Fabulous homes tour fun day out


Pat Veltkamp Smith

OPINION: Tiger for punishment me, spent four hours touring 10 open homes in Central Southland on Sunday and came home convinced there are just two sorts of homemakers - modern minimalists, and me.

90-year-old runner 'only a plodder'

Retired dairy farmer eyes 95th half-marathon

Colin Thorne

Colin Thorne has run 50 marathons, 94 half-marathons and trains five or six times a week.

Guide to gardening at Labour Weekend


Labour Weekend is our big gardening event of the year.

Kenyan visitors admire Godzone

Kenyan missionaries

It took 36 hours, five connecting flights and another hour driving, but for two special visitors, arriving in Balclutha was worth the long journey.

Hot and spicy


A cuisine that has gained popularity over recent years Down Under is that of Mexico.

Artist leaves her Faithful followers


Julia Faithful

Southland artist Julia Faithful has died, leaving a great body of work.

Hip injury proving to be a worry

Uphill Battle: Getting back in the game

Uphill Battle column

Mum and reporter JO McKENZIE-McLEAN is taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life training for the Northburn Station 50km. She reports on her progress. 

DIY bug sprays save cash


As the weather warms up, the number of bugs and diseases also rises. Start a regular pest control programme now and you should be able to stay on top of any problems when and if they arise. But save your dosh and make your own solutions to banish bugs, diseases and weeds.

The power and the glory of the best of the whites

Generic wine glass

I like riesling. Why don't you?

Potted lemons show when they're hungry

Southland Times photo

Q My lemon tree has very few leaves on it. It’s planted in a large container and is about five years old. It hasn’t been frosted and it’s sheltered from wind. Do lemon trees normally lose their leaves over winter?

Tom Kha Gai - Thai herbed coconut soup

Thai herbed coconut soup

Tom Kha Gai is one of the two most well known soups to come out of Thailand.

Tracing uncle's WWI footprint

Jim Flett

It wasn't until Otautau man Jim Flett watched a movie with his grandson that he decided to trace the footsteps of his uncle.

Make cheap plonk, someone will drink it

Red wine

Describe lower-end Marlborough sauvignon blanc as rubbish and you'll find yourself up to your neck in it.

Spearheading spring


New season asparagus is in supermarkets now.

Find best seeds in your mailbox

Southland Times photo

Head to your local garden centre or visit online mail order companies to pick up the latest plants on the market.

New funk in old-fashioned lovely

Southland Times photo

Modern-day breeders are churning out flashy cyclamen forms.

Coffee and cake with a touch of luxury

coffee sponge

This coffee sponge recipe never fails to produce gasps of admiration.

A taste of jihad for Wanaka

Damien Fenton

New Zealanders' first taste of jihad was at Gallipoli, says military historian Damien Fenton.

Shorts cause gym scene

Uphill Battle: Impressions of Urkel

Uphill Battle column

Jo McKenzie-McLean's legs suffered a recent wardrobe calamity.

Asparagus a simple summer wonder


Make the most of NZ's short asparagus season.

Sour ingredient means sweet result


There was a time when for most of us, vinegar came in just two varieties.

Lesley Elliott wins Women of Influence top award


Anti-domestic violence campaigner Lesley Elliott wins top prize at 2014 Women of Influence awards.

Determined detective work restores honours boards

southland world war 1 honour board

World War I roll of honour board thought missing for about 30 years has been discovered in a town hall.

Mum vows to fight despite 'incurable' diagnosis

MaryEllen Bryan

An Invercargill mother has been told her breast cancer is incurable, but she's still vowing to fight.

Court in time

Engaging tales from the legal profession

Christine French

Esteemed jurist and local girl done good Justice Christine French has delivered an inaugural commemorative address to the Southland Law Society.

East meets West

Lamb Belly

Cheaper cuts of meat produce tender and tasty dishes when respectfully handled.

Hot stuff with drinks

Cheesy crisps

I have been, reluctantly I must stress, buried in the recesses of my winter cupboards.

Rose rescuers to mark anniversary

Rose rescue

Those enterprising gardeners of Heritage Roses are plotting again.

Wine industry lightens up

There is nothing wrong with a little bit of gimmickry, even in the wine industry.

Lender Rhoy withdraws from his bank family

Rhoy McMillan

Banking veteran Rhoy McMillan can't recall a bad day working at SBS Bank. And it's been almost 42 years.

City banker retires after 42 years on the job

River and whitebait are calling

Brian Gray

After 42 years in banking, Westpac customer services representative Brian Gray is retiring.

Mum talking to end violence against women

Lesley Elliott

Lesley Elliott, a finalist in the 2015 New Zealand Women of Influence awards, finds it difficult to acknowledge her amazing accomplishment in the face of unimaginable circumstances, reports Wilma McKay.

Just split the Cornish difference ...

Cornish splits

The people of Cornwall, like those of Devon, love to serve (and enjoy) cream tea but with a difference.

Greener pastures beckon as gummies replace suit

Peter Ridsdale

After 38 years in the hospitality industry, Peter Ridsdale is hanging up his business suit in favour of gummies and John Deere tractors.

Digging to the real dirt on winespeak

wine generic

Want to fool dinner party guests into thinking you're a proper connoisseur? Then get to grips with these buzzwords.

It's time to put down the put-downs


Pat Veltkamp Smith

OPINION: Look, it might be OK to crack "seen better" to an idle flasher in the park but honestly, how often should we be using these put-down phrases?

Gone fishing

What's going on in the angling world?

David McCormick

It's the time of the year when southerners spend time in a pursuit so appealing that others are prepared to cross the world to join them.

Digging the communal way

Robin Allison

Do you ever feel you're "over" managing a conventional Kiwi section and garden by yourself and ponder some different form of housing where there's more neighbourly co-operation, sharing of knowledge and skills?

Brussels sprouts perfectly cooked

Orange sauce and green veges

I have memories of horrible grey unpleasant smelling little cabbages.

A little spring herb that's big on flavour


Lambs and daffodils? It must be spring.

Let your chickens do the hard work

Southland Times photo

The plight of chickens in cages, unable to preform their natural functions, is a total money-making disgrace.

Childhood favourites revisited

Southland Times photo

A care parcel of home baking is always welcomed by students.

More than a passing delight


This is a story about expressing appreciation. And a bit of garden history.

This column will self-destruct in 163 years

Red wine

A headline writer's delight, 35 years in the making.

Fish tacos with lime and chipotle yoghurt dressing

Fish tacos

Spring is here, with it comes an abundance of freshness.

Chopper venture's hard-earned highs

Southland Times photo

A high country farmer is living his childhood dream running a helicopter company.

Condensed cravings that ooze history

Southland Times photo

Driving out through Underwood recently I noted what was left of perhaps one of the original export gems of the south - the old condensed milk factory.

Injured guide running out of lives but not energy

Mark Sedon

Ski guide Mark Sedon is counting his blessings as he recovers from chopper accident.

Not sheepish at the dog auction

Dog sales

Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men about a few dogs. John Hawkins was there too, camera at the ready.

Foodie first for NZ

International school food contest nears

Scott Richardson

An international secondary schools cooking competition comes to Invercargill this month in a first for New Zealand.