Eastern Courier : March 2nd 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Four Amazing Road Trips Plus editorial including: Gardening tips, beating winter moisture, Easter Events, History of the NZ road trip and lots more business offers. FEVER MAGAZINE 2011 Off the beaten track - Find some amazing discoveries. INSIDE TODAY'S (middle pages) Voting made easy By MATT BOWEN IN A few days Botany will have a new MP. But the mood about Saturday s byelection from people in one corner of the electorate was largely indif- ferent on Monday morning. The strongest response during an unscientific survey at Botany Town Centre came from Ken Durbin. He ll definitely vote and it will be for National. A bus driver enjoying a cigarette break hadn t seen anything from Labour to win his vote. He hadn t taken much notice of the campaign but he ll vote National too. A retired Botany Down s woman says the National boy gets her tick. Others say they won t vote, while five more couldn t speak English. Botany returning officer Bob Skilton says 600 advanced votes were cast by Monday morning. People who can t make it to one of 18 polling places in the electorate on election day have until March 4 to post an advance vote. If sickness or disability stops you from placing one or if you can t get to a polling place, call Mr Skilton on 583-1032 or email botan- firstname.lastname@example.org. The Electoral Commission has two tips for voters -- take your EasyVote card and remember polling places are only located inside the elec- torate. Taking your EasyVote card will ensure you get your voting papers as quickly and smoothly as possible, when- ever you go and vote, chief electoral officer Robert Peden says. People can still vote with- out their EasyVote card. I would also encourage people to go with friends or family. It can be helpful for those with English as a sec- ond language. Election results will be available from www.election results.govt.nz progressively after voting closes. Top marks for visionary scholarship winner Bright spark: Michael Wang, 17, has received a Premier Award worth $30,000 for the 2010 scholarship exams. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY By KRISTINA RAPLEY ' I have bad eyesight so I know what it's like to live with bad vision. ' Michael Wang Good news just keeps flood- ing in for Michael Wang. The 17-year-old Macleans College student is one of nine students in New Zea- land to receive a Premier Award for the 2010 scholar- ship examinations that he sat a year early in year 12. He will get a $30,000 scholarship to university. He also scored the highest mark in New Zealand in the Cambridge A level chemistry and biology exams and the highest mark in the world for A level physics. Michael found the exams challenging and wasn t sure what kind of results to expect because he was sit- ting them a year early. He plans to study medi- cine at Auckland University in 2012 and hopes to become an eye doctor. I have bad eyesight so I know what it s like to live with bad vision, he says. Principal Byron Bentley is delighted to hear the news. Macleans College students have been awarded seven Premier Awards for scholar- ship exams over the six years they have been on offer -- the highest number of any school in New Zealand. We have a major focus on doing well in examinations, it s our prime focus, Mr Bentley says. We ve got very talented students and teachers and great backing from parents. That s a really powerful com- bination. Michael was born in Taiwan and moved to New Zealand when he was two. His older brother also did extremely well at Macleans College and won a Premier Award scholarship himself in 2005.
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