The Southland Times is the regional daily paper for Southland, including Invercargill, and neighbouring parts of Otago, in New Zealand. It is now owned by media business Stuff Ltd, formerly the New Zealand division of Fairfax Media.

The Southland Times
The former Southland Times building
TypeDaily (except Sunday) Newspaper
Owner(s)Stuff Ltd
EditorNatasha Holland
HeadquartersInvercargill, New Zealand
Circulation23, 231


Demolition of The Southland Times building in 2020 with the facade retained.
One of the Baku (Southland Times, 7 November 1903)

The Southland Times was first established in 1862. The first edition was published on 12 November 1862 under the title of Invercargill Times. The three founders were Gerard George Fitzgerald, John T. Downes, and Charles Reynolds. The name changed to The Southland Times in June 1864.[1] Initially, it was published two or three times a week until it became a daily paper in 1875. From 1869 until its purchase by the INL (Independent Newspapers Limited), it was owned by the Gilmour family. Robert Gilmour became a part owner in 1869–70, and then in 1879 became the sole owner of the paper.

In 1972, digital computers and software, phototypesetters, and a Japanese APR photopolymer plate were installed at the paper, making the Times New Zealand's first fully computerised newspaper production system under the direction of Ian Gilmour.

The paper changed hands again on 1 July 2003, when Independent Newspapers Limited was purchased by Australian media company Fairfax Media.[2]

In May 2012 local printing of The Southland Times ceased with all printing now taking place from Allied Press in Dunedin. Smaller community papers that are usually printed once a week are now printed from Christchurch.[3]

In July 2015 The Southland Times building located on Esk Street was sold to the Invercargill Licensing Trust. [4] A year later The Southland Times relocated to a new building on the corner of Don and Deveron Streets. [5] In 2017 the Invercargill City Council and HWR Group formed HWCP Management Limited with the purpose of redeveloping the Invercargill CDB. The Southland Times building and most buildings on the city block surrounding Dee Street, Tay Street, Kelvin Street and Esk Street were purchased by HWCP with the intentions of redeveloping the city block into an innercity mall. [6] Plans for the new mall were first unveiled in 2018 and in 2019 an announcement was made that The Southland Times building would be demolished but the building facade retained, a Farmers department store would be built on The Southland Times building site as the anchor tennant in the mall.[7] The demolition of the city block began in January 2020 and construction began in October 2020. In November 2021 current and former staff from The Southland Times were invited to sign the rear of The Southland Times building facade prior to the facade being plastered. [8] On July 14 2022 the first stage of the Invercargill Central Mall was opened including the Farmers Department store. [9]

Awards and nominations


At the 2018 Voyager Media Awards The Southland Times' photographer Kavinda Herath won the Best Photo (Junior) Award.[10]

Other publications


The Southland Times also published:

The Invercargill Eye


The Invercargill Eye was distributed weekly in the area surrounding Invercargill and Winton.


NewsLink was distributed weekly in the area surrounding Gore and Eastern Southland.[11]

The Queenstown Mirror


The Queenstown Mirror was published weekly on Wednesdays in two editions: one for the Queenstown Lakes District and another for Central Otago.[12]

Otago Southland Farmer


The Otago Southland Farmer was delivered fortnightly to all rural homes in Southland and Otago.[13]

Auto Xtra


Auto Xtra was an A4 glossy car publication, published fortnightly on a Monday, inserted into The Southland Times, and distributed to retail outlets in Invercargill.

Fairfax announced in 2018 that it would close or sell these publications.[14]


  1. ^ "Southland Times". PapersPast. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ The Southland Times: a division of Fairfax Media
  3. ^ "Print plant to close". The Southland Times. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Southland Times building sold". Stuff. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  5. ^ Weaver, Georgia (24 December 2015). "The Southland Times to farewell a building steeped in history". Stuff. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  6. ^ Harding, Evan (5 January 2018). "Massive Invercargill CBD upgrade plan involves demolishing many buildings". Stuff. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  7. ^ Harding, Evan (26 August 2019). "Invercargill CBD development all go, Farmers the anchor tenant". Stuff. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  8. ^ Steyl, Louisa (22 November 2021). "Signing off on the old Southland Times building, one last time". Stuff. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  9. ^ Ahmed, Uma (14 July 2022). "Invercargill CBD development opens to the public". Stuff. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  10. ^ "2018 winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  11. ^ Fairfax Media: Publications
  12. ^ Fairfax Media: Publications
  13. ^ "Southland Times history". The Southland Times. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Fairfax to sell or close 28 print mastheads". The New Zealand Herald. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2023.