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Southland is a vast natural playground, a diverse environment that supports a myriad of industries, lifestyles and recreational pursuits. The region includes Invercargill City, the borough of Gore and New Zealand's newest national treasure, Stewart Island/Rakiura National Park. It encompasses a total land area of. 3,035,577 ha, with a population of just under 100,000.
Southland's 3400km of coast (more than any other region) provides habitat, recreation and a base for a growing marine industry, which includes marine farming and international tourism. Rivers traverse the land and spill into the mighty lakes of Te Anau, Manapouri and Hauroko, New Zealand's deepest lake.
Every year, more than a million visitors come to admire the beauty and abundance of Southland's environment from our world heritage parks, internationally recognised wetlands, our great walks and ancient forests.
SOUTHLAND — Snow has begun to melt over much of Southland today, but forecasts suggest there will be severe inland frosts and ice.
SOUTHLAND — State Highway 1 between Balclutha and Dunedin, State Highway 93 between Mataura and Clinton, and State Highway 94 between Te Anau to Milford remain closed.
SOUTHLAND — Residents of eastern and northern Southland are advised to further delay any travel until the early afternoon as roads across the region continue to be affected by snow and ice.
SOUTHLAND — Southland residents being strongly advised to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel this morning, as roads all over the region are affected by snow and ice.
SOUTHLAND — Southland roads are in a treacherous state and the public is being advised to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel this morning.
SOUTHLAND — When to start and when to stop irrigating will be under discussion at a workshop in Gore next Tuesday, 26 July.
SOUTHLAND — Met Service has issued a severe weather warning for much of Southland with heavy snowfalls expected for today and tomorrow.
Environment Southland has been working with stakeholders to develop policies and rules for managing the environmental effects associated with discharges from closed landfills.
Southland’s environmental champions were honoured at the sixteenth Southland Environment Awards held in Invercargill last night (Wednesday 6 July).
SOUTHLAND — Environment Minister Nick Smith has acknowledged the national significance of the Waituna Lagoon but stopped short of promising Government funding to help prevent it from flipping into a slimy state.
SOUTHLAND — Waituna dairy farm manager Kevin Belling and his wife Rhonda Raymond-Williams have each been convicted and fined in the Invercargill District Court for four breaches of the Resource Management Act last September and October.
SOUTHLAND — Environment Southland estimates it will need an extra $1.99 million dollars in the next financial year alone, to continue its attempts to prevent Waituna Lagoon from “flipping”.
SOUTHLAND — Environment Southland is calling on the Government to amend the Land Transport Act to make it a specific offence for stock trucks to leak effluent onto roads.
GORE — Environment Southland had no legally valid reason for holding a full public hearing to consider applications for a proposed lignite briquetting plant in Eastern Southland.
SOUTHLAND — Recent poor compliance by dairy farmers in the region has dismayed Environment Southland Councillors and compliance staff.
SOUTHLAND — The Mokoreta River is rising sharply tonight and Environment Southland’s hydrologists are monitoring the situation across the region.
SOUTHLAND — Environment Southland is currently reviewing its rules around the management of fractured rock and confined aquifers to provide for a more effective mechanism for managing these groundwater resources, and we would like your feedback on what these rules should be.
SOUTHLAND — A technical report has indicated that groundwater is likely to have a significant impact on surface water in the Waituna catchment.
SOUTHLAND — Environment Minister Nick Smith will be formally invited to visit Southland for a briefing on the response to save and restore the Waituna Lagoon.
CHRISTCHURCH — Generous-hearted Southlanders are being urged to give money to the official earthquake appeal rather than give goods.
SOUTHLAND — Dairy farmers in the Waituna catchment who have set up streamside paddocks for winter grazing will get one-on-one help from Environment Southland to prevent sediment and nutrients reaching the Waituna Lagoon.
CHRISTCHURCH — Southland staff from all three emergency services and the Red Cross have been deployed to Christchurch to join the earthquake rescue response.
CHRISTCHURCH — Building inspectors from all three territorial authorities in Southland, along with a public information manager, are likely to be heading to Christchurch tomorrow (Wednesday 23 February) to help out following today's earthquake.
SOUTHLAND — Waituna Lagoon is at high risk of irreversible damage because of intensification of land use in the surrounding catchment.
SOUTHLAND — A total fire ban is in place for all of Southland and parts of the Clutha District covered by the Southern Rural Fire District from 8am tomorrow (Saturday 18 December).
SOUTHLAND — Southland is constantly at risk from natural disasters that can cause disruption, property damage and even death, yet a recent survey shows most aren’t well prepared to cope with an emergency.
MILFORD — Results of a perception survey have confirmed the widely held belief that viewing the natural scenery and landscape is the most valued opportunity among visitors to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.
SOUTHLAND — The Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust is celebrating success after winning changes to “unworkable” conditions that had been imposed on an exemption to the Emissions Trading Scheme Act, designed to allow wilding conifer trees to be removed from Mid Dome.
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