CHCH Quake - Wellington ready to help out
22 February 2011
Wellington ready to help
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says
Wellington City Council staff and volunteers will again
travel south to help out in Christchurch and around
Canterbury if needed following this afternoon’s quake.
Mayor Wade-Brown says the Council’s emergency
management staff have been in touch with the Ministry of
Civil Defence and Emergency Management and the Wellington
Region Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group
Controller to offer assistance.
thoughts of Wellingtonians will be again with the people of
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
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