Voting deadline

Electoral rolls for this year's general election close on Tuesday so they can be printed. The Electoral Enrolment Centre says about 245,000 people have not filled out the new enrolment form needed by that day if they are to be included in the printed roll.

People who miss the date must still enrol, but will have to cast a special vote on polling day, a process which takes longer than the normal ballot.

Enrolment update forms were sent to all registered electors early last month, and electors need return them only if their details need updating. Anyone who did not receive a pack is not enrolled. Enrolment forms can be obtained from PostShops, public libraries and council offices, by calling 0800 Enrol Now (0800 36 76 56), or by visiting the Elections website.

Bone study

Auckland University's department of medicine wants volunteers from women aged between 65 and 89 years with a history of osteoporosis for research into the problem. The department is beginning a new trial for the treatment of osteoporosis. Contact Ruth Ames or Dr Anne Horne - phone 307 8970, or write to them at the Department of Endocrinology, Auckland Hospital, Private Bag, Auckland.

Early start for big day

The third national Children's Day is being launched at Wellington Zoo today. The actual day will be Sunday, October 27, but the Commissioner for Children and the heads of Barnardos, Child, Youth and Family and Save the Children are joining forces today to launch the planning. In October, communities throughout the country will organise events to celebrate children.

Sounds orchestral

Seats are still available for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's concert, Ludwig - A Further Feast of Beethoven, at the Auckland Town Hall tomorrow and Saturday. Tomorrow's 6.30pm concert includes the Romances for violin, the Symphony No 3 Eroica and Symphony No 5.

Saturday's 8pm concert includes Beethoven's two final symphonies and Ode to Joy. Book at Ticketek (09) 307 5139

Outside options

The Movement for Alternatives to Prison is holding a lecture tonight at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings, at 7.30pm. Jackie Tidbury, a probation officer with the Department of Corrections, will talk about the alternatives to prison which the department has for offenders.

Telling the kids

Diagnosed with cancer - how do we tell the children? This is the subject of an Auckland Cancer Society public lecture next Thursday, June 27. It will cover what, when and how much to tell children of various ages, and will be held at 11.30am at the society's Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle Crescent, Grafton. Phone 308 0168 if you would like to attend.

Dig in the dunes

Sand dune restoration at Auckland's Long Bay regional park is taking another step with a public planting day on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. A barbecue lunch will be provided. Phone Parksline on 303 1530

Sign language

The Auckland City Council is erecting new signs for all the parks along Tamaki Drive over the next two months. The signs will give improved directions and information on the local natural and cultural history.

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