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Concern Over Trade Talks At Rally

By Wetini Rapana – Concerned Invercargill locals rallied in Wachner Place on Saturday to raise awareness of the impact of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally took place as part of the international ‘Day of Action’ focused on the TPPA, and had speeches from Invercargill politicians and political advocates and open discussions over
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The (Forgotten) Invercargill Tragedy

SHARON REECE’S morbid curiosities lead her to standing at the property – not necessarily the house – where the forgotten mass murder commonly reported as
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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.

Raising Money For Cancer Kids

By Chantal Hashimoto – Taking care of the children of cancer patients is the aim of a group of Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) students this Friday November 14. The business students, known as the EOCC (Empowering Opportunities for Cancer Children) are hosting a quiz night this Friday night at the Glengarry Tavern as part
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Help Please

I have a student working on a story that requires photographs of early South Invercargill – specifically Crinan Street east of Elles Rd between 1900 and 1908.  The museum and library don’t have anything (they can’t be everywhere), so can anyone out there help? Email us or give me a ring on 027 487 1360.

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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