Allison Rudd

Dung beetle trial may reduce nutrient runoff, improve soil health

Dung beetle trial may reduce nutrient runoff, improve soil health

Another species of dung beetle has been released in Southland to try to provide a natural solution to reducing the province's output of animal excrement.

Russian ship returns from ice drama

Russian ship returns from ice drama

The ship stuck in thick ice in the Antarctic for almost two weeks has arrived back in Bluff with 22 Russian crew members aboard, but the passengers who were helicoptered off it are still far from home.

Look back in time for family at house open day

Look back in time for family at house open day

Some of the hundreds of people who visited Invercargill's oldest surviving wooden house during an open day on Saturday had special tour guides - the great-grandson and great-great-grandson of the home's original owner.

Traction engine his pride and joy

Traction engine his pride and joy

Owen Saunders has urgent work to do. One of the massive gears on his pride and joy - a 6hp, three-speed, 1911 Burrell steam traction engine - has split and he wants the engine running again in time for two public outings soon.

Plan for sevens tournament

Planning is under way for a major new rugby sevens tournament in Invercargill.

Ex-F1 champ's son stepping up

Ex-F1 champ's son stepping up

Fifteen-year-old Pedro Piquet knows the eyes of the motor-racing world are on him.

Skipper unaware passenger limits exceeded

Skipper unaware passenger limits exceeded

The skipper of a Bluff fishing boat that hit an uncharted rock in Foveaux Strait in 2012 did not know how many passengers he had on board, the official report into the incident says.

'Life's pretty good in Ohai'

'Life's pretty good in Ohai'

Ohai has no shops, no school, no post office and no pub. So why do residents continue to live in a town which, if not dying, is on life support? And how has Ohai managed to attract newcomers?

More kiwis to be spotted on island

More kiwis to be spotted on island

Three southern organisations are joining forces to establish a new population of little spotted kiwi in Dusky Sound, Fiordland.

Child car seats not used correctly

Child car seats not used correctly

While most New Zealand drivers transport children only in approved car seats, an Otago-Southland Plunket manager says more than half of those seats are not being used correctly, putting children at risk.