Thursday, December 6, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Southland today for the first time since taking office.

She has officially reopened a fourth potline at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point this morning.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Hikers in Fiordland are set to get the chance to tramp across a piece of history again, with the Percy Burn Viaduct now officially reopened.

More than fifty guests were flown to the remote landmark in the Southern Fiordland World Heritage Area on Friday to celebrate the occasion.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

A group of street artists from as far away as Auckland are in Riverton this week to create a series of large murals.

Eight New Zealand artists are painting areas of the town for the South Sea Spray Riverton permanent exhibition.

Southland artist Danny Owen says murals are slowly becoming more popular in major cities throughout the country, and creating eight massive murals in the space of a few days is spreading vibrancy in one hit.

He says while each artist has their own narrative as to what they create, the murals will compliment the town's seaside vibe.

Owen chose to start in Riverton because of his own connections to the area, and says South Sea Spray is set to reach all corners of the region.

The artists are looking at painting Invercargill and Bluff in the next couple of years, and say the work in Riverton is the start of something big.

An open day is set to be held on Saturday for the public to watch the artists collaborate on a single mural.


Monday, November 26, 2018

The two pods are stranded at the southern end of Mason Bay, approximately two kilometres apart.

Doc say half of the whales have had to be euthanised due to their condition, and the remote area they were found.

The other half had already died.

They say the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, so the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.

Doc has notified local Ngai Tahu iwi and they're working together on next steps.

A number of strandings occurred on New Zealand shores over the weekend, but the events are unlikely to be related.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Children were schooled in a violence-free lifestyle today as the South Island White Ribbon Ride made its way to Invercargill.

The annual motorbike ride both raises awareness and tackles the issue of domestic violence.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Every pair of shoes in Kevin Downie's extensive collection is laced with memories from his past.

Now, the Invercargill footwear fanatic is sharing those memories, by showing just a fraction of his huge collection in an exhibition opening today.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Two Invercargill thespians are taking a new approach to solving a decline in theatre audience numbers — start ’em young.

Performing artists Sarah McCarthy and Jade Gillies arranged for about two thousand Southland school pupils to attend a show in Invercargill recently hoping to get kids hooked on theatre.


Monday, November 5, 2018

A special exhibition to honour Southlanders who fought and died in World War One, has opened in Invercargill.

The city council, together with the likes of Southland Museum and Art Gallery have collaborated to create the multi-faceted exhibition.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Working with the dead can be a thankless job, and after more than two decades of doing so, one Invercargill man is finally being recognised.

Southland mortuary technician Bill Little has been awarded the unsung hero award at the Southern Excellence Awards, and says he fell into the job by chance.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Matt Zenovich has produced a powerful performance to confirm his hometown hero status on the first stage of the SBS Bank Tour of Southland.

Zenovich won a three man sprint up the main street of Lumsden to claim victory in the one hundred and seventy kilometre stage from Invercargill, to claim the yellow jersey.

The event got underway in Invercargill yesterday, with the opening team time-trial prologue around Queens Park.

It was chance for teams to stretch their legs and test their combinations ahead of a hard week of racing on the Southland roads.

Today's leg saw riders pass through Thornbury, Otautau, Ohai and Nightcaps, before travelling through Dipton and Castlerock and finishing in Lumsden.

Tomorrow’s stage is from Riverton to Te Anau.

The sixty second Tour of Southland finishes in Invercargill on November the third.


Friday, September 28, 2018

It was a colourful end to the school term for Fernworth Primary School in Invercargill today.

The school celebrated a term of good behaviour with a colour run.

Pupils couldn’t escape the clouds of coloured chalk being thrown from all angles by teachers.

Teacher Rebecca Watson says every time the pupils showed respect during the term, they were given a vote for their end-of-term reward...and the colour run was the winner by far.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

A workshop for business people and proprietors to learn how to better retain skilled workers is being held in Invercargill.

Its part of the Southland Regional Development Strategy, which aims to attract ten thousand more people by twenty twenty five.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A draft bylaw and policy adopted by the Southland District Council could see the Stewart Island visitor levy triple.

A meeting has been held in Invercargill today to discuss the draft bylaw, which is receiving a mixed reaction from councillors.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What is the best way to preserve bread? Who grows the fastest - boys or girls?

Southland school pupils have been working to answer some of life's important questions and have presented their findings at the Southland Science and Technology Fair in Invercargill.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Up and coming cycling star Corbin Strong has received a hero's welcome in Invercargill.

The eighteen year old returned home with a gold medal around his neck, following the UCI junior track cycling world championships in Switzerland.