Suspect escapes custody
Auckland Central Police have
advised that 23 year old Brett Makiri, arrested yesterday in
relation to a kidnapping and assault, has escaped police
Mr Makiri was last seen wearing a dark t shirt,
knee length shorts and white shoes. He does not have any
other belongings with him and it is possible that he will
ask for money or attempt to hitch hike a ride to his next
destination. He was at the Auckland Central Police Station
in Cook St, central city.
Police ask that anyone who sees
Mr Makiri calls 111 immediately. He is considered dangerous
and Police advise members of the public not to assist him in
"At this stage we are very focused on Mr
Makiri's recapture," says Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus.
"However there will be an investigation into the
circumstances of his escape."
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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>>