Earthquake Civil Defence Update – Feb 23 2011 – 6.10 am
February 23 2011
Earthquake Update – February 23
2011 – 6.10 am
Movement of visitors out of
Civil Defence is giving visitors to Christchurch
the opportunity to relocate to Wellington following
The decision to relocate
visitors has been made in order to free up accommodation in
Christchurch and also reunite people with friends and
family. This will also assist with accommodation shortages
in the city. Flights started leaving Christchurch early this
Visitors are being flown to Wellington by
the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Any visitors to
Christchurch who want to leave the city should make their
way to collection points at the Burnside High School welfare
centre, corner of Memorial Avenue and Greers Road or the
welfare centre at North Hagley Park. Please note, do not go
to the airport directly if you wish to be on these flights.
Please go only to the collection points.
collection points they will be taken to the airport.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>