Convention centre plan lacks support

An artist's impression of the proposed Queenstown convention centre.

"There will come a time we will need it": Queenstown Lakes District Council mayoral candidate Jim Boult

Do the elderly get a fair hearing?

On Loud Shirt Day, can the likes of Carol Ward have a quiet word with the medical budget-setters?

A few thoughts on voting

Andy Asquith

Frowning down at your local body voting papers? Michael Fallow figures some generic academic guidance might be in order.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Dan Davin

Mary-Jane Grove of Aparima College's third-placed entry in the junior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Secondary School Student Writing Awards


Dan Davin

Maddy Doherty of James Hargest College's second placed entry in the junior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Secondary Student Writing Awards

Panem Street

Dan Davin

Caitlin Russell of James Hargest College's highly commended entry in the senior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Secondary School Student Writing Awards

Five Lines

Dan Davin

Emily Morris of James Hargest College's second-placed entry in the senior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Secondary School Student Writing Awards


Dan Davin

Robbie Grove of Aparima College's third-placed entry in the senior section of the 2016 Dan Davin Secondary School Student Writing Awards

Atomic Manipulation Lab

Dan Davin

Alex Bailey of Wakatipu High School's winning entry in the junior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Secondary Student Writing Awards. It is based on the Atomic Manipulation Laboratory at Otago University.

Watercolour photography

Dan Davin

Autumn Marshall of Verdon College's winning entry in the senior section of the Dan Davin 2016 Student Writing Awards

Life doesn't stop at the rest home

Wyndham and Districts Community Rest Home nurse manager Annette Sinclair out front with the rest home van.

From the road it looks like a regular house. But the Wyndham Rest Home is so much more than that.

Design thinking key to southern innovation

Paul Adams:

And it's not just a technique for designers, leading southern exporter Paul Adams says.

The biggest bank robbery in NZ history

Alistair Barr together with Gibson Grace robbed a Lumsden Bank in 1983.

What was thought to be a straightforward bank robbery ended in a murder, $107,000 missing and three years of intense police investigations.

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.

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