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Playing the race card?
I see on your front page (Greymouth
Star, August 20) that both the Green and
Labour candidates do not trust Chinese
Firstly, is this the beginning of playing
the race card on their parties’ behalf ? I
see also that Westland Milk Products is
shipping milk powder to the Chinese,
who are paying for these sales. Which is
it — a two-way trading partnership or just
If I was making public statements like
this I would think carefully about the
ramifications as statements like this can
hurt our area’s economy. It is getting really
hard to fathom what ‘positive’ means any
Disgruntled NZ Post
On Thursday, August 14, I went to the
NZ Post Shop to post a birthday card
to my brother. I had already put stamps
the counter at Post Shop Greymouth
and asked if I needed more stamps on it,
making sure I had sufficient postage on it
I sent a card to my sister as well (I have
a big family). In faith, I believed it when
told it was fine, and left it in the lady’s
Well, today I hear from a family member
stating the mail had a red stamp on it —
‘delayed mail due to insufficient funds’.
Not enough postage? Incorrect judgment
at NZ Post Shop. I am a disgruntled
The Greymouth Star article ( July 12)
including more West Coast mental
health-related tragedies, together with
Peter Neame’s letter (August 18) highlight
once again the tragic consequences of the
mass closure of safe residential facilities
for those at risk.
When the misleadingly-named
“deinstitutionalisation” agenda was
being obsessively enforced by ignorant
politicians and administrators whose
careers depend on kowtowing to policies
which many of them knew to be seriously
flawed, it was claimed that the changes
were supported by “worldwide”evidence.
Balderdash. The evidence which I
extracted — with great difficulty — from
the then director-general of health was
extremely flimsy, consisting of reports
which all focused on the same small
handful of mental health facilities.
One of these reports even came from a
company whose expertise is in financial
and related fields — again illustrating the
fact that one can get anything “proved” if
one is prepared to pay for it.
As for “deinstitutionalisation”, compare
Seaview ’s spacious grounds with the tiny,
high-fenced exercise yard at Grey Base
It was alleged that, “care in the
community” would enable people to
leave “ institutions” and move into the
community where appropriate as though
this was not already happening — which
it certainly was. Further, expert care was
promised whereas the reality — as in
Greymouth — was that totally untrained
people were often appointed as caregivers.
A video of happy community house
residents was shown to local councils
including the Westland District Council
to get their backing for the Seaview
closure. And they swallowed it hook, line
and sinker. The organisation opposing
the closure later discovered that the video
was of a very low-dependency Dunedin
group, and was not typical of the people
ejected from safe havens into often risky
Most alarming of all were the patient
files I saw which showed sudden,
unexplained writing down of serious
problems and required care levels for
patients who were subsequently ejected
into inappropriate situations.
This all goes to explain New Zealand’s
“ hideously restricted suicide reporting
laws” as described by Peter Neame
as successive governments and their
bureaucratic minions attempt to cover up
the tragic consequences of mental health
Mr Neame knows more about mental
health issues than a host of bureaucrats,
including DHB chief executive David
Meates, whose assurance, “they were using
the latest thinking”, would be laughable if
it was not such a tragic matter.
Democrats for Social Credit
‘Teflon John’ has lost his Teflon coating
like one of those non-stick frying pans
that has lost its non-stick surface and
should be replaced with a new one.
If PM John Key is not prepared to
immediately sack Judith Collins for
disgraceful acts like sending information
about government employees to internet
blogs like Slater’s then both Collins
and Key should be replaced at the next
Behind the scenes instigating of
information being sent from the SIS
to Slater’s blog to advantage National
Party interests when John Key ’s office is
responsible for super vising information
released from the SIS, is proof of dodgy
antics associated with John Key’s style of
Even if John Key is replaced by another
prime minister who presides over a new
government coalition that turns out to not
manage the economy as well, that would
still be preferable to having a shyster
prime minister who can only grow more
and more over-confident through not
being kicked out for dodgy antics.
It is time for the Key-led National
Party to have ‘timeout ’ while they reflect
on moral conduct, while those who are
elected take care to consider their ways as
well because the citizens will be obser ving
via a vigilant press.
Prior to the 2011 election, Phil Goff
asserted John Key is a liar for increasing
the GST rate during his tenure when he
had previously campaigned on a platform
of lowering taxes and stating that GST
would not be increased. John Key ’s
defence to Phil Goff ’s accusation was to
assert, “it’s a dynamic environment ”.
Well, democracy is a dynamic
environment, so citizens should vote to
make sure John Key is not the next
God defend New Zealand from devious
Congratulations to Carolyn Williams.
Were you among the 170 audience
members at the Greymouth Youth Choir
concert? If not, do not miss the next
Eighteen young people aged 10 to 20
years thrilled the audience with such a
selection of songs — lost count of the
number — all sung by heart.
The discipline was outstanding, as they
followed conductor Carolyn. The soloists
and the choir gave us such a wonderful
Anyone who is aged between 10 and 25
and would like to join will not regret such
An asset to Greymouth — we were
The ‘Battle for Our Birds’ campaign is
the biggest propaganda since World War
Over the past 20 years a ruthless 1080
poison programme to rid us of bovine
Tb has resulted in the cruel deaths of our
wildlife, causing serious damage to our
Bovine Tb will still be with us when all
the possums and native birds are extinct as
this bovine disease is still prevalent in the
same areas as it was 30 years ago.
DOC has always blamed the predators
for killing our birdlife. They are correct in
this statement. But, the real predators are
all wearing an emblem on their shirt fronts
The rat plague predicted because of a
beech mast to justify more 1080 poison
use is more propaganda. This seeding
of beech trees has been happening for
hundreds of years, before DOC was ever
The so-called trials and science to justify
this unbelievable poisoning proves that
anyone who audits their own work will
always come up with a shiny backside.
New Zealand needs to have an
independent Royal Commission of
Inquiry into the use of the deadly poison
1080. Then we will see who is paying who
and who is peeing in who’s pockets.
Every day, news is of murder and
slaughter of innocent people around the
world, but do not forget the people of
New Zealand are facing chemical warfare
by the money hungry criminals who,
through their lies and propaganda, are
dumping a deadly poison on us for the
benefit of making money.
John Key stated after a recent visit to
China that we cannot afford to have
another health scare or similar which will
put our markets in jeopardy. Westland
Milk Products could easily be the first to
be affected, as I believe milk products and
infant formula have been produced from
a poisoned water supply which may have
dead poisoned animals in streams.
This is a disaster waiting to happen. If
you step outside the square and look again
you will see the truth. The corruption and
white collar crime in New Zealand is out
Well, we now know which party sits on
roading and development after the ‘meet
the candidates’ meeting in Greymouth this
Green candidate: no. Labour candidate:
no. National candidate: yes.
The Green candidate Kevin Hague
was expected to confirm that the Green’s
opposed the road but instead proceeded to
tell the audience that he did not trust the
promoters of the road. I was furious at the
dirty way someone could say this publicly,
when he had never inquired about the
road and did not know me.
The Labour candidate has not made one
inquiry in the past three years I have been
promoting this project to seek information
on a development that I believe will have
the most impact on the West Coast since
the opening of the Haast Pass road. It is
clear to me these two are joined at the hip.
My credentials are available to all. I
have worked for 40 years in the interests
of Westland — former county chairman,
former mayor of Westland, director of
many companies, owner of one of the
largest trucking companies on the Coast,
Aratuna Freighters Ltd, along with my
wife and son.
It is no excuse that Kevin Hague did not
know I was in the audience and had never
met me, but I stood and informed him in
the strongest possible way. I told him he is
a Johnny-come -lately who has never met
me and I have never met him, as he only
pops up in election year. I then went to
lengths to explain to the audience details
of the road, and received applause when I
Haast Hollyford Highway Ltd
Upon seeing a full page advertisement
in Saturday ’s Greymouth Star from
New World stating, ‘save 20c per litre’
when you spend $100 on groceries, for a
limited time’, I decided that I would take
advantage of this generous offer on my
normal Monday supermarket shop.
Silly me. I did not realise that the
offer would only be available until
closing on Saturday — one day after the
advertisement. It is perhaps a little cynical
of me to expect more than a day’s worth of
I know that New World will not notice
at all, but I will take my business to
Countdown ‘for a limited time’.
Gunther Shier and Kim Dotcom are
both German nationals but there the
similarity ends. Mr Shier: not a multi-
millionaire and deported. Dotcom
multi-millionaire and not deported. A
case, perhaps, of financial superiority-
There are three categories when applying
for New Zealand residency. General
category, investor category of $1.5 million,
investment plus category of $10 million.
This reflects a class system which history
has proven to favour those with the most
money. The last two categories should be
named ‘investor privilege and investor
Gunther Shier should have declared
that he had committed a minor crime
in Germany aged 18 and completed his
immigration form, however.
I am speechless as to the degree of
irresponsibility by Immigration New
Zealand. Surely they had in place
investigatory procedures to confirm
a person’s criminal history. And how
could the Shiers gain residency if their
application was incomplete? Immigration
New Zealand, as public ser vants, had a
role to help not hinder the Shiers so are in
None of this was picked up until years
later. And despite having grounds for
an appeal were unable to proceed due
to limited finances and an Immigration
Minister playing God.
Kim Dotcom arrives in New Zealand
with a history that read like a rap sheet,
but with $10m to invest. Under the
good character and health criteria his
residency application should not have
been approved. In 2012, his lawyer Paul
Davison QC stated that Dotcom had
health issues while in a New Zealand
prison and no doubt at a cost to the
There is still suspicion that under the
German Clean Slate Law, Dotcom’s
German convictions have not been wiped.
And what role did the New Zealand
Police play in the Dotcom saga? Has yet
another department failed to do their job?
A greater concern for New Zealand is
Dotcom’s Internet-Mana Party — a party
he cannot lead because he is not a citizen
of New Zealand.
This is a party made up of a collection of
political activists with striking similarities
to the McGillycuddy Serious Party.
Dotcom has invested approx $3m into
a party that is based on separatism and
hedonism. He has no right to any political
involvement whatsoever. He is not a
citizen; his status is undetermined and he
has been in prison.
Immigration New Zealand failed to
do their job and one man and his family
were deported, while Dotcom has stayed
because the powers that be cannot define
what a criminal is.
New Zealand is a discriminatory country,
whereby inconsistencies within our law
systems threaten our democratic rights.
Politicians make pre-election promises but
when elected they do the opposite. So how
can any New Zealander have faith in our
Kevin George Curtis
4 - Friday, August 22, 2014
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1485 - England’s King Richard III is killed
at the Battle of Bosworth, ending War of the
1642 - English Civil War begins when King
Charles I brands Parliament and its soldiers as
1787 - Inventor John Fitch
demonstrates his steamboat on the
Delaware River in the US.
1798 - French forces land in
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte
abandons the Egyptian campaign
and slips past blockading British
ships to return to France.
1851 - The schooner America out-races the
Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy
that later becomes known as the America’s
1864 - The Geneva Convention for the
protection of the wounded during times
of active warfare is signed, leading to the
formation of the Red Cross.
1906 - The record player is patented.
1922 - Irish politician and Sinn Fein leader
Michael Collins, largely responsible for the
1921 Anglo-Irish treaty, is killed in an ambush.
2010 - All 33 Chilean miners trapped deep
underground for 17 days are found alive.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Dorothy Parker, US poet and writer (1893-
1967); Leni Riefenstahl, Nazi-era filmmaker
(1902-2003); Deng Xiaoping,
Chinese leader (1904-1997);
Henri Cartier-Bresson, French
photographer (1908-2004); John
Lee Hooker, US blues musician
(1917-2001); Ray Bradbury, US
science fiction author (1920-2012);
Karlheinz Stockhausen, German
composer (1928-2007); Norman Schwarzkopf,
US General (1934-2012).
“ It’s not compensation. It’s a price.”
— Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“ But God commends His love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
us.” — (Romans 5:8).
Stock and station
firms are not in the
habit of building
as status symbols. They erect them when and
where business prospects are bright, where
there is an outlet for their goods and an
opportunity to ser ve the farming community.
The opening of the new store and offices in
Greymouth by the National Mortgage and
Agency Company of New Zealand is more
than a routine step for ward by a large and
powerful company. It is a vote of confidence in
Greymouth and the West Coast.
The story of NMA progress on the West
Coast began in a small way back in 1919 when
an office and store were rented in Waite Street.
It has grown steadily and now, as the Coast is
poised on the brink of further expansion and
agricultural development, it is moving ahead
with the community.
An elderly man had both legs amputated
after he was struck by a car near Reefton on
Wednesday night. Still critically ill today in the
Inangahua Hospital is Mr J Trembath, a retired
Blacks Point resident.
He was badly hurt while walking home from
Reefton in a heavy downpour at about 8pm.
The accident occurred on a winding bush-
fringed section of the roadway. There is no
footpath on the road verge and the visibilty
was poor, the lighting ending near where Mr
Trembath was hit.
Miss Georgina Webster, of Greymouth,
is now a fellow of the Trinity College of
Music, London. She is the third Convent of
Mercy music pupil to attain this status. Her
predecessors were Miss Zita Munson (Mrs P
Griffin) and Miss Alice Ann Bourke (Mrs R
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ndia is confronting the prospect of
hanging two sisters convicted of
abducting and murdering young
children — the first time it would
have used the death sentence
Renuka Shinde, 41, and 36-year-old
Seema Gavit were convicted in 2001 of
kidnapping and killing five children in the
western state of Maharashtra. Originally
charged with the deaths of 13 children,
the court heard they kidnapped the
youngsters as part of a begging operation
and then brutally disposed of them when
they were no longer of any use.
In 2004, an appeal court upheld their
death sentence and two years later India’s
Supreme Court did the same. Last month,
India’s President, Pranab Mukherjee,
rejected their appeal for clemency and at
the weekend the so-called buffer zone
— the period by when the government
is obliged to inform all concerned
parties of the president ’s decision
The women, being held in Yerawada
Central Jail near the city of Pune, could,
in theory, be hanged at any time.
Nobody from the jail was available for
comment. Reports in the local media say
officials there are engaged with the police,
local officials and doctors on when the
hanging should proceed.
Since 1983, the Indian courts have
handed down the death penalty only for
the “rarest of rare” cases. In recent years,
just a handful of executions have been
carried out, most notably that of Pakistani
militant Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged
in 2012 for his part in the 2008 attack on
In the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi
gang-rape and murder of a young student,
new laws were introduced to specify the
death penalty for murder cases where
rapes are involved. Records suggest no
women have ever been executed.
The two sisters were originally detained
in 1996, along with their mother, Anjana,
and charged with the abduction and
murder of children as part of a plot to
obtain money from strangers. The courts
were told the women would use the
youngsters to extract sympathy from
people, or else injure a child, causing it to
cry out, if they needed to flee the scene.
Their mother died while the case was
“They very clearly executed their plans
of kidnapping the children and the
moment they were no longer useful, they
killed them,” the Supreme Court said
when it upheld the death sentence. “ They
had become a menace to society and the
people in these cities were completely
horrified and they could not even send
their children to school.”
The lawyer of the two women, Manik
Mulik, said that even though President
Mukherjee had rejected the women’s plea
for clemency he intended to file a fresh
appeal this week. He said it was now 13
years since the women were originally
convicted and sentenced.
“The ladies are going to file a petition
this week in the appeal court. They
will appeal to have the death penalty
commuted because there has been such a
delay,” Mr Mulik told The Independent.
“There is too much delay. The Supreme
Court has said if there is too much delay
if can have a bad effect on the mental
health of the convicted people.”
Debate is continuing as to whether or
not the two women should be hanged.
Dhananjay Mahadik, the member of
parliament for Kolhapur, where the
women were from, said he personally felt
women in India should not face the death
Yet, Mr Mahadik, a member of the
Nationalist Congress Party, added: “ The
crime they were convicted of was very
serious. They slaughtered those children,
they did not kill them. They made them
beg for them and they killed those
children who knew nothing of this world.
The court has ordered this and I agree.”
Campaigners against execution have in
recent years been pushing the authorities
in India to move away from handing
down the death penalty, even though a
number are ultimately commuted.
“The two women were convicted for
crimes that the courts have determined
meets the present Indian legal standard,”
Meenakshi Ganguly, of Human Rights
Watch said. “ We believe that the death
penalty should be abolished because it is
She added: “ We urge that all countries,
including India, declare an immediate
moratorium on capital punishment and
work towards repealing it altogether.”
— New Zealand Herald
Sisters face gallows
Sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit arrive at court.
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