Search for missing Waikato family successfully concluded
Search for missing Waikato family successfully concluded in
The search for a family last seen in a
distressed state in Cambridge early this afternoon has been
successfully concluded with the family's vehicle stopped in
the Hawkes Bay early this evening.
Eastern Waikato Area
Commander, Inspector Dana McDonald, said the navy blue
Toyota Surf the family of four had been travelling in was
stopped by Police in Napier this evening shortly before
"Waikato staff are currently liaising with our
Eastern District colleagues but at this stage the important
thing is all members of the family have been accounted for
safe and well.
"A considerable number of Police from
across the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Northern Communications
Centre and now Eastern District have been involved in the
search for the family and I would just like to acknowledge
Mr McDonald said he would also like to
acknowledge all the members of the public, who through the
media, were made aware of the situation and did their
up-most to assist our enquiries, thank you to you
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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>>