Monday August 11, 2014
warning the public to be aware of cheap avocados being
offered for sale after more than 2000 avocados were stolen
from a Whangärei orchard.
Last Thursday night thieves
stole about 1000 avocados from the orchard at Maungatapere
and the following night they returned and stole more than
These avocados had been sprayed recently
and cannot be eaten for 14 days.
Police are asking people
to be wary of cheap avocados being offered for sale,
especially if they are not being sold through a retailer or
genuine market stalls.
If people are suspicious that
avocados being offered for sale may have been stolen they
can call their local police or if they want to remain
anonymous they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555
Also if anyone has information about the theft of the
avocados from the Maungatapere orchard they can call
Whangärei Police on 09 430 4500 or
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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>>