Police attending vehicle crash north of Whangarei
Police attending vehicle crash north of
Thursday, 21 August 2014 -
Police are attending a crash on State
Highway One near Puhipuhi Road, north of Whangarei.
crash involving three cars occurred about 3.45pm. One person
is believed to have died in the crash and two others are
Ambulance and Fire Service are also at
The road near the crash scene is closed and
traffic diversions are in place.
Motorists heading north
are being diverted through Jordan Valley Road and those
heading south are being diverted through Hukerenui
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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>>