Friday 5 July noon
Otago Flood Update
Clutha, Manuherikia, Taieri, and Pomahaka rivers are
dropping from earlier flood levels.
are predicting heavy rainfall along the Main Divide today
and tomorrow, with likely spillover for the headwaters of
Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka. This may cause river levels in
these areas to rise.
ORC flood managers will continue to
closely monitor the situation.
Up-to-date river level and
rainfall information is available on the ORC Water Info site
(www.water.otago.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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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>