Fighting a battle against declining patronage, last Sunday's horse racing at Winton, saw a race programme with the punter in mind.
The Winton Harness Racing Club's meeting featured just mobile gate starts and mid-sized fields, to make the process less 'bewildering' to the betting public.
Yesterday, the realignment of State Highway 1 at Edendale was opened... six months ahead of schedule, and on budget.
The $15 million job was built by Fulton Hogan, for Waka Kotahi, the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The government's plans for a nation-wide amalgamation of polytechnics will create a 'slow-moving, cumbersome bureaucracy'.
That's according to SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds who addressed over 500 graduates and their families in Invercargill on Friday.
Over the festive month we've been bringing you Christmas parades from around the region.
Last week saw both Bluff and Kaiapoi celebrate the season, with a festive procession to entertain both young and old.
People from Southland need to make their voices heard regarding the threat of closure of the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point.
That's what about 100 people were told by Southland Chamber of Commerce president Neil McAra at a Fight for Fairness meeting yesterday.
Southland farmers concerned about the labyrinth of resource consents needed to clean up local waterways have now received a funding boost to help them navigate through the red tape.
Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor visited the south to announce a funding boost of $6 - $9 million.
With less than a month to go before Christmas, towns and cities around Otago and Southland have already started holding their annual Santa parades.
This weekend saw the streets of Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill filled with floats, in a celebration of both Christmas and the local communities.
Invercargill and Southland are the winners following the latest round of funding announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was in Invercargill yesterday, announcing a further $3.6 million from the fund going to Southland.
Invercargill's city council consent processes looks likely to undergo an independent review following complaints raised at a regulatory committee meeting on Tuesday.
Invercargill lawyer Liz Henry says she surveyed over 60 people of which almost 80 percent said their dealings with the council had been unsatisfactory.
Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".
The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.