Cecil Peak Fire Update
Fire crews have finished
dampening down the site of last night’s fire on Cecil
Incident Controller Mark Mawhinney, from the
Department of Conservation, said that the area would
continue to be monitored to ensure that the fire did not
flare up again, with warm weather forecast to continue for
Investigations into the cause of the fire
Meanwhile, both DOC and the Queenstown
Lakes District Council have issued a reminder that a total
fire ban is in place across the Queenstown Lakes District.
This means that gas and electric BBQs are the only outdoor
fires permitted, except for those in approved permanent
This effectively rules out all open
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Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations
As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.
Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency powers, in June. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful.
Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>