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.

Whose ring do we hear?

No good asking for whom the bell tolls, writes Pat Veltkamp Smith.

The Sands of Dee

Nikita and Greer and Monkey have found a natural parasol in an Otatara garden.  These massive prickly leaves belong to a Chilean rhubarb plant, and can grow up to 1.7 metres across.

The origins of the poem Sands of Dee are explained.

The mighty blackcurrant

Blackcurrants on a commercial farm in Invercargill.

Does the blackcurrant deserve the title "mighty", asks Paul Gay.

Why butterflies love a food forest

Yellow admiral butterflies love flowering shrubs like buddleia, nettles and native climbers like Muehlenbeckia australis, the large-leafed pohuehue

A garden like mine provides endless writing ideas, being so diverse: all those plants and insects; fruitings and flowerings, and rare birds arriving and nesting.

Exotic dancer loves job gallery

Heidi (stage name) has been a dancer at Divaz in Invercargill for nine months.

When Heidi dances, all eyes are on her.

A walk in the park

Rex Harland, 12, takes a tumble in the in Queens Park Mouse House wheel.

Michael Fallow meandered around Invercargill's Queens Park for a spell. It is, after all, spellbinding.

Home, sweet home

Invercargill's Yule House.

Talk of herding cats _ listen, read on.

Where ships go to die

Shipwrecks lie at Green Point, at a very low tide, in 2006.  Several of the wrecks have collapsed since then.  From left are  the Dispatch and Hirere, with Savaii in the foreground.

The wrecks of at least 14 small ships lie at Bluff's Green Point, writes Lloyd Esler.

Ladies of the forest gallery

Inspection time, 1973, as ladies of the Women's Division Federated Farmers visit their Castledowns forest.

Sometimes you can't see the forest for the testosterone.

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