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 The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>