Otago & Southland Stories


140 years on and still going strong

World-famous for cheese rolls and in some cases rolled R’s, Southland is home to Fonterra Edendale – NZ’s longest running dairy manufacturing site.

January 18, 2022

Otago & Southland

Plans to move to renewable energy at Fonterra's Stirling Site updated

Following a comprehensive study into using electricity to replace coal at its Stirling site in Southland, the Co-operative has found wood biomass to be a more viable option.

July 01, 2020


Helping flood-stricken Southland

The Southland floods left farmers with a big clean up – it’s taken a group effort to support them.

March 13, 2020


Knitted with Love

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund gives grants to community initiatives throughout New Zealand. Read about the Parata Rest Home in Gore, who is using their grant money to purchase wool and knitting materials. Volunteers knit hats, socks, and other clothes for newborns.

April 13, 2018

Otago & Southland

First time boxer willing to take a hit for charity

Logan Valli is not a professional boxer, but he is a professional Supervising Operator at Fonterra's Edendale site. He is hitting the ring to raise money for Koha Kai. The organisation helps to provide affordable lunches for students with disabilities in the Invercargill area.

March 19, 2018

Otago & Southland

Spotlight on Southland Environmental Achievements

Our farmers are doing valuable work to help improve the environment. This year, a few of them were recognised for their achievements at the Southland Community Environment Awards. Read more about their work on our website.

November 27, 2017


Turning poo into power

How a pioneering farmer in Southland turned his idea of generating electricity from effluent into reality.

November 09, 2017


New Equipment for Edendale Volunteer Fire Brigade

Edendale’s Volunteer Fire Brigade can now purchase a thermal imaging camera thanks to a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

October 26, 2017


A few actions by many can make a big difference

The spring sunshine shone in true Southland style as more than 300 people banded together to spruce up the Edendale and Wyndham communities.

September 27, 2017