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Heritage Month Going Back In Time?

by Sharon Reece – Venture Southland’s Heritage Month event coordinator Rebecca Amundsen hopes to turn back the clock in the Invercargill CBD next year. The idea was to transform the CBD into an “old-style Invercargill” for at least one week of March next year, she said. Although the plans are in the early stages, Amundsen
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Invercargill: Election 2014

On Saturday, Invercargill looks likely to have its first elected female Member of Parliament.  Journalism student CHANTAL HASHIMOTO talks to the two leading candidates about
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Traveller’s tales stack up well

He’s seen Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in concert, Muhammad Ali fight Joe Frazier, and was in the Caribbean when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, but Thomas “Davey” Craig calls Southland home. ASHLEIGH REID profiles a Scottish wanderer.

Travel a good bet for Kaito

Kaito Suzuki has seen more of the world in seven years, than many will see in their entire lives. JOE OELOFSE sits down for a chat.

Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes Flurry of colours welcome Southland Olympic heroes

An abundance of colours lined the streets as Invercargill was hit with a wave of exhilaration as Southland’s Olympians paraded their achievements. EMMA SOMERVILLE reports.

Forbes Makes Awards Shortlist

By Jess Smith – Local businesswoman Carla Forbes has been named as a finalist in the Local and Regional category in the 2014 Women of Influence Awards. Ms Forbes had been encouraging other Southland businesswomen to enter the competition and she felt she had to “put up or shut up.” Ms Forbes said she was
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Fundraising Gig For Lost Collection

by Wetini Rapana – Southern musicians are coming together to raise funds for Keith Greig this Saturday night at The Beach Bar. Mr. Greig lost his lifetime collection of music and musical equipment in a house fire at West Plains on August 28. Southern Institute of Technology audio production tutor Charlie Bronson said Mr Greig
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Meet The Candidates

by Jonny Turner – Invercargill electoral candidates expect economic policy and environmental issues to be the hot topics when they address voters at a Federated Farmers’ candidate meeting tonight. Federated Farmers Southland branch holds the first of two southern candidate meetings, where farmers can question candidates on rural issues, at their Invercargill headquarters. Federated Farmers’
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Rain In Southland?

by Chantal Hashimoto – Southland has made it through a “very wet” July. Environment Southland senior hydrologist Chris Jenkins said the month was very wet around the region, particularly in the north-west and central areas. “Rainfall totals ranged from 92 percent of the long term normal at Eyre Creek to a record 205 percent of
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Welfare Fraud Prosecutions Down

By Jessica Smith – The total number of prosecutions of local people fraudulently claiming benefits has come down from 16 people in the 2012/2013 year to seven in the 2013/2014 year. Nationally it went down from 957 prosecutions, to 893. “This government has put in place a package of reforms to get smarter with the
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From Winton With Love

By Sharon Reece – Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is pushing for a James Bond-styled blockbuster to be filmed in Southland aimed at cashing in on movie-hungry Chinese audiences. Behind the scenes, Shadbolt has gone as far as to suggest plots for an estimated $5 million-plus 3-D spy thriller, documents obtained under the Local Government Official
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Netball Semis Tonight

By Jonny Turner – Southland’s top four netball teams will battle for grand final berths in the semi finals of the Southland wide netball league in Gore tonight. Top qualifiers St Mary’s Men take on fourth seeds Ex-High in the first of two matches at the Gore’s MLT events centre. Second-placed United take on third
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Dawson Takes Suspension On The Chin Dawson Takes Suspension On The Chin

by Sharon Reece – Former Southland Sharks basketballer Gareth Dawson has copped a 12-month suspension after the Sports Tribunal found his taking of a prohibited substance was not for performance-enhancing purposes. Dawson said while he was disappointed that he couldn’t play until May next year, he was relieved it was over and he could move
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