Southerners at War
Tens of thousands turn out to pay their respects to the fallen at Anzac Day dawn services across the country.
Anzac Day is always special for Southern Steel and Silver Ferns midcourter Shannon Francois
New Zealand's changing involvement in world conflict is forging a new Anzac tradition where khaki is joined by a blue uniform.
Anzac Services 2014
The voices of war, remembrance and mateship resonated in Anzac Services throughout the south today.
Looking back: Andy Cook recalls Black Monday.
Invercargill's Private Stead wrote home describing the May 2 push up Suicide Gully to take a Turkish trench. This is an extract.
'Don't worry Naylor, you'll be going'
One of the gems from the vaults of the Southland Oral History Project is an interview, recorded in the 1970s, with Garston's Gallipoli and Western Front veteran Fred Naylor.
'It's pretty tough up there'
Fred Rogers makes a gentlemanly apology for the tremor in his voice when he talks about the Gallipoli landing.
Stories from around the region as we mark Anzac Day 2013.
As Anzac Day services came to a close, a 95-year-old veteran praised the youngest generation.
Southlanders braved what was in parts the worst Anzac Day weather in years to remember and honour the fallen.
Sitting in the cockpit diving at high speed toward the ground, WWII pilot Stan Smith looked to the pilot alongside him.
Emotional time for residents
With a steadying arm, J Force veteran Cyril Knight helped his mate and fellow J Force serviceman Reg Good lay a poppy in memory of the fallen at a moving Anzac Day service at the Rowena Jackson Retirement Village.
Vera Wilkie has lived through two world wars, lost family in combat and raised a family on rations.
The Balclutha Cenotaph reaches a significant milestone today.
From Kabul, ex-Southlander Lieutenant Colonel Donald Jones tells The Southland Times about his experiences in Afghanistan.
'We can't let the RSA die just because we are gone'
The RSA is three years shy of its 100th birthday. It has a long history, but does it have a future?
Live cover of Anzac Day services in the south.
"April 23, 1917 - Fatigue in the trenches. I am hit in the foot by a piece of shrapnel. Pain but no wound."
For Anzac Day, Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt donned his father's service medals for the first time.
You will be anxious to know how things are going with us since last I wrote.
Elsie Vallily might not remember everything about her World War II service, but she still recalls her identification number: ''20176333, Sir!''
In the global conflict that was World War II, the 1941 battle for Crete was a significant scuffle . . . but one that deservedly lingers large in New Zealand's history.
Commemorations mark 70th anniversary
The atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki undoubtedly led to the end of the Pacific War during World War II.
At a time when World War II veterans are less able to take an active part in the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, or RSA, the baton is being taken up by younger members and associate members.
Smoke-filled rooms with blokes standing shoulder-to-shoulder sharing a drink and a yarn - that is how some servicemen remember RSAs when they got home.
Southerners gathered in their thousands around the region to mark Anzac Day 2012.
Thousands attend Anzac services
Southerners have turned out in their thousands to commemorate the fallen at Anzac Day services throughout the region.
In our Anzac Day series, Alana Dixon has been visiting southern war memorials to discover what stories they hold.
War memorials of the south
Seven men from the Lilley family at Clifton went away to fight in the Great War. Not all of them made it back.
War has cut short the lives of many exemplary Kiwis, and one of the promising Southlanders it stole during World War II was Riversdale man Michael Cameron Tither.
Once, a memorial adorned with a soldier stood at the intersection of Hunt Rd and Katea Rd. On the hill overlooking it was a schoolhouse, and on the corner opposite was the Katea Hall.
The south is dotted with war memorials, stark reminders of the tragedies that successive wars have brought.
The order to attack came through on December 1, 1917. Two days later, the men of the 1st Battalion of Otago and the 1st Battalion of Canterbury found themselves leading the assault on Polderhoek Chateau, a run-down Belgian estate turned German stronghold and headquarters.
On page five of the Southland Times on Wednesday, November 12, 1924, in between columns dedicated to a "divorce sensation" in Sydney, a story about Invercargill's water supply, and whether Italian dictator Mussolini was "losing his grip", was an article about a ceremony held at Wyndham the day before.
War memorials around the world are there to remind future generations to remember their predecessors' sacrifices, and none illustrates this point more poignantly than the Southland boy who, at the age of 11, led the charge to restore the Kauana memorial to its former glory.
East Timor, 1999: Rob Mills
The Southland TimesIsolated, unarmed and vulnerable to ambush and hostile action by militia opposed to independence; subjected to intimidation, death threats and hostile propaganda: it was all in a day's work for Rob Mills.
Cyprus, 1964: Don Wisely
JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesA jealous husband, a flirtatious wife, and the attentions of another man. As Don Wisely tells it, the matter was settled with explosives.
New Zealand Police have served overseas in the following trouble spots:
East Timor, 2001: Dave McKenzie
JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesSergeant Dave McKenzie's deployment with the United Nations in East Timor straddled an event that shattered the West's perception of peace and security in our time – September 11, 2001.
Solomon Islands, 2010: Andrew Karsten
JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesAfter two tours to East Timor and one to Solomon Islands, Constable Andrew Karsten has seen the countries struggle to cement democracy in first a khaki then a blue uniform.
Bosnia, 1995: Malcolm Darlison (NZ Army, UNPROFOR)
JARED MORGAN - The Southland Times"You Serb spy."
Solomon Islands, 2008: Wing-wah Ng
JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesIn Solomon Islands, blood and brotherhood run thicker than water.
Namibia, 1989-90: Mike Bowman
JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesNamibia had endured a 105-year battle for independence when Invercargill Constable Mike Bowman was given the nod to join a United Nations mission to secure the nation's autonomy.
Since the global war on terrorism began in their country, women remained the forgotten casualties of Afghanistan.
The opportunity to spend nine months in war-torn Afghanistan as the country took baby-steps toward democracy five years ago proved hard to resist for Invercargill police dog section supervisor Sergeant Wally Kopae. He shared his experiences with reporter JARED MORGAN.
BY SONIA GERKEN - The Southland TimesAs young men they marched off to war and now, as they age, another generation of young people has picked up the mantle of remembrance.
BY CRIS JOHNSTON - The Southland TimesAnzac Day commemorations were an emotional experience for Wanaka's oldest returned serviceman Ken Paterson, who fought back tears as young children laid poppies on the memorial.
BY JOHN EDENS - The Southland TimesAlmost 70 years on, World War II veteran Peter Wildey, 96, can vividly recall the Battle of Crete in 1941.
BY JARED MORGAN - The Southland TimesInvercargill man Jake Grootveld has a unique take on war and conflict.