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The Summer Reading Launch Party

Join and celebrate the beginning of this years Summer Reading Challenge. Located on the ground floor, come and join on your way to the Santa Parade.

November 15, 2019

Police warn of fake bank notes being used in Invercargill

Invercargill police are asking businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash, following reports of fake bank notes being used.

November 14, 2019

Shock in Russia as Napoleon expert confesses to chopping up lover

A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia.

November 12, 2019

Winton Open Day

Winton.s annual Open Day with shops opening from 10 am along with country marketers, craft and produce market at the Memorial Hall, Street Parade 2:30pm, entertainment with live music.

November 8, 2019

Boat stuck above Niagara Falls for over a century moves downriver

An iron boat stuck above Niagara Falls for more than a century has moved because of severe weather, a park official said.

November 7, 2019

MSD visits Gore Motor Camp amid claims of ‘squalid conditions’

The Ministry of Social Development visited the Gore Motor Camp last week amid online claims people who have claimed an emergency housing benefit are living there in “squalid conditions”.

November 3, 2019

‘Justice for Jerry’: Runaway bull charms Croatia

The plight of a fugitive one-year-old bull named Jerry has won hearts in Croatia after the animal escaped from a slaughterhouse last Friday and has been on the lam ever since.

November 3, 2019

Wanaka community group files for judicial review against QLDC and airport

A fight against plans to expand Wanaka Airport is going to the High Court.

October 30, 2019

Quote of the Day

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

– Edgar Allan Poe

October 29, 2019

Diabetes-related admissions in two Southern hospitals costs $41m in one year

The cost of diabetes-related hospital admissions to Dunedin and Southland hospitals for the 2016/2017 financial year was $41 million, research from the University of Otago has found.

October 25, 2019

Quote of the Day

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

– Heraclitus

October 23, 2019

Spanish shepherds guide hundreds of sheep across Madrid

Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through the streets of Madrid on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl.

October 21, 2019

Company’s push to use Unimogs on ‘terrifying’ Skippers Rd

The local council is investigating the planned use of 10-tonne Unimogs to carry tourists on a Queenstown road described as one of the world’s most treacherous drives.

October 19, 2019

‘SOS’ picked up on CCTV saves Aussie woman lost in bush

An Australian woman lost for three days in dense bushland was found Wednesday after a man remotely monitoring security footage saw an ‘SOS’ sign scrawled in the earth on his property.

October 17, 2019

Gore Rhododendron Festival

A fun family day out in the public gardens with over 60 different stalls selling a wide variety of products including plants, crafts, food and raffles.

October 16, 2019

Ukraine’s Zelensky ‘breaks record’ for world’s longest press conference

Volodymyr Zelensky, a popular comedian before he was elected president of Ukraine this spring, promised to bring a fresh kind of politics to the ex-Soviet nation.

October 12, 2019

South City Street Party

They will have buskers, food stalls, family fun activities, retailers specials, raffles, a kids area, and more.

October 11, 2019

Southland’s satellite station is significant in the space community

In a paddock 20 minutes out of Invercargill, an unassuming antenna dish springs to life as it picks up a satellite 2500kms away.

October 10, 2019

New EU president to sleep in her office

The EU’s incoming president Ursula von der Leyen plans to live in a tiny flat attached to her Brussels office rather than rent an apartment, her staff told AFP on Thursday.

October 4, 2019

Measles epidemic spreads to Dunedin and Wanaka as southern epidemic continues

Dunedin and Wanaka residents have been confirmed with measles for the first time as the number of cases in Queenstown continues to rise.

October 2, 2019

Animates – School Holiday Activities

These school holidays Animates have proudly partnered with Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust to educate children on how to safely interact with dogs.

September 30, 2019

No kidding: Japan airlines offer seat maps to avoid tots

Fed up with finding yourself next to a screaming child on a long-haul flight? On some Japanese airlines a seat map will warn you where potentially bawling babies are sitting.

September 27, 2019

South Island highways reopen after wild weather, snow and ice closed them

Most South Island state highways have reopened on Thursday after a wintry blast brought snow, severe gales hammered Auckland, and hundreds of lightning strikes cracked over the North and South islands overnight.

September 26, 2019


Come and join the school holiday fun with our wide variety of classes for kids! Choose from Glass Art, Cake Decorating, Animal Drawing, Paper Mache, Christmas Wreath and more!

September 24, 2019

Eight avoidable fires in 12 days across Otago

A spate of uncontrolled burns across Otago could have been avoided if people made sensible decisions when lighting fires, firefighters say.

September 20, 2019

UK makes second arrest in golden toilet theft

British police on Tuesday made a second arrest in their hunt for thieves who stole a functioning 18-carat gold toilet from Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

September 18, 2019

Book Sale

Bring along your loose change and grab a bargain. The sale will last 4 days only so get in quick! Our sale includes ex-library DVDs, CDs, puzzles and a wide range of books.

September 16, 2019

Southern farmers say they need more details and time on freshwater plan

Hundreds of Southland farmers who turned up at a public meeting on the Government’s freshwater proposal have left it feeling disappointed at how it was run and the information provided.

September 13, 2019

Tourist told to pull ‘Nazi grandpa’ comments in Austria

An Austrian court has ruled that a German tourist who took exception to a World War II portrait in an Austrian guesthouse had no right to complain about it on travel sites, the hotel owner’s lawyer said Friday.

September 12, 2019

St John Workplace First Aid Training

Attain your St John First Aid Level 1 certificate (valid for two years). Ideal for anyone who wants to learn basic first aid or needs to update their first aid qualification.

September 10, 2019

MPI says no breaches of animal welfare act during Southland winter grazing season

Southland farmers are feeling vindicated after MPI says no winter grazing methods breached the Animal Welfare Act this winter.

September 6, 2019

Catholic school priest bans ‘Harry Potter’ books on exorcist advice

Exorcists advised a Nashville school priest to ban the Harry Potter books, over fears the popular children’s novels could be used to summon spirits.

September 3, 2019

Community Planting Event

Join at the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary to help improve this beautiful space and share morning tea! All are welcome! Help to plant native tussocks and shrubs at the Sanctuary to provide food and shelter for moths, butterflies, and birds.

September 3, 2019

No-fly boys: new Russian space suit clashes with pee ritual

Russia on Thursday unveiled a new space suit for a future spaceship, but the design may have to be changed to continue a decades-old tradition: making a stop to pee on the way to the launch.

August 30, 2019

Southern DHB’s ED report finds no easy solution for people at harm

The Southern District Health Board is trying to understand why its emergency departments have such a high volume of people who consistently keep coming back.

August 29, 2019

Spring Eco Fest

Family-friendly event – environmental resources, protecting our environment, healthy food options, plants, bees, worms, insulation, water, recycling, climate change.

August 28, 2019

Quote of the Day

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

– Leo Tolstoy

August 23, 2019

Greenland cold-shoulders Trump’s buyer’s interest

Greenland is not for sale, local authorities said Friday, after a newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump is looking into whether it might be possible for the United States to buy the mineral-rich Arctic island.

August 21, 2019

Farmers furious at Australian animal rights activists publishing addresses and location on map

Federated Farmers are furious that an Australian animal rights group have begun listing descriptions and addresses of Southland farms on a website map, claiming it could encourage illegal activity by activists on farms.

August 19, 2019

One for the rodent: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia

As he tears off a leg of a charcoal-grilled rat at a roadside stall in western Cambodia, Yit Sarin hails the simple joy of rodent and rice washed down with beer.

August 16, 2019

Southern District Health Board could need a fourth radiation machine outside Dunedin

The Southern District Health Board are looking into the need for a fourth cancer radiation machine – which could be installed at Southland Hospital.

August 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

– Mother Teresa

August 13, 2019

Donkey diva: Singing beast of burden becomes Indian sensation

An unorthodox Indian music star has won hearts online with her big teeth, lustrous white coat, four legs and melodic braying at mealtime.

August 9, 2019

Invercargill Top 10 Holiday park concerned about ongoing shower theft

The Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park has been facing a rising number of tourists using its showers without paying for accommodation.

August 7, 2019

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, 2019

Climate measures for Southern District Health Board

The Southern District Health Board will be looking at ways to substantially reduce its carbon emissions with a particular focus on eliminating coal use.

August 2, 2019

Wellness Bites

Wellness Bites are a chance to come and get the latest information on how to create wellness, delivered in a fun and informal way, these talks will help you to understand how different lifestyle factors can impact your health and simple tips and tricks to start making changes you are comfortable with (no preaching here!!!)

August 1, 2019

Woman outraged by sign ‘greeting’ people in community: ‘Tired of being fat and ugly? Hit the gym and just be ugly’

A community center is under fire on social media displaying a sign that reads “Tired of being fat and ugly? Hit the gym and just be ugly!”

July 29, 2019

Quote of the Day

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

– Erma Bombeck

July 26, 2019

Video of man with dementia riding ‘a wave one last time’ goes viral

Twitter users are sharing their experiences caring for loved ones with brain impairment after a group of young people helped a man with dementia “ride a wave one last time.”

July 24, 2019