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uLetters to the editor
1517 - ‘Evil May Day ’ riots occur in L ondon
as apprentices attack foreign residents. Sixty
rioters are later hanged.
1707 - The union between England and
Scotland goes into effect.
1840 - Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson
takes possession of land at Okiato, for use as
New Zealand’s first capital, Russell.
1884 - Work begins on the world’s
1893 - Richard John Seddon
(Liberal) assumes office as premier.
1931 - The 102-storey Empire
State Building is officially opened.
1940 - The New Zealand
Government buys the copyright to God Defend
New Zealand. It becomes the national hymn.
1948 - Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngaruhoe erupt
1955 - The New Zealand (SAS) is formed.
1960 - The Soviet Union shoots down an
American U2 plane piloted by Francis Gary
Powers, who is jailed for spying.
1969 - Blood and breath alcohol limits are
introduced for drivers on New Zealand roads
and the Breathalyser is used for the first time.
1999-The body of British mountaineer George
Mallory is found on Mount Everest, almost
75 years after he disappeared on a climbing
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Calamity Jane (Martha Jane
Canary), US frontierswoman (1852-
1903); Joseph Heller, US writer
(1923-1999); Nev MacEwan, All
Black (1934-); Judy Collins, US
singer (1939-); Rita Coolidge, US
singer (1944-); Jerry Weiss, US
musician (1946-); Joanna Lumley,
English actress (1946-); Ray Parker
jun, US singer (1954-).
“Think much, speak little, and write less.”
— Italian proverb.
“Therefore confess your sins to one another,
and pray for one another, so that you may be
healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful
and effective.” — ( James 5.16).
At the annual
parishioners of Holy
Greymouth, the treasurer of the new church
building fund, Mr M K B Sheard reported that
£2000 had been paid off loans during the year
and only £1000 debt remained from total costs
of over £46,000. He anticipated that this could
be liquidated by the end of 1965 if the present
rate of giving was maintained.
The vicar Canon K G Aubrey described the
year as “quiet and unspectacular, but full of
much steady work”. Leaders of all the parish
organisations gave reports indicating happy
and flourishing membership and fellowship.
Canon Aubrey will on May 1 begin his 19th
year as Vicar of Greymouth, it was reported.
Before the meeting concluded, Mr Glyn Jones,
newly appointed as church warden, and Mrs L
G Mercer, on behalf of the womenfolk of the
parish, thanked Canon Aubrey for his work
and help over the year. “He is more than our
vicar, he is our friend,” said Mr Jones.
Mr L C Lindley was re-elected people’s
warden for the 26th consecutive year and also
reappointed parish treasurer.
Since its inception in March of last year the
Greymouth Trinity Youth Club has seen a
rapid increase in membership. Twelve months
ago when the club held its first meeting nine
persons attended. Today an average of 40
teenagers attend the club meeting every week.
The club has its own band and is also
endeavouring to purchase a movie projector
for use in the parish. A full length movie is
screened every club night.
uFood for thought
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Irene Jay Liu
s students around the
world cram for this
weekend’s SAT college
entrance exam, many in
Asia are poring over old
tests in hopes the College
Board will again reuse a test that has been
leaked ahead of time. These bootleg tests
are widely available on Chinese websites
to download for free.
Students and tutors were amazed in
January after thousands who flocked to
regional testing hubs in Hong Kong and
Singapore discovered they were given
the same exam administered in Asia the
previous June. In the inter vening months,
copies of the exam freely circulated on the
web, giving students in Asia a leg up in
the fight for prized slots at premier United
The recycled test was all the more
surprising because the College Board,
which owns the SAT, has been plagued
for years by test leaks and other security
breaches in Asia.
The problems have prompted tens of
thousands of test score delays across
Asia and raised questions about the
integrity of the exam, a central piece of
US university applications. Students from
China and South Korea, where the most
widespread problems have been reported,
represent two out of every five foreign
undergraduates enrolled in US colleges.
“The recycling of tests is serious. It is
giving Asian students a huge advantage
over American kids,” said Duc Luu,
founder and chief executive of The Edge,
which provides test prep and college
consulting ser vices to students in Hong
Kong and mainland China. Unless the
College Board puts out new tests for
each sitting, he said, “they are going to
give students the incentive and ability to
All SAT tests are copyrighted, the
College Board says, and can not be copied
or distributed legally unless the board
specifically releases them as practice
tests. Even then, the exams can only be
purchased from the College Board itself,
the organisation says. When students
register for the SAT, they agree to the
test ’s terms and conditions, which state:
“ Test materials are secured before, during
and after the test. You are prohibited from
accessing secured test materials at any
time before or after the test.”
Yet in February, the College Board
announced some international scores from
the January test were being delayed “due
to a potential security violation”, without
elaborating. It was the fourth consecutive
test in Asia that had widespread score
delays and cancellations because of
College Board spokesman Zach
Goldberg said the company is committed
to ensuring “all students have access to a
fair testing environment and to fulfilling
our responsibility to deliver test scores
He declined to discuss the decision to
reuse the June test in January. “As a matter
of test security, we do not share any
information that could aid anyone seeking
an advantage,” he said.
Goldberg added that media accounts
“purporting to reveal how agencies and
individuals attempt to cheat on the SAT
have been either simplified or inaccurate.”
He declined to elaborate.
Test prep tutors in Asia said the January
score delay affected thousands of students
from Korea and mainland China who
took the test. The bulk of those scores
have since been released, the tutors
Seven years ago, the College Board
cancelled the SAT scores of 900 South
Korean students after some students
saw sections of the exam ahead of time.
In May 2013, exam leaks forced the
cancellation of the SAT across South
Education Testing Services (ETS),
which is contracted by the College
Board to make and administer the SAT
worldwide, subsequently tightened
security in Korea, centralising test storage
and reducing the number of local test
dates. Yet breaches have spread in Asia. In
October 2014, ETS withheld scores for
every student from mainland China and
South Korea, causing chaos for thousands
of high-school seniors. Test results in
November and December, along with
the scores from January, were also
In December, the College Board
acknowledged in a statement on
its website that some people and
organisations had “illegally obtained and
shared test materials.”
The cheating scandals are a sensitive
issue for the College Board, whose scores
are a key part of a university application.
Test scores have become especially
important as entry into America’s elite
colleges and universities has grown more
competitive. Applications to elite colleges
have soared in recent years. But top
schools have barely increased enrolment,
becoming ever more selective. This year,
Stanford University admitted just 5% of
Nearly all US colleges and universities
require applicants to take either of two
standardised tests: the ACT, which is
sponsored and run by the non-profit ACT
Inc, and the SAT, which is owned by the
College Board and administered by ETS,
which are also non-profit organisations.
Among international students, the
SAT is the dominant choice. More than
136,000 high school seniors took the
SAT in 2014 outside the United States,
according to the College Board.
Last year, 150,000 students from
China and South Korea were enrolled
in US colleges, 40% of all international
undergraduates in the United States,
according to the Institute of International
Education. The number of Chinese
undergrads in US colleges grew 18% from
the previous year.
What makes the leaks possible is the
fact that the College Board recycles some
its tests, in whole or part. Exams that
are given in the United States are
sometimes reused months or years later
Students and test prep companies are
allowed to buy certain tests directly from
the College Board after those exams
are retired from use. But tests slated
for reuse are not supposed to circulate.
Nevertheless, the consequences for being
caught with unreleased tests are minimal
for students and test prep companies in
Asia, so leaks are endemic.
Chinese and Korean test prep companies
place heavy emphasis on using real SAT
exams as practice tests, whether they have
been officially released or not. Students
scour the web for unreleased tests they
can use for practice.
Reuters found copies of the June 2014
test on Chinese websites such as Sina
Weibo, Baidu and popular on-line forums
such as zhan.com and cuus.info, which
stands for Chinese Undergraduates in the
“That ’s the thing that the makers of the
exam in America do not understand about
Asia — if you tell kids and parents in Asia
that they have to work 1000 hours and
take every possible practice test to ace the
exam, they will do it,” The Edge’s D uc
Luu said. “ The problem is when you
memorise the questions, sections will be
reintroduced, and then you’ ll have already
seen the test.”
One January test-taker said he
downloaded the June 2014 test from an
internet forum for Chinese students.
Going into the January exam, he said, he
had no idea the June test would be reused.
The student said he had taken two test
prep courses and completed nearly every
released SAT practice test since 2006,
about30 in total. The high school student,
from mainland China, spoke on condition
In the week leading up to the January
test, rumours began to circulate that it
would be a repeat of the exam given in
the United States in June 2014. Students
poured into on-line forums, asking for
copies of the US test.
As the rumours swirled, a copy of the
Asia version of the June 2014 test was
posted anonymously to an SAT web
forum on zhan.com, four days before the
January 24 exam. This version of the test
proved to be the one that was given on
January 24. — Reuters
I have read with some dismay some
negative national media reports about
the Gloriavale Christian Community,
including a call from one educational
researcher Liz Gordon, of QPEC, to
close the school down due to the children
‘ lacking basic human rights’.
We need to be wary of ‘researchers’ who
belong to an organisation with a political
agenda like QPEC, who clearly has never
been to Gloriavale. Her references to
evolution instruction, lack of a purpose-
built building, and basic human rights are
Readers need to also exercise discretion
with any account from any former member
of a religious group as they invariably have
an axe to grind and a decision to justify. At
the very most, it should be viewed as one
side of a mountain from which multiple
perspectives do give multiple equally
truthful views. I would like to share the
view that I have seen.
What are the basic human rights which
are so serious for a researcher to call for
a school to be closed? Is it not the right
to be content, happy, safe, in a supportive
community free from fear, free from
depression, free from poverty, and not
having to worry about where the next meal
is coming from or how to pay the monthly
bills without relying on debt or social
security? I know of no other community in
the country that comes close to Gloriavale
in these matters.
I have 27 years’ experience as a school
principal, including primary and secondary
sectors. Unlike Ms Gordon, I have
experienced the Gloriavale community
and school, and their over whelming
hospitality, from the inside.
And what did I see? I saw the most
polite, emotionally secure, and contented
children that one would ever want to see.
I did not hear a swear word, but saw lots
of creativity, high engagement, positive
interactions, and an education that is
fit for purpose. I did not see a single
unemployed or unemployable school
leaver, and not a single person obviously
under or over weight (unless you count
me, the guest). It was like another planet
when it comes to the problems Ms
Gordon should be researching, such as
bullying, depression, drugs, alcohol, under-
achievement and teen pregnancies.
I am not saying that they are without
their faults and problems. Which society
of people is? They are a lovely group of
people who ser ve the Lord in their way.
If the Bible was put aside for one minute,
and the group was viewed, not Christian,
but from another cultural community, I
am sure that they would be applauded
with empathy for what they achieve,
not repeatedly attacked and
misrepresented by the media and
‘researchers’ who have an agenda and have
never seen Gloriavale from the inside.
Please leave them alone.
Inter vening at
If copying is the sincerest form of flattery
then TVNZ’s Seven Sharp has proven
what an effect Campbell Live can have for
Campbell Live raises real issues about
the Gloriavale Christian Community,
then Seven Sharp follows that story and
then goes to the Gloriavale Christian
Community to have a sleepover with
them. I bet Gloriavale were on their
best behaviour. What a public relations
dream and opportunity TVNZ has
provided them, and insult to the former
members and victims who fled and then
exposed what might be really going on at
Gloriavale behind the scenes.
I was going to say I guess tonight we
will find out, but no way in hell will I be
watching Seven Sharp and this is more
reason and proof of why Campbell Live
needs to be saved
I live on the West Coast and I am more
than aware of what has been claimed
about Gloriavale over the past 20-plus
years and always wonder why the police
and Child, Youth and Family (CYF) have
not inter vened, even if only to ensure
everything is as it should be in the absence
of anyone coming for ward sooner.
As an outsider, I do not pass judgment
on them one way or the other, and what
has been claimed about them might or
might not be true, but I would have hoped
the authorities would have checked up
on the community as they would any Joe
Bloggs — without fear or favour, the way
it should be.
Keep our fresh milk
Please help save Village Milk. It is the
best milk by far — real milk, from small
herds of contented, pasture-fed cows.
Village Milk has not received the support
it deser ves and is in danger of closing. It is
a real treasure for our area. There are only
six in all of New Zealand. We are so lucky
to have it.
It would be a real shame for current
supporters to have to go back to drinking
processed factory milk and it would be a
tragedy for Village Milk owners, Colin
and Jody, who have put their hearts, souls
and a lot of capital into producing pure,
Anzac dawn ser vice
The turnout at the Greymouth dawn
ser vice on Anzac Day was amazing and
incredibly moving. I marched with the
returned soldiers, proudly wearing my
ser vice medal. After my years of being
a member of the Regular Force and the
Territorial Force, I can honestly say I have
never been more proud of the people of
I certainly did not go through what
the older soldiers went through, but the
respect shown to the ser vice men and
women (past and present) was incredible,
and I felt what I am sure all soldiers
must have been feeling, and for that
Greymouth, I say ‘thank you’.
Health Benefits Ltd
I note the increasing use of a strange
word, ‘ponzi’. For those who may share
my initial puzzlement I cite a definition
commonly given: ‘A ponzi scheme is an
investment fraud that involves the payment
of purported returns to existing investors
from funds contributed by new investors’.
Its use currently includes references to
the Health Benefits Ltd scheme which is
on the West Coast DHB’s list of matters
which they discuss in secret with the public
and media excluded (Greymouth Star,
Health Benefits Ltd was set up by the
Government in 2010 to save DHBs
money. According to the current Minister
of Health it has been a success — which
raises the obvious questions; if it is a success
why are they now axing it, and why would
DHBs want to keep its discussions a secret?
After all, DHBs trumpet their alleged
successes from the rooftops.
To anyone not captivated by the spin-
doctoring of politicians and bureaucrats
the answer is obvious. Health Benefits Ltd
was always a controversial undertaking
and it has failed dismally regarding its
projected cost-savings to the health system.
Notwithstanding, the Government now
wants DHBs to save $620 million over four
years. No prizes for guessing that it will be
services and not bureaucracy that get the
As for the West Coast DHB’s attempted
‘ justification’ for putting this matter on their
top-secret list, do they still not understand
what a laughing stock they make of
themselves when they try to justify secrecy
with such tripe as, ‘to carry on, without
prejudice or disadvantage negotiations
(including commercial and industrial
negotiations) — the public conduct of the
whole or the relevant part of the meeting
would be likely to result in the disclosure
of information for which good reason for
withholding would exist under the Official
Information Act 1982’. What a load of old
Whether Health Benefits Ltd fits the
‘ investment fraud ’ aspect of a ponzi scheme
may be debatable, but given discussions
about it being top-secret and that, ‘it owes
the Government ’ (Greymouth Star article)
— which ultimately means the taxpayer
— the public should be demanding that
their elected representatives on DHBs
insist on discussions being held in public.
After all, they outnumber the Government-
appointed stooges on the boards by seven
Democrats for Social Credit
Greymouth surger y
I see from the recent Greymouth Star
article, the Minister of Health has been
provided with a larger number of surgical
procedures compared with 2005 and 2009
as an indicator of improved performance.
What is also important is whether those
most in need get their surgery in a timely
Even with simple number of procedures,
factors behind the numbers need
consideration. In 2005 there was only one
full-time surgeon at Grey Base Hospital
and this would have affected the numbers.
Between 2007 and 2008 three long-ser ving
anaesthetists resigned, and two of them
resigned due to safety concerns. This
disrupted anaesthetic ser vices in 2009,
affecting a number of procedures.
When considering the number of
procedures, the staffing structure needs
consideration. Compared to a large
hospital, Greymouth surgeons have to be
on-call more frequently and have to work
without registrars. This means there should
be more specialist surgeons per population
than in a larger hospital.
In addition, Greymouth surgeons have
no local private hospital commitments.
This means Greymouth should be able to
perform more surgical procedures than a
When the general surgical/orthopaedic/
anaesthetic staffing situation is optimal,
more surgery can be done locally. This can
also mean less health funds are shafted out
of the Coast.
In 2012, the orthopaedic services were
disrupted when the DHB refused to
employ three willing orthopaedic surgeons
(Greymouth Star, July 5, 2012). In 2013,
surgeons were reprimanded for performing
too much surgery (Greymouth Star, April
The other relevant issue is safety related
to non-surgical management of surgical
patients. Many delayed Health and
Disability Commissioner investigations
relate to this issue (Geoff Mehrtens five
years, Jo Partridge three years, Matt Gunter
three years). Most incidents do not get
Hamilton Boys High School
Hamilton Boys High School, Argyle
House 50-year reunion (1965 - 2015),
Saturday, August 1, 2015.
Expressions of interest to kmclaughlin@
hbhs.school.nz, Ph 07 853 0437 or e-mail
email@example.com or Ph 07 877
6633. For further info, visit www.hbhs.
school.nz/argylereunion. Tell your friends.
Come and renew old friendships and
share memories with your past classmates
at Nayland College’s 50th jubilee, being
held during Easter 2016.
The jubilee committee is trying to
contact past students and teachers.
Celebrations are planned for March
24-27, 2016. Registrations will be open
from May 15, 2015 to February 20, 2016.
Please contact me, the jubilee organiser,
Rose Shepard, at Nayland College, 166
Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can visit our website naylandreunion.
nz/reunion for more information and to
register on-line from May 15.
As part of the celebrations a special
commemorative publication is being
written. If you have any photos or stories
you would like to share please include
these on our Facebook page before May
30, 2015 or you can send them through
to me by e-mail or post using the above
We look for ward to seeing you at the
Jubilee in 2016.
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