Southern drought takes toll

Southland farmers are counting the cost of this season's drought as supplementary feed prices skyrocket and an unprecedented number of lambs leave the region, while in Fiordland the death of 70 cows has been linked to dehydration. Landcorp has...... Read More

Wapiti statue to get new home

After a decade greeting visitors driving into Te Anau, the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation's life-size statue of a wapiti stag will find a new home in front of the Fiordland Events Centre next month. The prominent statue, located at the entrance to Te...... Read More

Sirocco the ’spokesbird’ found

After two years “off the grid”, Sirocco, the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) spokesbird kākāpō, has come out of hiding. He was located during a search by two DOC kākāpō rangers, on his island home deep in the Fiordland...... Read More

Successful Kea survey

The largest Kea survey in the country has finished its second phase in Fiordland with "roaring success". The Kea survey is run in conjunction with the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF), Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) and the Department of Conservation...... Read More

No support for lake proposal

The Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai, and Te Anau will not support a Meridian Energy proposal to be able to lower Lake Te Anau an additional 20cm beyond its absolute minimum in an extreme circumstance. After a year of ongoing discussions, the Guardians...... Read More

MP’s first bill focuses on foster children

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has lodged his first Member's Bill since taking office last year, which aims to improve the financial security of children in foster care. The lodged KiwiSaver (Foster Parent Opting in for Children in their Care)...... Read More

Government blocks land sale on Denniston Plateau

The government has blocked the sale of land on the West Coast to New Zealand's leading coal mining company. The Conservation Minister Eugiene Sage and associate Finance Minister David Clark went against the Overseas Investment Office's recommendation...... Read More

Safety reminder as Burt Munro Challenge looms

The Burt Munro Challenge is returning to the Southland region and police are asking all road users to ensure they think about everyone’s safety. Running from this Thursday in Invercargill, the four-day event attracts hundreds of...... Read More

Collapsed bridge cuts off water to 250 homes

A helicopter has spotted the 50m missing section of the bridge which broke off in Southland after heavy rains, Gore District Council says. A council spokesperson said a 50m section of the Pyramid Bridge had been spotted by helicopter 50m downstream...... Read More

Rain not enough to lift restrictions

As a drought is officially declared across Southland, farmers are being reminded that support is available, and that people in townships can continue to do their bit to conserve water. Even with heavy rains expected to arrive this week, the impact...... Read More