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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.
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Diligent doodler: Olivia de Lautour is a big winner for herself and her school.
Olivia's good with Google
A young creative talent has
reaped the rewards of a doodle for
Olivia de Lautour, 8, was one of
four finalists in a national compe-
tition to design a logo for Google,
and has already won a laptop for
herself and an interactive white
board for her school.
At the time of writing, she was
due to be judged in the final four.
Fellow Gulf Harbour student
Sato Koyamo also made the top 20
in the Doodle 4 Google compe-
Students had to design a logo on
the theme: My wish for New Zea-
Olivia focused on Kiwiana.
With her entry, Olivia said: I
love New Zealand. My wish is to
learn so much more about our
unique and amazing culture and
for others around the world to
learn about it too.
The school selected eight
doodles to go forward to Google
and 20 national finalists were
chosen, including Olivia and Sato.
The 20 finalists have had their
work on display online and a pub-
lic vote was held to choose the top
four. Yesterday Olivia spent a day
with Google and the other three
finalists at the Auckland Art Gal-
lery and received her prize.
The national winner gets an
additional $10,000 worth of tech-
nology equipment for their school.
The winning doodle will also be
displayed on Google New
Zealand s home page for 24 hours.
Olivia s mother Xavietta says
her daughter is very creative and
Olivia had come home with the
Doodle 4 Google task as part of
She was very driven and
enthusiastic, and had a very clear
vision of what she wanted to do,
We only had old colouring
pencils, so we went out and
bought a pack of softer aquarell
pencils to help her get the nice
colours she was after.
She was determined to have
her design ready for the class
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Keeping it clean: Ports of Auckland
stevedore Grant Lane, left, Fairfax Media's
chief executive Allen Williams, Watercare
Harbour Clean Up Trust chairman Peter
Drummond and Phil Warren's skipper
Hayden Williams celebrate a $40,000
donation to the trust raised through this
year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
news.co.nz and click on
Latest Edition to see a
video about Ports of
Auckland Round the
By EMMA WHITTAKER
Money raised from Auckland s biggest
fun run will help keep the city s har-
bour clean, clear and litter free.
The Watercare Harbour Clean Up
Trust is one of four charities benefiting
from the 39th annual Ports of Auck-
land Round the Bays event.
Round the Bays is proudly
supported by Fairfax Media owned
Suburban Newspapers, publisher of
the North Harbour News and its sister
publication the Sunday Star-Times.
The trust is a charitable organis-
ation charged with keeping the Waite-
mata Harbour and the inner gulf
islands free of rubbish -- a full time
The paid and volunteer crew of the
Phil Warren, the trust s boat, sail the
harbour daily collecting the masses of
plastic bottles and other rubbish that
ends up in Auckland s waterways,
often through the stormwater system
or after being blown out to sea.
Round the Bays will next be held on
March 18, 2012.
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