Further support for Tropical Cyclone Ian recovery
Further support for Tropical Cyclone Ian
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today
announced an additional $370,000 for cyclone recovery
efforts in Tonga, including the provision of six technicians
to help repair the electricity network.
New Zealand will
provide a frontend loader and tractors to clear
debris-covered land on the islands of Ha’apai, hand tools
for the less assessable islands, and assist with the rebuild
of the Tongan Government nursery.
“Crops were severely
damaged in the cyclone and quick replanting is essential to
prevent food shortages and promote trade,” Mr McCully
“In addition, we are supplementing our $1.4
million support package to repair the electricity network by
sending six New Zealand-based technicians. The technicians
are Tongan speakers familiar with the local environment and
will speed the reconnection process by several
“Our priority is to assist the Tongan
Government’s recovery efforts so life in Ha’apai gets
back to normal as quickly as possible.”
announcement brings New Zealand’s support for the cyclone
response to $2.27
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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>>