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Recreating the Davey Gunn run

A former Southlander is gearing up to recreate and honour a remarkable and heroic journey completed in Fiordland in 1936. On December 30, 1936 a Fox Moth cabin plane crashed into the sea at Fiordland's Big Bay, injuring the pilot and five passengers,...... Read More

Boutique business in Winton

A new boutique business is set to open in Winton at the end of the month to provide Central Southlanders with handpicked clothing and accessories. The Designer Bank, owned by Janine Walker and Dean Bleasel, will officially open on Saturday, March 31...... Read More

Heading into harvest at Riverton

There will be harvest treats aplenty when Riverton hosts its annual heritage festival later this month. The Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival is being held for the 10th time and is a celebration of Southland's home harvest featuring interactive...... Read More

Historic demonstrations at flax mill

New Zealand's only working flax mill will host an open day in Riverton later this month. The Templeton Flax Mill Heritage Museum will celebrate Southland Heritage Month on Sunday, March 25 giving an opportunity for the public to visit a working flax...... Read More

1000th birth at Winton Maternity Centre

Winton Maternity Centre has celebrated a landmark moment since its reopening nearly 30 years ago. On Friday, March 9 the 1000th baby was born at the Winton Maternity Centre since its reopening on February 1, 1991. The first baby born since the reopening...... Read More

Saddle up in Te Anau

Horse riders of all abilities are being invited to a horsemanship clinic to advance their safety and riding skills. Hosted by Sacha MacRae, the Horsemanship Clinic will be run on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday 8 at the Te Anau Rodeo Grounds. The clinic...... Read More

Young Southlander muscles in on int’l stage

Up-and-coming amateur bodybuilder Natasha Cribb of Te Anau is eager to flex her muscles, literally, this week in Melbourne at the Arnold Sports Festival Australia (yes, that's Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he will be there). With less than a year of...... Read More

Meetings, marches, petitions for Lumsden maternity

The organised response to the Southern DHB's proposal to cease birthing services in Lumsden has been swift and immediate. Last week the Southern DHB proposed taking away birthing services at Lumsden, instead turning it into a "hub" for...... Read More

Recovering from GODZone Fiordland

It's a wrap for the seventh chapter of the GODZone adventure race in Fiordland, which officially ended last Saturday (March 10). However some athletes have brought with them a rare, painful, and potentially damaging case of trench foot as well. Roadside...... Read More

Sage views on tourism

In her first visit to Fiordland in her role as Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says she wants to take a more strategic approach to managing tourism on Southland's conservation estate. Ms Sage came to Southland last week to discuss the Milford...... Read More