Thursday, March 30, 2017

A group created after the 2011 earthquakes to liven up the Christchurch city centre held a workshop in Invercargill yesterday

Gap Filler is responsible for such projects as the Dance-O-Mat, a street-side giant arcade game that takes multiple people to play, and other interactive art installations.

And they're using their expertise to support Southlanders keen to bring similar projects to the region


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Flights across the lower South Island were delayed by thick fog this morning, causing a number of would-be travellers to become stranded.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

A special welcome and "hand over" ceremony was held for the new principal at the Catlins Area School this week.

Opihi College deputy principal Kate Staniford was formally welcomed to the Catlins Area School in a ceremony intended to "pass her over" from one school to another.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The quality of Invercargill's drinking water is set for a dramatic improvement says the city council

The Branxholme Water Treatment Plant's upgrade is almost complete


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Invercargill City Council is diverting traffic in the city centre at night this week.

The traffic lights at the intersection of Don and Kelvin Streets will be turned off between six and nine every night this week.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The nearly 12 million dollar upgrade to Invercargill and Bluff's drinking water system is almost complete.

Work at the Branxholme Water Treatment Plant began in May 2016. Invercargill City Council water manager Alister Murray says once the upgrade's finished in the next few weeks, it will get rid of the 'earthy taste' in the city's water.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Invercargill's Blue River Dairy has taken out a handful of medals at this year's New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

Blue River Dairy produces a range of sheep milk products.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Southland Girls' High School students are getting to know what Invercargill has to offer them - and what they have to offer Invercargill.

It's the Year Sevens' Community Break -Out Week where they are making the most of their outside the classroom learning.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Southern District Health Board has reportedly apologised to the family of a patient who died after information on a mass on her lung went missing.

A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner said the woman went to a Southern DHB hospital emergency department with a cough and chest tightness, and was given a chest x-ray.

Five days later a radiologist's report noted a significant nodule on the lung but the information was lost when a staff member went on leave. The woman was admitted to hospital 20 months later but died a short time after.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Information released by police to the Otago Daily Times shows National Member of Parliament Todd Barclay refused to co-operate with detectives investigating allegations he secretly recorded his electorate office staff.

According to the Police Barclay did not return phone messages from a detective on the inquiry and had a lawyer contact police to say he would not be making a statement. Barclay has responded by saying Parliamentary Services were the legal employer of support staff, and it was his right not to make a statement.

The allegation has divided the party in the Clutha Southland electorate but Prime Minister Bill English says it is now 'time for everyone to move on'. Todd Barclay was was selected in December as National's Clutha Southland candidate for this year's election.

Tomorrow's Otago Daily Times carries more details.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The group representing Southland at the Trustpower National Community Awards has been announced.

Koha Kai helps disabled adults get experience in cooking and growing food, and the project leader says it is humbling to get this recognition.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Westport woman Leanne Ryall left her Domett St home Friday morning and hasn't been seen since.

50 year old Ryall is described as five foot, three inches tall, of solid build, with short, wavy, red/brown hair.

She was last seen around 9am on Friday morning walking near the intersection of Derby and Cobden Street, a few blocks from her Domett St home.

Police believe Ryall is still in the Westport area but are not ruling out the possibility that she has travelled further afield.


Friday, March 17, 2017

38 teams stepped up to the plate in Invercargill today, trying to win the National Marching Championships.

All of the competitors were putting their best feet forward.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hundreds of people have made their way to Invercargill to take part in competitive team marching.

The New Zealand National Marching Championships have kicked off today and the organisers say the spectators will be in for a treat.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Large amounts of toxic algae has been found at two Southland swimming sites.

Environment Southland says people and animals should avoid two waterways in the Te Anau area - the Hamilton Burn around Affleck Road, and the Upukerora River near the Te Anau to Milford Road.