Don't stop spending but make paying off debt a priority, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Bill English says.
Maori men on a mission to stop family violence are bringing their message to Mataura.
Edendale's Pioneer Tavern was so busy during Crank-Up weekend, staff ran out of glasses, manager Sheree Tarrant said.
Funding is to be sought for a planned renovation of the Mataura Districts Marae, which includes an energy-efficient heating system, marae spokeswoman Vanessa Edwards says.
The West Otago Community Board is to recommend to Clutha District Council (CDC) an application be made to the Ministry of Health for a 100 per cent subsidy to pay for installing a system to add fluoride to the Tapanui water supply.
The forecasted drop in Fonterra's payout means Ferndale farmer Cameron McFadzien will have to stick strictly to his budget when completing a planned dairy conversion.
Gore's Community Garden has attracted some glowing comments from two American volunteers helping with the project.
Mataura Community Board chairman Bill Lee stands beside the Mataura Bridge last year after it had had graffiti removed. The building of a strong, caring community would be a step towards addressing concerns about underage drinking in Mataura. The strengthening of the community was one of many ideas to surface at a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss concerns about an underage drinking culture in Mataura.
A grief support group is to be set up in Gore early next month.
What can we do? Mataura Taskforce chairwoman Laurel Turnbull ponders what can be done to address underage drinking in the town and its associated graffiti problem. Concerns about an underage drinking culture which is causing problems in Mataura are to be discussed at a meeting in the town next week. The Mataura Community Board has invited representatives from local organisations including police, secondary school guidance counsellors, schools, iwi and The Mataura Youth Trust to the meeting to be held next Wednesday.
Eastern Southland Car Club president (front) Hamish Johnstone, Gore Rally chairman Roger Laird (back left) and club secretary Errol Hewlett are pleased to display two of the three annual Best Rally awards the club has won since 2006. The 2008 Gore Rally has been judged Rally of the Year in the Palmside New Zealand Mainland Rally Series. Judged as the best rally of all five in the series, it is the third consecutive year the Gore Rally has won the award. Eastern Southland Car Club spokesperson Roger Laird said 2008 was another great year for the club.
The news that fast food chain McDonald's plans to demolish the Kelvin House building to make room for its new Gore restaurant has not found favour with everyone in the town.
Fast food restaurant chain McDonald's is planning to build on the Kelvin House site in Gore.
The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards are staying in Gore, thanks to funding secured from the Mataura Licensing Trust.
Clinton teenager Spencer Bungard (15) has taken recycling to a whole new level.
An old beared iris, Graccus was bred in 1884. A couple of decades ago, Otago and Southland were dotted with dozens of cottage-garden nurseries. Many have gone, but among the survivors is one in Clinton. Fifteen years ago when small, garden-gate plant stalls were starting to disappear, Jenny Ritchie bucked the trend and opened a nursery in Clinton.
A Gore teenager is one of only a handful of people nationwide to earn a Trinity College of London Exhibition Award for Achievement in speech and drama.
The Mataura Marae was a hive of busy bees last Thursday as young people put on a massive party to end the first Feeding Our Futures programme in Southland.
Not even a foot injury could stop Gore athlete Glenyss Jones from breaking records at the South Island Masters Athletics Championships.
Three Gore civil defence volunteers joined their Invercargill counterparts for a civil defence emergency exercise in Tautuku last weekend.