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HEARTBREAK AS BABY CLINGS TO LIFE: Peter and Ashleigh Brown, of Alexandra, with their 10-week old son Riley, who suffers from the rare congenital disorder Zellweger syndrome.
TOP ENTERTAINER KEEPS ON TRUCKING: Ascot Park Hotel Southland Entertainer of the Year Simon Thompson, back on the job for Waikawa Freight.
Cyclists at the starting line.
HEARING AIDS UNLOCK BIRD SONG: Southland man Graeme Johnston is looking forward to listening to music using his new hearing aids.
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.
POLLY'S RECOVERY GOING WELL: Polly, the young staffordshire cross pup who was stolen from the Gore SPCA and later found covered in bites, is recovering well.
THE SHEAR THRILL OF IT: Jason Ratima in action in a shearing shed near Browns.
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.
GIRLS' BONFIRE PLANS GO UP IN SMOKE: Two young girls' plan to have a bonfire on the beach went up in smoke when the fire brigade turned up at 10.45pm to extinguish the fire, because of a fire ban in the area.
SIT GRADUATES ON PARADE: Southern Institute of Technology Bachelor of Nursing graduates Leah Dixon, Nicole Maley, Raquel Shirley, Katherine Bond, Paige Pierce, Amy Wilson and Nicola Anderson.
SPIRITS NOT DAMPENED BY RAIN: A fireworks display watched by a large crowd brought in the new year at Te Anau’s Lion Park. The display was provided by Distinction Hotels, the bonfire by the Department of Conservation.
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.
CRASH PILOT HAS LUCKY ESCAPE FROM TOP-DRESSING PLAN: A 43-year-old man was seriously injured when the top-dressing plane he was flying crashed at Mt Linton Station, near Ohai.
FESTIVAL A WALK BACK IN THYME TO GOLDMINING PAST: Central Otago mining historian Lex McLean, with some of the huge buckets used on mining dredges, which create a rustic centrepiece for flowering thyme on the Earnscleugh tailings between Alexandra and Clyde. A guided walk through the Earnscleugh Tailings Reserve is part of the Alexandra Thyme Festival.
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.
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.
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.
DECISION 14: In Invercargill, at the National Party base where newly elected Sarah Dowie won the Invercargill seat with a 6922 vote majority. Pictured Sarah Dowie before going out to her supporters, taking a call from Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
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.
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.
DRIVING TO THE CONDITIONS: Buses and motorists stopped to fit chains on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau.
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.
OFF SHE GOES: Heather One prepares to head off into the forest on Whenua Hou/Codifsh Island after being hand-reared by kakapo recovery rangers. A transmitter attached to the bird will allow staff to keep tabs on her movements and activities.
CHARITY CHILLER: ABC Childcare teachers Amber Wilson, left, and Phedra Lemon take part in the ice water challenge for charity event.
Hugo Page, 4, turns into a vampire for the day.
BY THE LEFT: Woolston Brass march down Kelvin Street, during the New Zealand Brass Band Championships in Invercargill.
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.
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.
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.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Daylight breaks at the Invercargill cenotaph during the dawn service.
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.
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.
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.
HARVEST ENSEMBLE: Isla MacCallum, 6, left, Heidi Robinson, 5, Sam Pratt, 9, and Angus MacCallum, 10, get ready for the Riverton Harvest Festival.
TRICOLOUR TRIBUTE: Emma Kane will head to France as part of a Young Ambassador's programme.
Crowds gather as Relay for Life begins.
SPECIAL HISTORY: Professionals MacPherson Realty real estate salesman Tim Frampton looks over the Russel St property that was renovated in 2007 to raise money for Hospice Southland and is now up for sale again.
POSH PLANS: Organisers of the Kids South Home and Garden Tour, Ray White real estate agent Jack Fraser and office manager Jackie Thomas, at one of the homes that will be part of the tour. One thousand tickets are available with profits from the tour to go to the new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital.
Tai Avatea cooks up Rukau and Pork with a tropical taste at the Southern Wild Food Festival.
Stan Walker performs at the Classic Hits Winery Tour 2014.
UP THE ROAD WITH A PADDLE: French tourist Pierre Basel was hoping for some southern hospitality when, with his worldly possessions, 1 kayak stuffed with what would normally be in a traveller's backpack - he attempted to hitch-hike from Te Anau to Kingston. For the past four months, the ambitious European has been kayaking down New Zealand's pristine waterways, hoping to finally rest up in Glenorchy. However, Mr Basel found himself marooned on dry land after unsuccessfully navigating his way to a river.
HUMMING ALONG: Gavin Millar, of Leeston, competes in the modified class of the tractor pull on the final day of the Southern Field Days in his John Deere 8130 (V8 Cat engine, 4 speed Allison transmission) tractor.
SHAKESPEARE SURPRISE: Actress Libby Bayne performs as part of the Shakespeare in the Park promenade in Queens Park.
HOUSEBOUND: Wendy Skeggs is too afraid to let her granddaughter Ava Skeggs, 5, play in the garden after her dog was attacked by the dog next door and had to be put down.
MAJOR LOSS: St Patrick's School pupils Eva McCorkindale, 8, Khashandii Ah-Kuoi, 11, and principal Callan Goodall are gutted that burglars targeted the school during the holidays and stole valuable laptops and tablets.
LIFE SAVERS: Emergency services and a helicopter attend the scene of a motorbike crash on a dairy farm near Wreys Bush.
GUIDE SLIDES: Girl Guide Emma Dermody, 12, of Takanui, hits the water as part of activities at the Wet and Wondrous Regional Girl Guide Camp in Te Anau.
NATURAL BEAUTY: Australians, from left, Melody Soan, Adriana Rodericks and Prue Lavery enojy time at the Gorge Falls at Te Anau's South Fiord during their summer holiday. Miss Lavery said the trio were in New Zealand for eight days but were nearing the end of their holiday. The boat ride to the falls had been the highlight of their trip to date, she said.
TAIL-END WAVE: Otatara 5-year-old Tiby Legaz, with dog Pippa in hot pursuit, rides the tail-end of his first wave at Oreti Beach. Dozens of people were at the beach, near Invercargill, making the most of the sunshine.
CHRISTMAS VARIETY: Singer Simon Green and the Stadium Southland Dancers perform Let Me Entertain You to open the ILT Christmas Variety Show at the new Stadium Southland.
GORE GEARS UP FOR SANTA: Gore Christmas Parade helper Jessica Shepherd and organising committee members Sue Soper and Frances Shepherd add the finishing touches to the Gore District Council float in preparation for the Santa parade.
ANTI-POACHING DRIVE: Constable Steve Winsloe, of Winton, left, and Lillburn Valley farmer Darryl King discuss how to prevent poaching and rural crime.
PARTY PLANNER: Venture Southland ILT Kidzone festival director Laura Russell has started planning for the Kidzone 10th birthday next year.
Owen Bennett's traction engine in the Southland Santa Parade.
GRITTY PERFORMANCE: Invercargill rider Greg Baynes, No 311, centre, lapping other riders on his way to winning the Open Class Burt Munro Trophy 50-mile race at Oreti Beach.
HAVE I GOT MOOS FOR YOU:Jared Rutten, 10, gives his pet calf Fizz a cuddle at the Sacred Heart School pet day yesterday.
ON WATCH: University of Otago senior lecturer in Zoology Dr Yolanda van Heezik with youngsters involved in the Kids Restore the Kepler programme, from left, Oliver Mann, 9, Kento Frew, 13, and Elle Cockburn, 10, and a feline foe.
IN THE PINK: Bev Harvey, left, Ailsa Dawson, Val Robbie, Pam Henderson and Jean Fisher are dressed in pink for Calvary Hospital's celebration of older people, which included a ride in a pink Cadillac.
POSSIBLE HOMICIDE: Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw at the Cromwell Top 10 Holiday Park where a man's body was discovered in a caravan.
MUSICAL HONOURS: Former Invercargill men Murray Burns, left, and Roger McLachlan, who have made international names for themselves in the music industry, were presented with city art awards in Invercargill.
DREAM TIME: Participants in the Southland District Youth Council forum, front row from left, singer Annah Mac and Attitude For Schools spokesman James Beck; second row, Marissa Johnston, 17, actor Tim Foley; third row, Nick Cleaver, 15, Grace McRae, 17, and Ashleigh Hoten-Walker, 16; and top row, Ronga Horrell, 14.
CUFFED, INJURED: Corey Vreugdenhil.
Southland Country v Otago Country rugby game played at Nightcaps, pictured Southland Country player Taina Tamou being tackled by Otago's Hayden Wyber (left) and Michael McHutcheon.
A team works on clearing the Milford road, east of the Homer Tunnel.
NATURAL FORCES: Large landslides block the roads near Milford Sound.
FLY FREE: Russell Evans releases another bird.
MELLOW YELLOW: Claire Fraser has her hair dyed yellow by hairdresser Felicity Diack while the Cancer Society's team leader, Kathy Hopgood, gives support.
COMMUNITY IN ACTION: Te Wharekura O Arowhenua pupil Karauria Mitchell performs with other pupils at Polyfest.
MOVING FAREWELL: Southland District Mayor and longtime Te Anau resident Frana Cardno is comforted by her son, Paul Cardno, as the family ketch, Manuska, leaves Lake Te Anau on the first stage of its journey to Sydney.
TALE OF A WHALE: Bluff resident Demelza Beck and her son, Cohan Tarrant, 7, were excited to see their first whale, believed to be a humpback, in Bluff Harbour.
PLUCKY LITTLE GIRL: Ruby Baird, 2, show off her prosthetic eye a year after she lost her eye to cancer. She completes her favourite puzze with brother Harrison, 4.
CONCENTRATED: Models getting their hair done for the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore.
LET THE SHOW BEGIN: Ducks and mice, Ellie McWilliam, Jordis Beleski, Anya Phillips and Keira Roderique, all aged 6, prepare to take to the stage for a dress rehearsal of the Sacred Heart School production Let It Shine.
BRING IT ON: The only female team in the Lumsden Big 3 Hunting competition, are, from left, Heidi Lake, Brittney Davis and Nicole Sharp. Fellow team member Debbie McCorkindale was absent.
SAVINGS: NZ Aluminium Smelters project engineer Don Faulkner, left, and acting general manager Stewart Hamilton check a batch of molten aluminium. Mr Faulkner invented an automated thermocouple to measure the temperature of the metal in the furnace.
LOOK: Southern Institute of Technology deputy chairman Peter Heenan, Invercargill Licensing Trust president Alan Dennis and Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust chairman Acton Smith check out the inside of Stadium Southland.
CHRISTMAS PRESENCE: Model John Pfeifer sparkles in his Christmas-themed outfit, designed by the Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill, at the Fibreoctave wearable Art and Musical Extravaganza.
KEEPING ON: Gore pilot Brian Casey celebrates 40 years of flying. He has clocked about 28,000 hours since he started flying fertiliser planes for Phoenix Aviation on June 7, 1973, and spread almost 336,000 tonnes of solid fertiliser.
DRUG DANGERS: Julie Pavlovich, the wife of Jordan Pavlovich, who admitted sexually violating an 8-year-old girl at Oreti Beach, says her husband was under the influence of K2 and does not remember committing the offence.
TASTE TEST: Bluff builder Drew Webber takes a bite out of an oyster pie from Stellas in Bluff in anticipation of the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival.
TA-DAAA: Southland Girls' High School pupils finish their performance during the Stage Challenge and J Rock event, held at the Civic Theatre.
PROUD PARENTS: Little Sophie Mae Moore, with her parents Caroline Staples and Rhys Moore, after her speedy State Highway 1 delivery.
A FREAK: Eleven-year-old Jack Halder with the massive 2.1kg mallard he shot on Sunday near Riverton.
GRIEVING: Peter Pekamu-Bloxham's widow, Marama Karetai-Bloxham, with her granddaughter Layla Jayne McKenzie, 5.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER: Kita the labrador takes a dip to fetch a stick among the golden autumn leaves in Te Anau boat harbour.
RIDE ME: The Kingston Flyer season runs until the end of April.
SMELTER SUMMIT: Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt chat at the Tiwai Pt meeting.
Close call: Southland Riding for the Disabled operations manager Ruth Clark says it is lucky none of the seven horses freed from their paddock at the weekend were killed by passing traffic.
BARGAINING CHIP: The Tiwai Pt aluminium smelter.
HOT WORK: Firefighters battle a house fire in Compton St in Invercargill.
DEPORTATION WORRIES: Ashwin Kumar and Atleshni Lata Datt Kumar in their Invercargill home.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers aerobatics team perform a fly-by above Invercargill.
SYSTEMIC ISSUE: Dennis Ormsby says his five-day wait for surgery on his arm was frustrating and showed how under-resourced Southland Hospital was.
SHUCKING SHIFT: Workers process Bluff oysters at Barnes Oysters.
FISH COUNT: Fish and Game officers Jacob Smyth, left, Zane Moss and Bill Jarvie begin their nine-hour drift-dive checking the Mararoa River as part of their annual Southland river surveys checking trout numbers.
ACTING IN THE RAIN: The show must go on...Shakespeare in the Park cast members Lyndal Ludlow, left, and Lynley McKerrow continue with their performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor during rain showers at Queens Park.
CAMPBELL ISLAND: The Otago at South Port.
OUT OF AFRICA: El Gleno Grande occupies the saddle during his act in the Southland Buskers Festival in Wachner Place.
SPLASH: Keely Anderson, 6, cools off during a sweltering Invercargill afternoon.
SIGNING OFF: Sergeant Tracey Maclennan, officer in charge of intelligence in Southland, on her final day on the job after 19 years serving the Invercargill community.
DOG'S CHOICE: Alray Dairy owner Esmay Hay in her Invercargill store beside the dog roll fridge where Oscar, a thieving, three-legged dog, helped himself.
MEMORIES: Janice Murphy looks through old newspaper clippings with Derek White, who found her after she went missing in the Awarua bush in 1971.
HOLD ON TIGHT: Friends Desiree Stevens, left, and Hailey Keelty, of Christchurch, hang on as they get airborne on a tube behind a jetski on Lake Te Anau.
RICH ON PAPER ANYWAY: Waihopai School teacher aide Sharon Watson shows off her payslip which, if it were true, would make her possibly the highest paid person in the world.
MYSTERY ROUTE: Hospice Southland pormotions manager Renee Goldup, administration officer Helen O'Meara, nurse Beth Brown and Dilligaf Social Club members Robyn Watson and David Valli gear up for the motorcycle poker run.
PLUM ROLES: Dancers Jenifer McManus, 15, and Grace Madoc, 13, will star in the production, the Nutcracker Suite, at the SIT Centrestage Theatre.
From left, Tinelle Rigby, 11, Kristi Kerr, 10, Sapphire Ruston, 11, and Tegan Ruston, 12, on the Polonesian Navigators float at the Southland Santa Parade 2012.
WYNDHAM: Andrew Trounce with Fairview Fortune Lassie who was named South Island Champion Holstein Friesian cow at the Wyndham A&P Show.
BESTIES: Santa and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt are ready for the Southland Santa Parade.
MY PATCH: Nine-year-old Liam Edwards with his kunekune pig Patch, at the Otatara School "Pet and Passions Day".
HAPPY 150TH APPROACHES: Fairfax southern region general manager Andrew Boyle, Southland Times general manager Sue Gregory, Peter Muller, who wokred for the Times from 1951 to 1990 and was editor from 1970, and current editor Fred Tulett, who started in the role in 1998, at the 150th registration evening.
Slow trek: John Simon and son Lucas, 9, set out from Bluff as they begin their epic trek of the South Island.
LOOKING GOOD: The girls of the Invercargill Middle School kapa haka group prepare to take to the Civic Theatre stage in the Nga Putangitangi competition.
DUTY CALLS: Constable Blair Dalton heads towards the landslip on the Milford Road where a 65-year-old man was killed.
LONG WALK: Denis Tipene, left, and Paul McClelland look at a map of the area near Dusky Sound where a hypothermic Mr Tipene was rescued by helicopter.
WOW: Ron Abernathy, of Dunedin, judges a display of daffodils at the Te Anau District Spring Flower Show.
ON TENTERHOOKS: Meatworkers at the Mataura Community Centre for the Alliance announcement.
From left, Sara Hutton, runner-up (representing the Alexandra volunteer fire brigade), winning princess Ellie Trask (representing the Alexandra and Dunstan Lions Club) and third placed Danika Gilbert (representing the Alexandra Musical Society and Three Miners Vineyard).
ADDING VALUE: South Fish executive chairman Cam McCulloch in Bluff with the company's ice-making tower in the background.
Actors Hamish Blake, left, and Bret McKenzie, right, with director Robert Sarkies.
WINTRY BLAST: A police car leaves Milford Sound after the road was closed because of severe weather.
TOP PROJECTS: Nymfe Thys, 14, and Robert Tucker, 17, won the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Premier Awards in Science and Technology at the Southland Science and Technology Fair.
GUTTED: Lesley Robertson had exclusive rights to be buried in the plot behind her son Dean at Wairio Cemetery when she died, but the Southland District Council has buried someone else in her spot.
BOAT HITS ROCK IN STRAIT: The stricken boat torea off Ruapuke Island. All 26 on board safe and well, skipper praised.
HI-HO SILVEREYE: A little silvereye is caught in full flight travelling between garden feeding stations set up by bird lovers in Te Anau.
PUREBREDS: Braydn Austin with some of the Siberian husky puppies he is selling. Two of the puppies were stolen and one is still missing.
INVERCARGILL ALUMNI SECURES GRAND PRIZE: Artist Jasmine Middlebrook has won the $8500 grand prize at the Southland Art Society ILT Art Awards.
SHOPPERS GET SPORTING CHANCE: Sports Southland events manager Matt Sillars and H and J Smith marketing manager Rebecca Sheppard test the 40-seat grandstand, made up of Stadium Southland's temporary seating, for watching Olympics on a 3.5-metre screen in the store.
REWARDING WORK: Waiau Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Trust planner Jan Riddell in the wetland the trust is restoring to create whitebait habitats.
HAD ENOUGH: Daryl Baynton, who acted as a "protector" for Iain MacGregor, a Southland farmer embroiled in a bitter dispute with his neighbour Steven Douglas.
A BIT OF PUFF: Emily Heald, 9, checks out the dry ice at Kidzone.
FLOCK ON THE MOVE: Matt Chartres and partner Coke, of Te Anau Downs Station, keep a watch on the progress of 2000 sheep on their way to some different feed. They were on State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound.
HOT STUFF: Fireworks at Earnslaw Park and in Queenstown Bay.
LIFESAVER: Southland fire service assistant area manager Julian Tohiariki inspects a long-life smoke alarm, with batteries that last 10 years.
DEVASTATED: Firefighters douse the remains of a house that was gutted by fire in Cameron Road, Rimu.
STARTING SMALL: Abby Gutschlag, 7, performs with her ukulele in the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards Freeze Ya Bits Off busking event in Gore.
HEAVY WORK: Mike Forrester guides a dredge on to the deck of oyster boat the Toiler.
NIGHTY NIGHT, DISTURBIN'ITE: Press hand Jamie McGearty watches as his colleagues tweak the ink flows. This edition is the last to roll off The Southland Times' own press. From here the Times will be printed in Dunedin, and our community publications in Christchurch.
HILL MAKEOVER: St Theresa's School pupils Delta Roderique, left, and cousin Zarah Roderique, both 8, and Environment Southland environmental education officer Nikki Tarbutt plant native seedlings on Bluff Hill.
SPOTLIGHT ON TALENT: Southland students give it their all for the Stage Challenge and J Rock event at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill.
CHARMING THE FANS: Annah Mac, back in Invercargill for her Girl in Stilettos tour.
MENTAL CHALLENGE: International trampers, from right, Flore Lasne, Ludovic LeMoine, Arnaud Zdziobeck, Charlie Barran, Brad Hankins and Richard Wagner on the final leg of their epic journey walking the length of New Zealand.
The Red Checkers fly in formation on day one of Warbirds over Wanaka.
NO REGRETS: Tramper Christopher Carey says he made the right call to activate his distress beacon on a tramping trip near Te Anau.
AIRBORNE THRILLS: Aerobatics pilot Doug Brooker shows his skills in his MX2 at Warbirds Over Wanaka.
BRYCE BAGS A STAG: Christchurch trophy hunter Bryce Forsyth is all smiles with his 12-point red deer trophy, taken during the first part of the annual wapiti hunt in Fiordland.
Jon Toogood fronts Shihad at Tillermans in Invercargill.
HANG TIME: Kite surfer Barry Keen harnesses the power of a strong onshore wind to fly high above the breaking waves and whitewash at Oreti Beach.
READY, STEADY: Oysterman Anthony Fowler prepares the Ariel II for the first day of the Bluff oyster season. Oyster lovers could have to wait another day to get their first fill of the delicacy for the year with strong winds expected for the opening of the season.
Surf to City starting line on Oreti Beach for the 3500 competitors doing the 12km challenge.
LOCOMOTION: A traction engine calvacade chugs around Edendale to signal the start of the 25th annual Crank Up. Former All Black Alex "Grizz" Wylie and world's strongest man competitor Levi Vaoga will be choppered in as special guests.
ALL ABOUT FLOWERS: Ambrosia Designer Florist owner Shani Hopgood checks out the treats to be delivered throughout Invercargill on Valentines Day.
TIGHT TURN: Kate Fisher, of Fairlie, competes in the open barrel race at the 55th Annual Rodeo on Southland Rodeo Association grounds at Sandy point.
HELPING HAND: Plastic surgeon Annie Fullarton with Judy Walters, who had four of her fingers reattached.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: Alexandra sisters Taylor and Bailey McCaughan, aged 12 and 9, winners of the junior section of the LX Summer Daze Festival talent contest, perform their gymnastics routine in Alexandra.
HUNGRY WORK: Ben Shallard, of Riversdale, shares his hotdog with pet lamb Bozo at the Wyndham A & P Show.
LOOK WHAT WAS IN SANTA'S SACK: Stadium Southland staff got an early Christmas surprise when they opened up a bag of Santa costumes and found four kittens snuggled inside. The SPCA is now looking after them.
THEY ARE THE ONES: New River Primary School pupil Dezia Dixon turns 11 today, 11/11/11.
GORE DISTRICT AWARDS: Joint winners of the Young Achiever award Aaron Barclay and Nicole Parry.
THE JOY OF SPRING: A pair of kereru, New Zealand's only native pigeon, perform aerial manoeuvres around a branch bearing spring blossom in Te Anau.
IN FULL BLOOM: Boggyburn man and champion daffodil grower Bill Cowie is making final preparations to his flower exhibits in time for the Winton Garden Club Spring Show on in Winton's Memorial Hall.
TREASURE OR TRINKET: Tony Grant, of John Bertrand Collectables in Wellington, checks out the value of a coin during a buying visit to Invercargill. This week had been one of the quietest in 30 years of road trips, and he attributed the lack of business, in part, to people selling on Trade Me.
BATHING BOOKENDS: Young fur seal pups find an ideal spot to sunbathe and keep watch on the world at Breaksea Island on the Fiordland coast.
HAZARDOUS: Snow flurries on State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Mossburn made driving difficult.
LISTEN UP: Dan the Puppet Man entertains the children at Kidzone.
BIG CHILL: Snow falls on Old Coach Rd, between Mataura and Clinton. MetService forecaster Paul Mallinson said a cold front passing over the south had brought with it rain and snow, with the white stuff falling on high ground around Clinton and Mataura. Snow was possible in some parts of Fiordland and the Catlins, and temperatures expected to drop to lows of about 2degC and highs of about 7degC.
GOODNESS NOSE WHEN DAD WILL BE HOME: Libby Fox, 2, of Te Anau, peers from her Dusky St window as she waits along with her jack russell terrier Chippy (left), and fox terrier Daytona for her father to arrive to take them for a walk on a sunny afternoon.
EARLY BIRD: Hey, where's my breakfast? A chaffinch makes an early-morning call for bird seed on a Te Anau garden feeder. Introduced from Europe during the 1860s, the bird is our most common finch and is often found visiting suburban parks and gardens.
LOW-LEVEL PATROL: Skimming the waters of Fiordland's Dusky Sound, a bullers albatross keeps a lookout for food. The species' closest nesting is at Solander Island in Foveaux Strait and the Snares Islands, south of Stewart Island.
WAITING, WAITING: Te Anau duckshooter Dianne Drysdale waits, and waits, and waits, for her prey on the opening morning of duckshooting.
WE ARE AMUSED: Southland women (from left) Lynne and Megan Winsloe, Amanda Swain, Stephanie McIntyre, Ginny and Alice Wilkins, Fiona Nicholson, Casey Swain, Denise, Emma, Kate and Sarah Millard, and Bernie and Laura Hewitson ready to celebrate the royal wedding in Waimumu, Southland.
YUMMY: Colonial Bakery owner Brian Booth with a tray of popular hot-cross buns, thousands of which sell in the lead-up to Easter.
CANINE CAPERS: Zavier Mulholland, 2, pats Americarna dogs Chico (left) and Kyla at the Americarna Country Fair.
SHOWING STYLE: Fashion in the field placegetters Susan Mayen, of Wanaka (left), Liz Malushnig, of Hawea Flat, and Margaret Tooley (right), of Auckland, show off their style to TV personality and judge Ginette McDonald.
POOL TIME: A young New Zealand fur seal pup enjoys playing with kelp in a rock pool on Breaksea Island, Fiordland.
ROSY BUSINESS: Shani Hopgood, of Invercargill's Ambrosia Designer Florist, prepares the last of the red roses after a hectic Valentines Day.
MORNING STRETCH: A white faced heron having an early morning stretch before flight at Lake Te Anau. Often wrongly called a blue heron, the species was self-introduced from Australia and is now a common sight in estuaries, inland lakes and open farmland.
COME ON LET'S GO: Invercargill youngsters (from left) Isaac, 6, Hope, 1, and Boston Beker, 5, getting ready to test their new wetsuits and boogie boards at Oreti Beach.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: Southland dairy farmer Vaughan Templeton in among drops of water.
PRETTY IN PINK: Patrice Brookland dances during the La Muse ballet concert at CentreStage in Invercargill.
BUG ME: `The bug man' Ruud Kleinpaste introduces a couple of his Auckland friends to Thomas Lundman, 13, a member of the Kids Restore Kepler working group.
STRIKE THE POSE: Invercargill Gala Ball committee members Norman Elder (left), Liz Piper and Ascot Park Hotel manager Peter Ridsdale strike a pose as they look ahead to the inaugural ball.
WATER WORK: Owner-trainer Gavin Forbes rides Lord Forbes in the surf at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill. Lord Forbes finished second in the Tuapeka Cup at Forbury Park.
GOOD OLD GIRL: Lou Peterson is reunited with his 16-year-old labrador after giving her up for dead when she went missing for eight weeks.
MORNING GLORY: Those who rose with the birds were rewarded with a magnificent sunrise over Invercargill, with the water tower standing proud.
BEAUTIFUL BLOSSOMS: Despite the rain, Esk St was looking pretty in blossom.
SEARCHING FOR INFANT FAME: Southland Times photographer Robyn Edie begins capturing the best sides of 200 babies as part of the Baby of the Year competition. Holly de Ruyter-Murdoch, aged 7 months, is with her mum Carina.
SORT OF BUSY: Pakeke Lions Club book sale convener Alex Affleck (right) and club member Stuart McGuigan sorte through a few of the thousands of books to be offered the club's annual sale.
ALL TOGETHER: Antonette Bell-Booth (left), Nikora Kupa, Sharn Shandley-Barlow and Aleki Saili perform at the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust Polyfest at Stadium Southland, in Invercargill.
MODEL MOVE: St Peter's College students Franky Maslin (left) and Alice Wilkins have forgone their senior ball to model at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.
COME ON DOLL, LETS GO FOR A PADDLE: A pair of black swans make the most of a calm winters evening, slowly cruising through the reflection of the sunset on the Invercargill estuary lagoon near Bluff Rd.
COME ON IN, THE WATER IS FUN: The warmest place to have fun on a cold winter's day is Splash Palace, in Invercargill. Enjoying their time splashing around at the pool are Rania Tuau-Mataiti, 8 months, with aunt Marieka Tuau-Templeton, 11.
SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT: The Invercargill water tower stands out as the winter sun begins its travel over the city.
KEY TO SUCCESS: New Zealand synchronised swimming sisters Caitlin (left) and Kirstin Anderson with some of the 4000 chocolate bars they have been given to raise funds with.
RED SKIES AT NIGHT: A winter sunset over West Plains, near Invercargill, sets the scene for another frosty night over Southland.
INK ARTIST: Travelling tattooist John Bos in Tay St, Invercargill.
IN THE NICK OF TIME: James Hargest College student Nick McKenzie at a rehearsal for the year 9 and 10 musical production "Smike". The 14-year-old plays lead character Nicholas Nickleby in the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby".
WONKY MANIA: More than 600 children could not get enough of bestselling author Craig Smith (far right) in Gore.
EYE-CATCHING: The Bank Art Gallery manager Carmen Owen with works from Troy Brown's Concorde exhibition.
COMING THROUGH: Katie Melgern, 4, of Glengarry Kindergarten, explores a tunnel at Kindy Capers in the James Hargest College Junior Hall, in Invercargill.
VERY SPECIAL: Muriel Allison celebrates turning 101 on March 12 with a birthday kiss from her great-great-grandson Azriel Young, 5, and great-granddaughter Jorja Watts, 6.
LET'S DRINK TO THAT: Heather MacDonald (left), Ceciley Mesman and Denise Corson begin celebrations for the International Altrusa Awareness Week. The women are three of 28 members of Altrusa International Inc Invercargill trying to raise awareness of what Altrusa does to attract more members.
HOMING IN: Southland Home Show organiser George Owen sets up a display for the event at Stadium Southland, in Invercargill. In its 16th year, the show lets people buy anything from treatment for a sore back, to heat pumps and kitchens.
RED BEASTS: Vintage machinery fan Murray Holgate inspects a Massey Harris 744D tractor at Edendale. The tractor is just one of hundreds set to be on display at the Edendale Vintage Machinery's annual Crank Up.
STAR OF THE SHOW: James Luck, 17, performs at his fundraising concert at Stadium Southland. He is raising money for his year-long course at the Urban Dance Centre in Sydney.
IN-FLIGHT SERVICE: A welcome swallow performs aerial manoeuvres while feeding young chicks at Te Anau.
SWEET RIDE: Brothers (from left) Matthew Harris, 12, Samuel, 9, and Luke, 7, admire a 1946 Chevrolet 15 CWT Pickup at the All American Car day held at the Ascot Park racecourse in Invercargill.
HAPPY FACES: Clowns Logan Foley, 12, and Calaie Soper, 11, at the Kids Expo.
FUNDRAISING FOR SAMOA: Waihopai School pupils Paige Brazier-McLeod, 11, front, Mina Keponi, 11, and Jacob Mika, 6, get into the spirit of a Samoan tsunami fundraiser held in Invercargill. Paige is holding up a photo of herself taken at Lalomanu beach, which she visited a year to the day before the tsunami that wiped it out.
GOING FAST: Kings Fish Market general manager Greg King with some of his frozen oysters. The fresh ones are all gone after another bumper Bluff oyster season.