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Woman had knife at her throat

An 18-Year-old woman feared for her life as a man held a knife to her throat and demanded money in a daytime robbery of an Invercargill dairy on Saturday afternoon, the dairy owners said.

Govt won't rule out mining

By MICHAEL FORBES and Fairfax - The Southland Times

The Government is considering reversing a ban on mining to allow oil exploration in New Zealand's last great wilderness area, Fiordland.

Alexandra woman caught in tsunami

By JOHN EDENS in Alexandra - The Southland Times

An Alexandra woman who had flown to Samoa to celebrate her 60th birthday with a friend was last night recovering in North Shore Hospital in Auckland.

Skifields get snow for close

By WILL HINE in Queenstown - The Southland Times

The 2009 ski season is finishing in much the same way it started, after a blast of cold weather at the weekend brought fresh snow to Queenstown Lakes skifields.

Jury trials to stop as revamp steps up

By CASSANDRA POKONEY - The Southland Times

Jury trials will stop in Invercargill for several months next year as redevelopment of the city's courthouse moves to the next stage.

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Proposal made for Marina Baches

Property developer Ross Wensley has applied for resource consent to let his Marina Baches as one and two-bedroom visitor accommodation units.

Invercargill shearer wins open title

Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford won this year's New Zealand Merino Shears open title in Alexandra on Saturday night.

ERO says school not informing parents

High neo-natal demand 'manageable'

Vink claims his second

Vink claims his second New Zealand junior representative Michael Vink defended his under-19 Junior Tour of Southland title at the weekend with the Canterbury rider turning in another impressive display.

Brave Southland outclassed

Southland fought bravely but in the end were outclassed 47-33.

Southland have perfect start

'Ferns need reliable goal attack'

Southland's playoff hopes slip

Stags in danger

Southland would probably need to win all three of their remaining games or risk missing out on the national provincial championship semifinals, Stags co-coach Simon Culhane said.

Queenstown firms to merge Sounds flying operations

The recession has prompted two Queenstown tourism companies to form a joint venture for their Milford Sound flight-seeing operations.

Jobs, volume huge for lignite

When Solid Energy's lignite conversion manager Greg Visser talks about a gasification plant to turn Southland's lignite into fertiliser and fuel, the numbers are huge.

Airport runway extensions approved

Home milk delivery returns

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Work starts on Wanaka retirement village

The kids in Wanaka are getting a new primary school and the elderly will soon have a new luxury retirement village.

Fulfilling a dream

For TREVOR AYSON, a visit to the famous Great Temple at Abu Simbel in southern Egypt was the realisation of a boyhood dream.

Busker adds soundtrack

SUE FEA meets a dedicated busker who has seen it all in Queenstown.

Kokako call returns to Fiordland

Left Or Right aiming for national domination


Girls behaving badly

Reporter JARED MORGAN goes inside a three-weekend police operation to clamp down on booze-fuelled violence and disorder on Invercargill streets and finds it's girls just as much as boys who are behaving badly.

Our police need help

Frontline police in Invercargill refer to the corner of Dee and Esk streets as Hell's Corner, writes The Southland Times in an editorial.

Not so ready

One of the surprises of the earthquake and tsunami tragedy in the South Pacific on Wednesday was the number of New Zealanders who didn't seem to know about it until much later in the day, even as late as watching the 6pm news on televisionproblems'', writes The Southland Times in an editorial.

What's the carrot?

Pedalling a careful message

Green, but not naive

The rort MPs have been running over accommodation expenses in Wellington is getting messier and messier, writes The Southland Times in an editorial.

The perfect gift

gifts thumb The Good Woman's birthday is fraught with danger, writes Gerry Forde this week.

Saintly can be hard to live with

It's a funny thing, but no matter how hard we try we always love the sinners more than the saints who would be, I suspect, very hard to live with, writes Pat Veltkamp Smith in this week's And Another Thing.

Pay principal before rates rise

How our people will laugh

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Hideous, hideous, hideous

I went to the dentist last week and had a bit of a drillin', walked out the door with my cellphone ringing, writes Sarah McCarthy in this week's Uptown Girl.

Brave Southland outclassed in final
Brave Southland outclassed

Southland fought bravely but in the end were outclassed 47-33.

Counting the bubbles

All sparkling wines are not created equal.

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The perfect gift

The Good Woman's birthday is fraught with danger, writes Gerry Forde this week.

Home milk delivery returns

An old tradition is returning to Invercargill streets in the form of home milk deliveries.

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Naughty or nice?

Which one will you be this weekend?

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NZ: Portrait of a Nation

The Southland Times is proud to offer this beautiful book by Graham Stewart.

Where'd you get to?

Where in the world are you? We really want to know!

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