Two new South Otago initiatives aim to help visiting international drivers negotiate New Zealand roads safely - and neither involves key-snatching.
A cellphone tower under construction at Papatowai should bring coverage to the area late this month or early next month, a Vodafone spokeswoman says.
Designs and a quote for a small skate park in Kaitangata that were ''way over budget'' have sent the one-year-old group trying to establish the park ''back to the drawing board''.
The Clutha Agricultural Development Board (AgBoard) began operating without paid staff for the first time since 1999 this month.
Next week, Bill Bazley will head out on the highway in his 1957 Ford Custom 300, driving about 1500km to the Whangamata 2015 Beach Hop, on the southeast coast of Coromandel, for the five-day rock `n' roll car festival, beginning on March 25.
A $7.1 million upgrade of a popular tourist route through the Catlins could be included in the National Land Transport Programme expected in June.
Tensions were on display at the weekend as the possibility of a marine reserve being created off Nugget Point again reared its head.
More than $15,000 of rates arrears is expected to be written off as unrecoverable by the Clutha District Council at its corporate services committee meeting today.
Balclutha's new top policeman Sergeant Martin Bull has a simple policing philosophy: ''firm but fair''.
Targeted rates are all about give and take for Clutha District Water Catchments Quality Management Project manager Hamish Anderson.
A bedcloth with hand-stitched messages of support for Anzac troops in World War 1, made in Stirling, South Otago, was discovered in a small English town and will be a part of World War 1 centenary commemorations in England.
The police national dive team has discoverd an oil slick during its search of Curio Bay this morning, after possible car wreckage was found washed up in the area during the weekend.
The police national dive team left the Curio Bay area yesterday unable to confirm what, if anything, lies below the water as the search continues for missing 11-year-old Mike Zhao-Beckenridge and his estranged stepfather John Beckenridge.
Police searching for a missing Invercargill boy believe they have found a car in Southland's Curio Bay.
Window displays in the old office and administration building of Tuapeka Gold Print suggest new life on Lawrence's main street: brightly blooming orange flowers stand almost a metre tall.
The loss of Lawrence's largest business a year ago has had a visible impact on town. Hamish MacLean takes a look at how the town of about 400 people has coped since almost 70 Tuapeka Gold Print employees followed the work north.