The family pack gallery video

Liz Miller with her papillons Candy (left) and Bonnie.

Dogs just want to please, to belong. We don't always make it easy for them.

Cleaning up the Kepler video

Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track.

More than 30,000 people are expected to walk the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park this season.

Tourism heating up

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong.

Things are heating up in the tourism sector, with the number of tourists coming to Southland continuing to grow.

Cabaret Club aims high

The Cabaret Club,  from left: Julie Smith, Jason Schmidt, Nathan Kahukura, Paula Gilroy-Schmidt, Aleisha Kennard, Amelia Dowling, Neale Smith, Emma Williams, Hannah Kennedy, Laura Skeggs, Craig Waddell, Brittany Harris, Morina Colyer and Marc Colyer.

Invercargill has its first professional musical theatre company, the Cabaret Club.

New health and safety laws

Mike Mitchell

New health and safety law affects volunteers and charities, writes Mike Mitchell in Work To Rule.

When turtles present themselves in Southland

A turtle skeleton discovered at Waipapa Point

When turtles turn up, Southlanders take notice, Lloyd Esler writes.

A romantic decimal point

Pat Veltkamp Smith celebrates the lack of decimalisation observed on Valentine's Day.

All for free education

Clare Curran

Labour's free education policy gives New Zealanders a clear choice, writes MP Clare Curran.

A first-born blackbird

Now feed me.

BLACKBIRD NEST AND CHICK 'One down and two to go' could be a good title for this photograph.

Humble beginnings for field days video

Southern Field Days chairman Logan Evans, left,  and committee member Grant Dickson discuss plans for the field days on February 10-12 in Waimumu.

Once a humble event, Southern Field Days is now the second largest of its type in NZ.

Former SGHS student to Germany

Former Southland Girls' High School student Anna McDonald is going to Germany for the World Business Dialogue.

Anna McDonald is going to the World Business Dialogue next month.

Surf's up in Southland gallery video

Riverton man Maru Pou and his daughter Maleia, then 3, surf at Colac Bay.

Whether you're looking for a saviour, a shot at glory or just a chance to have some fun, the rugged south coast could hold the key.

SoRDS working on the welcome

The Southland Multicultural Council float in last year's Southland Santa Parade.

SIT boss Penny Simmonds heads a new-formed team working on some really important invitations on Southland's behalf.

Your employment relationship

Mary-Jane Thomas.

Employers and employees need to understand is what sort of employment relationship they are in, writes Mary-Jane Thomas in Work To Rule.

A healthy native plant

Manuka in flower.

The most widespread native plant in Southland is manuka, writes Lloyd Esler in About the South.

Banana passionfruit

Banana passionfruit

Banana passionfruit is causing some concern around the country, writes Paul Gay in The Natural World.

Rule of life

Writing letters is a dying artform.

Rule of life:

Metallers in reunion gig

Hatred are back for a rare Invercargill appearance.

Southern metal bands Hatred and Grief are back together for the first time in 13 years.

TPP good for NZ

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is positive for New Zealand, writes Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie.

It's Not OK campaign targets Balclutha women

Lesley Elliott, mother of murdered Sophie, at her Dunedin home

Inch Clutha Rural Woman is hosting a nationally-acclaimed speaker Lesley Elliot, of Dunedin, as part of the anti-domestic violence South Otago It's Not OK campaign.

Two equestrians giving disadvantaged youth a leg up

12012016 News Photo: Nicole Johnstone / Fairfax NZ

From left: Kendall Waugh with her horse China and Larissa Mueller with her horse Sprite are in Clutha - Catlins this week, as they ride around coastal New Zealand on their cause.

Two women are riding through Otago on a New Zealand-wide trek to raise money for disadvantaged youth.

Italian car lovers rev up

Italian luxury cars all revved up for Crank-Up Weekend to be held at Edendale.

Italian car lovers delight Balclutha en-route for Crank-Up at Edendale this weekend.

Pitfall for employers

Mary-Jane Thomas

The importance of employers and employees understanding the 90-day trial period is illustrated in an ERA finding.

The last southern whaler

Southland's last whaling ship, the Star Two, aground on Tikore Island.

Southland's last whaling boat had little use after whaling, writes Lloyd Esler.

Oystercatchers make a comeback

An adult black oystercatcher guards its chicks.

Black oystercatcher numbers are making an encouraging comeback, writes Paul Gay.

Caddick on awards panel

Respected New Zealand music industry executive Chris Caddick has joined the judging panel for the 2016 Southland Entertainment Awards.

Wool: "the new white gold"

Alan Kelly of Kelly Wool Ltd holds 21 micron wool in the company shed.

Wool appears to be coming out of a long hibernation.

The end of the road video

Cascade Creek, the last DOC campsite on the Milford Road.

Tucked away in a remote location in Fiordland is one of DOC's busiest campsites in the south.

Safety fears unfounded

Keep making movies and going on school camps, writes Mike Mitchell in Work To Rule.

Liquefaction testing of Balclutha soil

Hands-On Otago students tested Balclutha soil for liquifaction potential in an earthquake.

Balclutha soils to be tested for liquefaction potential.

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