Racing against the best

James Hargest College student Cormac Buchanan is a motorcycle racer competing in a round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies ...

2 min ago  Invercargill teenager Cormac Buchanan will be competing in the fourth round of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Germany this weekend.

Shadbolt's deputy accepts fitness duel video

Invercargill deputy mayor Nobby Clark has accepted Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt's challenge to a run, bike, and swim.

3 min ago  Sir Tim Shadbolt's deputy mayor, who will turn 70 this year, says he accepts the 74-year-old mayor's fitness challenge.

Former Stag jailed for firearms charges

Southland Stags flanker Pita Wilson, celebrates a historic 32-26 victory over Canterbury at Rugby Park in Invercargill ...

10 min ago  A former Southland Stag rugby player has been sentenced to jail on a range of firearms charges.

Covid-19: Stewart Island child tests positive for 'common cold' video

A Stewart Island resident gets a Covid-19 swab from WellSouth staff Racheal Maheno, left, and Olivia Hall at a ...

4:12 PM  The Stewart Island child who returned a weak-positive Covid-19 swab this week, has tested positive for rhinovirus, which causes the “common cold”.

Six schools celebrate pride

Southland Girls' High School took part in National School Pride Week. Pictured with the display in the school library ...

Last year, Southland had no schools participating in National School Pride Week, but this year there are six.

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Shadbolt reveals health diagnosis affecting ability to 'defend' himself

Invercargill mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt chairing a city council meeting. (File photo)

Sir Tim Shadbolt has now revealed he has been diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia.

Man with AR15 gun under mattress sentenced to community detention

Semi-automatic guns, like this AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, are prohibited in New Zealand. [File photo]

A Southland man aware of the national gun buyback scheme who kept his semi-automatic rifle under a mattress has been sentenced to community detention.

Shadbolt and councillors clash over rental car

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt is disappointed his council has denied him and his partner the use of a rental car ...

Sir Tim Shadbolt says he is being micro-management by his council at an extreme level after him and his partner were denied the use of a rental car at a conference.

More issues emerge with Gore's new $6m council building

The final cost of the new Gore District Council civic administration building is yet to be known as final invoices are ...

The Gore District Council says the final cost of its new administration building is unknown, as it is revealed it had to install a pump to get waste water out of the building.

ILT faces staffing crisis

Invercargill Licencing Trust chief executive Chris Ramsay says the organisation is facing a short-term staffing crisis ...

The Invercargill Licencing Trust is approaching a staffing crisis where it may have to close some of its restaurants for a day to give its current workers time off.

The business of helping businesses start-up

PledgeMe co-founder and chief bubble blower Anna Guenther, left, with Coin South staff from left, marketing and events ...

An entrepreneur visiting Invercargill wonders if crowdfunding in Southland has not become popular because of a disconnect.

Neglected graves to get tidied up video

Invercargill Historical Society member Greg Warden points to where he thinks William Augustus Gordon is buried at the ...

The brother of a famous war general is buried in Eastern Cemetery but his grave has not been visible for more than 20 years.

'I brought my baby home in a body bag': Grieving mum speaks of moments after crash video

James Patterson Gardner and his mother Louisa "Choppy" Patterson. James was 18 when he was killed in a helicopter crash ...

Helicopter pilot Louisa “Choppy” Patterson had a “mother's feeling” that something was wrong with her 18-year-old son while he was out on a flying lesson.

Does Gore's railway bridge need to be higher? video

KiwiRail’s bridge crossing the Mataura River at Gore in the February 2020 floods.

Environment Southland and KiwiRail have discussed raising the height of the railway bridge crossing the Mataura River at Gore.

Southland relatively safe, Justice survey finds

Less than 10 per cent of sexual assaults and frauds are reported, a Justice survey found.

Southlanders feel relatively safe and are less likely to experience various crimes, an annual Ministry of Justice survey shows.


Queenstown and Wānaka ski fields forced to delay opening video

A drop in temperatures has allowed more snow making overnight at Coronet Peak. Managers hope it will have enough snow to ...

Mild weather has meant no natural snow or no snow making, but operators are eager to be open when Australian schools are on holiday in a week's time.

Who's your unsung Southland sporting hero?

Voting is open for the 2021 Southland Times People’s Choice Award which this year is honouring Southland sport's unsung heroes. Cast your vote.

Business as usual for island video

Community festival in city


Shadbolt's deputy accepts fitness duel

Sir Tim Shadbolt's deputy mayor, who will turn 70 this year, says he accepts the 74-year-old mayor's fitness challenge.


The business of helping businesses start-up

PledgeMe co-founder and chief bubble blower Anna Guenther, left, with Coin South staff from left, marketing and events ...

An entrepreneur visiting Invercargill wonders if crowdfunding in Southland has not become popular because of a disconnect.

Four hundred less Southlanders on Jobseeker

Invercargill woman Kayla Watson is changing careers after five months on Jobseeker support.

A pandemic, a redundancy and the curveballs of life cannot keep Kayla Watson down.

SBS Bank doubles operating surplus

SBS Group chair John Ward has announced he will step down after the group's annual general meeting in July.

Southland-based SBS Bank Group has reported an operating surplus of $55.2 million for the year ending March 2021.

Unfinished Wanaka mansion stoush in the High Court

A Wanaka building, at the centre of a High Court civil dispute heard in Invercargill on Wednesday.

Owners of an unfinished Wanaka mansion have spent $1.5 million on the house, but it now sits dormant and scaffold-clad while a judge rules what happens next.

Man objects to $6k council resource consent bill

Nathan Hogg withdrew his application for a subdivision in the Southland town of Colac Bay, pictured. [File photo]

A Colac Bay land owner has formally objected to a $6k council bill after he withdrew his own subdivision application.


Social media time and money wasters

Things have become vexatious.

OPINION: It is time for councils and other organisations to push back.

Reducing winter peaks in children’s hospital admissions

Invercargill-based Labour List MP Liz Craig.

OPINION: For many, winter is a beautiful time of year; a time of crisp winter mornings, dazzling frosts on autumn leaves, and skiing in spectacular southern landscapes.

Team NZ searching for the host with the most

Peter Burling and Team New Zealand soak up their America's Cup victory in Auckland.

OPINION: You win some, you lose some, and you lose some that you won . . .

Sincere apology for dawn raids entirely justified

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Tofae Sua William Sio and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announce there will be an ...

OPINION: Redress will be a delicate issue.

Careful, social media posters. Rules apply.

Gavel, judge, court, legal, lawsuit. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

OPINION: Suppression orders don't just constrain mainstream media.


'Have a go' at playing traditional games of the Pacific

Luasuluana Sasauli-Kama holding kilikiti bat and ball.

Southlanders will get the opportunity to play traditional games of the pacific this June in Invercargill, thanks to funding that's been made available.

Celebrating Philippines Independence Day is a way to pass on history

Jasper and April Trillana hope celebrating the Independence Day of the Philippines will help their son learn more about ...

A Filipino Southland couple feel cultural events are a good way to help the next generation learn history.

Seize the opportunity, savvy shoppers

Many quality treasures lie in wait . . .

OPINION: When recycling and retail come together, it's win-win.

African Southlanders unite to celebrate their heritage

Hafswa Hemed helped plan African Day, to celebrate the various cultures of the continent.

A Southlander originally from Kenya has planned an African Day to celebrate the continent's diverse cultures

100-year-old never before published Sāmoa history book released video

Seulupe Dr Falaniko Tominiko, Pacific advisory group deputy chair at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum.

​There are few other Tusi Fa'alupegas that have been released, but Tomoniko says what makes this manuscript interesting is that it was bilingual.

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