Knifepoint robbery in Southland

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in the Southland town of Waikaia. About 9.15pm a man armed with a knife entered a Blaydon Street property. He struggled with a woman living at the address and demanded access to...... Read More

Three killed in crash near Thames

  UPDATED 9.58PM: Three people have died and one person is in a critical condition following a two-vehicle crash at the Kopu Bridge, Coromandel. There were two people in each of the vehicles.  Emergency services were called to the...... Read More

Preparing for worst case scenarios

Emergency Management Southland is amidst an ambitious three-year programme to prepare more than 20 Southland communities for natural emergencies. When an emergency strikes, where do Southlanders go to for the latest information and someone to talk to...... Read More

Ploughing aplenty at champs

The New Zealand Ploughing Championships have been labelled a success with "incredible" feedback from the competitors, public and guests. The championships, held in Thornbury over the weekend,   were hosted by the Thornbury Vintage...... Read More

Lightning torches shed

The Te Anau Golf Club is taking each day as it comes after a lighting strike caused massive fire damage to its storage shed and irrigation system. In the early hours of Monday, April 2, a fire burnt down the Te Anau Golf Club's workshop, which housed...... Read More

Droughts, floods to become more common in Southland

Southland will be at greater risk of drought and flood in the future because of climate change, a report by regional council Environment Southland warns. The report, Protecting our Communities, was released this morning and forms part of the council's...... Read More

Crunching the numbers

The Southern DHB has received more than 200 submissions on the proposed changes to its maternity care model, which would controversially cease birthing services and postnatal stays at the Lumsden maternity unit. The submission period for the health board's...... Read More

Foreign buyers withdraw farm application

The overseas company that won the bid for Landcorp's Jericho Farm has withdrawn its application for the property, but the question remains why the review process took so long in the first place. A year ago, news broke that a Chinese buyer had put...... Read More

Three cases of measles linked to Queenstown Airport

Three cases of the measles have been linked to Queenstown Airport. Two adults and a 13-month-old baby living in Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch have all been reported as having the highly infectious disease. They all travelled through Queenstown...... Read More

Rabbit virus to be released

An initial release of the RHDV1 (K5) rabbit virus on three sites in Southland will be made from next week, if the weather permits. Senior biosecurity officer Dave Burgess said rabbits were less of an issue in Southland than in other areas of New Zealand,...... Read More