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uLetters to the editor
1506 - Christopher Columbus dies in poverty
1874 - Levi Strauss markets blue jeans with
1886 - Eliza Donnithorne, thought to be
the model for Miss Havisham in
the Charles Dickens novel Great
Expectations, dies in Australia.
1892 - George Sampson patents
the clothes dryer.
1932 - US aviatrix Amelia Earhart
takes off from Newfoundland for
Ireland to become the first woman
to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1941 - German airborne forces begin their
invasion of Crete.
1961 - White mob attacks a busload of
Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama,
prompting the federal government to send in
US Marshals to restore order.
1969 - US and South Vietnamese forces
capture Apbia Mountain, referred to as
Hamburger Hill, following one of the bloodiest
battles of the Vietnam War.
2012 - Bee Gees Robin Gibb dies in the UK
aged 62 after a lengthy battle against cancer.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (1806-
1873); James Stewart, US actor
(1908-1997); Moshe Dayan, Israeli
general-statesmen (1915-1981); Joe
Cocker, British singer (1944-); Cher,
US actress-singer (1946-); Tony
Goldwyn, US actor (1958-); Jane
Wiedlin, US rock singer (1958-);
Mindy Cohn, US actress (1966-);
Tom Gorman, US rock singer (1966-); Buster
Rhymes, US rapper (1972-); Stirling Mortlock,
Australian rugby union player (1977-) .
“ Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst
of it, but can describe it only from the vantage
point of distance. ”
— C harles A Lindbergh (1902-1974).
“Consider my affliction and my trouble, and
forgive all my sins. ” — (Psalms 25:18).
Half a mile of
steel cable went on
the rampage in the
bush at the back of
Marsden shortly after noon yesterday. It killed
one man, fractured the ribs of another and
lightly flicked another across the cheek. The
man who died in the Greymouth Hospital at
6.50 last night was Mr George Clive Mason,
60, of Gladstone. The injured man, whose
condition in hospital is satisfactory today, is
Mr Ralph Abner Castle Woollett, 41, also of
Both men were part of a gang employed by
Ogilvie and Co which was working in the bush
when the steel cable “got away ”. Today, mill
manager Mr W T Ogilvie said no apparent
cause for the cable’s sudden fatal ‘escape’ had
been uncovered. It was being used to carry logs
across a gully. There would have been about
half a mile of it. In slinging the cable the men
had adopted normal procedure, Mr Ogilvie
The dead man had been in the copmpany ’s
employ for 31 years and had been a bushman
all his life. For many of those years he was the
firm’s bush manager, in which capacity he was
working at the time of the accident.
Mr Mason is sur vived by his wife Thelma,
one son, Rex (Gladstone), two daughters,
Rae (Mrs S Scott) and Lesley (Mrs J Clarke,
Christchurch). There are seven grandchildren.
Mr D A Patterson, general manager of
National Airways Corporation, said in Nelson
yesterday that the corporation had no intention
of handing over the West Coast air ser vices to
He was commenting on a statement made
recently by the manager of Golden Coast
Airlines, Mr N W Faircloth.
uFood for thought
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reality television show
similar to Border Patrol
would show New
Zealanders they have
nothing to fear from
the country’s domestic
intelligence agency, its director says.
Rebecca Kitteridge, director of the
Security Intelligence Ser vice, made her
comments during an address to a privacy
and identity conference in Wellington.
Such a speech marks a change in
public relations efforts from the agency.
After wards, Privacy Commissioner John
Edwards told the audience he could not
remember such a presentation from an
Ms Kitteridge acknowledged a mistrust
of intelligence agencies by many people,
and said suspicion was natural given that
“ we do everything behind closed doors”.
PR options available to other
departments — including reality television
shows that track the day-to-day working
lives of police and customs officers — are
not available for hers, Ms Kitteridge said.
“I often think that if the public could
see the people of the SIS doing their
work, they would be delighted to see
what hardworking, terrific people our
intelligence officers are. I would love the
ser vice to have a television show like
“Unfortunately that is not possible, we
have to keep our operational work secret
for very good reasons. We need to protect
our methods and sources.
“But where it is possible to talk about
should. With others in the New Zealand
intelligence community, I am working on
being more open and transparent.”
Ms Kitteridge, a lawyer, became
SIS director last year, having earlier
investigated the Government
Communications and Security Bureau
(GCSB) after its illegal spying on New
Zealand resident Kim Dotcom shortly
before the FBI raided him in 2012.
She said it was startling to think that the
threat posed by Islamic State (Isis) did not
feature in her job inter view presentation.
“It is a big preoccupation for me now.
I don’t want to overstate the situation
in New Zealand . . . there is a very small
number of people in New Zealand
inspired by Isil, who are talking about
advocating or planning to commit violent
acts here or elsewhere.
“The threat to our security posed by
foreign terrorist fighters is real and it
continues to develop rapidly.”
Ms Kitteridge said intelligence agencies
overseas were “dismayed” at the prospect
of radicalised and battle-hardened citizens
returning from the Middle East.
“The issue of returning foreign fighters is
going to challenge security ser vices around
the world for many years to come. ”
Ms Kitteridge said that the warrant
process that dictated who the SIS could
spy on was robust, and its activities were
subject to extensive oversight.
“ We do not live in a sur veillance
state where everything you do on-
line is reported — at least not by the
Government. So, please enjoy the freedom
the internet gives you — you are free to
click on whatever you want on your
device, and you won’t pop up on our
“ Typically we get our leads through
our interaction with the public, and
information provided to us by other
agencies. By lawfully intruding on the
privacy of a few, we make the majority
Both the domestic intelligence agency
the SIS and GCSB, with its foreign
intelligence mandate, have come under
intense scrutiny after a series of revelations
Cheryl Gwyn, the Inspector-General of
Security and Intelligence and Security, is
responsible for independent oversight of
both agencies, announced inquiries into
the activities of the GCSB.
They are linked to claims the agency
spied on foreign diplomats competing
against Trade Minister Tim Groser to
lead the World Trade Organisation, and
allegations it conducts sur veillance on
Pacific nations, including New Zealanders
living and working in the Pacific.
Soon after her own appointment Ms
Kitteridge made public apologies over the
actions of the SIS in 2011 when Warren
Tucker was director.
Ms Gwyn’s report found that a release of
information to blogger Cameron Slater by
Dr Tucker under the Official Information
Act about a briefing given to Labour
MP Phil Goff as Labour leader was
incomplete, inaccurate and misleading and
led to criticism of Mr Goff.
Ms Kitteridge told the audience at Te
Papa yesterday that such incidents were
painful, but also lessons that were not
ignored or forgotten.
Next month a wide-ranging review
headed by former Deputy Prime Minister
Sir Michael Cullen and lawyer Dame
Patsy Reddy will examine both the SIS
The first regular review of the agencies,
it will examine the legislative framework
governing them, and consider how they
are placed to protect New Zealand’s
interests and security.
“ I think most people want a secure
country, I think they accept that NZSIS
needs the lawful authority to intercept
private communications in order to protect
the fundamental freedoms and values that
make New Zealand the kind of country in
which we want to live,” Ms Kitteridge
“ But they don’t want their security
agencies listening to every household, even
in the interests of perfect national security.
They want intrusive powers exercised only
where it is necessary and proportionate.
“That is the balance that must be struck.
Exactly where the balance lies may shift
from time to time, depending on the level
of threat being experienced and the will
of the people as expressed through the
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Spies working for us
Rebecca Kitteridge, director of the Security Intelligence Service.
CBD for young
It seems that the persons who dreamed
up the idea to create a new Greymouth
business area are living in fantasy land
and not here on the West Coast.
They must be young and fit and not
have given a thought to mothers with a
pushchair and a toddler, or to the elderly
and infirm who are not able to walk very
far, let alone walk a couple of blocks to
the shopping area.
To my way of thinking, these plans will
drive people away from the centre of
the town if there is no parking available
in the area. People will shop at the
businesses in the outskirts which have
parking for their customers. There will be
more shops closing in the town.
The pictures in the paper on May 2
were very nice if a new town was being
established, but who wants all the trees
shedding leaves over the footpaths,
blocking the drains and being a hazard to
pedestrians, they could cause someone to
slip? Why spend all the money to change
the area when it has been a successful
town for many years?
The appearance of these streets will
impress tourists but will it make a
difference to the citizens of the town?
I should not worry too much about the
changes if they happen because I may not
many elderly and infirm residents.
‘Dolling up’ the CBD
Not if, but when, the next quake rolls
along the West Coast, where will the
Grey District Council get the money to
do urgent repairs, as they are hell-bent on
robbing all the reser ves to doll up the top
There are many potholes and uneven
footpaths that need urgent attention all
round town, Cobden and Blaketown.
Making Mawhera Quay one-way will
push all south-bound traffic on to Smith
Street and straight south. Limit parking
on Mackay Street and how are the elderly
folk going to get to the banks?
It is jobs, jobs, jobs that are needed
urgently. A recent suggestion of turning
Spring Creek coal into silicon is a good
idea and needs further research; also
labour intensive industry like IPL and
Coastwood Furniture, even if the council
and DWC have to build a workshop to
get a business going.
The Kingston Flyer would fly through
the money with about $12 million to
buy, get it here and completely refit, then
about two years later the railways would
have a good rental earner.
I am amazed at the number of
disappointed people who have protested
at Development West Coast ’s decision on
the viability of the purchase of the two
steam engines and rolling stock
that formerly ran as the Kingston
I am sure a lot of this disappointment
has been influenced by the media attack
on DWC by Damien O’Connor, Jeanette
Fitzsimons, Kevin Hague and Bruce
Smith. Mayor Kokshoorn did exactly
the right thing in asking DWC to do a
feasibility study on running a steam train
ser vice with the two steam engines and
rolling stock. I for one agree with DWC
for making the right decision. This was:
‘The venture — suggested to run between
Hokitika and Greymouth and possibly
Reefton — was not economic and could
become a long-term liability”.
The mayor was understandably
disappointed at the decision but was man
enough to accept it and move on to other
I would wonder how much research
Damien, Jeanette, Kevin and Bruce did
before launching their attack on DWC.
None at all, I would think.
Damien, of all people, should know the
costs of running mainline steam trains,
after all both the National and Labour
governments ran NZR at a gross loss,
year after year in the days of steam trains.
It is not possible to run a mainline
steam train ser vice with one engine; you
need one running and one on standby for
when the other one is down for routine
maintenance, breakdowns, boiler surveys
etc. Steam trains run on coal, water
and truck loads of money to keep them
I am absolutely appalled when I see such
negative connotations in the cartoon in
Thursday night ’s Greymouth Star. Many
Coasters are trying to raise the profile of
our region and this does not help with
such negative views aired in public.
Cobden broken pipes
Through your column I would like to ask
the Grey District Council when are they
going to fix the broken pipes on the corner
of Richmond and Fox streets?
There is one hell of a hole that has been
there for months now and it has been
reported to them and now I see there is
another one on the same pipeline in the
grass just off Ward Street, by the walkway.
I spoke to an engineer at the council
chambers months ago and was told that he
would get on to it, but nothing has been
done. There is a major safety issue here and
it should be fixed without delay.
The hole that has appeared on Fox Street
has done this before three times and each
time all they have done is dump gravel into
it. There are children walking to school
every day and this hole is getting bigger.
Come on Grey District Council — start
doing your job. You have a major problem
here and it should not be ignored.
This letter was referred to the Grey District
Council but no response was received.
Greymouth Golden Grenadiers Leisure
The Greymouth Golden Grenadiers
Leisure Marching team are celebrating 20
years of leisure marching.
All past and present members and
partners are invited to a dinner to be held at
the Union Hotel Copper Room on July 25,
2015, at 6pm. The cost is $30 per person.
If interested, please contact Pam Skeats
ph 768 7674, or Helen Dawson ph 768
9548 before July 20.
CARE group grateful
The annual meeting of CARE was
held last week and on behalf of all those
present and our clients that we assist, I
would like to express our heartfelt thanks
to the national, local organisations and
individuals who believe in what CARE is
doing in our community and grant us the
necessary funds to keep our ser vice going.
CARE was started over 25 years ago by
two ladies who saw a need to assist the
elderly in our community with shopping
and transport to medical appointments.
Our ser vice is quite unique to Greymouth
and the need for it is growing.
We have a part-time paid co-ordinator
plus 18 volunteers (committee and drivers)
who cheerfully ser ve our group, so it is on
behalf of us all that I express our sincere
The English are famous for their love of
gardens but many homeowners are now
paving over theirs, turning Britain “grey”,
the Royal Horticultural Society warns.
As more and more people opt to turn
once luscious lawns in front of their
houses into off-street parking, the
problem is getting worse, with three
million front gardens having been
completely paved over since 2005.
More than five million front gardens
— one in three — now have no plants
growing in them, while 4.5 million —
one in four — are completely paved
over, according to a new RHS report,
Greening Grey Britain.
The situation is particularly acute in
London where half of all front gardens
have been paved over, a 36% increase in
the last decade.
The effect is not just cosmetic. Gardens
soak up rain and help mitigate the risks
of flooding, while vegetation helps
cooling during heatwaves and also
provides a home for birds and insects.
The RHS published the research to
mark the opening of the prestigious
Chelsea Flower Show, where it has
commissioned a garden showing how to
mix plants and a parking space.
The RHS-commissioned garden
includes gravel and nooks and crannies
for wildlife and has been designed by
an amateur, Sean Murray, who won a
Offering tips for people who wanted to
“green” their paved gardens, the society
suggested filling up unused corners with
plants, whether in the soil or containers,
putting in climbers and replacing walls or
fences with hedges.
“ We need to urgently increase plants
in urban environments, and better
understand how to select and use
ornamental plants, not reduce them,” the
director-general of the RHS, Sue Biggs,
“This reduction of plants in front
gardens and increase in grey is harmful
for wildlife reducing their homes and
“It is also damaging for the nation’s
health linked to increasing pollution and
increasing temperatures during heatwaves
and puts our homes at more risk from
Queen Elizabeth II was due to visit
the Chelsea Flower Show today, among
the first of an estimated 165,000 guests
expected over five days.
Her grandson Prince Harry, fifth in
line to the throne, earlier went to see
a southern-African themed garden
designed for his charity in Lesotho,
Sentebale. — AFP
Britain ‘turning grey’ as gardens paved
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