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Awards kickstarts fashion careers

The winning entry for the best use of fabric in 2015 was made by Daphne Randle of Alexandra.

The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore is a great way to kick start a career, a designer says.

Taking care of business video

A broader, more resilient Southland economy is the ambition of the Southland Regional Development Strategy's business extension team. Michael Fallow reports

Who killed Richard Bell?

A signpost in the Lora Gorge area.

The murder of Richard Bell by an unknown assailant rocked the Hokonui area. But did a deathbed confession close the case?

'My world was shattered'

The 17-month-old toddler's name is suppressed.

She wanted her boyfriend's help with childcare - he would kill her son.

Fire crews fight for volunteers, water gallery video

The Oban volunteer fire brigade was still young when it the local Ferndale Guest House caught fire. At the time the ...

Rural volunteer brigades struggle to get the volunteers, hardware and even water they need to serve their communities.

Causes worth fighting for

Ex-soldier Ian Beker has for 25 years been inventive, persuasive - and combative if needs be - on behalf of many Southlanders with disabilities.

Ghost towns that haunt NZ's south

What Macetown looks like today.

These southern towns have been abandoned, but reminders of them are still there.

Theatre still standing

This year marks 110 years of the Civic Theatre. And what a busy few years it was.

Shame for family still there gallery

26042016 News. CAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ.  A sculpture of Archibald Baxter a conscientious objector during The Great ...

Since the World Wars stories of heroic actions have emerged. What isn't often heard is the stories of those who objected.

50 years of Roses gallery

Maryanne Ward (nee Murphy) won the international Rose of Tralee competition in 1988, after first winning the Southland ...

This year marks 50 years of the Rose of Tralee in New Zealand. The only Southlander to win the international title reflects on her time.

Is Queenstown worth the hype?

Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations.

"If NZ was one big dinner party, Queenstown would be the fancy silverware that gets trotted out for guests."

Nurses recall days of escapades and training

The Nurses Home, opened in 1936, at Southland Hospital is sitting closed up.

Late-night food runs and trying to abide by 18 rules. It was a lot of fun and mischief for the young trainees at the Nurses' Home at Southland Hospital. Georgia Weaver reports

Fiordland sewerage options - the story so far

One of the early protest signs, in 2014, for the Te Anau-Manapouri sewerage scheme.

Ahead of court-facilitated mediation, a catch-up would seem to be in order.

What's the story, Southland?

How should we see ourselves?

Can reticent southerners become an army of advocates?

Singing big for the Big Sing

James Hargest College HOD of music Lesley Little rehearsing with one of the school's choirs.

What does it take to make a choir sing?

Kaitangata's On The Spot closes

On The Spot convenience store and lunch bar owners Maree and Derek Calver close another chapter of the store's 123-year ...

Kaitangata shop owners close On The Spot this Sunday

Hello again, Pork Pie gallery video

The Pork Pie movie temporary base and set for filming near Grove Bush, Southland.

There's more to the new Pork Pie film than car chases and yellow minis. It's full of heart.

Clutha District supports Otago Community Hospice

Lawrence Lions Club golf tournament director and convenor Bill McKnight, with Otago Community Hospice fundraising team, ...

Otago Community Hospice gives thanks for support

Thanks for the velvetleaf response

Searchers comb a fodderbeet crop looking for signs of velvetleaf infestation.

A big thank you to everyone who helped in the velvetleaf response, from Ali Timms.

When unreasonable behaviour is mistaken for bullying

Are Kiwis really the worst in the world for bullying?

Mary-Jane-Thomas wants to know what bullying really is.

Jason Schmidt for Hall of Fame

Jason Schmidt

Jason Schmidt will join the ranks of Southland's elite entertainers when he's inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

About The South: Bluff harbour

The entrance to Bluff Harbour is 620m wide at the narrowest point.

Bluff Harbour has had other names as well as its Maori name Awarua , meaning 'two rivers', writes Lloyd Esler in About The South.

The Natural World: Black matipo

The black matipo, also known as kohuhu.

Here is one of our most widely grown and interesting native plants.

New Zealand complicit in tax dodging

Everyone should pay their fair share of tax - from a fast food worker on the minimum wage to a bank CEO earning ...

New Zealand's reputation has taken a hit after the release of the Panama Papers, writes Rino Tirikatene in From The Beehive.

Happy day, Mother mine

Heather McCorkindale has ushered into the world countless newborn babies in Southland.

For decades Southland Times birth notices have had that grateful "thanks to Heather McCorkindale" line, writes Pat Veltkamp Smith in And Another Thing.

Chatham Islands mayoral trip 2016

Chatham Islands Mayor Alfred Preece shows his mayoral guests some of his home's Moriori heritage, during a local ...

Chathams trip an eye opener for mayor

Family remembers shipwreck victim

Three generations of Charles Gough's descendents Hamish Gough, Graham Gough, and Doug Gough, all from the original farm ...

Charles Gough died in the sinking of the Tararua, six generations on his family remembers him.

Gerry McSoriley records CD

Gerry McSoriley, the Singing Butcher, behind the counter at his Southlamb butcher,with copies of his CD, Gerry's Songlist.

Invercargill's Singing Butcher, Gerry McSoriley, has unveiled a fresh new cut - his own CD.

A big year for trade

Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay.

A big year for trade is good news for Southland, writes Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay in From The Beehive.

Concerns over apparent suicide story

We must work together to create hope for those who feel that all hope has gone, writes Hugh Norriss.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Hugh Norriss has concerns about an article published on The Southland Times website and on Stuff.co.nz, entitled Grieving mum speaks out about son's apparent suicide.

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