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Anger over maternity unit's closure

Women will be forced to give birth on the side of the road, a midwife has claimed.

The waste is no longer owned by the smelter.

25,000 tonnes of toxic waste abandoned in Southland

Residents say it's giving them serious health problems.


Cattle disease found on another Southland farm

Mycoplasma bovis has now been found on 24 farms across New Zealand.

Another two properties have been confirmed to have the disease.

Two more properties confirmed with cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis

A farm in Southland and Waitaki are now confirmed to have the disease.

The Department of Conservation estimate there are 250 breeding pairs of the penguins, or hoiho, as their breeding season comes to an end.

Yellow-eyed penguins mysteriously dying

Breeding pairs of yellow-eyed penguins are down from previous years on the Otago/Southland coast and unexplained deaths are at the root of the cause.

More people may also have been injured, police say.

One seriously hurt in South Otago crash

At least one person is thought to be seriously injured in a two-car crash in South Otago with emergency helicopters at the scene, police say.

A section of the Pyramid Bridge is floating down the Mataura River after being washed away by flood waters.

Southland bridge taken out by floodwaters, rural water supply cut off

People warned to stay away from the Mataura River.


Southland, parts of Otago all in drought

The Government has pledged $130,000 in support.

Dongwha New Zealand produces MDF wood products, and Newshub understands the blaze began at one of the plant's dryer cyclones.

Mataura manufacturing plant on fire

Eleven fire crews are on route.


Queenstown fires fought from above

Helicopters were kept busy with three fires on Friday night.

A total fire ban has been issued across Southland, beginning on Monday.

Total fire ban issued for Southland

It comes in the wake of record heat.


Stewart Island works to plan for the future

The island is facing an ageing and declining population.

H&J Smith, Invercargill.

Southland's H&J Smith department store target of 'fake news' video

The video, claiming to be from Fox News, is doing the rounds on social media.


Pest seaweed's spread puts coral at risk

Asian seaweed could destroy marine life, including red coral.

Invercargill sisters Bailey (left) and Aalyah with the presents they donated to Southland Hospital.

'Humble' Invercargill sisters' incredible surprise for hospital kids

Aalyah and Bailey wanted to make sure other children had a happy Christmas.

Ben McLean.

Ex-cop and killer Ben McLean to be sentenced

He pleaded guilty to murdering his wife and the attempted murder of Garry Duggan.

Prince Harry gives Conrad Smith a pat on the back for winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Invercargill's latest shot at world record glory

You might have patted yourself on the back, but have you done it with 251 other people?

The 2013 New Zealand drought was devastating for livestock.

Farmers warned to brace for hot, dry summer

A warm summer's day comes at a cost.


Dangerous campervan driving 'accident waiting to happen'

The vehicle was filmed driving on the wrong side of the road in Southland.

Jacinda Ardern says she won't push for a law change despite Todd Barclay's spend-up.

Barclay's holiday won't result in law change - Ardern

She has no plans to tighten up MPs' perks, despite Todd Barclay's paid summer holiday in Europe.