Fashion awards ready to go

Hokonui Fashion Awards wardrobe team Lyn Roughan, Irene McCall, Anna Balloch and Shirley Copland hold some garments ...

Hours of work will be on show in Gore this weekend for the Hokonui Fashion Awards.

Maverick traveller tells tales

A Maverick Traveller, the first of seven travel books by Queenstown author Mary Jane Walker.

Her many adventures include eating seal meat in Greenland and a visit to Standing Rock.

10 underrated NZ towns

Paeroa should be world famous in NZ for more than L&P.

Stop off for longer or stay a while in the small towns that confound expectations.

Natural World

In the photograph one volute has been turned upside down showing part of its withdrawn muscular foot which it extends to ...

There are two main groups of shellfish. 

About the south

Photo, courtesy of the Department of Conservation, show the rows of planted cord grass in the 1940s in Southland.

The attitude that mudflats were unsightly and should be converted to dry land was prevalent in New Zealand and in an effort to speed up the reclamation of the estuary, cord grass was planted in 1932.  

Rabbit control a 'train wreck'

Pest contractor Robert Andrews, of Galloway, says the Otago Regional Council's response to rabbit poisoning has been a ...

Central Otago's rabbit control is a "train wreck" with the ORC allegedly disrupting winter poisoning programmes.

Word journey challenge for writers

The Mirror Lakes and Central Otago Short Story competition logo

The Mirror is searching for the very best wordsmiths and writers in our district. Cash prizes and publication are up for grabs.

Dream role for actress

Invercargill performer Kayla Wilcox in rehearsal for her role as Sophie Sheridan in the upcoming Mamma Mia! musical in ...

Gore's nightlife is about to get as good as an ABBA song, with the Mamma Mia! musical just under three weeks away.

Coroner reminds hunters of gun safety after death

Cromwell man Garry Tall, 61, was killed in a hunting accident on the Old Woman Range in March 2016.

Cromwell man Garry Tall was an experienced hunter but on March 3, 2016, he died after shooting himself in the stomach after a hunt.

Did you miss me?

Briar Babington

OPINION: We've all had those moments where we wish our families were different.

Non-compliant fireplaces causing fires

The chimney cavity where a fire broke out in a Queenstown house early Sunday morning.

Builders failing to install multi-fuel fireplaces to New Zealand safety standards are responsible for a spate of fires around the Wakatipu basin, the fire service says.

Threat to Qtown lake grows

Lagarosiphon is capable of choking waterways, smothering native aquatic plants, and establishing quickly in waterways if ...

Fears an invasive weed will establish itself in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu are escalating as crops continue to spread in a river that drains the lake.

Irrigation scheme 'a win, win'

Dairy Creek Ltd director Tim O'Sullivan, Pioneer Energy chief executive Fraser Jonker and Pioneer Energy project manager ...

A $10m irrigation scheme near Alexandra, Central Otago, is going to deliver water to about 1800 hectares of barren land.

Hiabs and hard-hats take over streets

A linesman works on a power pole in Cromwell as part of Aurora Energy's Fast Track poll programme.

Crews have 1266 'at risk' power poles to fix around Central Otago, 417 of which have been completed.

Riversdale Arts exhibition to open

Portraits painted by Riversdale Arts president Christine O'Connor will watch over those arriving at the group's annual ...

Arts from around the country have works on display at exhibition

Musicians, a DJ and champagne

Jason Kerrison will perform at the Clicquot Gala, in Queenstown.

The gala brings to end the four-day Clicquot in the Snow celebration of winter and champagne.

Bones disturbed at Cromwell cemetery

The bones of an adult estimated to have been buried at the Cromwell Cemetery for 80 to 100 years or more have been ...

Workers removing a tree at the Cromwell Cemetery accidentally dug up bones believed to be 100 years old.

Hospital funding pledge welcomed

Maniototo Hospital.

Labour is promising $1m to help rebuild a rural Central Otago hospital.

Viticulturist breaks female drought

Annabel Bulk from Felton Road is the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

A Felton Road viticulturist will be the first woman to compete in the national industry final since 2011.


Dorothy McGregor with her son Todd at the launch of her new book in Invercargill.

When we think of pioneer women we see passive petticoated mothers, crossing swollen rivers with a swag of children and dour bearded men.

Dodo film delights at NZ Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka

NZ Mountain Film Festival director Mark Sedon.

Film attendances broke records at Wanaka's 15th New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Family cat slums it

Olivia Blair and her cat Safraya, a four-year-old tabby who was discovered living with a clowder of cats by a group of ...

A family's feline who has been roughing it with a mob of homeless moggies has returned home after a year.

Glitz, glam, and sequins

Monique Clementson stars as Deloris van Cartier in Invercargill Musical Theatre's production of Sister Act.

You'll be asking God why you didn't head along if you miss out on Sister Act.

Entries unpacked for fashion awards

Entries are unpacked for this year's Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore.

New avant garde section provides some surprises as Hokonui Fashion Design Awards entries are unpacked.

Amphitheatre hoped for Alexandra

Central Otago District Council mayor Tim Cadogan and Alexandra Blossom Festival Committee Chairwoman Sharleen ...

Sixty years ago the Alexandra Blossom Festival was formed to build the town a swimming pool, now it has its sights set on an amphitheatre

History with nasty bits

Horrible Histories, directed by Neal Foster, left, will bring their gruesome history of Britain to our shores.

It's the gruesome bits that make history so interesting, Horrible Histories director Neal Foster says.

Dancers pass with flying colours

Ten-year-olds Carson Smith and Keira Dawson sit exams at Rachel's School of Dance in Gore.

It's a success rate any school could be proud of as dancers at Gore school pass with honours.

Queen tribute heads south

Gary Mullen in action.

August 3 to September 3

One man's flying machines

Invercargill man David Little's garage has been transformed into a hangar as he works on the wing of a Mini-Max ...

We have all heard of DIY, but a DIY plane?

Helping others heal with a book

Southland music teacher and Tall Poppy founder Anna Cannon has published her first book about abuse, called Recovery ...

 It took about 30 years for Anna Cannon to face her past and confront her personal demons.

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