Monday, May 29, 2017

Southland students got the chance to be entrepreneurs last week, vying for a cash prize of over one thousand dollars.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Social media was a-wash with images of the Aurora Australis last night as many people in the south pointed phones and cameras at the heavens.

However star gazing was not always as easy to do, in the 18th century it was the domain of astronomers and nautical navigators.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Invercargill high school students and police officers took to the streets to spread the anti-bullying message

Today is International Pink Shirt Day - a day to stand together to raise awareness for the fight against bullying


Friday, May 26, 2017

The historic launch of a space rocket from the Mahia Peninsula near Gisborne yesterday at 4.20pm is a success the South has some claim on.

The man behind the launch, Peter Beck, was born and raised in Invercargill and began dabbling with rockets at the former Fisher and Paykel plant near Mosgiel.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Invercargill Fire Service were called out to the Unichem Waikiwi Pharmacy on North Road this morning to contain a mercury spillage.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Invercargill City Councillor Rebecca Amundsen is now officially the city's new deputy mayor.

Mayor Tim Shadbolt announced Councillor Amundsen as his nominee at the Invercargill City Council's meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The council quickly accepted the proposal, passing it almost unanimously.

Councillor Lindsay Abbott was the only councillor to openly question the decision, asking if it could be discussed, then abstaining from the process.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett admitted in Queenstown on Wednesday the Government is playing ''catch-up'' over infrastructure to cope with the tourist influx.

And after a meeting with Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult on Wednesday afternoon, Bennett told the media she is expecting another million tourists by 2022.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tipping - sometimes we do it, most times we don't.

But now Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has gone on record as saying we should.

Should tipping be made mandatory? The South Today took that question out onto the streets of Queenstown.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Paul Dee was killed on 28 April 2017 in an ATV side by side buggy roll-over, a stone’s throw from his Waihao Downs home, near Waimate.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Key findings of a just-released report from Otago Fish & Game, suggests South Otago streams still face major problems from sediment run-off caused by winter cropping practices.

Otago Fish & Game officials say sediment pollution damaged fish and other aquatic life have been a growing concern for a decade.

A major source of in-stream sediment is winter cropping practices such as strip grazing of stock with insufficient riparian buffers or on land that is too steep.

Fish & Game want the Otago Regional Council to ramp up its monitoring and compliance work.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Southland District Council is going back to the drawing board with the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

After a costly battle with Fish and Game, the council has dropped its High Court appeal to keep the initial route for the trail.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Southland dairy farmer is encouraging rural people to get involved in volunteering locally

Katrina Thomas won the Dairy Women’s Network’s award for community leadership and says it's been an honour to be recognised nationally for her efforts.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

An Invercargill policeman accused of murdering his wife Verity and attempting to murder the man she was living with, Garry Duggan, made is first appearance at High Court today.

Benjamin Peter McLean did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Invercargill High Court via video link today.

His lawyer Bill Dawkins says a pleas would be premature as the investigation is ongoing.

McLean has been remanded in custody until July 18 when it is expected he will enter a plea.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Southland District Council has decided not to appeal to the High Court over its failed bid to create the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail alongside the Oreti River.

The council was initially granted consent but was challenged by Fish and Game, which said the cycle trail would jeopardise an internationally renowned fishing river.

Last year the Environment Court ruled in favour of Fish and Game, removing the council's consent for the trail.

The council is now looking at alternative routes.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

An Invercargill policeman accused of murdering his wife Verity and attempting to murder the man she was living with, Garry Duggan, appeared in the Invercargill High Court via video link today.

Benjamin Peter McLean did not enter a plea.

His lawyer Bill Dawkins said as the investigation was ongoing, a plea would be premature.

McLean has been remanded in custody until July 18 when it is expected he will enter pleas.