Southland

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There's been plenty of big spending at the event.

Thousands turn out for Southern Field Days in Waimumu

It's been a testing season for local farmers but there was still plenty of spending at the biannual event.

Eleven people injured in three-car crash near Kaikoura

Fire and Emergency services remain at the scene in Oaro, 3 km South of Goose Bay.

Man, 27, found dead outside Invercargill rugby club

A man has died outside Marist Old Boys Rugby Football Club with police suspecting foul play.

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A farming lease on the 180,000 hectare reserve in Marlborough expires in two years.

Land of opportunity? Future of iconic high-country station put to NZ public

Discussion has started about how the 180,000 hectare reserve could be used for future generations, with its lease up in two years.

Protesters calling for a ban on Rodeo in Aotearoa

Protesters take Waitangi Day stand against rodeo in NZ

Over 40 animal rights activists gathered outside the Outram Rodeo grounds in Dunedin.

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The blaze started near some commercial properties south of the city.

Raw video: One hundred homes evacuated as fire engulfs three industrial buildings in Dunedin

Six helicopters, 12 fire engines, three tankers and one command unit are at the scene, working to contain the fire.

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Residents and stock have been struggling in the persistently hot conditions.

Southland and Otago declared in drought as the big dry hits farmers

The two regions join the South Island districts of Grey and Buller in being officially in drought.

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Southland firefighters join to battle Gore plant blaze

Firefighters from Mataura, Gore, Edendale, Wyndham and Invercargill are currently attending the fire at Dongwha NZ.

Record 35 degrees high in Wanaka not the hottest we'll see this summer

MetService tweeted that's the highest in its records since 1972.

New Zealand's highest temperatures reach a scorching 30 degrees today

Hit the beach or the river, it's going to be hot!

Fire plead with Kiwis to stay safe during impending heatwave

Fire danger is going to be extreme for Southland, Otago and eastern parts of the South Island in particular.

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The council is banning freedom campers from Lake Hayes reserve and the Shotover delta.

Queenstown cracks down on freedom camping at two popular sites

The council is banning freedom campers from Lake Hayes Reserve and the Shotover Delta.

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The blaze took hold behind the Central Otago resort town at the start of this month.

'We need rain and we need it quick' - Top firefighter warns Southland and Otago residents over fire risk

The warning comes after a fire that ripped through Wanaka hill country was started by someone disposing of hot ashes.

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Residents are quickly adapting to the hottest spell since records began.

Southlanders warned to be sunsmart as heatwave scorches region

Residents are quickly adapting to the hottest spell since records began.

Southland town faces tight restrictions after reservoir 'haemorrhaging'

It's thought there is a 'major leak' in Mataura's water storage.

Two seriously injured after bus collides with car in Fiordland

The collision occurred about 9am this morning in Manapouri.

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Man drowns while snorkeling at Southland beach

The incident happened at Wakapatu Beach in Kawakaputa Bay this evening.

'Aren't you cute!' - Bluff man makes friends with adorable penguin on walkabout in local street

Video of the penguin has gone viral on Tourism New Zealand's Facebook page.

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'His hate... his perverted sense of wrong' - grief-stricken man nearly killed by Invercargill cop who murdered his new partner

Ben McLean was sentenced to life in prison today at Invercargill High Court for the murder of his wife.

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Ben McLean will serve at least 17 years in jail for killing Verity McLean and trying to kill her lover Garry Duggan.

Watch: The moment judge sentences former cop Ben McLean to life in prison for murder of his wife

In the High Court in Invercargill the 48-year-old was also sentenced to seven years jail for the attempted murder of Garry Duggan.

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Invercargill police officer admits to killing his estranged wife

Police allege that Ben McLean shot and killed his wife and shot and injured his wife's new partner on Anzac Day.

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Man dies on West Coast river

Police responded to the incident at Landsborough River at 6pm on Friday where a raft overturned.

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Water restrictions are in the pipeline if conditions don't change.

Unusually dry weather may see water restrictions in place for Southland

The arid weather is also adding stress to farmers sowing new grass and crops.

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Political Showdown puts politicians from different sides of the House together, getting them to ask each other the big questions of the week.

Political Showdown: Labour's Tamati Coffey v National's Sarah Dowie

The MPs battle it out, despite some very loud protesters near by!

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Police search on for trio who disappeared from South Korean ship in Bluff

The fishing vessel was already under investigation after a Chinese crewman was injured and died before docking.

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