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Cyclists at the starting line.
FOOD FESTIVAL GETTING BIGGER: Samrinder Kaur, Southland Multicultural Food Festival event co-ordinator Prashanth Nallur Puttaswamy and Southland Multicultural Council president Angela Pardo try out some foods before the festival.
END OF AN ERA FOR A&P VETERAN: Drummond sheep farmer Malcolm Anderson and his family have been showing Border Leicester sheep at A&P shows for more than 100 years.
David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home town of Te Kuiti in early April.
A DAY AT THE MUSEUM: Southland Museum and Art Gallery collections manager Tracey Wedge in the upstairs storage space of the museum, which is being opened up for tours to the public.
SEARCH STARTED FOR MISSING TRAMPER: Sir Richard Hayes and Lloyd Matheson, of Southern Lakes Helicopters, install a portable repeater 1524 metres above Manapouri to assist with communication between teams searching for a missing German tramper in Manapouri's back valley and search headquarters at Te Anau police station.
LOVE STILL IN THE AIR FOR COUPLES: Ambrosia Designer Florist owner Shani Hopgood gets ready for Valentines Day.
SOUTH JOINS FOR WAITANGI DAY: Hinerangi Haddon, 10 and Charli Jones, 11, get up close to Gunther, a 24-year-old tuatara, at the Waitangi Day celebrations in Bluff.
HUGE WEEKEND SET TO DRAW CROWDS IN THE SOUTH: Jessica Rameriz, of Fuse Circus, entertains the crowd in Queens Park, Invercargill.
ALEX UP FOR STUMP THE HUMP: Invercargill man Alex Kidd is competing in the Stump the Hump 24-hour walk on February 6 and 7.
BREWERY BACK IN BUSINESS: Wanaka Beerworks brewer Andrew Boulton enjoys the fruits of his labour after a manic month of production.
Santa arrives in his sleigh.
KEN'S MO-MENTOUS OCCASION: Invercargill man Ken Bowie's moustache is shaved off by his friend Paul Leigh, left, from Auckland and Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow.
SANTA IN TOWN FOR PARADE: Santa Claus arrives at Invercargill airport, just in time to take part in the Santa parade.
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Bruce Farley and Tim Eddington in their 1986 BMW 325i at the start line at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Jordishae Raimona and Brooklan Andrews, lead girl and lead boy at Te Wharekura O Arowhenua School, celebrate after being on stage at the Nga Putangitangi event held at the ILT Stadium Southland yesterday. Seventeen schools took part.
GUNMAN ELUDES CAPTURE: Police surround the Otatara Four Square after an armed holdup at the store.
McDermotts Coaches Hiab truck drivers Lloyd Raymond, left, and Brent Young beside a TR Drewry shunting locomotive being lifted onto the tracks.
NIAMH HOPING FOR A GOOD RUN WITH JAKE: Five-year-old Niamh Lappin and her dog Jake at the New Zealand Dog Agility Championships in Gore.
The intensity of a Waianiwa house fire is caught on camera.
PUP OFFERED TO GRIEVING DOG OWNER: Dog attach victim Dorothy Willis and dog breeder Robyn-Jane Chernishov share a special moment in Invercargill.
Taranaki, left, and Eastern Southland players shake hands after their game.
WANTED - 200 PARADE VOLUNTEERS: With little more than a month to go, Alice Pottinger is taking on the role of Santa Parade organiser.
Mary-Jane Thomas enjoys the train ride home to Invercargill.
DRESSED UP FOR HOLIDAY FUN: Performers, front centre, Sarah Harstonge, 5, Kyla Brown and Libby Webb, both 7, sing and dance during the Speak Up-Sing Out holiday programme at Queens Park cricket pavillion in Invercargiil.
Central Otago Whitewater Club princess Kate Pascoe on their float in the 2014 Alexandra Blossom Festival parade.
Lolo Owen and Bekah Perry from Chilton St James School, Lower Hutt, hit the stage as the Chiwawas.
ROAD TRIP SCOOTER-STYLE: Riders, from left, Wayne Singh, Peter Walker, Alister Rance, Tony Latta, John Goble, Trevor Withington and Kyle McIntosh head out for some fun on their scooters. Rance said a group of about 12 rode their 50cc scooters on the road, all cleaned and theme, from Invercargill to Te Anau and will head to Milford Sound. The purpose of the ride was to keep the scooters on the road, have a laugh and map out a potential new fundraising run, he said. The scooters had a top speed of about 65kms downhill, he said.
TOPS AGAIN: City eatery The Batch has been named the best cafe in the national Hospitality Excellence Awards for the third year running. Owners Kate French and Donna and Gareth Hamilton celebrate with their staff at the cafe.
ON SHOW: David Parker works his dog King in front of buyers at the 57th Heading and Huntaway Dog Auction near Gore.
KEA ORA, MY FRIEND: Te Anau Wildlife Park range Carol Gardner treats one the park's kea to a tasty morning tea on her last day feeding her birds. She has retired after 24 years as the wildlife park ranger.
Gorge Road School pupils Baileigh Payne, left, and Brigette Elefanio wait backstage for their turn on stage.
GIVING IT EVERYTHING: Harmony Watt, from Fernworth Primary School, gets into the swing of Polyfest.
India Lawson of Southland Girls High School on stage at the Southland Regional Aerobics HipHop Championships held at the Civic Theatre, Invercargill.
HOMES STYLES: Invercargill hairdresser Karla Braun loves her job at Karma salon in Windsor.
Ian Milne on his Eun na Mara canoe yawl.
JIBES BEFORE JABS: Opponents Warren Bevin and Stephen Sinclair at the Fight for Kidz weigh-in.
STEAM PUNK STUNNER: Port Chalmers woman Simone Montgomery (left) with her winning design modeled by Abby Taylor at the 26th Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.
Riverton Primary School pupils, from left, Rose Winders, 10, Neem Horrax, 9, Cate Reynolds, 9, Casey Halder, 10, Kalani Grimwood, 10, and Nic Mennell, 9, at the Southland Environment Awards.