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