McCully welcomes Mauritanian Foreign Minister
McCully welcomes Mauritanian Foreign
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today
welcomed the Mauritanian Foreign Minister, Mr Hamadi Ould
Baba Ould Hamadi, to New Zealand.
“The visit by Mr
Hamadi is the first by a Minister from the Islamic Republic
of Mauritania, and represents an opportunity to develop
closer ties between our two countries,” says Mr
“As a country that straddles North and West
Africa, Mauritania has a unique perspective on the region
that can enhance New Zealand’s understanding of Africa and
the role we can play there.
“Mr Hamadi’s visit is
focused on how our expertise in sustainable fisheries
management and livestock development can be applied in
“We want to partner with African states
in a way that brings mutual benefit and increase our
engagement across the continent by working with regional
bodies, like the African Union,” says Mr McCully.
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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>>