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.

Blazing a trail in the south gallery video

Tom O'Brien has toiled relentlessly for two years in some challenging terrain to realise his dream. But Hannah McLeod discovers his "mad" dream is about to be realised.

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