Otago flood conditions update
2 July 2013, 1200hrs
Otago flood conditions
Warm northwest conditions are currently being
experienced across Otago. Rain is currently confined to the
headwaters of Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka, although this is
not at a particularly high intensity for this area. These
lakes are at normal levels for this time of the year and
they are not expected to rise significantly.
the warm conditions are resulting in significant snow melt
in the upper parts of the Pomahaka, Manuherikia, and Taieri
catchments, and also in North Otago. As a result, river
levels are rising steadily, and farmers in these areas
should consider moving stock to higher ground.
northwest conditions are expected to continue until
Wednesday, although no significant rainfall is expected in
central or eastern Otago over the next 48
Up-to-date river level and rainfall information is
available on the ORC Water Info webpage (www.water.orc.govt.nz) or by phoning
0800 426 463.
Further information on flood hazard can be
found in the Otago Natural Hazards Database. Flood alerts
can also be received via Twitter. See www.orc.govt.nz
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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.
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