Footage and stills on NZ assistance to cyclone-hit Tonga
17 January 2013
Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand is
providing further assistance to Tonga in the wake of
Tropical Cyclone Ian.
“Following a request from
the Tonga Government, New Zealand will supply 300 emergency
shelter kits, which can provide interim shelter to over 2000
people, and assist the New Zealand and Tongan Red Cross with
the provision of clean water on the islands of Ha’apai,”
Mr McCully says.
“We will also make a further
$300,000 available to New Zealand non-government
organisations working with partners on the ground.
“Cyclone Ian has resulted in the loss of one life and
caused significant damage to buildings and some
infrastructure. New Zealand continues to work closely with
Tongan authorities and will consider all further requests
The relief supplies will be delivered
to Tonga by New Zealand Defence Force C-130 this
Today’s announcement brings New Zealand’s
support to Tonga since Tropical Cyclone Ian struck last week
For video footage of the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules.
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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.
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