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VOTING IN THE
For some simple tools to help you decide, visit
elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56
The second question asks which of
four other voting systems you would
choose if New Zealand decides to
change from MMP. You'll find out more
about them at www.elections.org.nz
On the Referendum paper, there are
two questions to answer. The first
is whether you think New Zealand
should keep MMP, or change to
another voting system.
At this year's General Election, there's
a referendum on our voting system.
So when you go to vote, along with
your orange ballot paper for the
General Election, you'll get a purple
Referendum one too.
If we vote for a change of system,
Parliament will decide if there
is another referendum in 2014
to choose between MMP and the
most popular alternative.
If we vote to keep MMP, there
will be an independent review
to assess if there should be any
changes to the way it works.
What kind of
life are you
By REV TRACEY PETERS
St Margaret's Anglican Church
Before Christmas day comes,
the last four weeks before
Christmas -- which in the
church we call ''Advent'', means
''coming'' as in ''Christ is coming''.
We use this time in the church, as
Christians, to prepare ourselves for
We are told, in the Bible, that no-
one knows, not even Jesus Christ,
when he will come again to reclaim
and redeem, restore all of creation,
including us, his people.
Only God knows the time appointed
for this to happen.
The important thing is, will we be
prepared to meet Christ when he
Or will we be found lazing around,
not using the talents he has given us
to bless others?
Will we be found living lives devoid
of hope, living lives of abuse, of our-
selves, others, creation?
Will we be living lives filled with
bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred,
Will we be just muddling along
through life with no clear purpose or
destination in mind beyond putting
food on the table?
Or will our lives be lives that reflect
something of Jesus' image?
Lives that show love and com-
passion for others; lives that spread
hope and joy into the lives of the lost
Lives that demonstrate forgiveness
to those who have hurt or betrayed us.
Lives that genuinely seek the well-
being and the best for others?
Living lives like this, that reflect
Jesus, takes a lifetime, a lifetime
spent looking to God as the centre of
our life, not on the periphery or totally
Jesus said, he only did what he saw
his father doing. We are called to do
We are called to spend time with
God in prayer, in reading and
meditating on God's word in the bible
and by spending time with God's
people in fellowship and worship.
God doesn't call us to do anything
that he hasn't equipped us to do, but
with his calling comes this
empowering of us.
We are thus equipped and
empowered to do all that he has for us
to do -- to live Christ-like lives.
He empowers us to forgive, to love,
to be peace-makers, to be bearers of
So, when Christ appears again in
glory, how will he find you living?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I have just about finished a gap
year living here in Taihape at my
Next year I am back to being a
head of department in a large West
Auckland secondary school.
Being here gave me the
opportunity to be one of a pool of
relief teachers at Taihape Area
School. It's a wonderful school and
a great asset to the region.
The technology, architecture,
nice class sizes, individual
learning programmes -- I could go
on.Thanks to the principal and the
hard-working friendly staff team.
This includes the support staff.
Most of all it has been an honour
to have taught the amazing young
people of Taihape, from year 8 to
year 13. New Zealand can be very
confident about our future with
young people of this calibre.
Mr Hura Duffin.
Wanted: inspirational country kids
Taoroa School and Take Note
Taihape are looking for ''inspi-
rational country kids'' to take
part in a photography challenge.
Year 4 to year 8 students
enrolled in the Taihape area and
surrounding districts are invited
to take photographs that depict
country living for children -- the
lifestyle that makes country chil-
Great prizes are on offer with
$150 cash and $150 in vouchers
from Take Note for first place.
Second place gets $100 and third
There is also a $25 prize for the
most promising photographer.
The judges will be independent
and selected locally from appro-
priate business leaders. Ask your
teacher about the criteria and
entry details or call Taoroa
School or Take Note Taihape.
❚ The competition closes on
Friday, December 2 at 4.30pm.
Champions: Taihape and Marton bowls fours, from left,
Taihape, Les Judd, Ken Mason, skip, Graham Smith,
Donny O'Donnell; Marton, Des Timmins, Peter Saywell,
Trevor Evans (skip), Lorry Bismark. In front is the Keesing
Challenge Cup which Taihape retained by a very narrow
win against Marton last Thursday. Taihape won the cup
from Castlecliff and have since beaten off challenges
from Aramoho and Durie Hill. The next Keesing challenge
is against Gonville early next month.
Club and brought
home the Hurn
Cup, (well a
The cup is
$25,000 so it
stays under lock
and key at the
Bowling Club, to
which it was
donated by A J
Hurn Esquire in
for the Hurn Cup
will come from
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