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Half-price dining via The Southland App

The popular online Restaurant Discovery Service “First Table” is now available on the new Southland App.   Queenstown-based First Table has grown exponentially in less than four years with 830 restaurants and 210,000 registered diners...... Read More

Changing of the guard at Balfour Store

After 14 years at the helm of the Balfour Store, Leone Beatson will hand over the keys to the new owner at the end of the month. Mike Young takes the reins on July 31, but Mrs Beatson will stay on for his first three weeks to help with handover. Mr Young...... Read More

Memories shared for school farewell

The Isla Bank community has farewelled its school after 145 years of educating local children. A declining roll led to discussions with parents and the school community who ultimately decided the school, established in 1873, should apply for voluntary...... Read More

Sewerage upgrades hefty cost for council

The Southland District Council will spend up to $23 million upgrading wastewater treatment systems around the district over the next 10 years. Higher environmental standards required for wastewater treatment and disposal — paired with the need...... Read More

Successful run for The Jungle Book

The Fiordland Players are hopeful the success of last week's production of The Jungle Book could mean a revival for the performing arts in Te Anau. Fiordlanders travelled to the jungle last week to follow the adventures of Mowgli, Baloo, and Shere...... Read More

Dreams turn into reality for national Young Farmer

The south's two hopefuls in the FMG Young Farmer Contest have the home crowd double the thrill on Saturday night, finishing first and second in the grand final held in Invercargill. Even after winning three out of the five categories, Young Farmer...... Read More

Edendale realignment underway

The first sod has been turned at Edendale, marking the first day of work on the Edendale highway realignment project. The project redirects State Highway 1 around Edendale to create a better connection between Invercargill and Gore. By shifting highway...... Read More

Retirement big dig starts this week

Construction on Fiordland's groundbreaking retirement village began this week, with hopes to have the first house finished by the end of this year. Murchison Villas Limited directors and their project predecessors were thrilled to see the build of...... Read More

Winton’s new waka

Winton Kindergarten has unveiled an art installation along part of the Winton walking track. After a successful Polyfest, Winton Kindergarten continued to look at important parts of their culture by studying and learning the history of 'The Legend...... Read More

Weka celebrates Matariki

The children at Weka Winton celebrated a musical Matariki last week with shared kai before a moonlight trail through Ivy Russell Reserve. Matariki is known as the star which welcomes the Maori New Year, and on Thursday, July 5 the children and families...... Read More