Woman hit by Boulder on slopes of Mt Ngauruhoe
Woman hit by Boulder on slopes of
This morning Taupo's greenlea Rescue
Helicopter was called to the upper slopes of Mt Ngauruhoe
where a 27 year old Swiss woman had been struck by a
The woman was descending the mountain when
another climber above her dislodged a boulder which came
careering toward her.
She managed to duck the main force
of the rock, but in the process of protecting herself
received a suspected compound fracture to her arm and a
laceration to her head.
The boulder was described by a
witness as a monster.
The woman was retrieved from the
steep slope using a long line recovery system
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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>>