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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The South liad District Council has unanimously backed the proposed Haast-Hollyford Highway going forward for government approval.
The controversial 130 km toll road, planned by a private company, would pass through the Fiordland National Park. It is expected to cost $250 million.
The road has the support of all four West Coast councils and many local people, but needed Southland's backing to proceed.
This is the link

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/307568/southland-backs-$250m-hollyford-highway

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Rainbow Warrior Bombing



In 1985 New Zealand was basking in its position as leader of the anti-nuclear movement. As a country it had clearly punched above its weight. Then, just before midnight on the evening of 10 July, two explosions ripped through the hull of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior, which was moored at Marsden Wharf in Auckland

A Portuguese crew member, Fernando Pereira, was killed in the explosions. The Rainbow Warrior had been involved in protests over French nuclear testing in the Pacific. French Secret Service (DGSE) agents were sent to prevent it leaving for another protest campaign at Mururoa Atoll.
Ship half sunk at dock

Two DGSE officers, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart, were arrested on 24 July. Both were charged with murder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. The case was a source of considerable embarrassment to the French government. While the attack was on an international organisation rather than New Zealand itself, most New Zealanders did not make such a distinction. The fact that it was committed on New Zealand territory by a supposed friend produced a sense of outrage and a serious deterioration in relations between New Zealand and France.

Monday, 16 October 2017

1981 springbok tour

In 1981 For 56 days in July, August and September 1981, New Zealanders were divided against each other in the largest civil disturbance seen since the 1951 waterfront dispute. More than 150,000 people took part in over 200 demonstrations in 28 centres, and 1500 were charged with offences stemming from these protests.

I think the game should go ahead because I just want to watch the rugby it just a game of rugby