.

A close-knit community

Stewart Islander Melissa Matecki with sons Dylan, two, and Max, four.

Stewart Islanders sometimes have to create their own warm fuzzies. Michael Fallow continues a series on island life.

Caught by a helping hand

The Bastion towers over the plain.

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler writes of hapless escapees, an epic bar and the cause of Invercargill's Great Fire.

How to conserve the Red Admiral

Salute the Red Admiral

Here's how to attract a butterfly beauty, writes Natural World columnist Paul Gay.

Just a little wildness

A sheltered upbringing -- Stewart Island style.

Stewart Island kids grow up with adventure all around. And it shows in them. Michael Fallow reports

Soft-skinned but they bellow

Stalked puffballs

Stalked puffballs are splash-activated spore dispensers, Natural World columnist Paul Gay explains.

Writer offers film festival workshop

Wanaka adventurer, fishing guide, and writer Derek Grzelewski.

Grzelewski talks about writing with zen-like awareness of someone in tune with the secrets of mountains and rivers.

World heritage site looms large

Milford -- part of the mighty Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

Southland's World Heritage site is the extensive Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.  It covers 2.6 million hectares and includes Mt Aspiring, Westland and Mount Cook National Parks although most of it is Fiordland National Park.  

'The best bit is helping out'

Winton fire chief Stephen Milne.

Southland Times and the NZ Fire Service have teamed up to promote a fire safety awareness campaign.

Bluff's fine pine

Southland's, and possibly the world's, southernmost Norfolk pine is probably outside the Bluff Maritime Museum.  

The admirable miro

Miro berries

The miro is one of our largest native trees. Like the rimu and matai it often towers above the forest canopy with mature specimens reaching a height of 35 metres.

The thrill of the roar

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean tries to "roar" in a stag.

Jo McKenzie-McLean goes bush in search of an elusive mighty stag.

Historical society marks 50 years of saving buildings, boats and trees

Founding members of the Queenstown Historical Society Joan and Alan Cooke cut the cake marking 50 years of the organisation.

The Queenstown Historical Society celebrated 50 years of action earlier this month with a trip on the Earnslaw - one of the historical features it has campaigned to save.

Lake Hawea eels get helping hand

Dunedin fresh water scientist Ben Ludgate measures an eel eye during a survey of the Clutha catchment in April.

Marmite-armed scientists give migrating Lake Hawea eels a helping hand on final journey to sea.

Mass hysteria, pregnancy and fainting fits -- life at a girl's school

Poppy Boys -- a story revisited

Brothers in arms

Enhanced by the consent of their family, a story drawn from four Southland brothers slain in World War 1 is being republished.

Look back in anger

Once on Chunuk Bair director Jonathan Tucker on the set in the Invercargill Repertory Society's workshop.

Restaging the story of brutalised bravery is proving a passion project for Invercargill Repertory, writes Michael Fallow.

At home with Jennifer and Olivia

Jennifer and Olivia McLaren at home in Ripponvale, Cromwell.

Life in the country means knowing everyone's business and what they had for breakfast.

No charges over smoky burnoff

A large controlled burn on the mountain face of Hillend Station cast a pall over Lake Wanaka in October.

Managers of Trade Me founder's high country station have escaped prosecution over a smoky burnoff.

Competition kills Bella Kai

Bella Kai manager Annmarie Tinnock, from left, co-owner Rosanne Pyper and cafe worker Kate Barron are staying positive despite the foodstore and cafe's imminent closure on March 29.

Bella Kai struggled to compete with the buying power of the major supermarkets, manager Annmarie Tinnock says.

The roguish philanthropist

Louis Crimp: "I decided I'd be either Prime Minister or a millionaire''

Or, if you prefer, the philanthropic rogue. Either way, Louis Crimp was the stuff of legend in Invercargill. Michael Fallow reports

Dust and discourse gallery video

Left to right, Shane Collie, Marie Murphy, John Murphy, and Jim Hazlett, enjoy coffee club at the Waianiwa Garage.

A collection of chairs in varying states of disrepair, coated in dust, are assembled around an old fire.

Compatible correspondents


Two longstanding Southland Times stringers' lives have entwined at Wick Cottage.

Spirit of Munro rides on gallery

Burt, John and Hamilton Munro.

One of John Munro's earliest memories involves him riding to school on the tank of his dad's motorbike.

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