Cyclists converge on Invercargill for Track Champs

Kayne Borrie, 15, training on the SIT Zero Fees track in Invercargill on Thurdsay in the lead up to the start of the ...

Cycling officials are excited by the support it has got for the Southland Track Cycling Championships after another "torrid" year for events.

Businesses grapple with increasing costs

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Sheree Carey says businesses are struggling with increased ...

Labour shortages, shipping congestion and wage increases are piling up on Southland businesses – and there’s no end date in sight, Southland’s Chamber of Commerce says.

Veteran auctioneer and his trusty gavel

Bill Todd, 84, has been named the Auctioneers Association of New Zealand auctioneer of the year for 2021.

Bill Todd has been an auctioneer in Southland for more than 60 years and for 50 of them a faithful servant has never been far from his side - his trusty wooden gavel.

Armed police in Invercargill suburb video

Several people in Auckland have been arrested in relation to drug smuggling at New Zealand’s borders. (File photo)

Armed police in the Invercargill suburb of Rosedale were searching a house in relation to methamphetamine.

Two new classrooms for Invercargill school

Wharekura o Arowhenua Invercargill principal Gary Davis said it was exciting the school would get two new teaching ...

Te Wharekura o Arowhenua school in Invercargill will get two new teaching spaces as part of a $100 million nationwide upgrade.

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Police seek information about car in relation to Winton shooting

Police on Park St in Winton, where a shooting took place on Monday.

Invercargill Police are seeking information in regard to a navy blue Ford Falcon believed to be connected to a firearms incident in Winton on Monday.

Woman attempts to rob business to pay staff wages

The scales of justice.

An Invercargill business owner $80,000 in debt attempted to rob a dairy to pay her employees.

No further Covid cases for Southland

The Department of Conservation Green Lake Hut has become the latest location of interest in the Covid-19 Delta outbreak. ...

A person who visited Fiordland and later testing positive for Covid-19 is still under investigation, however there are no new cases to report.

Grass obstructs traffic visibility on busy Invercargill road

Drury Lane resident John Greener says overgrown grass at the Bay Rd railway crossing in Invercargill is obstructing the ...

A Grasmere resident is concerned overgrown vegetation around a busy Invercargill railway crossing could cause an accident.

Three Waters debate 'divisive' and 'harmful'

Invercargill City Council's mana whenua appointees Pania Coote, left, and Evelyn Cook with Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt. [File ...

A mana whenua appopintee on the Invercargill City Council is urging opponents of the 3 Waters reform to think about their terminology when bringing iwi involvement into the debate.

Southern DHB fails cancer care targets

A Southern District Health Board manager says there are many reasons for the DHB’s poor cancer care performance.

The Southern District Health Board failed its cancer care targets in the first half of this year with the second-worst performance in the country.

Corrections, DHBs criticised for mental health care before prisoner's death video

Corrections and two district health board’s did not communicate well over a young prisoner, who later died in a ...

Corrections and the Southern District Health Board have been told to apologise to the family of a teenager who died in a suspected suicide in prison.

Invercargill councillors introduce vaccine mandate at some facilities

vaccine passport

After almost three hours of discussion, Invercargill City councillors have decided people will need to show vaccine passports to enter certain council venues, including the pool and the library.

Christmas tree festival begins

Stadium Southland events manager Josephine Shepard, left, and Stadium Southland social media and design manager Jordan ...

ILT Stadium Southland has been transformed into a Christmas paradise for this year's 24th annual Waihopai City Lions Southland Christmas Tree Festival, which began last Wednesday.

Top cop asks for DHB support

Superintendent Paul Basham says Southern police want to partner with other agencies to lean dismantling drug demand and ...

Southern Police have asked the district health board to support a new programme aimed at stemming the demand for drugs in Otago and Southland.


More isolation units and extra Covid-19 testing in Queenstown video

Queenstown's businesses hope to welcome thousands of domestic visitors this summer.

If a North Island visitor tests positive for Covid-19 in Queenstown, you can't 'stick them on a plane home', mayor Jim Boult says.

Two harness racing clubs to merge

The process to merge the Wyndham and Gore Harness Racing Clubs is underway with the view to a new entity operating by the start of next season on August 1.

Streetscape work delayed until January

Crowd of 4000 likely for Christmas races


More isolation units and extra Covid-19 testing in Queenstown

If a North Island visitor tests positive for Covid-19 in Queenstown, you can't 'stick them on a plane home', mayor Jim Boult says.


Government may allow plans for $1 billion Queenstown development to be fast tracked video

An artist’s impression of the billion-dollar Lakeview development in central Queenstown.

The 10-hectare development on a former camping ground will include 500 apartments, three hotels and a hospitality and retail precinct.

New Fiordland foodie event planned in Great South tourism strategy

Fiordland venison, Tuatapere sausages and Hokonui moonshine are hoped to be elevated to the same level of fame as the ...

A new Fiordland food festival detailing its history of wild venison and lobster is on the cards for 2022 or 2023 under a new regional food tourism strategy.

Businesses adjust to life in orange

Vaccine passes containe a QR code that is unique to the individual using it.

With a few days having passed since the introduction of the new Covid-19 Protection Framework, Southlanders are coping.

Stewart Island Four Square actively seeking unvaccinated staff video

Stewart Island Four Square is the only supermarket on the island.

The island's only supermarket is advertising for kitchen and store workers on a website for unvaccinated job hunters.

'Hawksy' inducted into hospo hall of fame

30112021. Robyn Edie. News. Southland Times/Stuff.  Graham and Glenise Hawkes will close Paddington Arms Restaurant at ...

Well-known Southland chef Graham "Hawksy"Hawkes has been inducted into the Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame on the eve of his retirement.


Bigwig boycott of Beijing Olympics more than vacuous tokenism

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian . China warns of “firm countermeasures" in response to a diplomatic ...

OPINION: New Zealand is finding it hard to take a stand while tiptoeing.

When will Govt front up to our vet shortage?

Vets are a cornerstone of our rural sector.

OPINION: There’s a definite need for more vet training in this country, but the Government doesn’t want to pay for it.

What place for the anonymous in political funding?

Justice Minister Kris Faafoi:

OPINION: There's a tension between reasonable privacy and necessary accountability, but neither is dispensable.

No villains in sight - but we still need heroes

Christopher Luxon

OPINION: It was a simple, but necessary, statement for a time of change.

So much rubbish strewn across our beautiful landscape.


OPINION: It was a rewarding Farmgate tour - but the travels were troubling.


Margaret McHugh: forthright and then some

Margaret McHugh

A cook who knows where to apply heat . . . .

1862 photo of celebrated Scottish painter George Henry discovered in Riverton

Project Ark collection photographer Eve Welch, left, and technician Sam Chandler with an ambrotype, which is of an early ...

The ambrotype is of an early family photo of celebrated Scottish painter George Henry has been discovered in Riverton.

Mīharo Murihiku Trust's funding boost

Mīharo Murihiku Trust program development manager Tania Carran is thrilled the trust has received a funding boost from ...

The Mīharo Murihiku Trust has received $379,378 for operational and capability building for Murihiku Polyfest in 2022 and 2023.

Signing off on the old Southland Times building

16012021. News. Kavinda Herath /The Southland Times /Stuff-Invercargill Central public relations manager Amy Hibbs and ...

A group of former Southland Times staff have found a novel way to give their historic old office building a final send off before it becomes part of a new development.

Wāhine exhibition celebrates Māori voices

Artist Loren Pasquier has been working on the Wāhine exhibition for about three years since arriving in New Zealand.

Artist collects memories for audio pictures in travelling exhibition celebrating Māori wāhine.

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