Just to update you on the situation at on Auckland’s SH18
(the Hobsonville motorway) after this afternoon’s storms
in north-west Auckland.
• The motorway was
closed in both directions just after 1.30pm
It was re-opened a few minutes after 4pm, except for the on
and off ramps at Squadron Drive.
Squadron Drive interchange was re-opened at about
• The cycleway that runs alongside the
motorway remains closed, and is likely to be closed tomorrow
(Friday) because of storm
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Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State
To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.
It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.