Cruicial time potentially wasted

Southern Lakes Helicopters have been contracted to wait on standby for emergencies. (File photo)

A child injured Fiordland had to wait 30 minutes longer for the Queenstown emergency helicopter to arrive while the Te Anau one was on standby.

Youth council is against meth

Clutha Youth Council members Steve Te Moananui-Currie, 17, and Kyerah Smith, 17, participating in the Methamphetamine ...

Communities have to fight against the spread of meth.

Emotional day for Te Anau

Te Anau's Vitali Roqica takes on the Marist defence during the Southland premier club rugby game at Te Anau on Saturday.

"There was this real excitement within the team. We are chuffed to be part of this competition."

Tramper found in thick bush

A 73-year-old Japanese woman got lost after wandering off the Milford Track on Friday. She was later found in thick ...

Hiking company launches investigation after Japanese woman gets lost in Fiordland bush.

Ohai building fire 'suspicious'

Shearer's quarters fire in Ohai, Southland.

A shearers quarters fire in Ohai is the third suspicious fire in the town in one year.

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Can Sir Tim be beaten

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, 72, plans to continue as long as the voters want him.

He is 72, and New Zealand's longest serving mayor, but Sir Tim Shadbolt has no plans to slow down.

Large fire in Southland video

Fire in Ohai, Southland.

The massive shearer's quarters burned for nearly three hours early Saturday morning

The bland surface of a monster

The Bruce Rifle Club in Milburn near Milton, in South Otago.

Only with hindsight do the people who came into contact with the alleged Christchurch terrorist think anything seemed strange.

Invercargill remembers video

Imam Dr Reza Abdul-Jabbar gives a sermon at prayers at the Invercargill mosque on Friday. Prayers were preceded by two ...

 About 200 people gathered at the Invercargill mosque on Friday for two minutes of silence to remember victims of the Christchurch attack.

Agency moving ahead

The new chair of Southland Regional Development Agency Ian Collier. [file photo]

The chairman of the newly appointed to the Southland Regional Development Agency board says the transition to incorporate Venture Southland needed to be done properly.

Council cops flak over museum

Former Invercargill deputy mayor Neil Boniface says the city council needs to show some leadership in the museum ...

Report outlining the options for Southland museum redevelopment a ''few weeks away''.

Man not guilty of manslaughter

A jury has found Nathan Graeme Hall not guilty of manslaughter after a trial in the Invercargill High Court.

An Invercargill man who punched a man at a 30th birthday last year, who later died, has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

Housing crisis forces families out

Cromwell, in Central Otago, is lacking affordable housing, forcing some families to crowd in with relatives, or stay in ...

Central Otago's mayor has shared "despairing" stories of families struggling to put roofs over their heads because of a lack of affordable housing.

Southland junior rep rugby teams axed

The 2016 Southland under 48kg rugby team which won the South Island tournament.

Rugby Southland has followed New Zealand Rugby advice by not to fielding representative teams from under-14 down anymore.

The final leg after 13 years

The final leg of the Great New Zealand Trek ran from Tapanui to Slope Point in Bluff.

From Cape Reinga to Slope Point on bike, horse or foot, the Great New Zealand Trek has reached its final destination.


Technology to be used at flax mill museum video

Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Trust member Vaughan Templeton displays flax fibre  that has been made by his family since ...

Better self-service systems for tourists is a goal of a Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum trustee.

A ceremony to unite people video

Sri Lankans united for a special service in Invercargill in solidarity over the Christchurch muslim attack.

Time of reflection

'Southland is our home'


Technology to be used at flax mill museum

Better self-service systems for tourists is a goal of a Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum trustee.


Power pole failures continue

Aurora Energy replaced or reinforced 2170 poles around Central Otago in 2018. (File photo

Multiple children could have died if a power pole in a network plagued by "under-investment" had fallen just hours earlier or later than it did.

Consent for 380-room hotel

Queenstown Lakes District Council has granted resource consent for a hotel, wellness centre, restaurants, and conference ...

A 380-room hotel will be built on the site as well as two restaurants, conference facilities, a wellness centre, swimming pool and a wedding chapel.

Burgers, bread and booze

Fergburger is looking to expand and open a late-night bar in the Happy Tours premises next door.

Fergburger has been given the go-ahead to open a small, late-night bar that seats 40 people "on stools only".

NZTA's cyber security 'appalling'

Human error is cited as the main reason for 82 data breaches by the NZ Transport Agency over the past 15 months.

Traffic offences, debts and medical information were among personal details wrongly disclosed by the Transport Agency.

Cut price Queenstown homes

Amy and Banjo Balila are the first couple to move into a Secure Home, under a pilot programme set up by the Queenstown ...

The first homes in an innovative housing scheme in Queenstown are selling for less than half of the district's median house price.


Unity strengthens NZ - and Southland

Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell

OPINION: We should be united in our resolve to protect what we take for granted.

Spasms of citizenship don't redeem gangs

Occasionally helpful. Otherwise. ..

OPINION: Really want to help your brothers and sisters, guys?

Children's Minister quizzed on state care abuse figures

Minister for Children Tracey Martin, left, and Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss

OPINION: Tracey Martin answers a letter writer's query on abuse figures for young people in state care, and the relevance of free will.

Recognise yourself Southland - compassionate, passionate, ambitious

One thousand gathered at Wachner Place peace vigil on Sunday.

OPINION: Letter writers on the Wachner Place peace vigil and inner-city development.

Grey Power: Many who may qualify for rates rebates don't apply

Retirement village residents can apply for a rates rebate for the 2018-2019 year

OPINION: Letter writers on rates rebates, the Christchurch shootings and core council services.


Heritage month brings us to wondrous places

The late Riverton artist Julia Faithful's work is referenced in a new exhibition by former pupil Lyn Henry..

OPINION: A Lyn Henry exhibition at Riverton calls out to our columnist.

Marae member concerned about funding allocation

Nga Hau E Wha Marae administrator Leoma Tawaroa.

A member of a small Invercargill marae has raised concerns about how the potential changes to the Community Organisations Grant Schemes funding allocation will affect their community.

Pumped Six60 bring it home

Six60 lead singer Matiu Walters was nostalgic without being sentimental when the band performed in their "home" town of ...

REVIEW: "Six60 is home baby", lead singer Matiu Walters proclaimed to a welcoming southern crowd.

A kapa haka message for the south- Go Hearty

The pride shown at the Te Matatini festival was huge.

OPINION: I became quite emotional seeing the pride. Why aren't we celebrating who we are as New Zealanders like this all the time?

Death and cappuccinos

Melanie Mayell, left, founder and host of the Christchurch Death cafe, and Jasmine Stanley, support worker for the Loss ...

For the second time, Invercargill has hosted a new-age of enlightenment around the topic of the death.

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