Search for eight missing fishermen off Samoa - update #2
The search for eight fishermen missing from three boats off
Samoa following last week’s cyclone will resume in the
The Rescue Coordination Centre New
Zealand (RCCNZ) has spoken to the crew of both the RNZAF P3
Orion and French Navy, which searched the coast and sea area
south of Samoa today. No sign has yet been seen of the
The RCCNZ has been advised by Samoan
authorities that the hull spotted by the Orion on the island
of Apolima has since been there for some weeks and is not
one of targets of the current search.
awaiting information from the skipper of one of the missing
vessels who reached the island of Monono.
also reported a possible sighting of a hull floating 45km
west of Monono but this has yet to be confirmed as one of
the boats being targeted in the search.
The air search
will not resume until approximately 8am (NZ time) tomorrow
(Monday, 17 December).
There will be no further update
until at least that
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked 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. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>