Lightning Strike Closes Wanaka Pool
9 January 2013
Lightning Strike Closes Wanaka
Wanaka Pool has been temporarily closed
after the facility was hit by lightning during an electrical
storm this afternoon.
Lakes Leisure chief executive Ruth
Stokes said a young girl who was showering at the time was
thought to have received a mild electrical shock. The child
did not sustain any injuries and did not require any medical
attention. “Our primary concern is for the child but we
have been assured that she is fine. This is an accident that
no-one could have anticipated, however we are investigating
the matter further,” she said.
As a precaution the pool
would remain closed for the remainder of the day. Given the
weather conditions Lakes Leisure has also closed the outdoor
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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>>