The Southland Times

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


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]

Awards and nominations

At the 2018 Voyager Media Awards The Southland Times' photographer Kavinda Herath won the Best Photo (Junior) Award.[4]

Other publications

The Southland Times also publishes:

The Eye

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


Newslink is distributed weekly in the area surrounding Gore and Eastern Southland.[5]

The Mirror

The Mirror is published weekly on Wednesdays in two editions: one for the Queenstown Lakes District and another for Central Otago.[6]

Clutha Leader

The Clutha Leader is delivered on Thursday mornings to all homes in the Clutha district.[7]

Otago Southland Farmer

The Otago Southland Farmer is delivered fortnightly to all rural homes in Southland and Otago.[8]

Auto Xtra

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


  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. "2018 winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  5. Fairfax Media: Publications
  6. Fairfax Media: Publications
  7. Fairfax Media: Publications
  8. "Southland Times history". The Southland Times. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2011.