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.

Harbingers of winter's end


Under trees and along the bush fringe, snowdrops carry the encouragement of warmer weather ahead, Paul Gay writes.

When the spirit is willing . . . gallery

The Margery Simpson Memorial glass table beside a park bench near the Queens Park Band Rotunda.

It's among the most personal and precious bequests anyone can make. Michael Fallow reports.

Our Miss NZ in curious company

Lyndal Cruickshank with J Paul Getty, the Duchess of Bedford and Nubar Gulbenkian

Who were those people photographed around Southland's Miss NZ Lyndal Cruickshank? About the South columnist Lloyd Esler has the answers

Dam good dining in Clyde gallery

The Ritchie family, from left: Edward with Ruby, Charlotte’s fiancé James Wait, Charlotte with baby Theodore, Andrea and David with Sky.

A cluster of restored derelict buildings is now the food hub of a tiny Central Otago town.

Wireworms - no friend to the gardener or farmer

Natural World columnist Paul Gay considers some worrisome wrigglers.

The south's wild west

As west as it gets, hereabouts

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler looks west, looks up the Y, and ponders Puffing Billy and a butterfly.

When barbed parasites go fishing

Isopods with one that didn't get away.

Teeny tiny fishhooks work effectively for parasites, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

Twice to a battlefield

Southland man and World War II veteran Arthur Bell.

Arthur Bell enjoyed the simple things in life, though there was nothing simple about the legacy of his war service.

Southland's first Olympian still cycling at 78

Warwick Dalton

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler looks back at the achievements of the great southern cyclist Warwick Dalton.

A host of golden jonquils


Here you go, one of the first signs of spring springing.

Wanaka couple on pan-American trip of lifetime

The volcanic region of Antofagasta, north of Argentina.

Wanaka couple Andi and Ellen Delis found the most dangerous things they encountered on a three year motorbike odyssey from Alaska to Argentina were themselves.

Phillip Melchior on Wanaka's mountain rescues

Phillip Melchior's new book, Mountain Rescue, is due out on July 31.

Wanaka journalist and search and rescue volunteer Phil Melchior's book, Mountain Rescues, is on sale from July 31.

Grand designs

Relda McDowall of EScape Glass, Invercargill, with the Heather Paterson Memorial trophy she is finishing off before Saturday's Hokonui Fashion & Design Awards, in Gore.

Viv Tamblyn's mind is on wool. Two of her handmade woollen garments will be on display at the 27th annual Hokonui Fashion Design Awards this weekend.

Bright, but they shrivel so soon

Pouch fungi

The red pouch fungus is a short-lived attraction, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

A Tai Ping error

The Tai Ping

A ship aground, a once-promising eel industry, a rare pen portrait of Quinton McKinnon, the arrival of Brown trout and Southland's first Caledonian Games are recalled in Lloyd Esler's About the South column.

Little Aussie omnivores

A coot.

Noticed more Aussie coots around, have we? Paul Gay helps identify them.

Second life for lifeboat

A lifeboat with a survival instinct

A lifeboat that had a career change, hydroponic pioneerism and the role of climate in the healthiness of southern children feature in Lloyd Esler's About the South column.

Hidden secrets continue to amaze at musuem

Southland Museum and Art Gallery collections manager Tracey Wedge inspects a Maori piupiu, crafted in the nineteenth century from houhere or lacebark.

Many of the treasures housed in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery's collection are not on public display. LAUREN HAYES travelled to the top of the pyramid to see what's hiding behind the scenes.

Fishing fanatics world famous in Wanaka

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A customised Epic fly fishing rod, designed and manufactured and distributed from Wanaka.

The Swift Fly Fishing Company of Wanaka has made a speedy progression from film-making to manufacturing custom-build fly rods. Marjorie Cook reports

A fungus that mirrors ice crystals, why not?

Icicle fungus

Just because they don't need sunlight doesn't mean icicle fungi are as frigid as their form suggests, Natural World columnist Paul Gay reports.

Born (ages ago) to be wild

Jill Warhurst

A group determined to grow old disgracefully draws the attention of About the South columnist Lloyd Esler.

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