Local News

Proposal to close Invercargill rest home

More than 30 people will be out of a job and 18 elderly residents will need a new home if a proposal to close an Invercargill rest home is confirmed.

March 20, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”

– John Boyle O’Reilly

March 18, 2019

Christchurch mosque mass shooting live coverage: High alert on ‘one of our darkest days;

People in central Christchurch have been told to stay indoors after gunmen reportedly opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch.

March 15, 2019

Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival

The 11th Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival is a celebration of Southland’s home harvest & of traditional growing, harvesting, preserving and sharing.

March 14, 2019

Most expensive new car ever: Bugatti sells for $19 million

The most expensive new car ever sold is a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car that has gone for 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).

March 8, 2019

Wanaka A&P Show

One of New Zealand’s largest agricultural and pastoral events, the Wanaka A&P Show, celebrates its 82th anniversary in 2019.

March 6, 2019

Meridian power generation not affected by lake snow

Electricity generator Meridian Energy is undertaking extra monitoring at it’s Manapouri Power Station after lake snow was found in a cooling water unit.

March 4, 2019

Night Food Markets

We’re so excited that the Night Food Markets are back and running again this summer in the South Alive community park, on the corner of Grace St and Ness St, from 5:30pm-8pm.

March 1, 2019

Wild Bluff oysters coming to the dinner plate

The Bluff oyster season officially begins on Friday at 12.01am but the weather will have the final say.

February 28, 2019

Fake Kim goes as real Kim comes: Vietnam expels Kim Jong Un lookalike

An Australian comedian who impersonates North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday authorities were deporting him from Vietnam, some 24 hours before the real Kim was due to arrive for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

February 25, 2019

MPI to advise Government on biosecurity funding

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is reviewing revenue streams as part of an overhaul of the Biosecurity Act.

February 21, 2019

Big thaw hits Harbin ice sculptures in China

Ice and snow sculptures carved by nearly 10,000 artists in the city of Harbin have melted during a sudden warm spell, forcing the earliest closure of the main venue at China’s biggest winter festival.

February 19, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.”

– Meister Eckhart

February 18, 2019

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love

A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.

February 14, 2019

Murihiku Marae Fun Day

The Murihiku Marae Funday is a free, fun family eventt. Bring along family and friends to make it a great day.

February 14, 2019

Kiwi author working with lawyer to get Lime electric scooters banned

New Zealanders are being used as “crash test dummies” for Lime scooters and they should be recalled, an author urges.

February 11, 2019

Closure only option for some CBD businesses as relocation proves difficult

Many of the remaining businesses in the soon to be demolished CBD are struggling to find suitable buildings to relocate to and closure is now the only option for some.

February 6, 2019

Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

February 4, 2019

Second discharge to Mataura River under investigation

Environment Southland is investigating another discharge into the Mataura River, allegedly from a Gore District Council wastewater plant.

February 2, 2019

Stray cows to be bar coded in Indian state to counter menace

Authorities in India’s most populous state have been ordered to bar code stray cows and use vacant buildings to shelter them in response to farmers’ complaints that the closure of slaughterhouses has created a menace of crop-destroying, free-range cattle.

January 31, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

– Alexander Graham Bell

January 29, 2019

Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

The Vatican’s Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers.

January 25, 2019

Red alert for Southland river

Environment Southland has issued a red alert for the Waiau River at Tuatapere because of the amount of a toxic algae in it.

January 18, 2019

Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada’s Trudeau

Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

January 17, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”

– Washington Irving

January 14, 2019

A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska’s largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe.

January 11, 2019

Hokonui Moonshine Festival

Don’t miss Gore’s event of the Summer, the Hokonui Moonshine Festival.

January 9, 2019

NZTA warns of ‘summer ice’ on roads

Tar is melting on the roads in some places, yet the New Zealand Transport Agency is warning drivers to be wary of ice on the road.

January 7, 2019

Quote of the Day

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”

– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

January 5, 2019

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

December 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

– Buddha

December 18, 2018

Councils count the cost of spring flooding

Councils and the NZ Transport Agency are counting the cost after a month of unsettled weather which has resulted in rivers bursting banks, landslips and roads being washed out.

December 15, 2018

Carols by Candlelight 2018

It’s that wonderful time of year again when you can gather with friends, family, whanau and community to sit and listen to traditional Christmas Carols sung by the amazing Ensemble Choir, the Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band and musical guests.

December 11, 2018

Teacher accused of cutting boy’s hair pleads not guilty

A California high school teacher pleaded not guilty to several charges of child cruelty and battery after she allegedly forced a haircut on one of her students, authorities said.

December 10, 2018

Cargill Xmas Open Home – Win A Ham & Free Treats

You’re invited to the Cargill Xmas open home.

December 8, 2018

Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69.

December 6, 2018

Empty Southland lots not necessarily where people want to live

There is plenty of land up for grabs in Southland, but its locations may not be where people want to live or can afford.

December 4, 2018

Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

November 20, 2018

Invercargill soldier’s body lost days after dying of influenza

If he had caught the ship and sailed off to war, young Invercargill soldier Ernest Barber would not have died of the “Spanish” flu at an army training camp in Awapuni, Palmerston North in 1918.

November 16, 2018

Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

November 14, 2018

The Neighbours of New Zealand Road Trip

March 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Neighbours Day Aotearoa, and to celebrate, Cissy and Sam are doing a cross country road trip to run a few workshops and meet with people who are working to create great neighbourhoods across New Zealand.

November 11, 2018

What’s in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.

November 9, 2018

Crop Swap

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

November 8, 2018

Whitebait numbers decline ‘rubbish’

Southland whitebaiters have questioned DOCs assertion that whitebait numbers are in decline and claim the department fails to adequately police the rivers during the season.

November 7, 2018

Good2Great 2 Day Personal Development Workshop Southland

Good2Great is about recognising your inner awesome and unleashing it on the world.

October 30, 2018

Salmon company wants exclusive use of Stewart Island coastal area

New Zealand King Salmon has applied to Environment Southland for coastal permits to preferentially occupy coastal space off Stewart Island.

October 29, 2018

Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage

France’s customs agency says it’s made an extremely surprising discovery in a garage in Marseille: a lion cub.

October 29, 2018

Great South Basin still at risk Greenpeace warn

Stewart Island’s wildlife could be at risk if oil and gas giant OMV drills for oil in the Great South Basin, Greenpeace warn.

October 26, 2018

Workers take dive into deep doo to unclog sewer pumps

Divers spent two days deep inside a South Carolina sewer, pulling out huge balls of oily, black used wet wipes and baby wipes that had clogged intake pumps.

October 24, 2018

No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers

Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money.

October 18, 2018