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Quote of the Day

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

– Heraclitus

October 27, 2020

Old is gold: Like humans, aging chimps prioritize important friendships

When it comes to friendships, people are known to become more selective with age.

October 26, 2020

New Milford Track DOC hut cost blows out to more than $3m

The estimated construction cost for a new hut along the Milford Track in Fiordland has nearly doubled to more than $3 million since work started on the initial design.

October 23, 2020

Health Expo 2020

Nursing Health Expo 2020 will be delivered by Year 1 and 2 Bachelor of Nursing Students. The theme this year is “The amazing race” which will involve each health stall having a country theme with this.

October 21, 2020

U.S. government tries to block Titanic expedition as archeologists say human remains could exist

A plan to retrieve the ocean liner’s radio received pushback as archaeologists say human remains could still be there.

October 20, 2020

Quote of the Day

“I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat.”

– Rose Kennedy

October 16, 2020

Simon Bridges expresses need for migrant labour in Southland during visit

Former opposition leader Simon Bridges believes works needs to be done fast to get skilled migrant workers into the country.

October 13, 2020

Woman killed while filming fake kidnapping video for TikTok

A young woman has died after being accidentally shot in the head by friends while filming a fake kidnapping video for TikTok.

October 12, 2020

Tractors take to Gore streets as farmers protest freshwater rules

Southland farmers have made their feelings about the Government’s new freshwater rules known by clogging Gore’s main street with tractors.

October 8, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”

– Octavia E. Butler

October 8, 2020

Colombian Woman Missing for Two Years Found Alive in Sea

A woman whose family reported her missing in 2018 was found floating alive in the Caribbean Sea off a northern Colombian port town on September 26.

October 6, 2020

Quote of the Day

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

– Jack Dempsey

October 2, 2020

First Shakespeare in Spain? Bard’s last play found at seminary

It was hidden away for centuries in the archives of a seminary in Spain, a rare edition of a Shakespeare play experts believe may be the earliest copy of his work to reach the country.

September 29, 2020

Snow causes delays, road closures in the lower South Island

Southland farmers who are nearly through lambing and calving say while the snow is atrocious in parts of the south, they believe stock should be able to handle the weather bomb that landed overnight on Sunday.

September 28, 2020

Australia to euthanise beached whales after worst mass stranding in country’s history

Australian authorities are set to euthanise several surviving long-finned pilot whales after almost 400 died in one of the world’s largest ever mass strandings of the mammals.

September 24, 2020

Disturbing find in dead penguin’s stomach Yahoo News Australia

A dead penguin washed up on a popular beach died after eating a face mask that it seemingly mistook for food.

September 23, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

September 21, 2020

Southland families under strain of domestic violence and poverty from methamphetamine

Rising methamphetamine use is putting Southland families under pressure through dealing with both addiction and poverty.

September 18, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

– Edmund Burke

September 15, 2020

Chris Evans Accidentally Posts a ‘D- Pic’ and the Twitterverse Melts Down

No, Chris Evans is not starring in a remake of “Free Willy,” but it appears that he accidentally freed his willy, captured it on camera and then posted it on Instagram on Saturday. And, needless to say, social media went insane (in a good way).

September 14, 2020

Quote of the Da

“The past cannot be cured.”

– Elizabeth I

September 10, 2020

Flushing wet wipes and cloths makes extra work for council

Southland district councillors are frustrated that people keep flushing wet wipes and cleaning cloths down the toilet.

September 9, 2020

3 recent discoveries have upended scientists’ understanding of how dogs age, navigate, and perceive human speech

Three recent discoveries have changed scientists’ understanding of the nature of dogs.

September 7, 2020

Primary nurses earn 10pc less than their DHBs colleagues, union says

They have the same qualifications and do the same work, but GP nurses earn up to $7000 less than their DHB counterparts.

September 3, 2020

2 pythons weighing 100 pounds collapse ceiling in Australia

An Australian returned home and was surprised to discover that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate.

September 2, 2020

Library Book Sale!

From Friday 25 until Monday 28 September the annual Library Book Sale will be taking place in the Library foyer. A wide range of ex-library DVDs, CDs, games, puzzles, and books will be available to purchase at discounted prices.

August 31, 2020

Poor snow cover in many areas during one of warmest winters on record; some more could fall overnight

The winter of 2020 looks likely to have been one of the three warmest on record, and snow coverage in many areas has been poor, Niwa says.

August 27, 2020

Quote of the Day

“The best way out is always through.”

– Robert Frost

August 26, 2020

2020 Is Proving Another Disastrous Year For Our Earth’s Climate

The year still has more than four months to go, but 2020 already has proven itself to be another eventful one in terms of natural disasters, rising global temperatures and threatening environmental outlooks.

August 24, 2020

Invercargill CBD development brings work opportunities

Southland youngsters who are eyeing a career in the likes of construction, hospitality or retail need look no further than the Invercargill CBD.

August 20, 2020

Teen slams sister over ‘cruel’ TikTok prank: ‘Ruined my life’

There is definitely such a thing as going too far for a TikTok video.

August 18, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”

– Sydney J. Harris

August 16, 2020

Nightmare two-headed snake found in Virginia just in time for Halloween season

‘Tis the season for nightmare fuel, and one fascinating but unsettling discovery is getting into that fall spooky spirit.

August 13, 2020

Covid-19: Demand for testing jumps in Southland

The Invercargill Medical Centre was forced to turn patients seeking Covid-19 tests away on Wednesday morning, after running out of testing kits and Personal Protective Equipment.

August 12, 2020

US jails man who bought Lamborghini with government loan

Instead of speeding off in a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus, a Texas man got a slower ride to jail Tuesday after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree.

August 6, 2020

Quote of the Day

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

– Winston Churchill

August 4, 2020

Southland’s property price drop no cause for panic, experts say

Southland’s run of record average asking prices for residential properties has been interrupted, but it’s too early to tell whether the pause will last, experts say.

August 3, 2020

Concerns of Undaria spread have caused calls for DOC Funding

Concerns about the spread of a nasty brown seaweed into Dusky Sound and Wet Jacket have led Environment Southland to call for funding help.

July 31, 2020

Quote of the Day

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

– Albert Einstein

July 29, 2020

Ukraine president defends movie post to end hostage crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday defended his decision to agree to a hostage-taker’s bizarre demand that he post a movie recommendation to end a 12-hour stand-off.

July 27, 2020

Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy’s Magic Show

The Ashton Family Circus bring grassroots entertainment for everyone to enjoy, free, at The Extravaganza Fair.

July 24, 2020

Gore council lodges consents for new bridge

The Gore District Council has lodged consent applications with Environment Southland to build a controversial new bridge across the Mataura River.

July 22, 2020

Tintin and the mystery of the duelling mummies

The mummified corpse of Rascar Capac thrilled and terrified generations of young fans of the Tintin comic book story “The Seven Crystal Balls”.

July 20, 2020

Mayors positive following Government discussions about aquaculture in Southland

Aquaculture development in New Zealand has to have Iwi-buy in, as Southland leaders are keen to fast-track a new industry to create jobs in the south.

July 17, 2020

Quote of the Day

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”

– Henry Miller

July 15, 2020

Ex-soldier who fled with puma turns himself over to police

A former Polish soldier who fled into a forest with his pet puma to avoid handing it over to a zoo, gave himself up to police on Sunday after a three-day manhunt.

July 13, 2020

Quote of the Day

“People only see what they are prepared to see.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 10, 2020

Frustrated councillor’s calls heard as public updated on Rugby Park mould

After an Invercargill City councillor’s calls to update the public on a toxic mould situation at Rugby Park, the chief executive says progress is being made to making it safe.

July 8, 2020

Dutch ID cards will soon omit gender, says minister

Gender will cease to be mentioned on identity cards in the Netherlands in the next few years because it is “unnecessary” information, the education and culture minister has said.

July 6, 2020

Invercargill parkrun among ‘first in world’ to resume

Invercargill and other New Zealand cities and towns will be the first in the world to resume parkruns on Saturday, an organiser says.

July 3, 2020