Reaching the summer tipping point

Hot and dry weather reached breaking point across Southland over the weekend, prompting authorities to put a full fire ban in place across the province, while high water demand has resulted in a full sprinkler and hosing ban in Te Anau and Tuatapere. According...... Read More

Bibliophile paradise re-opens in Manapouri

In an era where bookstores are under threat, a tiny Manapouri bookshop seems to have already struck a big chord. Just after Christmas, Ruth and Lance Shaw had yet to put a coat of paint on the outside of their new Hobbit-like bookshop when they got their...... Read More

Total fire ban for Otago and Southland

The sweltering heat many parts of the country are experiencing has Fire and Emergency calling for people to be extra vigilant, as the fire risk is higher than ever. A total fire ban was put in place in Southland on Sunday, as temperatures reached a...... Read More

Council unsure how reservoir was drained

Gore District Council is searching for the reasons behind a sudden drawdown from Mataura's reservoir, which is jeopardising the town's water supply. The council has imposed level four water restrictions on the town - which bans sprinklers,...... Read More

Southlanders wilting in record 30-plus heat

Record temperatures in Invercargill have led to more people than usual presenting at Southland Hospital's emergency department. About 30 people presented to the hospital on Sunday with heat-related ailments after the day peaked at 32.3°C degrees,...... Read More

Arrest made in Invercargill fire

 A 17-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a building fire in Invercargill in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Detective Tim Cook says police were notified of the fire at about 1am on Tuesday. "The building...... Read More

Springbok vs All Black rivalry set for GODZone

Former Springbok rugby great Stefan Terblanche is looking forward to representing South Africa and competing against All Black legend Richie McCaw at this year's GODZone in Fiordland National Park. Mr Terblanche, now aged 42, played 37 tests as a...... Read More

Tiwai waste a ’hot potato no one wants to hold’

The Gore District Council is set to go to court to find out who is responsible for thousands of tonnes of stockpiled waste from the Tiwai aluminium smelter. Southland's mayors have written to the government asking it to step in and find an urgent...... Read More

Heavy rain for South Island with more to come

Low pressure sitting off of the western coast of the South Island continues to bring wet weather across the area. MetService meteorologist John Law says not only is the western side of the island being hammered with rain but this is also spreading...... Read More

Southern drivers urged to drive with care

As the summer holidays come to a close for many, Southern District police are urging drivers to take care if they are hitting the roads in the coming days. “We’re expecting the roads in the southern area to be very busy between today and...... Read More