During a relaxed visit to Stewart Island yesterday, the most political heat Prime Minister John Key encountered was from pupils at the primary school.
Most New Zealanders do not realise the threat to the environment and the economy posed by wilding conifers, Environment Southland chairman Ali Timms says.
Dairy farmers might be in the grip of tough financial times but the mood at Fonterra's Edendale dairy factory yesterday was upbeat as about 200 people gathered to formally mark the completion of the factory's $157 million expansion.
Bystanders rushed to help a female driver after her car flipped on an Invercargill main thoroughfare yesterday.
Snatching the keys of errant tourist drivers is ‘‘not the Kiwi way'', Associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss says.
Talks were held yesterday to try to resolve issues with Invercargill's Prime Range Meats processing company, after the plant unexpectedly ceased processing last week.
An Environment Court appeal over the route for part of stage two of the Around the Mountains cycle trail is proving costly for both parties.
Kuia, held to be the world's most genetically important female kakapo, has mated for the first time and laid three eggs on Anchor Island in Dusky Sound, Fiordland.
Smiling broadly and conversing happily as she signed cookbook after cookbook, Nigella Lawson charmed hundreds of fans during her visit to Invercargill.
The expansion of a Southland-devised course which helps cash-strapped dairy farmers improve their on-farm processes and save money ‘‘could not have come at a better time'', Venture Southland business projects co-ordinator Scott Whyte says.
Brendon Leitch hopes this year's Toyota Racing Series could be his ticket to an international career.
After more than five years of determined effort, Bluff resident Peter Ridsdale has enabled a trust to lease a predator-free island in Foveaux Strait to be developed as a conservation, heritage and tourism destination. But the milestone is bittersweet.
A second major court case in Southland will not be proceeding following the death of the person facing charges.
She has one of the most recognised faces on television, and next week Invercargill will get a chance to see glamorous cooking show host and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson up close.
"This is a great day - a beautiful day,'' a beaming Mouhannad Taha said after a brief but significant ceremony in the High Court at Invercargill yesterday.
They coped with hordes of wellwishers and media during the visit of Prince Harry last year, and now Stewart Island locals are preparing for an even bigger challenge - their biggest influx of visitors on a single day.
The former Ohai Golf Club course is among land holdings being sold by financially troubled Solid Energy.