Thursday, July 20, 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, July 19, 2017

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


Wednesday, July 19, 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, July 19, 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, July 19, 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, July 18, 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, July 18, 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, July 17, 2017

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


Monday, July 17, 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, July 17, 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.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Stars of the pro-wrestling world will be fronting up to for a night of wrestling hosted by Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on July 22.

SPW founding member and current New Zealand pro-wrestling heavyweight champion Troy Crosbie says the event would be SPW's biggest show yet.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Invercargill’s James Hargest College is a major point of interest in the South this week, as hundreds flock to enjoy some wholesome, family fun.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The expanded Hokonui Culture Feast held in Gore last week has gone down a treat.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Much of the lower South Island received a large snowfall overnight, making travel difficult for people in a number of towns.

Cars were abandoned as many southern residents chose to walk to work, and children made the most of the snowy conditions.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hospitality New Zealand says changes to visas relating to skilled migrant workers will negatively impact the hospitality industry.

Hospitality New Zealand policy manager Dylan Firth says employers, in particular, will cop the impact by a number of ways including the loss of migrant skills, retraining staff, and facing pressures to raise wages.