Allison Rudd

Island project to have rep from Environment Southland

Environment Southland's new chairman or chairwoman after next month's local body elections will be the council's representative on the group hoping to make Stewart Island predator-free.

Royal 'thank you' much appreciated

Royal 'thank you' much appreciated

For an ardent royalist like Ann-Marie Searle, there is little more exciting than receiving a card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's household.

$5 visitor levy welcomed by Stewart Island residents

$5 visitor levy welcomed by Stewart Island residents

It's taken 35 years of determined lobbying and a law change, but Stewart Island/Rakiura finally has a visitor levy.

New report shows 10m tsunami possible in South

New report shows 10m tsunami possible in South

Southland councils may have to update regional inundation maps after a new report showed tsunami in the South could be 50% higher than previously thought.

Casting about for a solution

Casting about for a solution

A simple, low-cost solution to a difficult task has earned Environment Southland technical staff an award for innovation.

Dung beetles hold dairy farm hopes

Dung beetles hold dairy farm hopes

Could dung beetles be the environmental warriors New Zealand dairy farmers have been waiting for?

Big interest in charity horse trek

Big interest in charity horse trek

The organiser of a charity horse trek in November has received so many inquiries about the event he may have to split riders into two groups.

Stability mapping requested

Stability mapping requested

An Ohai resident has asked the Southland District Council to fund 3-D underground mapping of the town to find out where old coal mine tunnels are located and whether they might collapse.

Rating changes proposed

The Southland District Council is proposing a major change to the way it levies local rates.

Non-payment could result in fine of $250

Non-payment could result in fine of $250

Passengers aboard cruise ships mooring at Stewart Island will be charged a new island visitor levy whether they leave the ship or not, under a deal struck by the Southland District Council.