Driest year for Southland in almost half a century

Southland has had its driest year for almost half a century. The Southland Regional Council says rainfall data for 2017 showed the region received only 79 percent of its usual rainfall, and some areas received much less. It says that made...... Read More

Drowning in Southland

A 68 year-old-man has drowned at Wakapatu Beach, Kawakaputa Bay, Southland. Police were notified at about 5.30pm. The man was snorkeling at the time and located on the surface about 100 metres out from shore, says police. The death is being...... Read More

Huge turnout for Mycoplasma bovis meeting

A large contingent of concerned Southlanders packed Winton's Memorial Hall this week to gain further understandings of the Mycoplasma bovis disease found in the district. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed last week that three Winton properties...... Read More

50 years of rodeo in Te Anau

The Te Anau Rodeo is counting on a strong turnout of competitors and new family-friendly activities to ring in its 50th year next week. Te Anau will round out 2017 with its long-stranding rodeo on December 30.  Club secretary Peter Dolamore said...... Read More

Ecstasy and cannabis seized, man arrested

A man is facing drug charges following a police raid in Queenstown. Queenstown Police yesterday executed a search warrant at an Anderson Heights address and arrested a 29-year-old man in relation to drug related offending. During the search police...... Read More

New cell tower for Te Anau

A new Spark cellphone tower designed to improve coverage in Te Anau has been installed, following recent upgrades to other sites in Southland. Construction crews could be seen over the course of last week at the exchange building behind Te Anau's...... Read More

Riverton mirror to be reinstated

A convex mirror will be reinstated on the Orepuki-Riverton Highway before Christmas, thanks to strong community feedback. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) removed the damaged traffic mirror at the intersection of Orepuki-Riverton Highway and Bay...... Read More

Community services going strong

Health service providers in central Southland are heading into the holiday season with good numbers and awaiting new staff. During a period in which the Tuatapere Maternity Centre has closed and a rally of support generated to keep the Lumsden Maternity...... Read More

Hi-tech car parking at Milford Sound

Visitors to Milford Sound will now be able to see which car parks are available (or not) thanks to a just-installed wireless sensor system. The long drive to Milford Sound has been made a little bit shorter thanks to newly installed technology at...... Read More

Meridian seeks change for lake levels

Meridian Energy is looking at lowering the minimum operating level of Lake Te Anau by another 20cm as part of a proposal to change how it can manage the levels of Fiordland's hydrolakes. Over the past year Meridian Energy has been consulting with...... Read More