Not all that long after Robert Horton met Henrietta Popenhagen at Grove Bush her father John was seen, a scythe over his shoulder, searching for this Mr Horton, with the intention of "shortening him up in certain places".
There is an otherworldly intensity to these ancient glacial bays, where the ocean meets high cliffs.
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"Call yourself the cream of New Zealand?" barked the sergeant major. "Good God, I wouldn't like to taste the milk!"
Jack Hinton had had enough of this retreating malarky. It was April 1941 and in military terms the Greek campaign was already lost.
Stories from around the region as we mark Anzac Day 2013.
The floods of 1984 had a wide impact throughout Southland, cutting Invercargill in half and causing devastating damage around the province.