Serious crash near Russell
Wednesday January 8,
A young child has been airlifted to hospital
following a serious crash near Russell this afternoon.
crash, involving two cars, occurred about 1.30pm on
Whakapara Road heading towards Rawhiti.
A girl, aged about
five years, suffered serious injuries and has been taken to
hospital by helicopter.
Another child, aged about six
years, was uninjured and the male driver, aged in his 30s,
suffered moderate injuries and was taken to hospital by
The male driver of the other vehicle, aged in
his early 50s, also suffered moderate injuries and was taken
Initial indications are that that one of the
vehicles crossed the centre line, but the Serious Crash Unit
will be investigating to determine the cause of the
Police have set up diversions while the crash scene
is being examined. People travelling from Russell to Rawhiti
will need to catch the Ferry across to Opua and then travel
south and on to Waikare Road. People travelling from Rawhiti
to Russell or other destinations north or south will need to
take Waikare Road and then on to State Highway
© Scoop Media
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>>