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Tweedsmuir first in south for standards 5 and 6

Lloyd Esler

Columnist Lloyd Esler tells us that Tweedsmuir Intermediate School, established in 1943, was the first intermediate school in Southland.

Shepherd family community-minded

Chief fire officer Brent Shepherd has been a volunteer in the Edendale brigade for 22 years.

Volunteer firefighter Brent Shepherd is active in community events in Edendale.

The family behind the shelter belt

Meet the family behind Slope Point's wild shelter belt, beloved of photographers worldwide.

Burning for a good night's sleep

Lloyd Esler

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Smoke signals for the city

Invercargill businesses are okay with a smokefree CBD.

Gold Guitars expansion no reason to fret

These days, Kayla Mahon is paying it forward.

When Gore Country Music Club offshoot Country Style Promotions ran its first Gold Guitar Awards in 1974, it didn't lack for ambition.

Saving an extremely rare native plant

Olearia adenocarpa in flower.

Efforts to save one critically endangered plant illustrate how much needs to be done if a draft threatened species strategy released last week will succeed. Will Harvie reports.

A 13-year battle to keep faith

A Kiwi camp at Cassino.  "Not a bit of improvement in two years".

Maree Frewen-Wilks laboured long and hard to do right by the veterans, and fallen, of a ferocious World War 2 battle.

The return of the drunken piper

Pipe music from long ago, revived for southerners.

A CD celebrating the music of an all-but-forgotten Southern bagipipe composer is a work of merriment, sorrows, and attitude aplenty.

Shadbolt's great deputy dustups, to date . . .

Mayor Tim Shadbolt: awaiting his next deputy.

When you're Tim Shadbolt's stand-in, sooner or later ructions await.

Skidpad loses traction video

Kyle Berkahn, 22, hopes the skidpad in Dannevirke can be used in the future.

The council shut it down, but Dannevirke's racers want their skidpad back up and running.

Bettor Ops in Country Cups Final

Stable workers James Forbes, left, and Tristan Larsen with Bettor Ops at Branxholme on Friday.

Trainer-driver Kirk Larsen says Bettor Ops is in peak condition for the Southern Country Cups Final.

Soldier, showman, scoundrel . . . .

. . . but for all his monumental untrustworthiness, Leopold McLaglen knew a thing or two about "death-dealing science''.

The watchmaker at Cassino

Cassino under bombing.

Warren Warburton's working life was about beauty and precision. His war wasn't.

What's the story, Lord?

So what kind of press has Christianity enjoyed in Southland since last Easter?

Memories take flight

Dominie ZK-AKY, one of the pioneering airliners of the region has been restored and is a central focus of a reunion of ...

An aviation pioneers reunion in Queenstown evokes many a bygone tale.

Politicians and budgets? Go figure

Labour Leader Andrew Little:  People need "high-level assurance'' that politicians' figures are correct and accurate.

Labour and the Greens want an independent oversight of politicians' costings

Stabilising Southland's roads

Invercargill City Council's Merv Gunn, South Roads' Steve Milne and Road Pavement Products' Craig Patu, Brian Jackman ...

Southland councils are considering importing a road stabilising product from Australia to make southern roads safer and cut maintenance costs.

Track record

Trains on the 150-year-old Bluff-Invercargill line may have stuck to the straight and narrow, but their passengers oftentimes didn't.

Clutha ratepayers could fork out about $2m in council debacle

Clutha District Council is liable for $1.96m as a result of a project debacle.

Council debacle could cost Clutha District ratepayers millions

Kiwi figuring out what happened after the Big Bang

The Big Bang. Dr Florian Beyer is interested in events at the far left of the cone.

University of Otago is making breakthroughs with new mathematical models that zoom in on the beginning of time.

A gentleman antagonist

Alan Swallow was a thoughtful man for, perhaps, not-so-thoughtful times.

Cellphone and broadband funding criteria in question in Clutha

Areas of West Otago are notorious "black spot" territory for poor or non-existent cellphone coverage.

Grey areas in black spot and broadband fund explored in Clutha district

Lessons for the entire country

This scene from the Port Hills fires in Christchurch is bound to bound to happen again.

OPINION: Planting back quickly and correctly is crucial after the Christchurch Port Hills fires.

A man well-suited to his community

The former Gore mayor whose funeral was held on March 10, was a retailer who saw fashions come and go, and retained his appreciation for style.

Not-all-that-grand designs

Away with the escalators, and the walls. 633730038

Convivial downstairs, studious upstairs, and more open plan. That's the thinking for the Invercargill public library refresh.

Light and dark in a children's library debate

Sometimes it's not such a straightforward matter putting children in their place. Michael Fallow reports.

Sports for all sorts

Now well into their second centuries, Tuatapere and Browns sports days are still events where the fun doesn't get old.

A lifetime of choral music

Di Lenihan has fostered much young talent over the years in Southland with her involvement in school and youth choirs.

Choral director Di Lenihan has walked across a great many stages, bringing the voices of Invercargill's singers to life.

Riverton's hit parade

Riverton Rocks. Especially on Christmas Eve.

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