O-I NZ Glass Environmental Fund’s 30th Anniversary
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
MP for Maungakiekie
MP celebrates O-I NZ Glass Environmental Fund’s
Maungakiekie MP, Peseta Sam
Lotu-Iiga, congratulates Owens-Illinois (O-I) New Zealand
who is celebrating the O-I NZ Glass Environmental Fund’s
“This is a fantastic initiative
from a local company that has provided almost $620,000 in
study grants to over 400 schools across New Zealand,” says
“I encourage all students to seize
this unique opportunity to carry out environmental studies
that will benefit their local community and advance
“The fund will
allocate $25,000 in grants this year.
The fund is
supported by a committee including members of the Ministries
of Environment, Education and Youth Development, which is
responsible for reviewing applications based on a range of
Expressions of interest from all school
levels from early childhood development to secondary schools
are due 31 March 2013. Relevant criteria and category
details can be found at www.recycleglass.co.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>>