A new fire station in Southland has been built to withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and is believed to be a New Zealand first.
Thornbury volunteer fire brigade was selected for the new prototype which Fire and Emergency New Zealand say will eventually replace other stations around the country.
Toddlers, octogenarians, and all ages in between, converged on Invercargill at the weekend, to see the creative Lego displays, of the fifth-annual Southland Brick-Show.
There were queues outside Stadium Southland, as the show opened, with many eager to see displays by members of the Lego Users Group South.
Investigators have made their way to Invercargill to interview the three men who survived a helicopter crash in the Southern Ocean.
The interviews will start an investigation which may include an attempt to raise the helicopter from the ocean.
Meanwhile, pilot Andrew Hefford has been discharged from Southland Hospital and is on his way home.
The chips were flying as the South Otago Town and Country Club hosted a timbersports demonstration over the weekend.
Current and future wood cutting champions showcased their talents as spectators dined and relaxed in the sun.
Southern breeders are sending Limousin cattle to the annual bull trials, in Dunsandel.
The Limousin breed of cattle are known for having a high feed-conversion efficiency rate.
Oyster fans can celebrate because the Bluff oyster season is officially under way.
Wild weather in Foveaux Strait delayed the opening of the season last week, but good weather over the weekend allowed for oyster dredging.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins's proposed shake up of the polytechnic sector appears to be frightening southern institutions.
The Minister was heckled as he addressed a meeting at Invercargill's Southern Institute of Technology on Friday.
On Tuesday University of Otago student Hannah Morgan became the eighth person to swim across Foveaux Strait.
Fighting off sea-sickness, University of Otago student Hannah Morgan slogged it out yesterday, swimming across Foveaux Strait to raise awareness about mental health.