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Work – what work? There won’t be time this week

Nov 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

This week is set to be a humdinger, with elections, international sport, bike rides, celebrations and Melbourne Cup mania all poised to distract.

After a year of feverish campaigning, the Americans are off to the polls on Tuesday to vote in their 44th president.

Not only are we likely to see the United States’ first black president but pollsters are expecting a record number of votes, hopefully not too many to count …

If you want to take a punt this week, Tuesday is the day to do it with the Melbourne Cup at 5pm NZ time.  Of the 39 horses racing, 13 are New Zealand bred, with Efficient, Princess Coup and Eskimo Queen all looking hopeful.

The FIFA under-17 Women’s World Cup continues in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton with the capital city hosting the New Zealand v Colombia match on the evening of November 4 at Wellington Stadium.

Opening Wednesday night’s entertainment on the waterfront is Ride of Your Life, a three-hour spectacle of live music, water sports performances and parachuting. The Wellington Free Ambulance fundraiser will start at Frank Kitts Park at 6pm.  

Wednesday night will be explosive with Guy Fawkes celebrations lighting up the skies.  A 15-minute firework display by maestro Robert McDermott will spill from three barges anchored in the harbour, starting at 9.00pm.  Oriental Bay is expected to be packed with a crowd of over 100,000.

On Saturday, November 8, the Wild Wellington Mountain Bike Rally brings over 700 cyclists to the tracks of Mt Victoria.

To finish off the heady week, the general election on Saturday is Wellingtonians’ chance to choose the next Parliament. Voting takes place between 9am and 7pm at polling stations all over the country.

While the result may be evident on Saturday night, it is more likely that the balance of power will be left teetering precariously with the smaller parties while they clamour for influence in the next government…. but we won’t hear about that until next week.

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