Otago River And Lake Level Alert
Friday 11 January
Otago River And Lake Level
Otago Regional Council flood managers are
continuing to closely monitor river and lake levels in Otago
with further rainfall expected in the western
River and lake levels continue to be of concern
in the Wakatipu, Wanaka, and Hawea lakes catchments. Lakes
Wanaka and Wakatipu are expected to remain high for several
Lake Wakatipu is currently at 311.14 m and stable.
Lake Wanaka is currently at 279.3m.
Flows in the
Lower Clutha/Matau-Au at Balclutha have peaked at 1630 cubic
metres a second and are now receding.
and rainfall information can be checked on the ORC water
info webpage www.orc.govt.nz/waterinfo or by phoning
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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>>