Road works on Te Matau a Pohe Thursday - Saturday
Road works on Te
Matau a Pohe Thursday - Saturday
manage heat related expansion of the lifting platform on Te
Matau a Pohe and to replace grout that supports the track
that the opening section rolls back onto will take
place tomorrow, Thursday 9 January (tomorrow).
road will be closed to traffic on from 10am to 4pm and
will be in the open position for boats from 11am to
From 2pm tomorrow until 6am Saturday it will be
closed to boats over 6.5 metres to allow 36 hours for the
track grout to set.
The expansion work will enable the
bridge to lift at higher temperatures. At the moment it is
not lifted once the temperature reaches 26 degrees.
is planned that this work will allow the bridge to be lifted
at higher temperatures, although it will be monitored in
case further adjustments are needed.
We strongly recommend
that skippers planning to travel through the bridge in the
next 48 hours do so between 11am and 2pm
Skippers should check with Bridge Control for an
update before starting their journey.
The contacts for
Bridge Control are: VHF Channel 64, mobile +64 (0)21 401
752 or Landline +64 (0)9 438
We apologise for the short notice of this work
and any inconvenience
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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>>