Man charged with arson after motorcycle club fire

Police have charged a 29-year-old man with arson following a fire at the HQ of a motorcylce club in Invercargill. The emergency services were alerted to the blaze at 50 Balmoral Drive at approximately 2am this morning. The address is...... Read More

Southland M bovis count grows to nine properties

The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today that another Southland property, a dry stock grazing property, has been infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.  This means there are now nine Southland properties that MPI has...... Read More

Eliminating a bovine disease

Eradicating Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand means anyone who owns cattle, even down to people with a lifestyle block, have their part to play. On Tuesday the Ministry of Primary Industries confirmed that another Southland property had been infected...... Read More

Farmers encouraged to support trials

Southland farmers are being urged to support tests and trials on their farms as well as keeping communication open with industry experts. During a meeting held in the Crowe Horwath tent at the Waimumu Southern Field Days last week, farmers got to hear...... Read More

Police warn about German tourist approaching young girls

Southern police have concerns about a German tourist who has been approaching young girls. Police have received two complaints about the man approaching preteens asking for directions, before fleeing when confronted by adults. Senior Sergeant Mark...... Read More

Southern drought takes toll

Southland farmers are counting the cost of this season's drought as supplementary feed prices skyrocket and an unprecedented number of lambs leave the region, while in Fiordland the death of 70 cows has been linked to dehydration. Landcorp has...... Read More

Wapiti statue to get new home

After a decade greeting visitors driving into Te Anau, the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation's life-size statue of a wapiti stag will find a new home in front of the Fiordland Events Centre next month. The prominent statue, located at the entrance to Te...... Read More

Sirocco the ’spokesbird’ found

After two years “off the grid”, Sirocco, the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) spokesbird kākāpō, has come out of hiding. He was located during a search by two DOC kākāpō rangers, on his island home deep in the Fiordland...... Read More

Successful Kea survey

The largest Kea survey in the country has finished its second phase in Fiordland with "roaring success". The Kea survey is run in conjunction with the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF), Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) and the Department of Conservation...... Read More

No support for lake proposal

The Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai, and Te Anau will not support a Meridian Energy proposal to be able to lower Lake Te Anau an additional 20cm beyond its absolute minimum in an extreme circumstance. After a year of ongoing discussions, the Guardians...... Read More