War Memorial Hall of Memories remains closed until 2015
National War Memorial Hall of Memories remains
closed until early 2015
The Hall of
Memories in the National War Memorial located at Buckle
Street in Wellington will remain closed until early 2015 for
seismic strengthening. The foyer area and site of the Tomb
of the Unknown Warrior will remain accessible through this
period, says the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
today the surrounding gardens and steps at the rear of the
building are also fenced off while the seismic work is
underway. Access to Massey University is therefore affected
and is only possible via the ring road.
welcome to visit the Tomb and the Memorial foyer during the
period of strengthening work. Because of road works and
construction of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, at
the bottom of the memorial steps, visitors are requested to
exercise care when visiting the National War Memorial, says
the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
The Ministry will
provide further updates on the progress and completion of
the strengthening work as required.
about the National War Memorial Park is available at www.mch.govt.nz
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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>>