AND ANOTHER THING
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.
Retired dairy farmer eyes 95th half-marathon
Colin Thorne has run 50 marathons, 94 half-marathons and trains five or six times a week.
Labour Weekend is our big gardening event of the year.
It took 36 hours, five connecting flights and another hour driving, but for two special visitors, arriving in Balclutha was worth the long journey.
A cuisine that has gained popularity over recent years Down Under is that of Mexico.
Southland artist Julia Faithful has died, leaving a great body of work.
Uphill Battle: Getting back in the game
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.
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.
I like riesling. Why don't you?
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 is one of the two most well known soups to come out of Thailand.
It wasn't until Otautau man Jim Flett watched a movie with his grandson that he decided to trace the footsteps of his uncle.
Describe lower-end Marlborough sauvignon blanc as rubbish and you'll find yourself up to your neck in it.
New season asparagus is in supermarkets now.
Head to your local garden centre or visit online mail order companies to pick up the latest plants on the market.
Modern-day breeders are churning out flashy cyclamen forms.
This coffee sponge recipe never fails to produce gasps of admiration.
New Zealanders' first taste of jihad was at Gallipoli, says military historian Damien Fenton.
Uphill Battle: Impressions of Urkel
Jo McKenzie-McLean's legs suffered a recent wardrobe calamity.
Make the most of NZ's short asparagus season.
There was a time when for most of us, vinegar came in just two varieties.
Anti-domestic violence campaigner Lesley Elliott wins top prize at 2014 Women of Influence awards.
World War I roll of honour board thought missing for about 30 years has been discovered in a town hall.
An Invercargill mother has been told her breast cancer is incurable, but she's still vowing to fight.
Engaging tales from the legal profession
Esteemed jurist and local girl done good Justice Christine French has delivered an inaugural commemorative address to the Southland Law Society.
Cheaper cuts of meat produce tender and tasty dishes when respectfully handled.
I have been, reluctantly I must stress, buried in the recesses of my winter cupboards.
Those enterprising gardeners of Heritage Roses are plotting again.
There is nothing wrong with a little bit of gimmickry, even in the wine industry.
Banking veteran Rhoy McMillan can't recall a bad day working at SBS Bank. And it's been almost 42 years.
River and whitebait are calling
After 42 years in banking, Westpac customer services representative Brian Gray is retiring.
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.
The people of Cornwall, like those of Devon, love to serve (and enjoy) cream tea but with a difference.
After 38 years in the hospitality industry, Peter Ridsdale is hanging up his business suit in favour of gummies and John Deere tractors.
Want to fool dinner party guests into thinking you're a proper connoisseur? Then get to grips with these buzzwords.
AND ANOTHER THING
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?
What's going on in the angling world?
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.
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?
I have memories of horrible grey unpleasant smelling little cabbages.
Lambs and daffodils? It must be spring.
The plight of chickens in cages, unable to preform their natural functions, is a total money-making disgrace.
A care parcel of home baking is always welcomed by students.
This is a story about expressing appreciation. And a bit of garden history.
A headline writer's delight, 35 years in the making.
Spring is here, with it comes an abundance of freshness.
A high country farmer is living his childhood dream running a helicopter company.
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.
Ski guide Mark Sedon is counting his blessings as he recovers from chopper accident.
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.
International school food contest nears
An international secondary schools cooking competition comes to Invercargill this month in a first for New Zealand.