Green Party - Condolences for Christchurch
22 February 2011
The Green Party has extended
its condolences to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury
and its support for the Government’s emergency
“Our thoughts are with everyone in
Christchurch,” Green Party Co-leaders Russel Norman and
Metiria Turei said today. “Our hearts go out to all those
who are affected; the injured and frightened, and the
families missing loved ones.”
“We say to the people
of Canterbury – you are not alone, all of New Zealand
stands with you.
“We fear the worst but are hoping
for the best.”
Green MP and Christchurch resident
Kennedy Graham said the Party had offered its support to the
Government for the immediate civil defence response: “We
will do what we can to assist. This is a time for all of
Parliament to work together to help the people of
Dr Graham plans to return to Christchurch
as soon as possible to support local constituents.
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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>>