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FULL STEAM AHEAD: Port Chalmers woman Simone Montgomery won the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards Southland Times Award of Excellence with this steampunk creation.
FRONT HALF: The front half of the car that split in two after hitting a tree north of Mataura this morning. The "very, very lucky" driver sustained moderate injuries.
Hugo Page, 4, turns into a vampire for the day.
GNOME KNEES-UP: Gnome folk of Fiordland (Gnuffs) from left Clair Maley-Shaw, former Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno and Mary Hill members of the Save Fiordland Campaign take the fight to save Fiordland to Wellington....the war to stop the monorail has now been won.
A grader clears snow on State Highway 94.
Jarrod Siebert, in the air, body slams his dad, Mark Siebert, both of Sydney, Australia while having a go at the Sumo Wrestling during the Queenstown Winter Festival.
Drag queens take part in the hotly contested drag race at the 2014 Queenstown Winter Festival.
CELEBRATING MATARIKI: Performer Lingi Broughton gets into the spirit of Matariki with other members of kapahaka group Te Roopu o Murihiku. About 80 people gathered to watch the group perform at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the museum’s Matariki celebrations. Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades star cluster, which appears towards the middle of the year, traditionally heralding the Maori new year.
The Queenstown Winter Festival parade.
BIG BANG THEORY: The fireworks display celebrating the opening of the 40th Queenstown Winter Festival lights up the sky.
STAMPING ON FASHION: Model Maja Katavic displays ‘‘People Reaching People’’ – the rise and fall of the postage stamp – at the FibreOctave show held at the Ascot Park Hotel. An array of 36 creative designs ranging from the postage stamp ensemble to outfits of nothing but bodypaint wowed the sold-out crowd.The committee raised $12,000 for Invercargill St John.
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: Invercargill mountaineer Ralph Miller has been made a life member of the NZ Alpine Club , and still has the ice axe and rope he used to make the first ascent of the Sheila Route on Mt Cook in 1967.
Sa’hayla Harden models her winning outfit in the Creativity Awards.
IN FINE VOICE: Khona Va’aga Gray of Auckland won first overall in the Intermediate section for her vocal solo performance.
RIVER DRAMA: The scene of a crash in Kyeburn where a man was trapped in his truck after slipping off a bridge.
SUGAR HIGH: Megan Dick, from AWS Legal, models a bra made from candy at their annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast, held at Stadium Southland.
NOTHING BUT AIR: Prime Minister John Key attempts to score a basket at the opening of ILT Stadium Southland.
CANINE COMPANIONSHIP: SPCA volunteers Justin McNally, with two-year-old Scooby Doo, a female lab cross and Kairika Vakker, with 15-month-old Rocco, a male lab. The dogs are among 44 that the overloaded SPCA is hoping to find homes for.
Clyde School pupils Rhian and Stella Sharman, both 12, with principal Doug White at the Anzac service in Clyde.
Students from The Catlins Area School did readings and items for the Owaka Anzac Day service. Top, Liam Hewitson, then from left Naomi McLay, Ellen Sharp, Carolyn Leslie, Esther McLay and Renee Craigie.
The fun, colour and a beautiful day attracted hundreds to this year's Arrowtown Autumn Festival Parade.
Te Anau's two WWII veterans Louie Nicholson, left, and Alf Excell lay the RSA wreath during the Anzac service today.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Daylight breaks at the Invercargill cenotaph during the dawn service.
Images from this year's 2014 Tour de Lakes
Duck minders watch ducks float towards the Riverton Bridge in the the Lion's Club Aparima Duck Charity Duck Race.
The RNZAF Parachute Display Team, Kiwi Blue in action.
Alison Young, left, watches Samantha Cooper, 8, pedal to make a smoothy.
KEEPING THE FAITH AT EASTER: A group walks the cross through Invercargill. More than 60 people wrapped up to take part in the annual Good Friday cross walk, which commemorates the stations of the cross before Jesus was crucified. The procession started at Wachner Place before stopping at St John's, Central Baptist and First Church, the Salvation Army Citadel, Cornerstone Church and St Mary's Basilica. Participants from various denominations took turns carrying the cross.
The winning Rippa Rugby Tournament winners, Clutha (in red) at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Steel player Jhaniele Fowler-Reid shoots a goal.
Firefighters inspect the rubble that is left of the Livestock Supplies building in Gore.
PULL TOGETHER: Tractor pullers, from left, Aaliyah Kaoirika, Riani Wainui Dunn and Hoani Tata haul a 4.5-tonne tractor down Dee St in Invercargill as their final challenge in the eight-week Cactus programme. The founder of the programme, which offers high school students military-style training, wants to expand it to offer it to all Invercargill schools.
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi takes a shot at basket.
Steel player Phoenix Karaka with the ball and Mystics Cathrine Latu.
MOLOTOV MESS: Fire Service southern region fire safety officer Stuart Ide, left, and Constable Graeme King investigate the fire at Impuls'd in Invercargill.
BIG BEAT: Percussionist Tom Scrase, part of the drumming group Strike, performs for Southland schoolchildren at St Thomas Aquinas School in Winton.
Steel's Phillipa Finch passes the ball.
Hazel Clemens, left, of Invercargill, her grandmother Jan Clemens, of Pleasant Point, and Donnette Wohlers looking at Donnette's driftwood decoarations.
Wakatipu High school pupils, from left, Jack Turner, Josh Bailey and Terry Kim.
HARVEST ENSEMBLE: Isla MacCallum, 6, left, Heidi Robinson, 5, Sam Pratt, 9, and Angus MacCallum, 10, get ready for the Riverton Harvest Festival.