A gift to the nation: the 1kg oyster
Invercargill MP Eric Roy is retiring this election. A yarn or two would seem to be in order, then.
Our Past, Our Story, Our Future was the theme of the Heritage Forum in Invercargill aimed at working together towards a united southern heritage community.
Now you can pour this delicious mix of wine, fruit, a spritzer and sometimes spirits straight from the bottle.
When Reg and Win Small marked their 65th wedding anniversary this time last year, the celebrations in Central Southland went on for four days, generations of family and friends from all over returning to their home base in Winton.
Story leads to family reunion
A Southland Times story about a soldier's tiny Gallipoli diary has helped two branches of a family connect at last.
Ireland is the country we associate even now with the great famine of the 1840s, so devastating were the effects of potato blight on a population already on its knees.
Two Invercargill sisters are making it big in the world of design in Australia.
Let's take another trip on our culinary journey and visit the salad created in 1924 which changed the way the world we viewed salads - from there on, as the saying goes, the rest is history.
My first sports-related injury
I'm barely into a 10km race, my armpits are chaffing . . . but a drive-by high-five helped pick up my speed.
Southland's Ian "Inky" Tulloch will create local motorsport history next month.
Now that we are into August, it's the right time to start thinking about tomatoes for the new season.
New Zealand Fashion Week 2014
Invercargill makeup artist Kerry Penisula-Spain is living the dream at New Zealand Fashion Week.
AND ANOTHER THING
Isn't it odd that people who'd not read other's letters or wouldn't admit to so doing, whack into emails like they were sheets of printed newspaper there for open consumption?
Tourism is a bit like the traditional Chinese school-yard game, "catch the dragon's tail."
Fancy your own homemade tipple? Homegrown herbs aren't just beneficial for flavouring foods, they're an excellent ingredient in homemade liqueurs.
AND ANOTHER THING
OPINION: You think you've seen it all with these on-telly cooking shows, aspiring young chefs, the grumpy dismissive old guys they all fawn over, shiny modern equipment, fabulous fresh foods, dishes to die for.
A steep learning curve
Rabbits. Those cute little pests are a pain to landowners - and runners.
You love it or hate it. If the latter, I bet you've only had it boiled - until the Moon sets over the cow shed - a crime that should be relegated to the Cooks Hall of Shame.
The very mention of fat (which is why I have suits of four different sizes in my wardrobe) always grabs my attention.
Mankind has a problem messing with nature and the natural order of things for either greed or their own ego.
The 1866 publication Treasury of Botany offers a possible reason for dying rosemary plants.
Forget the stews and soups - it's time for salad. Here's a great quinoa option by MasterChef finalist Bec Stanley.
A Wanaka man has set himself an "off the scale" challenge of completing 50 off-road mountain marathons in 50 days - back-to-back to support mental health.
'Hard slog for a young kiwi fellow'
Luggate builder Scott Pickett doesn't like draughty homes.
'Small' hobby yields big creations
Invercargill man Archie McDonald has discovered an everyday item could double as an affordable child's building block.
This is the best time of the year for planting trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and also hardy vegetables and annual flowers.
This week let's look at a vegetable that could well be called one of our national treasures.
Southerners are furiously looping and crocheting to help children in villages and orphanages in Eastern Europe to keep warm.
Our "Pure South" Sharp Blacks have achieved the ultimate and been named the best butchers in the world. All Alliance Group suppliers should take great pride in the success of the team adding further international exposure to their Pure South brand and the satisfaction they have supported the best in the world.
More than 500 trees have been planted on the Catlins coast to improve the environment for the endangered yellow-eyed penquin.
If there's some quiet satisfaction around Pukerau at the moment it's well deserved.
There is always an awkward moment when my wife and I go out to dinner at the homes of friends who don't share our interest in wine but are, nevertheless, partial to the odd drop out of a clean glass.
DOC efforts help kakapos make a comeback
Rare bird's population is growing once again, thanks to a recovery programme on a tiny island in the Foveaux Strait.
Poets have been celebrating food and drink since time began, so it's a fair bet that someone - probably in Ancient Rome - wrote an ode to the venerable chickpea.
OPINION: Y ep, I do like having the last word, whether it is goodbye, thank you or I love you.
One of our family's favourite "snack" foods is the Japanese named edamame. Generally we enjoy them served in the pod, simply poached, salted then dipped in a delightful mixture of soy sauce and wasabi.
Whetu Taewa in a league of his own
Whetu Taewa blitzed the opposition with pace and power throughout his international league career.
John Rasmussen's dream was to build a home within a vineyard, where he could enjoy retirement.
A little too much new-found confidence
It has been about two months since Southland Times reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean first put on her running shoes and started training.
Sick of being sick and on daily medication for over 25 years Jason Shon Bennett kick-started a lifelong pursuit to find a solution to live a long and healthy life.
Risotto - it is one of those dishes that started as a humble meal that has moved on to gain gourmet status.
An unexpectedly rewarding journey of denial and deprivation.
In the 1960s I worked on a back-country sheep station where apples were stored in a way that kept them fresh but, more importantly, protected from savage frosts.
Attempt 'long and arduous beyond words'
A mountaineer's winter climb of Pope's Nose has been described as "possibly the finest alpine achievement of New Zealand's modern era".
Damned if I know why people suddenly want to drink wines from which much of the "kick" has been removed.
Like many Southlanders we grow our own leeks for as much of the year as possible.
It was second time lucky for Amisfield assistant vineyard manager Mike Winter.
AND ANOTHER THING
OPINION: Whoever takes the time to commit print to paper has a fan in me.
With cold weather there is nothing more heartwarming than a good bowl of soup.
Jo can now talk while running
Things are about to get tougher for running trainee and Southland Times reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean.