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.
Both adults and children got to enjoy the Southland Society of Model Engineers's annual train event in Invercargill over Labour Weekend.
The 'Great Little Train Show' gathered rail enthusiasts, families and children at Surrey Park, to experience model trains on all scales.
Thousands of people are expected to turn up for a tulip farm open day this Labour Weekend.
100 hectares covered with more than 30 varieties of vibrant and colourful tulips are set to be available for viewing at the Triflor tulip farm in Edendale on Monday.
Thousands of people attended the 2019 Diwali Festival of Lights in Invercargill on Saturday.
Hosted by the Indian community, the event was held at the ILT Stadium Southland for its second year.
An Invercargill city councillor is supporting the Oyster and Food Festival Trust's bid to demolish the Club Hotel in Bluff.
The trust has been denied permission to demolish the decaying and abandoned hotel due to its listed heritage value.
Protests were held across the country on Monday as the environmental activists Extinction Rebellion step up their call for action.
In Invercargill environmentalists took to the streets to raise awareness at the inaction from the Government and big business on climate change.