Hero dog alerts sleeping occupants of Southland home after suspected arsonist lights fire

Police say if they hadn't been woken, the outcome could have been "significantly worse".

Located on Lake Wakatipu, the playground cost $1 million, up from an original estimate of $670,000.

Take a look at Queenstown's new million-dollar playground

The stunning new playground went up in cost, but will delight the young and young at heart.

Auckland, New Zealand - October 08, 2013: Aerial view of Auckland City Hospital on October 08, 2013. The Auckland City Hospital is Auckland's main hospital and the largest hospital in New Zealand

Baby from Southland flown to Auckland's Starship Hospital with serious injuries, police investigating

They're appealing for information over what they say are "non-accidental injuries".

The blaze on Thursday night is being treated as suspicious.

Suspicious fire destroys Southland golf club

The one-storey building was extensively damaged late last night.

Rising gang numbers in Gore part of a 'planned effort by the Mongrel Mob' - council

The Gore District Council is proposing patch bans, increased police visibility and a rural gun security campaign as part of a report tabled for a council meeting tonight.

Unrecognizable manual worker using circular saw while cutting piece of wood at construction site. His colleagues are in the background.

Students at all-girls school in Southland protest absence of trades classes

Currently, Southland Girls High School does not offer woodwork or metalwork programmes in their school curriculum.

Auckland, New Zealand - January 11, 2014: New Homes on January 11, 2014. House prices are booming around New Zealand - with the average price of an Auckland city home rocketing to $735,692.

Auckland’s median house price increases for the first time in six months

Excluding Auckland, the media house price went up 6.2 per cent annually with three regions breaking records.

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Body of missing man pulled from river near Invercargill

James Boniface, 28, went missing after the dingy he was in overturned on Sunday afternoon.

The building has great historical significance for Kiwis, but should ratepayers foot the bill.

Tim Shadbolt coy on France hotel investment idea as ratepayers give thumbs down

The usually forthright Invercargill mayor surprised Seven Sharp by turning down an interview.

The chase forced a police officer to run for his life as the car swerved to the wrong side of the road

Police chase ends with man arrested at Queenstown service station

The man was taken into custody at the Frankton BP.

The Court of Appeal ruling effectively brings an end to a long-running stoush over cage diving off the Stewart Island coast.

Shark cage diving constitutes 'hunting or killing' great whites, Court of Appeal rules

It's hailed as a win for pāua divers and Stewart Island community.

The snarler capital of Aotearoa is Tuatapere, home to one delicious recipe.

Watch: Southland motel for sale comes with arguably the best sausage recipe in NZ

The snarler capital of Aotearoa is Tuatapere, home to one delicious recipe.

Predator Free NZ is asking New Zealanders to consider whether we should have pets at all.

Claws out in Omaui's cat fight as felines face 'sunset clause' on their population

The pro-cat faction predicts an infestation of rodents if Environment Southland's non-replacement policy on cats comes in.

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Woman dies in Southland crash

The 63-year-old died at the scene.

Queenstown police in search of man following incident on Camp St on Sunday, 19 August.

Queenstown search for man with information following assault

A person was reportedly assaulted at around 1:40am on Sunday, 19 August outside ASB Bank on Camp Street.

It’s a sight that will take you back to the eighties.

Southland couple brings back milkman tradition and it's what's in the bottle proving a hit

Farm Fresh South owners Logan and Melissa Johnson started the company in September last year.

The retiring Southern Steel captain hoped she hadn’t upset anyone with her topless photo, following her team’s stunning ANZ Premiership triumph.

'Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone' - topless snap a bit of banter, says outgoing Steel star Wendy Frew

Retiring Steel netball captain celebrated with some inspiration from a NZ sevens player.

The eclipsed moon will appear a deep red during the celestial event which will be visible in southern parts of the country.

Professor explains where in NZ to watch the selenelion - a rare eclipse - tomorrow

The celestial event occurs when the moon is in Earth's shadow but can still be seen.

Rare celestial phenomenon to grace South Island skies this weekend

Both the sun and moon will be visible at the same time several minutes after 8am on Saturday.

Milford Sound road closed due to avalanche risk

A convoy is due out of the sound this morning with motorists warned that the road may remain closed over the weekend.

Man on the loose wanted over Invercargill shooting

Police say Anthony Miles Tamaiti Watkins is unpredictable and caution should be exercised when approaching him.

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One killed as car and truck collide in Southland

Police are at the scene of the crash that happened on State Highway 96, near Browns tonight.

A nearby resident says the two gunshots in the central city sounded like massive explosions.

Hunt continues for gunman as man shot in Invercargill remains in hospital after surgery

Police are interviewing witnesses to the incident on Kelvin Street yesterday morning.

Water supply for Southland town of Winton shut off after critical supply line ruptures

The council said the town's reserves could potentially be depleted within an hour.

Rottweilers who mauled Southland man last week euthanised

Oliver Beaumont was seriously injured after he was attacked by the Rottweilers near his home in Winton on Sunday.

Owner of one dog which attacked Southland man says 'lovely' dogs were 'protecting their home'

"We got the dogs to guard our house and be our forever friends."

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