Southland

Appeal for care as threatened gulls return to nest

A nationally critical gull species might be nesting in Te Anau soon, prompting the Department of Conservation to ask neighbours to take care for the next couple of months. Regular passersby along the mouth of the Upukerora River might have noticed some...... Read More

Tough pill to swallow

The Northern Southland Health Company has lost its battle to retain birthing services and postnatal stays at the Lumsden Maternity Centre. Now the province awaits to see if Te Anau will retain its status as an operational base for air emergency helicopter...... Read More

Boat marathon makes waves

Crowds lined the shores of Lake Te Anau to witness the thrill of powerboats duel it out on the lake last weekend. Warm winter weather and calm waters set the stage for the final round of the The New Zealand Boat Marathon Commission series on Saturday. The...... Read More

Pair rescued after boat capsizes in Bluff Harbour

Two people, one clinging to a chilly bin, have been rescued from Bluff Harbour today and treated for shock. Police say the seven-metre boat they were in capsized, at about 4pm. The two people were wearing life jackets and were found floating in the...... Read More

Arrest made in BNZ Mosgiel robbery case

A 49-year-old Dunedin man has been arrested and charged following the Mosgiel BNZ Robbery in February 2018. The man is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court on Saturday August 11. "Police take this type of offending extremely seriously...... Read More

Fog cannons for vulnerable Southland dairies

Four fog cannons are being planned for distribution in Southland as part of the fight against aggravated robberies, particularly in dairies. In February this year police minister Stuart Nash announced a refreshed government subsidy to enable the...... Read More

Meth level confusion

Southland's councils are responding differently to the national confusion around acceptable thresholds of meth contamination in a home. In May the Prime Minister's chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman released a bombshell report that put...... Read More

Mineral prospecting opens

A three-year moratorium on mineral prospecting permits within parts of Southland was lifted last month, meaning central government is now accepting applications for low-impact prospecting permits within western and northern Southland. A moratorium was...... Read More

Govt confirms $50m loans to Queenstown council

The government has confirmed it will provide more than $50 million of 10 year interest-free loans to the Queenstown Lakes District Council. The money will be used for major infrastructure projects near Queenstown, enabling 1850 houses to be built in...... Read More

Search continues for missing Wanaka helicopter

A Police co-ordinated search is under way for a helicopter and its pilot missing around Lake Wanaka. The aircraft left Wanaka Airport about 1pm yesterday, and was headed towards Mount Aspiring National Park - a journey that was expected to take 15...... Read More