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A helicopter with a monsoon bucket fighting the fire.

Balclutha landfill on fire

Nearby residents have been advised to close their windows to keep smoke out.

Air New Zealand has announced it will begin trialling direct flights between Auckland and Invercargill next year.

Southlanders excited about new Auckland route

It's hoped the country's longest domestic flight will do wonders for the southern economy.

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Mum killed, husband and kids injured in Invercargill crash

A horrific collision wounded multiple people and killed 37-year-old Emma Joyce Bagley.

Sewage in Middlemarch on Tuesday.

Raw sewage flows through Middlemarch after deluge

"We can't even reach our front door."

The Tairei River at Outram on Tuesday.

Motorists warned to delay travel as severe weather worsens

Heavy rain and snow is expected to continue to batter Otago and Southland on Tuesday.

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Rabbits burrowing into graves at Invercargill cemetery

The council plans to shoot the rampant bunnies.

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Winter white-out: Snow blankets South Island with more predicted

Heavy snow has cancelled flights and closed roads.

Watch: Four people were killed in motorcycle crashes on Saturday.

'Too many have lost family': Police plea after motorbike deaths

Four riders were killed on New Zealand's roads on Saturday alone.

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Southland student in custody after boy stabbed in neck with scissors

The teen's injuries were not life threatening and he is recovering in hospital.

A police car.

14yo girl dies after hit and run

The incident took place in Oamaru late on Tuesday night.

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MPI to fumigate ute where snake found - while it's still inside

The slippery Australian import will meet its end soon.

Residents in Te Anau, Ohai, Manaporui, Mossburn, Nightcaps and Tuatapere have all reported snow falling on Wednesday.

Winter wonderland: Heavy snow blankets Southland

The wintry blast is now making its way up the country.

Snow in Queenstown last month.

Wintry blast to hit NZ, snow predicted for South Island

Get the winter jackets back out.

The sun shines bright in the daytime in summer. Blue sky and clouds.

Balmy weather marks the start of daylight saving

"A lot of Aotearoa is looking good."

The Government announced a plastic bag ban in August.

South Island Countdowns rid single-use plastic bags

Since the start of the phase-out in May, 22.5 million bags have been removed.

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Stewart Islanders surprised by plan to triple tourist levy

Mayor Gary Tong believes it is the best option to pay for much-needed upgrades.

The NZ College of Midwives says the country needs places like Lumsden Maternity Centre.

Petition to save maternity unit presented in Parliament

The fight to save a Southland maternity centre is gaining momentum.

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Southland 'Lambulance' a hit for sick lambs

A Kiwi farmer invents a fun way to transport lost and ill lambs.

court

Southland police chase accused to appear in court

At the end of the chase he locked himself in the bathroom for 40 minutes.

Taringatura Forest

Fatal microlight crash in Southland

The pilot's body was found in the wreckage at Taringatura Forest.