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Invercargill Matariki Festival

The Matariki Festival is a celebration of friendship, collaboration, arts and harvest. It is the Maori New Year and is a time for us to celebrate the greatness and abundance of culture and talent in New Zealand.

June 15, 2018

St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.

June 14, 2018

Senior citizens enrol for road safety workshops in Southland

Lesley Gray says senior citizens are often a target for unfair criticism of their driving by younger motorists.

June 11, 2018

Sinkhole closes Southland road

The sinkhole discovered in the middle of Brookdale Rd, in Hokonui, has been described as the size of a dinner plate, but the concern is how deep it is underneath.

June 7, 2018

A Night At the Gallops

Central Southland Squash Club are holding the following event to raise money to refurbish our kitchen and ladies changing rooms.

June 5, 2018

The true cost of Mycoplasma bovis for Southland is unknown

An estimated 10,346 cattle have been slaughtered in Southland but the true cost of Mycoplasma bovis on the region is yet to be counted.

June 1, 2018

Crop Swap

Crop Swap Invercargill brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food.

May 30, 2018

Crop Swap

Crop Swap Invercargill brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food.

May 30, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”

– Johannes Brahms

May 25, 2018

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

May 24, 2018

Stewart Island to continue on generators

It appears as if Stewart Island will continue to run on diesel for the forseeable future.

May 22, 2018

6 young squirrels rescued from ordeal of tangled tails

Six young squirrels whose tails were stuck together by tree sap are recovering after a Nebraska wildlife expert untangled them.

May 18, 2018

Gore motorists feel the pinch at the pump

Gore motorists are paying 20c more for a litre of 91 petrol than those 65km south in Invercargill.

May 16, 2018

Southland Ecological Restoration Network Field Day

This afternoon event, starting at the Kew Bush picnic area at 1pm, is a celebration of the good things happening in the protection and restoration of our native habitats and ecosystems.

May 14, 2018

Debris on Mataura River banks ‘disgusting’

Environment Southland has acted on two complaints about “debris” on the banks of the Mataura River, near the outflow of the Gore District Council’s oxidation ponds, but says the council was operating within its consent conditions.

May 11, 2018

Crop Swap

Crop Swap Invercargill brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food.

May 10, 2018

Raccoon family drops through ceiling of Michigan home

A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home.

May 8, 2018

Toxic algae in Waituna Lagoon a risk to duck shooters

Duck shooting at the internationally significant Waituna Lagoon comes with potential health risks to both the shooters and their dogs this year.

May 4, 2018

Shocking video shows owner of animal sanctuary dragged away by lion he raised

A lion whose attack on a man at a wildlife area in South Africa was recorded in a graphic video has been killed.

May 3, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

April 30, 2018

Police corral coyote for 2nd time this week in Philly

A coyote taking a daylight stroll through Philadelphia was trapped under a large metal trash bin near a school Thursday and it was later euthanized.

April 27, 2018

Quote of the Day

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”

– Virginia Satir

April 26, 2018

Intuitive Baby Feeding Seminar

Dr Lisa Daniels and Jennifer Douglas are experts in baby nutrition and are offering seminars on baby feeding.

April 20, 2018

Clutha-Taieri ‘inundated’ with ‘preventable’ crashes, police say

The Clutha-Taieri district has been “inundated” with crashes in the last few days, area response manager Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Balclutha says.

April 18, 2018

Town wants UFO memorial moved; witness objects

A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who experienced a close encounter is objecting.

April 16, 2018

Karakia and doors shut: Museum closes

The closure of the earthquake prone Southland Museum and Art Gallery building became reality at 4.55pm on Thursday.

April 13, 2018

Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, ‘arrests’ winter

An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest.

April 12, 2018

Maine petting zoo is site of first reindeer birth in years

A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years.

April 6, 2018

Emergency department wait times still challenging

Southern hospitals are still struggling to manage emergency department wait times.

April 2, 2018

Hop’n’Vine 2018

The world’s southernmost craft beer festival is back for 2018.

March 28, 2018

Invercargill’s Tay St lane closures to continue for months

Invercargill residents can expect single lane closures on main thoroughfare Tay St for another seven months, with work set to continue until October.

March 27, 2018

‘Most interesting man’ judges contest; ‘mountain man’ wins

The man made famous by being “the most interesting man in the world” while pitching Dos Equis beer loaned his expertise with his perfectly groomed facial hair by helping to judge a contest looking for the best beard in Vermont.

March 26, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

– Robert Collier

March 23, 2018

Austrian faces fine for calling police officers ‘smurfs’

An Austrian man faces a 160-euro ($197) fine for describing police officers as “smurfs” in a warning about speed checks posted on Facebook.

March 22, 2018

Uber plans southern expansion into Queenstown and Otago

Ride-sharing giant Uber is expanding into Otago, with plans to start operating in Dunedin and Queenstown within the next few months.

March 20, 2018

Mataura residents urged to conserve water as dam drops

The Gore District Council has again warned Mataura residents it may have to start emergency pumping from the Mataura River to supplement the town’s water supply.

March 14, 2018

Quote Of the Day

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January 23, 2018

Snow to cause ‘major disruptions’ in South Island

Snow potentially causing “major disruptions” is coming to the South Island this weekend.

January 23, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera

Invercargill Musical Theatre in association with the Invercargill Licensing Trust and the ILT Foundation presents
The Phantom of The Opera

January 23, 2018

Leg traps found near popular Invercargill walkway

Residents are furious after finding leg traps near the popular Invercargill estuary walkway – prompting the city council to scour the area for more traps.

January 23, 2018

An Evening of Divine Wisdom with Diana Whittaker

Enjoy an intimate evening with messages from the other side with renowned psychic and medium Diana Whittaker.

January 23, 2018

Switchboard causes Gore complex closure

The Gore District Council is aiming to reopen parts of the Gore Aquatic Centre on Wednesday after a major electrical fault forced the shutdown of the pool and ice skating rink at the weekend.

January 23, 2018

Quote of the Day

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

January 23, 2018

Goals with Soul – Women’s Series

A fun, interactive and inspiring 4-week series for smart and soulful women who want to be clear-headed, lighthearted, match-fit for life and ready to take the fight to the tiger come Spring.

January 23, 2018

Tiwai decision will boost whole of Southland region

Southland needed some good news on Monday and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters and Meridian Energy delivered it announcing a revised Tiwai power deal likely to bolster the entire region’s fortunes.

January 23, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”

January 23, 2018

Live Pro Wrestling

Live pro wrestling entertainment comes to Invercargill on Saturday 8th August at the Invercargill Working Mens Club (Corinthian Conventions Centre).

January 23, 2018

More ice expected in Southland

Southland is unlikely to reach double-digit temperatures before Thursday, as temperatures plunge well below freezing at night.

January 23, 2018

Quote of the Day

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

January 23, 2018

New Zealand International Film Festival

Every winter the NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF) brings the best and brightest of world cinema straight from the international circuit to the giant screens of New Zealand. NZIFF is run by charitable trust, NZ Film Festival Trust, and held annually in Gore (from 13 August).

January 23, 2018