Te Anau’s Cycle Trail makes progress

The Fiordland Trails Trust will be opening the next two legs of its community-driven cycle trail in May. New counters show that the existing legs are already a hit. Eager cyclists will have more opportunities to ride alongside Fiordland's Waiau...... Read More

SHI closed for wreck removal near Palmerston

One lane of State Highway 1 south of Shag Point (between Hampden and Palmerston in the South Island) is closed following a crash earlier today. A north-bound truck left the road and overturned at around 5.40am. The driver, a 61-year-old man, was taken...... Read More

Poppies from pop bottles

The team at Winton's Salvation Army is creating a unique group of poppies to help mark Anzac Day. The poppies are being made from the bottoms of soft drink bottles and painted red to act as the commemorative flowers, which are then placed on makeshift...... Read More

Top prize for Te Anau photographer

Douglas Thorne was named the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the 18th Annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition 2017 held in Dunedin last month. The competition received a record number of entries this year, with 2226 submissions...... Read More

Lego galore at upcoming show

Lego fans of all ages can enjoy a colourful display of skill and creativity this weekend at the Lego Brick Show in Invercargill. The Lego Brick Show is an annual event run by LUG South, a registered charitable trust that puts on Lego Exhibitions for...... Read More

Weir revved up for national title bid

At the tender age of 11, Southlander Mitchell Weir is a national champion already. But he won't be defending his title at the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships ... instead he's chasing a new title, at the next level up in the competition. The...... Read More

Rumour rife ahead of reported VIP visit

Rumours are swirling about who a "very important person" reportedly due to touch down in Queenstown may be. But authorities have denied there's an high-profile visitor on the way. The Otago Daily Times on Wednesday reported "several...... Read More

Man slices hand with machete

A man using a machete to cut shrub impaled his hand earlier today. The 48-year-old man was rushed to Southland Hospital after cutting his hand with the machete. A St John  spokesperson says they received a call about the incident just after 8.30am. The...... Read More

Riverton-Wallacetown Highway crash victim named

Police have released the name of the man who died in a crash on the Riverton-Wallcetown Highway, Oporo, yesterday morning. He was Conor Drake, 21, from Otautau. Southern Police attended the fatal crash on Riverton-Wallacetown Highway, Oporo, where...... Read More

Fatal crash in Wallacetown, Southland

One person is dead following a fatal crash between a four-wheel drive and a tanker. Southern Police are attending the fatal crash on Riverton-Wallacetown Highway, Oporo, where a four-wheel drive and a tanker have collided. Emergency services were...... Read More