Aratere Reported to Have Serious Engine Problems
Aratere Reported to Have Serious Engine Problems Near
KiwiRail sources have told New Zealand First
that the Cook Strait ferry Aratere has blown an engine on
its return voyage from Singapore and is approaching
Australia at a reduced speed.
New Zealand First Leader Rt
Hon Winston Peters says the vessel is reportedly down to 10
knots and it needs to refuel in the near future.
call on the Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee to immediately
explain what is happening with the ferry and to explain why
this problem has followed a supposed repair job in
“He should clarify the reports
“Mr Brownlee has presided over this
shambles for far too long,” says Mr
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
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