Passwords, words passed and past words

Passwords: Three strikes and you're out.

Look, it is great you are with me reading this without having to ask special permission, but believe you me, writing it has been another story.

A favourite swimming spot

The regatta committee enjoys the Waihopai River in its heyday.

The Waihopai River was Invercargill's favourite swimming spot where it flowed through Thomsons Bush, writes Lloyd Esler.

Mataura Museum: Bigger on the inside

Mataura Historical Society secretary Marie Wilkinson, left, and president Lorena Turnbull.

How a cluster of spectacularly upskilling senior citizens and an energised co-ordinator decluttered, but deepened, Mataura's tiny museum into a national award-winner. .

OBITUARY: John McCarthy

John McCarthy

OBITUARY: With the sudden death in Invercargill of Irish academic John McCarthy, the international scientific world has lost a star.

New health and safety law

Santa waves from a fire engine at the Winton Open Day parade. New health and safety legislation means organisers will need a plan for these kind of events.

Health and Safety at Work Act – you can still have Christmas, go to school, and hunt.

Since we live in testing times . . .

Hmmm . . . .

Call yourself a Southlander? You won't mind filling this in, then

The Natural World: Clematis

Clematis paniculata

The flowers of this native clematis were known to the early Maori as "stars of the forest".

About the South

The Brothers Point north of Waikawa Harbour.

Columnist Lloyd Esler puts out the call to Southlanders for more information about the region's history.

Back home to the back of beyond

On the road again: Colin Hogg and Gordon McBride.

Two former Southland Times journalists, one dying, came back for a southern road trip to haul bits of their past back into the present tense.

Pollen increasing in value

Pollen producers

Pollen allergies aren't fun, but we can't do without the stuff, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

The spring-loaded stamen


Barberry has an intriguing way to detonate a cloud of pollen, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

Our southernmost airstrip

At Doughboy Bay.

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler, on airstrips, airports, ferrets, rowing and coracles.

Wanaka community development project underway

Queenstown Lakes councillor Ella Lawton, left, of Wanaka, Internal Affairs Department adviser Anna Parsons of Dunedin,  Kate Murray general manager of Community Networks and Graham Berry, chairman of Alpine Community Development Trust,  of Wanaka.

Wanaka community leaders shoulder burden of town growth and launch community development project.

Park gates named after editor, not MP

An editor's legacy

Who was the benefactor behind Invercargill's Feldwick Gates? About the South columnist Lloyd Esler explains.

The now-familiar newcomer

Ripe for the eating

No detention camps awaited these Aussie refugees, Natural World columnist Paul Gay explains.

Our Marquette angel gallery

Southland nurse Marion Sinclair Brown, lost on the torpedoed Marquette, October 23 1915.

Aching memories of a lost Southland nurse are revived by the centenary of the sinking of the torpedoed World War 1 troopship Marquette on Friday, October 23.

Our Iwa, the Maori Nightingale

Princess Iwa, Evaline Skerrett, in a portrait painted in 1910. It was done on opal glass and hung in Angela Skerrett Tainui's grandfather's home in Lindisfarne St, Invercargill. The artist is unknown.

In the early years of the 20th century British society was enthralled by the singing Maori princess with the beautiful voice.

Garden is 'my heart and soul' gallery

Yeverley and the late Bill McCarthy lived in Bill's family home at Hawea Flat since 1978. The stone cottage was built by Irish immigrant stone masons in 1894 and has been renovated and extended over the years. Many of the original big trees on the property were planted by Bill McCarthy's grandmother, Johanna McCarthy, around 1912.

Yeverley McCarthy is opening up her idyllic Hawea Flat garden for a community fundraiser.

Ebb and flow of Southland history

The Ino, one of the more visible wrecks on the Southland coast, can be seen at Fortrose at low tide.


Lovin' lemonwood

Lemonwood belongs to the pittosporum family and there are at least 26 species recorded as native to New Zealand.

Lemonwood belongs to the pittosporum family and there are at least 26 species recorded as native to New Zealand.

An 88-year-old Indiana Jones reflects gallery

John Hall-Jones

Not for nothing did military types shorten John Hall-Jones name to Indiana Jones.

New lights for Bluff

Pat Lawlor up a Bluff lightpole.

Bluff gained its electric streetlights in 1903, writes Lloyd Esler.  

Pollen allergies in spring

Spring pollen

These three ash twigs illustrate the speed at which pollen is produced in the spring, writes Paul Gay.

That's settled: as west as it gets

The Waikoau westies

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler looks west.

When ducks duck away for a bit

Privacy, please.

Come breeding season, ducks are less conspicuous, Natural World columnist Paul Gay explains.

Thanks for the feedback, folks

The Lake Manapouri shoreline

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler sets the record straight about short place names, time travelling cars and shipwreck placenames.

Large lizard driven from mainland NZ

The Dauvacel's gecko

Our largest gecko cannot be found on our largest islands, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

Pigeons prove valuable to humans

Racing pigeons -- the best of them are highly valued.

Let's not pigeon-hole these birds without considering their achievements, Natural World columnist Paul Gay suggests.

A bridge to good times opens for Invercargill

The Dunns Road Bridge

A host of Invercargill citizens crossed the new Dunns Road Bridge en route to recreation in 1929, About the South columnist Lloyd Esler reports.

Between a rock and a hard place

Thar she blows

Blowholes, a mud turtle, strychnine malevolence, shipwrecks and Scottish heroes feature in Lloyd Esler's About the South column.

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