Southland

Man named in fatal Southland crash

A man who died in a crash in Southland on Monday has now been named. The person killed was 22-year-old Jade Whatuira of Orepuki, says police in a statement. "The Serious Crash Unit investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing. "Police...... Read More

Fatal crash in Southland

A man has been found dead after a crash in Southland overnight. Around 6am, police received a report that a vehicle had collided with a fence and left the road on State Highway 99, south of Jenkins Road. A police spokesperson says at this stage...... Read More

Live snake pops out of ute dashboard

A Te Anau man was out for a Sunday drive when a live snake slithered out of the dashboard and dropped between his feet. Jimmy Calder had recently imported his Nissan Navara in from Australia, where he had kept the vehicle to drive while on holiday....... Read More

Rare kiwi chicks fighting fit for release

Five rare kiwi chicks will be released back into their Southland home now they are heavy enough to fight off stoats alone. The Haast Tokoeka Kiwi is the rarest kiwi, with a wild population of between 400 and 500 birds. The chicks were raised in a...... Read More

Witnesses to suspicious fire in Mataura sought

Gore Police are appealing to the public for information on an arson in the Argyle Street/Kana Street area of Mataura. The fire began around 1am on Friday 5 October 2018. The house was occupied at the time, says Detective Leigh Waddell. "The...... Read More

New centre for health science students in Southland

A new University of Otago education and research centre is expected to increase research activity in Southland. The $1.5 million centre is being developed in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. More than 250 health sciences students...... Read More

Heavy rain expected for the South Island

Heavy rain is expected for Fiordland, the Otago headwaters and parts of Westland today. An active front over Fiordland is expected to move slowly northeastwards over Westland this morning and over the upper South Island tonight. A statement by MetService...... Read More

Coronet Peak extending the 2018 ski season

Popular Queenstown ski field Coronet Peak has extended the ski season by one week off the back of great snowfall in spring, continued cold temperatures and demand from locals. Instead of closing this Sunday, the 280ha field will stay operational...... Read More

Slow down and drive to the conditions

It is cold and wet down south and motorists are reminded of the need to slow down and drive to the conditions. There have been three crashes in Invercargill this yesterday afternoon within a two hour period. A police spokesperson says the crashes...... Read More

Man arrested following Invercargill assaults

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to several assaults in Invercargill early today. The man, who has been remanded in custody, is due to appear in Invercargill District Court on Tuesday 2 October. "The man has been charged with wounding...... Read More