Hataitai bus tunnel closure this weekend
20 February 2013
Hataitai bus tunnel
closure this weekend
The Hataitai bus tunnel will be out
of action this Saturday 23 February, 6am to midnight, to
allow engineers to take samples to check the condition of
the tunnel and the rock around it.
The work is being done
to help assess what earthquake strengthening is required on
Buses services that usually use this route,
including the Airport Flyer, will be diverted through the Mt
Victoria tunnel and along Kent and Cambridge terraces during
the closure. The Hataitai village bus stops will be
temporarily relocated to Taurima Street and there will be no
buses stopping in Elizabeth, Brougham or Pirie streets in Mt
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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>>