Auckland 24/7 sexual violence crisis service wins reprieve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auckland 24/7 sexual violence
crisis service wins reprieve
sexual violence 24/7 telephone crisis line, is happy to
report that interim funding has been secured for the vital
frontline 24/7 sexual violence crisis service for the people
"We are overjoyed that our community
rallied around to assist in our hour of need and to show
they truly value the work that our hard working team of
trained professionals provides," said crisis services
manager Aimee Stockenstroom.
"If government funding
cuts had gone through, thousands would have been stranded
without specialist crisis support at what is unfortunately
one of the busiest times of year for rape crisis
"We look forward to longer term funding
discussions, and we will report back to our public on their
progress. We welcome the development of proposals for the
long term funding of this vital sector in Aotearoa,"
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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.
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