Lake Level Advisory
As forecast, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council is not anticipating any
problems resulting from high lake levels in the district
today. The Otago Regional Council has advised that modelling
indicates both lakes will peak at around 3-6pm with levels
not expected to cause issues. Lakes will be high and some
ponding may occur in low lying foreshore reserve areas but
it is entirely business as usual in the district. The
Council will keep a watching brief on the foreshore areas.
Back country roads in the area are being inspected this
morning, at this stage Greenstone, Kinloch, Paradise and the
Mount Aspiring Roads remain closed but these roads will
re-open as flow and repair permit. The remainder of the
roading network in the Lakes District is
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
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