Allison Rudd

Venture Southland considers oat push

Venture Southland considers oat push

Economic development organisation Venture Southland hopes to know soon whether it has been able to attract external funding for an ambitious project to develop a high-value oat production and food processing industry in the province.

Smelter may owe $19m

Smelter may owe $19m

It could cost New Zealand Aluminium Smelters $19 million to compensate eligible shift workers underpaid lieu day payments, the Employment Court heard yesterday.

Unilateral changes claimed

New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) made ''unilateral changes'' to some workers' public holiday lieu day entitlements without consultation, a union delegate has told the Employment Court in Invercargill.

NZAS holiday pay appeal next week

NZAS holiday pay appeal next week

An appeal over lieu hours entitlements which, if New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) wins, could save the company from paying out an estimated $7 million to staff, will be heard in Invercargill soon.

No defamation appeal

Bluff fisherman John Edminstin has abandoned thoughts of appealing a District Court judgement and paid former Bluff Community Board chairwoman Jan Mitchell $65,000.

Rally participants train at Teretonga with Slight

Rally participants train at Teretonga with Slight

Motorcyclists in Invercargill for the Burt Munro Challenge were able to train with one of the best yesterday.

Solo mum top of the class

Solo mum top of the class

One of the main organisers of a pre-graduation function for Invercargill teaching students yesterday was surprised to find herself the centre of attention.

Double amputee is Al on wheels

Double amputee is Al on wheels

With great dexterity Australian Alan Kempster extracts a cigarette and lighter from a packet and lights up using his left hand, the only one he has had since he was struck by a truck while riding a motorcycle 23 years ago and had his right arm and leg ripped off.

Sightings in quest for otter

Invercargill natural history teacher and author Lloyd Esler still has not got material evidence otters are living in southern New Zealand, but publicity has netted some interesting results.

Otter article spurs memory

Otter article spurs memory

For Dunedin resident Alan Cotter, an article in yesterday's Otago Daily Times may have answered a decades-old puzzle about what he saw swimming in the Oreti River in the early 1960s.