*"Fatal Crash - Rakaia - National Alerts"*
At 4pm on
Saturday 31st May 2014 a fatal motor vehicle crash occurred
on Thompsons Track at the intersection of Somerton Road,
Two vehicles collided at this intersection which
is controlled by a stop sign.
Three people have died as a
result of the crash.
• One vehicle had four
occupants of which three have died. The fourth passenger
has been transported to hospital by means of a rescue
• The other vehicle had one occupant
who has minor injuries and is being treated at
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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>>