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Hundreds of sheep stolen in Southland robbery

Police have appealed to the public for help in tracking them down.

More than 80 Southland workers could lose their jobs.

82 Southland disabled workers face losing jobs over cost cuts

A new, cheaper contractor could put the workers on the scrapheap.

Southern Lakes chief executive Sir Richard Hayes spoke to The AM Show.

Crashed helicopter crew had 'zero' chance of survival - legendary pilot

When Sir Richard Hayes lost contact with his team, he feared the worst.


Exclusive footage of the helicopter wreck three survivors escaped from

It's being described as an "incredible" survival story.

Two rescue helicopters have arrived at Southland Hospital with the 3 rescued men.

'Absolutely elating': Southern Lakes Helicopters boss reacts to three crew found alive

"It's like all our Christmases have come at once."

Watch: The great Easter egg debate: Are you getting ripped off?

Southlanders enjoy holiday bonanza

Easter, Anzac Day and the region's anniversary day have all come at once.

In March 2018, New Zealand Police organised crime group superintendent Greg Williams told The Project: "Stepping into New Zealand, they can make significant profits here through the sale of things like cocaine, methamphetamine, steroids."

Teen arrested in South Island drugs, firearms sting

Firearms, ammunition and drugs were seized last week.


Man dies in motorcycle crash in Southland

The Serious Crash Unit has been notified.

WATCH: Gina McKenzie spoke to Rural Exchange about why they are taking on the 'Rickshaw Run.'

Pride of the South: Kiwis tuk-tuk across India for farmer mental health

"We realise the toll farming's isolation, stress and unpredictability can take on mental health."

Watch:Scientists aim to predict New Zealand's next big earthquake.

Quake shakes Fiordland

It could be felt across Otago and Southland.

The water reached to above power lines.

Watch: Spectacular Dunedin pipe burst creates geyser-like water surge

A worker was seen backing away due to the force of the water.

Watch: Nine tourists were injured in a jet boat crash on the Shotover River in Queenstown.

One dead after jet boat crash in Fiordland

Another person is in hospital with serious injuries.

Mike Zhao-Beckenridge

Beckenridge disappearance case officially shut down

At the time, there were suggestions it was a murder-suicide.

Over $546 million in prizes were won in 2017 with Lotto, Powerball and Strike.

Lucky Lotto players $500,000 richer

This weekend's Lotto winnings have gone to the regions.


Watch: Education Minister met with 'passionate' haka at Invercargill airport

Mr Hipkins appeared a little rattled as the group advanced toward him.

Watch: Duncan Garner has called for an end to keeping cats as pets.

Claws out over proposed Southland cat ban

Once a cat dies the owner will not be allowed another one - but many locals are opposed.

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Teens arrested after criminal joyride across Southland

They eluded capture a number of times, but couldn't escape police forever.


Police search for man who attacked 12yo girl in Invercargill

The girl was walking down Iona St at 8am on Monday when she was attacked.

CARTERTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 07:  Police stand guard at the cordon near the accident site on January 7, 2012 in Carterton, New Zealand. Emergency services attended a hot air balloon crash that has killed 11 people in the early hours of Saturday near the Wairarapa plains town of Carterton. The balloon burst into flames and crashed killing all aboard.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)

Four-year-old Southland boy found dead in water

Emergency services tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.


Revealed: Southland wetlands are vanishing

Forest & Bird are calling for better protection of the vital ecosystems.