Thursday 20th July, 2017

Department of Conservation Te Anau staff are "devastated" after a much-loved gecko at the local visitor centre was taken.

Graham, a Marlborough green gecko, had been in his terrarium at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for 30 years.

Staff noticed he was gone on Wednesday. The padlock to his terrarium was missing and marks on the latch pointed toward it having been forced or cut.

DOC representatives say the gecko has lived in one place all its life, and it might now be subjected to uncomfortable experiences.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

Around 70 people attended the MoreFM Southland Midwinter Swim held recently at Oreti Beach.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

A major low pressure system is heading towards the South Island and forecasters believe it may well create headlines later this week as severe weather bites some areas.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

It will be late next week before the National Party releases the list of those vying for the job of controversial Clutha-Southland Member of Parliament Todd Barclay.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

Two Southern scholars have received Kupe scholarships in Wellington today.

Invercargill born-and-bred Kane Johnson, and Dunedin based Laula-latoa-Sammy Seau received the prestigious scholarships from education minister Tim McIndoe at Parliament.

Johnson is in his second year of a Bachelor of Primary Teaching at Otago University.

While Seau is studying a Masters of Teaching and Learning also at Otago University.


Tuesday 18th July, 2017

It may be a small Southland business, but The Seriously Good Chocolate Company's owner Jane Stanton has big plans for taking her products to the world.

They're working on very New Zealand flavours, and are looking at taking on more staff within the year.


Tuesday 18th July, 2017

Authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country, thanks to new technology.

Land Information, Minister Mark Mitchell says the web-based mapping and monitoring tool will efficiently control invasive plant species.


Monday 17th July, 2017

About 200 dairy farmers and supporters gathered to celebrate the opening of the Southern Dairy Hub in Southland on Friday.


Monday 17th July, 2017

Environment Southland has a new $27,000 piece of equipment.

The organisation's staff were out at the Makarewa River testing a Q boat recently.


Monday 17th July, 2017

An "outstanding" eye muscle area of 191 square centimetres was among the reasons Gore farmer Mike Thompson claimed this year's Otago-Southland beef carcass competition title.

Thompson's Limousin steer won both the on the hoof and on the hook sections of the annual competition, which attracted 30 entries.