DOC whale stranding update - 9.30am 15 January
This is the latest situation with the whale stranding on
Eight of the 13 pilot whales that
stranded on Farewell Spit yesterday have re-stranded there
overnight. Five whales have died – one yesterday afternoon
and four overnight.
DOC rangers with the help of
volunteers, many from Project Jonah, will attempt to refloat
the eight whales in this morning’s high tide, high tide
being shortly after 10am this morning.
rescuers had to pull out due to fading light
around 9.15pm having got the 12 whales afloat but not
having been able to fully get them grouped together and
moving out to sea.
The other 50 or so whales in the pod
have not been seen since DOC rangers in a boat lost sight of
them in choppy sea early yesterday
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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>>