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.
© Scoop Media
Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47
Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember
Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.
Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>
Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns
Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.
Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>