Proposal to close H&J shops

Retailer H&J Smith are proposing the closure of several stores in Southland and Otago.

South Island retailer H&J Smith is planning a restructure that could affect 175 jobs.

Progress, not consultation for museum

Invercargill deputy mayor and Southland Museum & Art Gallery chairperson Toni Biddle.

Biddle: ''I, like many people, just want to get on with it and get it done. I absolutely support the move not to consult....''

MLT 'in survival mode'

The Mataura Licensing Trust operates 10 hotels, including Traffers in Gore. (File photo)

The Covid-19 crisis has halved the profits of the Mataura Licensing Trust, its general manager says.

Scrabble fun comes to an end

Invercargill man Frazer Wisely and his cat Polly pose with some Scrabble letters he's been using to keep neighbours ...

An Invercargill man has been keeping his neighbours entertained with a handcrafted, giant Scrabble set.

ILT make 87 staff redundant

Invercargill Licensing Trust chief executive Chris Ramsay announced redundancies at the organisation on Monday.

The Invercargill Licensing Trust has made 87 of its 606 staff redundant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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NZ Post apologises to honey shop

Bene and Tony Sparks, who run the Hunny Shop in Garston, say NZ Post has been difficult to deal with since they started ...

When the tourists dried up, a small honey business moved into online sales. But now the company is "struggling to survive" due to postal issues.

Gore rates increase forecast at 2.84 per cent

Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry

The Gore District Council has trimmed some of its budgets in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic

Southland crash closes SH1

Two people were taken to Southland Hospital after a crash near Longbush on Sunday.

Two people were taken to hospital after a crash near Longbush.

Rangers confiscate duck shooters' guns

Southland Fish & Game manager Zane Moss said duck hunters reported good numbers of birds about for the opening of the season.

About half a dozen duck hunters were caught without a licence on Saturday.

Qtown's desperate migrant workers video

Former Queenstown chef Ryann Lourenco has started a petition asking the Government to relax visa restrictions so he ...

They can't stay. They can't go home. What is to become of the thousands of unemployed workers?

Dealing with floods and a pandemic

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks: I am convinced the first quarter of 2020 will be etched in all our minds as a time when ...

OPINION: Gore District Mayor says the start of 2020 will be one to remember.

Shadbolt to fight changes

Invercargill mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt is keen to get back to chairing the council meetings in the future.

Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt is not in favour of a report prepared by the Invercargill City Council chief executive about governance changes.

Dunedin's proposed CBD makeover

The Dunedin City Council's proposed makeover for the central city.

The city's central city makeover features no dots, blue skies and cars.

Missing man was killed

Dale Watene was last seen alive in Otautau, Southland, on April 16.

Dale Watene disappeared five weeks ago. Whoever killed him appears to have tried to cover their tracks.

Duck on the menu

Hunting and Fishing Invercargill sales person Nicole Neas with some of the store's duck hunting gear.

Ducks may have been giving a lifeline of a few weeks, but this weekend their number may be up.

News

Steam train back in 2020 video

Locomotive fireman Myles Manihera, engine driver Neville Simpson and track inspector Neville Martin after a successful ...

Otago's Kingston Flyer had a successful test run on the weekend and the operators hope it can be used for events by summer.

Gore's new red bin service criticised

A petition and 'comment and concern on social media' has forced the Gore District Council to change its new rubbish service before it has even begun.

Fledgling chocolate maker reopening

Birthday boat celebrations

Video

Steam train back in 2020

Otago's Kingston Flyer had a successful test run on the weekend and the operators hope it can be used for events by summer.

Business

Proposal to close H&J shops

Retailer H&J Smith are proposing the closure of several stores in Southland and Otago.

South Island retailer H&J Smith is planning a restructure that could affect 175 jobs.

Qtown's desperate migrant workers video

Former Queenstown chef Ryann Lourenco has started a petition asking the Government to relax visa restrictions so he ...

They can't stay. They can't go home. What is to become of the thousands of unemployed workers?

Chamber backs ratepayer investment

Southland Chamber of Commerce president Neil McAra has backed further ratepayer investment in Invercargill's city block ...

Southland Chamber of Commerce president Neil McAra supports the Invercargill City Council funding the city block development shortfall.

Qtown operators owed 'millions'

Queenstown's tourism operators are still waiting for funds being held by a company running a booking technology system.

A company linking travel operators with booking agents allegedly owes "millions" of dollars to Queenstown tourism operators.

SIT well-placed for boost in trade courses

Senior auto-electrician apprentice Cato Agnew and his supervisor Alistair Daily at Dominion Electric on Yarrow St, ...

If a $1.6 billion trade and apprenticeship package adds interest in trade courses, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds says it can handle the demand.

Opinion

Dealing with floods and a pandemic

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks: I am convinced the first quarter of 2020 will be etched in all our minds as a time when ...

OPINION: Gore District Mayor says the start of 2020 will be one to remember.

Dealing with the new 'normal'

Jo Smith is a mother of five wee darlings.

OPINION: Southland writer and mum Jo Smith shares her experience of dealing with level 2.

The new normal

Sarah McCarthy juggles many different aspects in her busy life, including children and working from home.

Packing up our isolation life started with removing the little bear from our window.

Govt's lack of faith in churches is showing

How long until opening time?

OPINION: An open-and-shut case for even-handedness.

Excess stock solutions package is partnership model at work

Nicol Horrell

OPINION: A strength of Southland's people and local government is our ability to work together to find solutions to complex issues and problems.

Culture

Scrabble fun comes to an end

Invercargill man Frazer Wisely and his cat Polly pose with some Scrabble letters he's been using to keep neighbours ...

An Invercargill man has been keeping his neighbours entertained with a handcrafted, giant Scrabble set.

Island lockdown documented

Dave Goodin deals with social isolation in his jade crafting studio on Stewart Island. The image is part of photographer ...

“The island is so quiet and peaceful and there's smiling locals hanging around” Stewart Island photographer Laire Purik says.

Skills from the past can enhance our future

Lisa Tou-McNaughton

OPINION: Perhaps we need to look to the past to see what our future could look like

The ill-chosen ''whew!''

We have reason to stay alert.

OPINION: The perils of premature relief present themselves.

Designer leaves mark on lighthouses

Poet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who was from a family of Scottish lighthouse builders, wrote about the "tall ...

Are New Zealand's lighthouses actually needed or are they just relics of a bygone era?

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