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Otago gun buyback impresses video

Former Police ministers Michael Woodhouse and Anne Tolley attend a gun buyback event at Mosgiel on Friday.

Michael Woodhouse and Anne Tolley have praised the rollout of the Government's gun buyback scheme.

Nationwide local election nominations open

Nominations are now open for this year's local government elections.

Nominations for the local government elections opened Friday and only a few candidates in Southland jumped at the chance.

Merlin the funeral dog

Avenal Park Funeral Home owner Nigel Edwards and his dog Merlin.

Merlin is making Avenal Park Funeral Home visitors smile.

Farmer says he was unfairly fined

Romahapa farmer Ralph Cochrane is refusing to pay a $500 fine he received from the Ministry of Primary Industries for a ...

A Romahapa farmer preparing to fight a $500 fine from Ministry of Primary Industries all the way to court if necessary.

Cycling all over the world

Corbin Strong, left, and his brother Hayden, of Indianapolis, at a criterium and road racing event in Vancouver this month.

Apart from suffering food poisoning in the Philippines, cyclist Corbin Strong loves every minute of competing overseas.

Doing it for dad

Javaan Fa'amoe-Ioane, 27, has been named in the 2019 Southland Stags squad.

"It gave me butterflies to think about my old man, he would be really stoked."

Netherlands to Bluff in an electric car video

Dutchman Weibe Wakker has completed his three year journey from the Netherlands in his converted electric Volkswagon ...

After 1222 days and 100,000 kilometres Dutchman Weibe Wakker arrives in Bluff.

Judd Flavell's future uncertain

Southland Sharks coach Judd Flavell watches on as his team takes to the court in the 2019 New Zealand National ...

"I've loved every minute of being the Sharks coach and being part of this fantastic club."

Success for Gourley

Simon Gourley, formerly of Southland, has won the Otago region of the Young Viticulturist of the Year competiton.

Simon Gourley has won the Young Viticulturist of the Year award regional section for Otago.

Is your cat making dolphins sick?

Fisheries New Zealand and Department of Conservation are proposing wide scale fishing restrictions to protect dolphins ...

Fisheries New Zealand and the Department of Conservation are proposing extensive fishing restrictions to protect endangered dolphins.

Tokanui enjoys memorable season

Ball carrier Simon Van Rossum on the run for Tokanui in a game this season.

Tokanui's senior rugby team hope its unbeaten run this season continues in the dvision two A final on Saturday.

ERA finds in favour of worker

A man who was accused of inappropriately commenting on his co-worker's Tinder profile has been awarded $10,000.

A man who was accused of inappropriately commenting on his co-worker's Tinder profile has been awarded $10,000.

Jones meets with SIT video

From left, New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, and Labour MP Liz ...

"The message has got through to senior politicians that you have a successful model down here.''

New bike tracks for Te Anau

Te Anau Cycling Incorporated junior vice president Zac Pearson in Te Anau terrain where mountainbike tracks will be built.

Te Anau may soon become a mountainbiking hot spot with five new tracks to ride in the pipeline.

Invercargill Library finally refurbished

Digital and communications advisor Andrew Eng (left) and graphic designer Connor Chamberlain (right) are excited to ...

The Invercargill Public Library is celebrating 30 years and staff and management are inviting everyone to its showcase party.

Southern ready for gun buyback

The first of many gun buy-backs started at Riccarton Racecourse Christchurch last weekend.

The Government's gun collection scheme is set to begin across Otago.

'Vote of confidence' for Southland video

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, and Southland District Mayor ...

"These projects have been selected for funding because we know they will help drive Southland's economic growth.''

Rain and snow batters south

Snow near Milford Sound closed the road overnight, but it reopened before 9am on Thursday. (File photo)

Heavy rain is expected in the south and a major tourist route was closed overnight due to forecast snow. 

Assets at $4.8 billion dollars

SBS Bank held it's 150 year AGM on Wednesday.

SBS Bank has reported a $40.8 million operating surplus and $180 million increase in lending advances to customers in past year.

Developer addresses community spaces concern

HWCP Management Ltd director Scott O'Donnell speaking to councillors at a submission hearing about whether the ...

CBD block developer says the plans include community spaces, although the request for green spaces is more challenging.

Artificial insemination of kākāpō a success

Kakapo Sinbad, who carries valuable Fiordland genes, was involved in a successful artificial insemination attempt.

German artificial insemination experts helped improve the process, although they found it challenging working with the bird.

Track changes to be 'minor'

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced on Sunday the Hump Ridge Track is set to be New Zealand's next Great Walk.

An avid Southland tramper has queried how the experience of walking the Hump Ridge track may change, once upgraded to a Great Walk.

McKenzie scores six goals in hockey

Blair McKenzie, 17, scored six goals at the New Zealand Under-18 Association Tournament in Pukekohe.

Blair McKenzie, back in Invercargill after playing in an Auckland hockey tournament, is eyeing a place in the Southland men's team.

The flight of the Ladybird

The Ladybird. Photo courtesy Jim Green. (For Lloyd Esler's About the South column 18 July.

Our About the South columnist on the Ladybird, a fraudster, and Southland's greatest recorded rainfall in a single day.

Carnivorous southern volutes tempt young beachgoers

Southern volutes.

Of them all, the golden volute is especially rare.

From addict to athlete

Chris Kennedy, who has just returned from his first world powerlifting championships in Sweden, credits the relationship ...

Time in prison is where one man, after an invitation to join the Mongrel Mob, developed his passion for exercise.

More filming in Southland

Pork Pie director Matt Murphy recently filmed part of a Holden advertisement using Invercargill and Gore locations.

Otago Southland Employers' Association data shows more film crews are choosing Southland as their backdrop.

Unfinished business for Sharks import video

Jarrad Weeks in action against the Taranaki Airs during this season's National Basketball League.

"If you talk to any of the players we are super confident going in, we are not scared of the Saints.''

Youths take on parliament

Isabella Copinga of Invercargill is attending Youth Parliament in Wellington this year.

Making it easier for young people to access valuable mental health resources is one of Mackenzie Fallow's main aims.

Council investment draws differing views

Neighbouring Retailers Group, representatives from left, Paula Winslade, Richelle Holland, Ben Fokkens and Bernie Brown, ...

"It has become increasingly difficult to remain upbeat about the environment around the inner city."

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