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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.
Santa arrives in his sleigh.
Ray White Real Estate’s Brendan Mason, left, and First National’s Philip Brough are merging the two Invercargill firms which will trade as Ray White Invercargill. There would be no redundancies. The sales team will comprise 22 agents, plus eight administration staff.
SANTA IN TOWN FOR PARADE: Santa Claus arrives at Invercargill airport, just in time to take part in the Santa parade.
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.
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.
HONOURED: Te Anau pilot Bill Black,with a model of a Squirrel helicopter he spent many hours flying, and wife Shirley are off to London, where he will receive a prestigious aviation award.
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.