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uLetters to the editor
1886 - Atlanta pharmacist John Styth
Pemberton invents the flavour syrup for Coca-
Cola and it is ser ved at Jacobs Pharmacy.
1902 - Mt Pelee on the Caribbean island
of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of
St Pierre and killing all but two of its 30,000
1916 - Forces from Australia and
New Zealand arrive in France.
1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea ends
when a US fleet turns back a Japanese
invasion force heading for Port
1945 - British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill broadcasts to the nation as
part of VE (Victory in Europe) Day celebrations.
1978 - David Berkowitz pleads guilty in a
Brooklyn courtroom to the Son of Sam killings.
1984 - Soviet Union announces it will not
compete at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic
Games, following the US boycott of the 1980
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Joan of Arc, patron saint of France (1412-
1431); Edward Gibbon, English historian
(1737-1794); Henri Dunant, Swiss
founder of International Red Cross
(1828-1910); Harry S Truman,
US president (1884-1972); David
Attenborough, British naturalist and
broadcaster (1926-); Toni Tennille,
US singer (1943-); Gary Glitter,
British rocker (1944-); Melissa
Gilbert, US actress (1964-); Enrique Iglesias,
Spanish born pop star (1975-).
“The power of accurate obser vation is
commonly called cynicism by those who have
not got it.” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish
dramatist and writer (1856-1950).
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you
hear the sound of it, but you do not know
where it comes from or where it goes. So it is
with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
— ( John 3.8).
For many years
men have sung the
praises of the Haast
Pass Road and the
great prosperity it will bring to the province.
The latest song has been sung by a man
well acquainted with the road, a man who
remembers the Haast as virgin bush country,
and one who has taken keen interest in its
He is former Westland MP Mr T E Y
Seddon, son of former New Zealand prime
minister Mr Richard John Seddon. He said in
Greymouth this week that the opening of the
Haast Pass was a “dream come true”.
“Already the road to the Haast settlement is
in daily use,” he said. “ The folk in Southland
and Otago are very alert to the advantages that
the connection by road with Westland is going
to bring them.”
An Australian Kookaburra machine — the
first to appear in this province — arrived in
Greymouth yesterday. Designed to re-tread
truck tyres, it has been installed in the West
Coast company of Tasman Tyre Treads Ltd in
Some £2500 will have been invested in the
machine by the time it is ready to swing into
action. Since its inception 23 months ago, the
company has been equipped to retread car tyres
only. Manager Mr R L Munn said today the
acquisition of the Australian-made machine
could result in additional staff being employed
by the company. Currently three work at the
Thirteen nurses at the Grey Hospital are
completing their preliminary training. They are
Misses A Smith, C Ryan, D Pascoe, M Croft,
K Richardson, E King, J Steel, Y Burrell, K
Bernard, Y Curtain, M Forster. C Collier, H
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mages of Israeli police firing
stun grenades are usually set
in the West Bank and involve
Palestinian protesters. But
recently the situation was quite
different — riot police battling
thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the centre
of Tel Aviv.
The spark was a week-old video
showing two Israeli policemen punching,
beating and trying to arrest an Israeli
soldier of Ethiopian descent in what
appeared to be an unprovoked attack.
The two-minute video is the latest in
a string of incidents that have raised
uncomfortable questions about Israel’s
treatment of ethnic minorities and its
struggle to integrate newcomers into
broader society, whether Jews or non-
This week, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu met the soldier, Damas
Fikadeh, at his Jerusalem office and
“I was shocked by the (video) footage,”
he said on Twitter. “ We cannot accept it,
and we will change it.”
Some commentators have highlighted
latent racism in a country that has
absorbed millions of migrants over the
past 60 years but still agonises over
differences between East European and
Middle Eastern Jews, relations with its
large Arab minority, and how to handle
more recent arrivals from Africa.
“There is a problem, there are
discrimination issues, there is racism in
Israel,” said Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, the
director of Tebeka, an advocacy group for
Ethiopian Israelis, who number around
130,000, many of them born in Israel.
“ We want the prime minister to take
this matter into his hands,” he said
moments before he was due to meet
Netanyahu. “ We urge him, we demand of
him, to bring these issues to an end.”
In the run-up to Israel’s election
in March and the weeks since there
have been a series of violent incidents,
comments by politicians and policy
proposals that have fuelled concerns
the country has a race problem — not
just when it comes to the 20% Arab
population but to minority Jewish groups
Last week, an Ethiopian Jew said he
was beaten by inspectors from Israel’s
population and immigration authority
because they thought he was a migrant
from Sudan or Eritrea. The immigration
authority said the man attacked the
On the day of the election on March
17, fearing he could lose, Netanyahu said
“Arab voters are coming out in droves”,
comments that offended the Arab-
Israeli population and drew accusations
of racism. The prime minister later
For months, Israel has been threatening
to imprison thousands of illegal African
migrants if they do not agree to be
deported to third countries in Africa,
despite the Supreme Court expressing
deep reservations about the policy.
In the 1990s, Israeli officials confirmed
that blood donated by Ethiopian Israelis
had been thrown away out of fear that
it could be infected by HIV and other
Racism in Israeli society is “far more
commonplace and far more toxic than
we dare tell ourselves,” leading political
commentator Nahum Barnea wrote in
Yediot Ahronoth on Monday.
“Hatred of the other, or of anyone
perceived as being the other, is not only
deeply rooted here, but it also receives
encouragement from politicians on the
eve of elections.”
Ben Caspit, a columnist with Maariv
newspaper, said it was not up to
Netanyahu to resolve how the Ethiopian
community is treated but for all Israelis
to wake up and address it.
“The people who are to blame for the
terrible things that the members of this
lovely community have been forced to
undergo on a daily basis is us,” he said.
“Those among us who turn up their
noses when an Ethiopian family enters
the neighbourhood, those among us who
are not happy to see Ethiopian children
in their children’s classroom.”
Around 20,000 Ethiopian Jews, who
trace their roots to the biblical King
Solomon and the Q ueen of Sheba, were
brought to Israel on secret flights in the
mid 1980s and early 1990s.
The offspring of those early arrivals have
worked hard to integrate, many ser ving
in elite units of the army with distinction.
An Ethiopian woman won a recent
Miss Israel beauty contest. But after
mandatory military ser vice, acceptance
in the workplace has proved more of a
struggle for many.
“ When an Ethiopian applies for a job,
as qualified and impressive as he might
be, he is not going to be invited for an
interview because he has an Ethiopian
name on his CV,” said Assefa-Dawit of
Tebeka, the advocacy group.
“Israel is our country, there’s no ‘us and
them’. This is our home. The community
is crying out for the government to
Protesters, many of them Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, shout slogans during a demonstration against what they say is police racism and brutality.
Through your column, I would like to tell
Development West Coast that they should
buy this steam train as the money they are
looking after belongs to all West Coasters,
and not them. It is about time they started
asking us what they should be spending
our money on.
That money is supposed to be used
to create jobs and not to be spent willy
nilly as they are doing at the moment.
How much have they lost to date on silly
Buying the Kingston Flyer would
create badly needed jobs in tourism and
maintenance jobs. I for one would love to
work on this train as I dearly love steam
trains, as I was around them as a child in
DWC needs to be
Having been involved in the court cases,
which we won, the government had to
legislate the West Coast Accord out of
existence, something I believe has never
been done in New Zealand’s history.
We, the three mayors, and the West
Coast Regional Council chairman
then registered the settlement with the
government, achieving the best result
possible of $120 million.
We then negotiated the trust deed for
Development West Coast (DWC) which,
to say the least, has had its moments.
I basically agree with Bruce Smith’s letter
to the editor (Greymouth Star, May 6) —
I think DWC could be more proactive and
achieve more for the whole Coast.
As the saying goes, nothing ventured,
In reply to Bruce Smith’s letter
(Greymouth Star, May 6). DWC works
in many ways to comply with its deed of
trust, which states that DWC’s objects
are ‘to promote sustainable employment
opportunities; and generate sustainable
economic benefits for the West Coast,
both now and into the future’.
DWC was not set up as an economic
development agency, but it does support
economic development on the West Coast.
Its work includes providing commercial
loans to qualifying businesses, making
substantial community grants for regional
development, and providing funding for
agencies such as Tourism West Coast and
Minerals West Coast.
During 2013-14, the trust approved six
commercial loans with a total value of
$3.188 million. A number of applications
have been received in the current financial
year and this will be reported in the
2015 annual report of the trust. All West
Coast businesses have the opportunity to
make application for commercial loans
from DWC. The process is robust, due to
the public entity status of the trust. An
example of this is the recent commercial
loan made to Sounds Air to purchase
a plane to ser vice Westport after Air
New Zealand pulled out of the Buller
region. DWC does not provide grants to
DWC also provides considerable
funds to projects to promote economic
development, such as the cycle trail. Since
its inception, DWC has committed $50m
to projects and community grants.
Business breakfasts are just one part
of DWC’s business ser vice delivery,
alongside the regional partnership and
mentoring programme used to build
the capability of local businesses. These
are all part of economic development,
building connectivity and collaboration
between businesses and business sectors.
A good example of this is the West Coast
Construction Alliance of which DWC has
been a key driver.
DWC is working with successful
businesses on the Coast who are looking
to grow. Job retention and growth within
existing businesses is one initiative to
address some of the challenges on the
DWC is well aware of the challenges
faced by businesses and various industries
on the West Coast through its business
and local government connections and
DWC continues to comply with the
deed of trust and the objects. Trustees and
staff have not made any change in this
regard. A change in the objects can only
be made with the agreement of the settlor.
Development West Coast
Farmers the answer,
After reading in your paper of yet
another Tb Free meeting for Kumara, I
am mindful that the West Coast people
must provide a united voice and insist
on the democratic right to speak to Tb
Free representatives who are able to
make a difference, not the travelling 1080
Neither members of Farmers Against
Ten-Eighty (FATE) or township people
want more poison.
If Tb Free spent more than 3% of its
income on research and development
probably even they would understand that
more poison is pointless, on-farm options
should be paramount, PCR testing must
be used and vaccinations available.
This is a farmer problem and farmers
should be empowered with good
education — not currently available in
New Zealand — and up-to-date testing
also not available in New Zealand.
Constantly throwing poison around
will not alter herd infection one bit,
while figures are manipulated to suit at
poisoning times. Instead, sound farming
strategies should be used to overcome
any persistent infection or de-stocking of
long-term persistent herds.
In short, no other person or organisation
or area should be subject to 1080 or other
poison to fix a farm problem. Tb Free/
Nait/Ospri — all combined — should not
put all their hopes on the vision of one
person or old technology. Instead they
should use the combined wisdom of those
vets working in the field.
The current system is unwieldy, tied to
one scientist ’s dream and short on good
education for farmers. Any test changes
are tweaks to a test developed in the 1800s
and ser ve no real progress at all.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty fully
supports the people of Kumara and
surrounding districts — No 1080.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
When I recently attended the May
Day forum in Blackball, construction
of the new hospital was provided as an
opportunity for providing jobs for the
region. This is a short-term viewpoint. The
hospital is merely a building and how it is
used can make a difference.
At the meeting, with regard to
coalmining, a need for a transition period
was emphasised by some. Similarly, in
planning for a hospital, current needs,
transition period and a future alternative
approach to health care should be
A remarkable number of illnesses
are avoidable or reversible with simple
measures. Type 2 diabetes is one example.
In some people, the dietary knowledge
required to reverse the process is no more
than what was taught in biology at school
certificate in New Zealand in 1975. In
others, reversal requires a more complex
understanding of biology including
‘spirituality’. Osteoarthritis, a common
underlying disease leading to surgery, may
also be avoidable in many and probably
reversible in its early stages.
The world famous Mayo clinic started off
in a small city. Mayo clinic is the largest
employer of the city of Rochester, where
the clinic originated. It attracts people
from all over the world for education
and research. Mayo clinic originated in
a different era where the study of and
treatment of diseases was a primary focus.
The future of health care involves
studying wellness and understanding the
causes of ill health.
On behalf of the RSA and myself I
would like to thank all the people who
helped behind the scenes prior to and
on Anzac Day for the dawn parade that
helped to mark 100 years of Gallipoli. It
was a huge success. I was impressed by the
generosity of some of the local businesses,
whose support was much appreciated.
A special thanks must go to the
community of Greymouth for the huge
turnout of people to honour the men
and women who made the ultimate
sacrifice for our country. I was humbled
by the number of people who turned out,
especially the younger generation, as they
are the future of Anzac Day.
Once again, many thanks to you all.
The Barque Blenheim set sail from
Greenock Scotland on August 25, 1840,
with 197 Scots, most in family groups,
arriving in Port Nicholson (Wellington) at
Kaiwharawhara on December 27, 1840.
These Scots were part of early settlement
in New Zealand — building the road
between Wellington and Petone, and
working in many of the early exploration
and sur veying parties until land became
available. From there they developed and
farmed land mainly around the lower
North Island, some opened business
according to their skills, while others went
To mark this 175 years of settlement in
New Zealand, arrangements are in place
to hold dinners in Auckland on August 22
and Whanganui on August 25, to mark
the Blenheim’s departure, and a picnic at
Kaiwharawhara Park in Wellington on
December 27 to mark the arrival.
Visit the web page for the information
on the settlers at www.blenheim175.
wordpress.com . Facebook https://www.
For further information contact. —
Whanganui dinner: Ewen and Roz
Grant 06 327 3861 tullochgorum@xtra.
Auckland dinner: Norman Cameron 09
372 8442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaiwharawhara picnic: Hugh McPhail
04 970 9851 email@example.com
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