Fire Service media statement re Kilbirne fire
Fire Service media statement re Kilbirne
Wellington firefighters have brought a
large fire at a storage facility near the airport under
control but say it will take some time to put it out
Assistant Area Commander Paul Smith said the
fire is not endangering any other buildings but it has been
difficult to put out because the building is made up of
numerous locked compartments.
Heavy machinery is being
brought in to peel back a wall or part of the roof to
provide better access for water to be directed inside from
Around half of the 20 appliance brought in from the
surrounding stations and volunteer brigades to help fight
the fire over night have now been sent home and fresh
firefighters brought in.
One firefighter suffered mild
heat stress and is now resting at home.
Thick smoke from
the fire will continue for some time and residents and
workers in the area are advised to close their
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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>>