Museum Of Omnishambles In Hawke's Bay
Responding to today’s Dominion Post report that
Hawke’s Bay mayors knew that the new museum in Napier,
which opened in September and was funded by the Napier and
Hastings councils, can only store 40 per cent of the Museums
Trust’s collection, Jordan Williams of the Taxpayers’
“First the councils
overestimate museum visitor numbers by counting people who
were just using the bathrooms, and now we find out that
they’ve known for a year that the collection won’t fit.
It’s unbelievable that in 12 months officials haven’t
even organised alternative storage.”
Bill Dalton suggested yesterday that both councils knew of
the problems last year – a claim denied by Hastings Mayor
“A three children family doesn’t build
a two bedroom house, but Napier has built a museum
forgetting 40 per cent of its collection. It is a complete
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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>>