Southland

UPDATE: Incident on Tyne Street, Invercargill

Invercargill Police are still responding to an incident at The Haven, Invercargill but cordons have now been taken down. Emergency services were initially called at approximately 2:15pm to a report of a strong chemical smell. As a precautionary measure,...... Read More

Outstanding in the field

Bob Welford's Astrod Engineering began as a one-man operation in a Mararoa paddock. Fifteen years, a larger workshop, and more staff hires later, the business is set to change hands next month. Back in 2002, it all began with the building —...... Read More

Late pilot’s wife speaks out

The wife of the late Steve Combe, the pilot who died in a helicopter crash in 2015, has said that the focus should remain on the official cause of the accident after details of past mental health issues experienced by Steve came to light earlier...... Read More

Polishing Meridian’s ’jewel in the crown’

The iconic Manapouri Power Station has been undergoing a state-of-the-art upgrade, all while managing record low in-flows to the hydro lakes. New site manager Brett Horwell has only been in the job since April, but he has already been taking on his share...... Read More

Fisher to fly at junior kayaking worlds

Aimee Fisher was a wide-eyed 18-year-old rookie last time she competed at canoe sprint’s world age group championships. That was in 2013, when the Hawke’s Bay kayaker finished an agonising fifth in the under-18 K1 200m and won New Zealand’s...... Read More

Charity Ball brings back classic dances

Next week's Te Anau Charity Ball aims to bring back a touch of old time glamour while raising funds for a good cause. Charity Ball organiser Marilyn Hunter said the idea to create the event came from Fiordland College's recent vintage-inspired...... Read More

Stats confirm south’s tourism growth

The latest tourism statistics confirm Southland's successful season last year, with visitors spending more in the region over the last year than they have in the past six years. Venture Southland's latest key tourism indicators report for April...... Read More

$1m grant for Stewart Island heritage centre

A new purpose-built heritage centre on Stewart Island will receive more than $1 million in Government funding. The $1.08m in funding through the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund was announced by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie...... Read More

Arrest following assault in Invercargill

Invercargill Police have today made an arrest following an assault in Nith Street on 29 June. The person arrested was a 21-year-old male. He will be appearing in Invercargill District Court on 25 July charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Police...... Read More

Government funding for wilding pine control

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Minister for Conservation Maggie Barry have announced that Mid Dome has been added as one of five priority areas to receive additional funding for the control of wilding conifers. Mid Dome Wilding Trees...... Read More