The Ministry for the Environment has just released a report in to the state of New Zealand's fresh water.
The "Our fresh water 2017 report" identifies more needs to be done to reduce phosphorus, nitrogen and E.coli entering the waterway, in both rural and urban settings.
Lake Wakatipu is under threat of being infiltrated with a fast growing aquatic weed.
The weed, Lagarosiphon, has been found growing in some sections of the Kawarau River and is threatening recreational activities such as water-skiing and jet boating.
A Southland police search and rescue team have recovered the bodies of two climbers from an area below Marian Peak in the Darren Mountains in Fiordland.
Sergeant Tod Hollebon of Te Anau Police says two climbers were reported missing a few days ago, and had been overdue for 24 hours.
He says a helicopter search located the climbers at the base of a climbing face where they had clearly suffered a fall. Police have contacted the pair's next of kin.
New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, Landfall has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.
New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States, takes the $500 prize with his essay ‘The Great New Zealand Myth'.
The award is named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.
Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were a throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays, brimming with ideas.
Chilly weather is heralding winter's approach, with frost and snow likely for the south of New Zealand next week.
Meteorologists are stopping short of describing it as an Arctic blast, but say the cooler air coming from the South Pole will be widely felt, with temperatures plunging by 5 to 10 degrees Celsius.
Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll says there will be two blasts of cold weather - one early next week with another more aggressive one at the end of the week.
Noll says expect frost and some snow on the mountains.
Exclusive images of a new hotel development proposed for Queenstown have been revealed to the South Today.
The Crest has been designed by Arrowtown-based architect Fred Van Brandenburg to be built on land he owns along Frankton Road.
Civil Aviation Authority investigators visited Queenstown Primary School yesterday to piece together how Scottish parapenter Ben Letham fell to his death.
Initial reports suggest the canopy on the 26-year-old's fabric wing collapsed and he became tangled in cords.
A new online app was released today, designed by Youthline.
Called Good2Great, it helps young Kiwis build their self-confidence and leadership skills within a safe and anonymous environment.
The Good2Great programme is aiming to have 5,000 young people complete the online course in 2017. The programme will be supported by weekend workshops around the country, starting in Oamaru on May 20-21.
Good2Great ambassador Stan Walker will make a special appearance.
Arrowtown is welcoming autumn with its 33rd annual Autumn Festival.
The festival began yesterday with a performance by the Arrowtown Primary School Kapa Haka group followed by local entertainment and of course lots of colour, food and wine.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council currently imposes $200 dollar fines on freedom campers, although 3/4 of the fines are not paid.
The South Today asked residents and visitors whether there should be stronger penalties for illegal freedom camping.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse yesterday announced some new immigration policies.
They are designed to control the quality and quantity of new migrants coming to New Zealand. They also include special assistance for lower-skilled temporary migrants already in the South Island.
The South Today asked people on the streets of Queenstown if they agree with tougher rules on immigration.
A Queenstown business owner has added her voice to the call for a tougher line on freedom camping.
Erna Spijkerbosch believes Queenstown's reputation as the country's premier tourist resort is on the line because of the negative impact from illegal freedom camping.
Police say a woman accidentally shot in her Queenstown home last week is "recovering well" and will be discharged from hospital this weekend.
The woman was flown to Dunedin Hospital last Monday with gunshot wounds after a man accidentally fired a shotgun in the garage of their home.
Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, says the CIB has interviewed the man and the victim, and their investigation is continuing.
Otago Polytechnic's Cookery School whipped up a meal fit for a king last week using only found food.
The Diploma in Cookery class foraged for and prepped a selection of food culminating in a four-course meal in Queenstown.
The students had just two days to turn their foraged food into a five-star meal.