'Major changes required'

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, with Invercargill City Council chief executive Clare Hadley at a council meeting.

7:07 PM  Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt has backed concerns the Clare Hadley-led city council is stifling development.

Honey business questioned at hui

Awarua Rūnanga's Bubba Thomson during his speech during the powhiri at Ngāi Tahu Hui-a-Iwi 2019 being held at Stadium ...

6:50 PM  Ngāi Tahu Holding chairman described Oha Honey LP as a plane crash after recording a net deficit of $62.4 million this year.

Gales cause havoc in the south

Firefighters have bought a fire at Brighton, near Dunedin, under control.

Helicopters have been used to bring a large fire near Dunedin under control.

Booking system proposed for rivers

Anglers may have to book to fish two rivers in Fiordland next season. (File photo).

Anglers may have to book to fish two rivers in Fiordland next season.

Payne on national radar

Jacob Payne for the Southland Stags in a preseason game at Centre Bush, Southland in July.

Jacob Payne included in list of 100-plus players who are in New Zealand under-20 rugby contention.

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Investor 'sick of hitting brick wall'

An original artist impression of the HWCP Development of the Invercargill CBD inner city block, Tay, Dee, Esk and Kelvin ...

HWCP Management Ltd has about $21m to find after investor pulls out of Invercargill's city block development.

SDHB staff member killed

Mill Road South has been closed at SH1, because of a fatal crash.

A Southland Hospital staff member has died and another person has moderate injuries after a truck and car collided near Invercargill.

Kmart set to open

When Kmart opens in Invercargill on Friday expect pie makers to be one of its fastest sellers on opening day.

A massive Kmart store opens in Invercargill on Friday and - it's true - pie makers should be one of the fastest selling items.

Hui-ā-Iwi to attract up to 800 visitors

Hui-ā-Iwi committee chairman Cyril Gilroy who had been working on Hui-ā-Iwi 2019 since the start of the year.

Up to 800 visitors are expected to arrive in Southland for Ngāi Tahu's biennial hui.

Otago to get more expensive street lights

While the lights will look like the current ones installed, the lower Kelvin levels will minimise blue light and light ...

Lower level LED lights will be installed in the outer regions of Dunedin in a bid to protect sensitive ecological areas.

Focus to boost tourism in Bluff

The Anchorage Cafe and Golden Age Tavern owner Hank Low said anything maritime related on Bluff was popular with tourists.

Bluff is about to become a major focal point of a new tourism strategy that hopes to attract a $1 billion spend by 2025.

Council office costs increase by $1m

Gore district mayor Tracy Hicks.

The redevelopment of the Gore District Council's civic administration building will cost $1 million more than it previously estimated.

Ex-councillor: Get demolition started

Former Invercargill City Councillor and HWCP Management Ltd director Lindsay Thomas pushes for CBD demolition action.

Former Invercargill City Councillor Lindsay Thomas says it should be all hands on deck to get city block demolition started.

Clutha-Southland electorate changes

The Representation Commission has proposed changes to the Clutha-Southland electorate boundaries.

South Otago voters will vote in the South Dunedin electorate next year under changes proposed by the Representation Commission.

Alliance Group pay out $9m

The Alliance Group announced a profit before tax and distribution of $20.7 million for the year ending September 30, 2019.

The co-op posted a record $1.7 billion turnover and farmers will cash in.

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Supported living changing lives

Nga Kete supported youth living manager Kerstin Kummerer, Nga Kete youth worker Diane Brown and resident Krystal Sampson ...

An Invercargill transition house is part of a national network which now gives foster kids support into their adult lives.

Report of counterfeit cash used

At least one Invercargill business has found counterfeit banknotes after police warned South Island businesses to be wary.

No snow, no worries

Truck driver seriously injured

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No snow, no worries

Climate change is driving ski field operators to diversify their products and chase summer visitors.

Business

Honey business questioned at hui

Awarua Rūnanga's Bubba Thomson during his speech during the powhiri at Ngāi Tahu Hui-a-Iwi 2019 being held at Stadium ...

Ngāi Tahu Holding chairman described Oha Honey LP as a plane crash after recording a net deficit of $62.4 million this year.

Kmart set to open

When Kmart opens in Invercargill on Friday expect pie makers to be one of its fastest sellers on opening day.

A massive Kmart store opens in Invercargill on Friday and - it's true - pie makers should be one of the fastest selling items.

Unimog plan on hold

Go Orange Unimogs on the hair-raising Skippers Rd, near Queenstown.

Unimogs are allowed on the historic Skippers Rd near Queenstown, but Go Orange is not yet "fully comfortable" using the vehicles on the treacherous road.

Why Tiwai might close video

Workers seen casting aluminium  at Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in Southland.

OPINION: There's a barely perceptible consensus emerging within Parliament that smelter should close. 

Unimogs on 'terrifying' road

Go Orange Unimogs on the hair-raising Skippers Rd, near Queenstown.

The local council is investigating the planned use of 10-tonne Unimogs to carry tourists on a Queenstown road described as one of the world's most treacherous drives.

Opinion

Our gossip demeans us

Bullying victim being video recorded on a smartphone by classmates

OPINION: Gossiping indicates the state of your heart and your mind – no one else's.

Apology not required, Hamish

Hamish Walker in full flight, more or less, in a Queenstown winter festival birdman competition. Question being, what ...

OPINION: The Clutha-Southland MP was a bit swift to seek a sorry from Fish & Game.

When money warrants closer inspection

Love me legal tender . . .

OPINION: Checking for counterfeit banknotes isn't hard - or entirely unfun

Councils face big costs for tiny water supply schemes

An over-reaction to the Havelock North water contamination outbreak stands to cost councils.

OPINION: To protect against water contamination is important - but the pendulum has swung too far.

What goes around comes around

Because why wouldn't you?

OPINION: In praise of cyclical behaviour.

Culture

Hui-ā-Iwi to attract up to 800 visitors

Hui-ā-Iwi committee chairman Cyril Gilroy who had been working on Hui-ā-Iwi 2019 since the start of the year.

Up to 800 visitors are expected to arrive in Southland for Ngāi Tahu's biennial hui.

Documentary wins at Warsaw Film Festival

The DVD cover of the Poles Apart documentary, The Story of 733 Polish Orphans, who recently celebrated 75 years in New ...

I'd never heard of these Polish orphans but I was to live and breathe them for months to come.

What goes around comes around

Because why wouldn't you?

OPINION: In praise of cyclical behaviour.

Composer ready for world premiere

Former Southland and composer Samuel Gray.

Kiwi Samuel Gray is preparing for the world premiere of his symphony composition in Latvia.

Amateur musicians set to shine

Verdon College pop rock band, from left Michaela Leadley 14, Emmy Roderique 14, Harrison Milne, 14, Issac Beker, 15, ...

Too many cooks can spoil the broth, but what can happen when there is too many musicians?

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