Demolition of Invercargill's CBD to make way for a redevelopment has started with a bang.
The inner-city redevelopment sees the demolition of an entire block bordered by Dee, Tay, Kelvin and Esk Sts, for an inner city development.
Activists dressed up as kanagroos and koalas for a vigil in Invercargill held for those affected by Australian bushfires.
Saturday's event recognised the toll on both humans and wildlife from the exceptional forest blazes occurring this summer.
Fighting a battle against declining patronage, last Sunday's horse racing at Winton, saw a race programme with the punter in mind.
The Winton Harness Racing Club's meeting featured just mobile gate starts and mid-sized fields, to make the process less 'bewildering' to the betting public.
The government's plans for a nation-wide amalgamation of polytechnics will create a 'slow-moving, cumbersome bureaucracy'.
That's according to SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds who addressed over 500 graduates and their families in Invercargill on Friday.
Over the festive month we've been bringing you Christmas parades from around the region.
Last week saw both Bluff and Kaiapoi celebrate the season, with a festive procession to entertain both young and old.
People from Southland need to make their voices heard regarding the threat of closure of the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point.
That's what about 100 people were told by Southland Chamber of Commerce president Neil McAra at a Fight for Fairness meeting yesterday.
Southland farmers concerned about the labyrinth of resource consents needed to clean up local waterways have now received a funding boost to help them navigate through the red tape.
Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor visited the south to announce a funding boost of $6 - $9 million.
With less than a month to go before Christmas, towns and cities around Otago and Southland have already started holding their annual Santa parades.
This weekend saw the streets of Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill filled with floats, in a celebration of both Christmas and the local communities.
Invercargill and Southland are the winners following the latest round of funding announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was in Invercargill yesterday, announcing a further $3.6 million from the fund going to Southland.
Invercargill's city council consent processes looks likely to undergo an independent review following complaints raised at a regulatory committee meeting on Tuesday.
Invercargill lawyer Liz Henry says she surveyed over 60 people of which almost 80 percent said their dealings with the council had been unsatisfactory.
Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".
The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.
Touring American independent folk band Sneaky Bones are kicking off a nationwide New Zealand tour in Invercargill tonight.
The band's singer visited Dunedin and a few other centres around Aotearoa last year, and liked it so much, he bought the band back for this tour.
As spring brings warmer weather to the South, swarms of bees are being reported around the region.
Southland Bee Society member Geoff Scott says he's been called out several times already, to pick up swarms of honey bees and their queens searching for a new place to form a colony.
The leaders of the Southland region are planning to launch a campaign to avoid the closure of Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, Deputy Mayor Toni Biddle, and Southland Chamber Commerce President Neil McAra, met up recently to prepare a strategy for what they say will save the country.