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Thursday March 31, 2016

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Portrait presentation New Zealanders have voted to keep the current flag after preliminary results were released in the second flag referendum last Thursday.

New Zealand votes to keep current flag Kiwis have had their say New Zealand’s current flag is here to stay. Last Thursday, the Electoral Commission released the preliminary result for the second referendum on the flag. The current New Zealand flag received the most votes at 56.6 per cent, with Kyle Lockwood’s Silver Fern Flag receiving 43.1 per cent of votes. The Electoral Commission said it received more than two million votes, which included 4,942 informal votes and 4,554 invalid votes. Voter turnout was an impressive 67.3 per cent. In the Rongotai electorate, 30, 509 people voted in the second flag referendum, with

a voter turnout of 65.8 per cent. Of those who voted, 62.6 per cent selected the current New Zealand flag. Since the referendum was announced last year there has been lively debate, with many people voicing their opinion on whether the flag should be changed and what it should be changed to. Following last Thursday’s results, Prime Minister John Key said on Twitter “New Zealand has voted to retain our current flag. I encourage all NZers to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it”. Mr Key has been a vocal supporter of changing the flag. The RSA said it was “delighted, but not surprised, at

the outcome of the second flag referendum”. RSA National President BJ Clark said the result showed New Zealanders wanted to retain the current flag. “We’re glad so many New Zealanders heeded the RSA’s call and made their voices heard for the second referendum – it was an inspiring, strong show of democracy in action. “New Zealand service personnel sign up for a number of reasons, but one of the foremost of these is to safeguard the continuing of our way of life. “It’s heartening so many Kiwis have exercised their right to have their say, and keep the flag. The people have spoken.”

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The second flag referendum: -2,124,507 votes received -Voter turnout was 67.3 per cent -Kyle Lockwood’s Silver -Fern Flag received 915,008 votes or 43.1 per cent of votes -The current New Zealand -Flag received 1,200,003 votes or 56.6 per cent of votes -The current New Zealand flag was adopted in March 1902. It was designed by -Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham, KCB.

Fit out fundraiser for Wellington Free Ambulance Wellington Free Ambulance will be one of the beneficiaries of this year's Rotary Club of Port Nicholson's annual charity auction and dinner. The donation will go towards the cost of fitting out a new ambulance. The auction, which is held each year, will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel at the

end of April. Proceeds will also go to the Malaghan Institute, Outward Bound and Rotary International's Polio eradication project. Rotary Club Port Nicholson club member Mark Cassidy said they had raised over $100,000 for charities over the last five years. The club


Daylight Saving will end this Sunday. On Sunday morning at 3am clocks will be wound back to 2am. Daylight Saving will begin again on the last Sunday in September.

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 The auction will take place on Friday, April 29. For more information about the auction, donation of prizes, or to purchase a table or seats contact Teresa Dickinson at t_dickinson@vodafone.


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A Wellington social media, video and web campaign encouraging families to get out in nature to spend time in ten Wellington nature reserves and parks, has seen over 5000 families join in the campaign so far. The initiative named ‘Wellington Wild Things’ sees ten ‘Wild Things’ placed in mystery locations at each participating site. Families are encouraged to get outdoors, find and take a picture with the Wild Things and post their best 'wild face' to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #wellingtonwildthings to be in to win prizes. For more information head to www.

Phil & Teds have been issued with a warning by the Commerce Commission after 10 of its teddy bears were tested and did not comply with the prescribed product safety standard for children’s toys. The commission investigated whether the teddy bears complied with the New Zealand children’s toys safety requirements after a complaint to the Children’s Ward at Wellington Hospital. Around 5,000 ‘phil&teddy’ bears were donated by Phil & Teds to be given to young children post-operation in Wellington, Waikato and Christchurch Hospitals between 2010 and early 2015.

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welcomed any donations of gifts for the auction. “We run a main auction and also $40 and $80 mystery boxes. We welcome donations of products and gifts for these. Everyone is welcome to join us at the auction dinner and can purchase a table.” He said the club was looking forward to putting on a fun

A portrait of Carmen Rupe by artist Te Mete, titled, The Final Portrait, was presented by MP Louisa Wall to Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown yesterday for safe keeping at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The presentation was on the eve of International Transgender Day, which falls today, March 31. Ms Wade-Brown who promoted the Kate Sheppard crossing light near Parliament also announced a new figure for four crossing lights in Cuba Street featuring a dancing figure of Carmen.  The crossing light project would recognise and celebrate transgender communities within our society.

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MAHANA (M) - MON: 12:00PM • TUE: 12:00PM • WED: 12:00PM • THU: 12:00PM • FRI: 12:00PM • SAT: 12:05PM, 6:15PM • SUN: 12:05PM, 6:15PM

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