Governor General's term extended
31 January 2005 Media Statement
General's term extended
Prime Minister Helen Clark today
announced that the Queen had agreed to a short extension of
Dame Silvia Cartwright's term of office as
Dame Silvia is due to complete her five
year term as Governor-General on 4 April 2006. Her term has
now been extended until 4 August 2006.
"The appointment of
the Governor-General is a significant matter, important to
all New Zealanders, and it is appropriate that the selection
and appointment process do not coincide with the
"I am grateful to Dame Silvia for
agreeing to continue to serve in office for the additional
four months," Helen Clark
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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>>