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uLetters to the editor
138 - The Roman Emperor Hadrian dies.
1040 - It is thought that Lady Godiva
rides naked on horseback through Coventry,
1553 - Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen
of England after the death of Edward VI.
1559 - Mary, Q ueen of Scots,
claims title of Queen of England in
opposition to Elizabeth I.
1858 - Four die in Australia’s first
rail crash, at Lidcombe, NSW.
1940 - The 114-day Battle of
Britain starts as Nazi forces begin
attacking southern England by air.
1962 - Telstar satellite is launched from Cape
Canaveral, bringing live television from the US
to Europe for the first time.
1985 - One crew member dies when French
saboteurs bomb the Greenpeace ship Rainbow
Warrior in Auckland.
1989 - Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand
voices”, including such cartoon characters as
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, dies
in Los Angeles aged 81.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Jean Calvin, French religious reformer
(1509-1564); Camille Pissarro, French painter
(1830-1903); James Whistler, English artist
(1834-1903); Jake LaMotta, US boxer (1921-);
Jerry Herman, US composer (1933-);
Fred Cress, British/Australian artist
(1938-2009); Arthur Ashe, US
tennis player (1943-1993); Virginia
Wade, English tennis player (1945-);
Arlo Guthrie, US folk singer
(1947-); Peter DiStefano, US rock
singer (1965-); Schapelle Corby,
Australian convicted drug smuggler (1977-).
“There are only two distinct classes of people
on this earth: those who espouse enthusiasm
and those who despise it.” — Germaine de
Stael, French author (1766-1817).
“All the nations will be gathered before Him,
and He will separate people one from another
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats. ” — (Matthew 25:32).
A line to take power
from Arahura to
Hari Hari connecting
the State grid to the
new Amythest Electric Power Board will be
officially opened tomorrow. When the board
builds a line over Mount Hercules power will
be available as far south as Franz Josef.
The board, which came into being on April 1,
takes its name from a company formed by local
residents — known as Amythest Power Ltd
— to supply the area around Hari Hari. The
company’s powerhouse is at Amythest ravine,
a tributary of the Wanganui River, about five
miles north of Hari Hari.
“It seems strange that Newman Brothers,
a firm with such a long connection with the
Buller, should drop it like a hot spud when
the district is hoping to benefit so much from
the opening of the Haast Pass Road,” said
Mr B J McEnaney at the Buller Chamber of
Commerce this week, when expressing concern
at the deletion of Westport from many tours
organised by that firm in the coming season.
It was said that, of 80 tours covering the West
Coast, only three included calls at Westport.
A well-known resident of Hokitika, Mrs
Sophia Sherriff died yesterday afternoon. Born
at Nelson Creek 80 years ago, she had lived in
Hokitika for the past 50 years. With her late
husband she conducted the Bellview Hotel
Hokitika, Kokatahi Hotel, Three Mile Hotel,
Exchange Hotel, Blue Spur; and until the
death of her husband 14 years ago, the Empire
Hotel at Hokitika.
Mrs Sherriff was a staunch member of the
Anglican community. She is sur vived by three
daughters and one son.
uFood for thought
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hanti Maharjan, who gave
birth to a baby girl 10 days ago,
has spent the last two months
living under corrugated iron
sheets with her husband and
five others after two major
earthquakes reduced her mud-and-brick
home to rubble.
Adequate food, drinking water and aid
such as tents and blankets have been hard
to come by, she says, though scores of aid
agencies rushed to the Himalayan nation
to help survivors.
What worries the 26-year-old mother
most is her inability to produce breast milk
for her new-born daughter, who she fears
is at serious risk of malnutrition in the
aftermath of the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude
quakes in April and May.
“The earthquake destroyed everything,
including our food reserves,” said
Maharjan, sitting under the iron sheeting
on farmland on the outskirts of the capital,
“There is not enough food. Getting
meat, oil and fruits to eat is difficult in
this situation. I am worried about my
daughter’s nourishment,” she said as the
baby, wrapped in a green cloth, lay sleeping
on a wooden bed.
The government, aware that disruption
caused by the quakes could worsen
the country’s already high rate of child
malnutrition is sending out teams of
community nurses to give advice and food
supplements to women and children in the
A 2011 government study showed that
more than 40% of Napel’s under-five-
year-olds were stunted, showing that the
country’s child malnutrition rate was one
of the world’s highest.
Experts say the two quakes, which
killed 8895 people and destroyed half a
million houses, could make things worse
as sur vivors have inadequate food, water,
shelter, health care and sanitation.
United Nations officials warn that the
rate of stunting among children in the
South Asian nation could return to the
2001 level of 57%, if authorities and aid
agencies do not respond effectively.
“The risk of malnutrition is high and
requires the nutrition and other sectors
like agriculture, health,
education and social
protection to respond
adequately,” said Stanley
Chitekwe, UNICEF ’s
nutrition chief in Nepal.
is an underlying
cause of death for
three million children
annually around the
world — nearly half
of all child deaths —
most of whom die from
such as diarrhoea due to
weak immune systems.
Those lucky enough to
sur vive grow up without
enough energy, protein,
vitamins and minerals,
causing their brains and
bodies to be stunted,
and they are often
unable to fulfill their
admit the challenges,
citing data showing that
almost 70% of Nepali
children under the
age of two suffer from
anaemia caused by iron
“This shows that
(poor) nutrition is a
very big problem. The
earthquake will further
worsen the situation
because people simply
don’t have enough to
eat, let alone have a
nutritious diet,” Health
Ministry official Krishna
Prasad Paudel said.
have now launched
a drive to reach out to more than
500,000 women and children who need
supplementary food and medicines.
More than 10,000 female community
volunteers will be fanning out across
14 districts affected by the earthquakes,
visiting devastated towns and villages and
speaking to new and expectant mothers
about breast-feeding their infants.
The volunteers will also advise families
on eating locally available nutritious foods
such as green vegetables and meat
and will distribute vitamin A, iron and folic
acid, and other micronutrient supplements
to pregnant and breast-feeding women.
In Imadole, a prosperous district on the
outskirts of the ancient town of Patan,
health volunteer Urmila Sharma Dahal
found an extremely thin two-year-old boy
weighing 7.5kg last week, suffering from
severe acute malnutrition.
Dahal said she provided his family with
sachets of ready-to-use therapeutic food
— a paste of peanut, sugar, milk powder,
vitamin and oil — and the child gained
nearly a kilo in weight in just seven days.
“It does not take much. It can be done
with small but right inter ventions,” said
Dahal as she sat next to the child in the
family’s brick-and-cement home.
Starving in Nepal
PICTURE: Getty Images
A Nepalese woman nurses her child.
‘Chilling out ’ at the
Over these past weeks I have taken my
grandchildren, aged one year and two
and a half years, to the aquatic centre for
The temperature prior to Wednesday
was clement, i.e. not too cold for my little
However, on Wednesday it was
positively cold. My grandchildren were
shivering, as was I and my daughter.
Mums sitting on the seating were dressed
in their puffer jackets.
The centre does a great job babysitting
a lot of young children in the holiday
period. What concerns me is we will
have children away from the first week
of school with colds and flu due to the
inclement atmosphere in the centre.
I spoke briefly with the staff, who I
might add were also in jackets, with
regards to the temperature. There was no
clarification as to what the ideal water
and atmosphere temperature is. They
suggested I take it up with the council.
Pamphlet deliver y
‘Thank you’ to our postie, most of all, and
to the people who deliver our pamphlets
etc in all sorts of weather. Many thanks
from two very satisfied Cobden residents.
Norm Ross and Valerie McCartney
I was most interested to read Peg
Flaherty’s article in the West Coast
Messenger ( June 3) on Ross, particularly
her references to my father’s business,
The business began in 1932, when Fred
Galletly, Stan Smith (not Scott) and Alf
Smith purchased a failing business from
Mr Black, in Hokitika.
The three were very young at the time
they were known up and down the
Coast as ‘the picture boys’. They built the
business up from four towns to 14, Alf
exhibiting around Stillwater and Fred and
Stan towns north and south of Ross. The
business was based in Ross.
Fred (my father) and Stan married twin
sisters, so I knew all the families involved
I, too, have fond memories of growing
up in Ross, playing in the bush and
down by the creeks, building huts and
digging ‘holes to China’ down on
the beach. So ‘thank you’, Peg, for
reviving great memories.
Anne Wilson (nee Galletly)
It takes a bit to upset me to the point
whereby I feel the need to put pen
to paper but after stewing for nearly
a fortnight over the headlines in the
Greymouth Star on Thursday, June 25,
comment I must.
I do not think I have ever read a more
inaccurate, biased piece of reporting in
all my years. Your article on the proposed
West Coast regional policy statement was
atrocious. The attention grabbing headline
alluding to a council’s mining plan was
irresponsible. It is a policy plan which
makes no mention of mining, either in
its title, or, without also commenting on
agriculture, fishing, forestry, tourism and
other economic generators within the
I also object to the totally one-sided
reporting of submissions to the proposed
plan. Ten commentators, all opposed to
parts of the plan, and none supporting.
Without even getting into the discussion
over the economic versus environmental
impacts of various activities, the prejudice
of the article is obvious.
The sooner we Coasters can balance the
emotion surrounding the environmental
debate, trust our leaders and councils to
all start singing from the same song-sheet,
work with the RMA (which is a very
robust piece of legislation), and listen to
our industry spokesmen and women, the
sooner we can help start the economic
recovery of our region.
The report from the Community Public
Health (Dr Cheryl Brunton), already
a year in the making, concerning the
poisoning of two local women by 1080
dust from an aerial operation by Tb Free,
at Kokiri in June 2014 (Greymouth Star,
June 29), is still not available.
That their quality of life is diminished by
health problems caused by this industry
is completely unacceptable. This country
has a problem with accountability
when poisons are involved. Any toxin
dispersed aerially is not safe when used
around communities, putting people at
risk while they are undertaking normal
activities. These women were within
their rights when they were on a legal
road investigating a property. Inadequate
signage and failing to comprehend the
dangers of toxic dust on the human
population is the main problem.
This industry is controlled by itself,
monitored by itself and has convinced
itself that it has right of way when
operating an aerial pest control.
1080 dust is absolutely toxic when
inbibed. Illness follows immediately.
There is no antidote, and organ failure is
the result. Denial by the perpetrators of
any wrongdoing and responsibility is the
current status quo, and trying to discredit
injured parties is one of their methods.
Absolute concern is the required
We have the right not to be poisoned
by an entity (Tb Free) while participating
in normal activities. Tb Free does not
have the right to inflict civilians with
incapacitating illness caused by their
programme. Help and support should be
provided, not lack of accountability. This
is a disgusting situation from people who
have no regard for the well-being and
safety of members of the community.
Faced with disability from their
previously healthy lives, these women have
applied to ACC for assistance. What kind
of assistance are they going to provide?
Time is of the essence. How many reports
and investigations does it require to prove
these women were, in fact, poisoned by
Kumara Environmental Action
I have often thought that you needed a
proofreader and your headline subject on
the closing of Greymouth hotels, which
referred to patrons being hard pressed to
find a ‘pubic bar’ does nothing to change
that opinion, unless you have inside
information on the activities within the
bars referred to, of which I am unaware.
The recent article describing the loss of
training accreditation in intensive care for
Auckland hospital due to bullying is just
the tip of the iceberg. Bullying clinicians,
patients, family is widespread in the New
Zealand health sector.
The problem was first highlighted by
the Christchurch police medical adviser
in 2008. She referred to an incident
when a misdiagnosis contributed to the
death of an eight-year-old. The parents
brought the child to a private A and E
that was ill-equipped to deal with medical
emergencies. Doctors were afraid to admit
to the error in public and watched a
grieving father being accused of murder.
In a 2011 incident in Palmerston North,
delayed diagnosis of spinal infection left
a patient paralysed. An A and E doctor
involved, described the bullying culture
restricting access to hospital ser vices. In
the Health and Disability Commissioner
report, the commissioner Anthony Hill
stated the hospital has made changes, and
the doctor has left the country.
However, another recent Health and
Disability Commissioner report by
the deputy commissioner Theo Baker
gives a different impression. A patient
with a brain haemorrhage had been left
unattended, on the floor half naked, for
nine hours in a Christchurch hospital.
The deputy commissioner commented,
“dysfunctional group dynamics” at the
hospital contributed to the death.
In 2007, in a report to the Health and
Disability Commissioner, the West Coast
was given as an example of one the best
safety cultures in the country. Shortly
after wards, bullying led to disruption of
local Greymouth ser vices, contributing to
The public needs to ask their favourite
Member of Parliament, why the
Parliament (Government, Opposition,
Ombudsman) has not taken any actions.
There is renewed parliamentary interest
in euthanasia, but that probably is not the
A selection of recent Greymouth Star
articles present a graphic picture of the
bizarre world of health politics and
The make-believe world in which public
health system administrators live was
never better illustrated than by West
Coast DHB director of nursing and
midwifery Karyn Bousfield (Greymouth
Star, June 30) in her comment regarding
the recent flooding of the Hokitika rest
home. According to this luminary, the
flooding event was “one in a million”.
Hello? Which planet is she living on?
Certainly not dear old Earth, with its huge
and increasingly unpredictable weather
The official fascination with experts-
from-elsewhere supposedly knowing more
than local people is again highlighted by
the mentioning (Greymouth Star, June 26)
that when the initial ‘partnership group’
concerning the proposed new Greymouth
hospital was formed it consisted of, ‘Cathy
Cooney (Lakes District Health Board),
Gloria Johnson (Counties District Health
Board), Tim Malloy (General Practice
Leaders Forum and GP from Wellsford)
and Mr Ballantyne’. Are we surprised
that no one who lives on the Coast was
included? If they had been they might
have been able to warn from the outset
that, among other problems, the hospital
site was prone to liquefaction in an
Still, I suppose we can all feel assured
by the theory that such things are ‘one
in a million’. Tell that to the victims of
increasingly frequent natural disasters
around the world.
The same Greymouth Star article also
mentions, concerning Reefton health
ser vices, ‘the Greymouth and Westport
hospital rebuilds were soaking up all
available funds’. Two points need to be
made about this. Since there is not a single
dollar of Government (i.e. taxpayers’)
funds for Westport — it is supposed to
be financed by the often disastrous PPP
(public-private partnership) rip-off —
how come it is being touted as part of the
reason for no money being available for
The second point regarding Reefton
concerns the apparent total lack of any
concrete commitment for Reefton from
the DHB which, added to the cited ‘lack
of maintenance of Reefton health facilities’
should be sounding loud alarm bells in the
town and surrounding district. Trust the
politicians and bureaucrats? Yeah, right.
Finally, I note (Greymouth Star, June 27)
‘while parts of the $67 million (hospital)
building will be IIA — strong enough
to cope after a disaster — others will be
to the lower standard, IL3’. My flabber
is gasted. Surely, even the Christchurch
earthquake has not already been forgotten
by the string-pullers in Wellington and at
the Canterbury DHB?
Still, never mind, not to worry — it is all
‘one in a million’ — isn’t it?
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