Allison Rudd

Otter-ly absorbed by water creature

Otter-ly absorbed by water creature

Lloyd Esler describes himself as a ''cold hard sceptic'', but even he is starting to believe otters might have made themselves at home in Southland.

Staff vacate centre

Staff vacate centre

Invercargill City Council (ICC) staff are vacating the Bluff Service Centre because the building has been assessed as a serious earthquake risk and it is uncertain whether it will ever reopen.

$17.9m Invercargill Prison upgrade welcomed

$17.9m Invercargill Prison upgrade welcomed

The announcement of a $17.9 million upgrade for Invercargill Prison has been well received by staff, acting manager Glenda Mitchell says.

Enthusiasm for Haast-Hollyford road evident at meeting

Enthusiasm for Haast-Hollyford road evident at meeting

Longtime Te Anau residents Murray and Margaret Knowles are dead against plans for a tunnel to shorten the distance between Queenstown and Milford Sound, and feel the same way about the monorail proposed to provide speedier access to the tourist spot.

Hands up for highway promoter

The promoter of a proposed Haast-Hollyford highway was buoyed last night by strong support from a public meeting in Te Anau.

New company forming to build Haast-Milford road

Former Westland mayor Durham Havill says he is forming a private company to build a ''class one highway'' from Haast to Milford Sound via the Hollyford Valley.

All geared up for tour

All geared up for tour

The Otago-heavy Radio Sport team at Invercargill's Queens Park yesterday before the Tour of Southland prologue stage.

Tough year for tulip grower

Tough year for tulip grower

Spring brings magnificent swathes of colour to Southland as hundreds of hectares of tulips bloom. But for tulip producers, the flowers are a byproduct and the real value of the plant lies in its bulb. Reporter Allison Rudd talks to one of the van Eeden family about the changing industry.

Destiny and the science

Destiny and the science

It was not luck which brought Jacques van Eeden to Southland but science, so the family story goes.

Festival backers bidding for hotel site

Festival backers bidding for hotel site

The organisers of Bluff's oyster and food festival are bidding for the historic Club Hotel on the town's main street.