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uLetters to the editor
1900 - An international force captures Beijing,
relieving foreigners besieged there since the start
of the Boxer Rebellion two months earlier.
1908 - World’s first international beauty
contest is held at the Pier Hippodrome at
1941 - German spy Josef Jakobs
is put to death, the last person to be
executed in the Tower of London.
1945 - Japan surrenders to United
States, ending World War II; French
General Henri Philippe Petain is
sentenced to death (later commuted
to life imprisonment) for collaborating with
1951 - Death of William Randolph Hearst,
US newspaper owner and publisher.
1969 - British troops arrive in Northern
Ireland to inter vene in sectarian violence
between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
1984 - Death of J B Priestley, English novelist
1988 - Death of Enzo Ferrari, Italian racing
pioneer and sports car builder, aged 90.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Galsworthy, British novelist and Nobel
laureate (1867-1933); Buddy Greco, US singer
(1926-); Steve Martin, US actor-
comedian (1945-); Susan Saint
James, US actress (1946-); Danielle
Steel, US author (1947-); Gary
Larson, US cartoonist (1950-);
Magic Johnson, US basketball
player (1959-); Susan Olsen, US
actress (The Brady Bunch) (1961-);
Halle Berry, US actress (1966-); Mila Kunis,
US actress (1983-).
“ Do not look back, and do not dream about
the future, either. It will neither give you back
the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams.
Your duty, your reward — your destiny — are
here and now.” — Dag Hammarskjold, UN
“All the nations You have made shall come
and bow down before You, O Lord, and shall
glorify Your name.” — (Psalms 86:9).
West Coast hospital
boards, all four of
them, will merge
under one board
following an announcement from Wellington
today. This is the sequel to a visit to the West
Coast by the Minister of Health Mr McKay,
and a spate of meetings among the Coast
boards which were divided on the issue.
It is likely the amalgamation will be put into
effect fairly promptly and could complicate
coming hospital board elections in October.
Under the new scheme individual hospitals
will have a committee to handle domestic
affairs with representatives on the central
hospital board. The new board’s centre point
has not been announced, but it is likely to be
Overheating has caused the temporary
closure of one of the biggest private coal
concerns on ther West Coast — the Moody
Creek mine. Operations came to a halt on
Confined to the space of about one and a
half acres, the overheating was detected as a
kerosene-like smell. Immediately the area was
sealed off with cement-plastered stopping. This
operation was carried out by the mines rescue
brigade from Dobson. In order to completely
eradicate all excess heat water is being sifted
into the area. It will combine with water made
in the mine itself. Flooding will continue for
two weeks before an inspection by experts who
will assess whether it is safe to enter again.
Mine manager Mr R K McTaggart said
this morning the section affected had been
fully worked out, but it lay adjacent to current
workings. The heating is caused by spontaneous
combustion in the mine.
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he was the most beautiful queen
ancient Egypt ever laid eyes on.
She was the stepmother, and
perhaps even the mother, of
Tutankhamun, the boy-pharaoh
Still, today, the 3300-year-old sculpture of
her face, in the Neues Museum in Berlin,
has the power to bewitch, with her almond
eyes, high cheekbones and chiselled jaw.
Even her name, Nefertiti, is enchanting.
Her full name, Neferneferuaten Nefertiti,
means ‘Beautiful are the Beauties of Aten,
the Beautiful One has come’.
Her power and charms in 14th-century
BC Egypt were so great that she collected
a hatful of nicknames, too: from Lady Of
All Women to Great Of Praises, to Sweet
Despite her epic beauty, she remained
a model of fidelity to her husband, the
The same, sadly, could not be said of
Akhenaten, who had his wicked way with
a series of royal escorts, including, some say,
his own daughters.
Now, it seems, we may be about to learn
even more about this enigmatic icon, for a
British archaeologist claims to have made
the greatest archaeological discovery since
1922, when Tutankhamun’s tomb was
discovered in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings by
Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon.
Nicholas Reeves, who completed a PhD
in the archaeology of Egypt’s Valley of the
Kings at Durham University and is now
at the University of Arizona, believes he
has stumbled upon Nefertiti’s tomb — and
what ’s more, he claims, it is only inches
away from Tutankhamun’s.
If he’s right, the super-blingy burial
chamber of Tutankhamun — a byword
for ancient, gilded splendour — is only a
modest taste of things to come.
Dr Reeves is convinced that
Tutankhamun’s tomb is part of the
ceremonial build-up to the biggest show in
town -Nefertiti’s final resting place.
It was while studying some ultra-high-
resolution images of Tutankhamun’s tomb
that Dr Reeves made his discovery.
Looking closely at the pictures, he
spotted the outline of two passageways
that have apparently been blocked up and
One is the same size as an already
excavated store room — so Dr Reeves
believes this is another store room. But, he
claims, the other, bigger passage leads to
the greatest missing link in Egyptology —
A lot of the evidence points that way.
Experts have long been puzzled by the
modest size of Tutankhamun’s tomb, saying
it has about the same dimensions as an
Its treasures, too, dazzling as they are,
seemed to have been hurriedly assembled
in a haphazard way, as if the tomb was a
secondary addition to the main event —
which, Dr Reeves contends, is Nefertiti’s
Furthermore, Dr Reeves says the layout
would be correct for Nefertiti’s tomb.
The full length or main axis of this main
tomb, he believes, lies at right angles to its
entrance shaft — the usual plan for the
tomb of a queen.
What a prize it would be if this is indeed
For Nefertiti was Egypt’s most influential,
and most beautiful, queen, who ruled at the
height of the country’s power, in the years
of the late 18th Dynasty.
Yes, Cleopatra is more famous, but she
ruled Egypt in its declining years, in the
first century BC. After her death, Egypt
became just another province of the Roman
Nefertiti lived during the richest period
in ancient Egypt ’s history — from around
1370BC to 1330BC, a time when
Greece, let alone Rome, was centuries
away from the peaks of its magnificent
As well as marrying a pharaoh,
Akhenaten, she was probably born the
daughter of another pharaoh, as well as
possibly ruling alongside Tutankhamun.
There is even a suggestion that she ruled
Egypt alone after her husband ’s death. So
from cradle to grave she ruled the roost.
Thus her other nicknames: Mistress of
Upper and L ower Egypt, and Lady of The
Nefertiti and Akhenaten had six
daughters, although it is thought that
Tutankhamun was not her son. DNA
analysis has indicated that Akhenaten
fathered Tutankhamun with one of his
own sisters — the first indication of his
penchant for regal incest.
He is thought to have fathered another
pharaoh with yet another wife, who is
named in various inscriptions. The list of
consorts didn’t end there. Among his other
conquests are two noblewomen.
On top of that, it is even suggested that
he slept with one of his six daughters.
The jury is out on that one, although he
probably did install one of them in the
ceremonial — if not necessarily sexual —
role of Great Royal Wife.
Despite all her husband’s rumoured lovers,
Nefertiti’s name lives on as his
loveliest, and most important,
Again and again, her beauty
and power were depicted in
temple images. Sometimes
— like Prince Philip with
the Q ueen — she is shown
walking behind her husband.
But she is also often shown
on her own, in positions of
In one limestone sculpture
in the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, she is seen hitting
a female enemy over the head
on her royal barge.
She is power and beauty
combined — Margaret
Thatcher meets Princess
In another sculpture, now
in the Egyptian Museum
in Berlin, her slim, lissom
body is depicted in all its
glory, leaving little to the
imagination. Still, today, the
bright red of her lips and the
kohl-black edges of those
almond eyes smoulder across
the passage of a hundred
Together, Akhenaten and
Nefertiti blazed a trail across
Egypt, building spectacular
temples as they did so. In
Karnak the pharaoh erected
one temple, the Mansion of
the Benben, to his beloved,
But it wasn’t enough just to
build new temples. The royal
couple’s devotion to the god
Aten — representing the disc of the sun —
was so great that they created a whole new
capital in his honour at Amarna, a city on
the banks of the Nile. They built the new
city from scratch, putting up two temples to
Aten and a pair of royal palaces.
It was like the Queen and Prince Philip
deciding to up sticks from Windsor Castle
tomorrow morning and building a whole
new royal palace on a virgin site in the
middle of rural Cumbria.
Here, too, in Amarna, images of the
lovely Nefertiti abound, in limestone and
quartzite, sporting her distinctive, tall
crown. She and her pharaoh are also shown
receiving great piles of jewels and gold from
their subject people.
They ruled over a civilisation of
Among the discoveries at Amarna are
the Amarna L etters, more than 350 tablets
excavated in the city in the late 19th
century, with 99 of them now in the British
They tell the tale of a great nation with a
highly developed diplomatic ser vice with
correspondence between Amarna and Syria,
Canaan, Cyprus, Babylonia and Assyria.
There are also rare chunks of poetry,
parables and similes in the Amarna Letters.
One striking line reads: ‘For the lack of a
cultivator, my field is like a woman without
Nefertiti is thought to have lost her
own cultivator — her husband — around
1336BC; it is then that Queen Nefertiti
may have reigned over Egypt alone.
Her own death is shrouded in mystery.
She is reckoned to have died about six years
after her husband, around the age of 40,
possibly from the plague that struck Egypt
at that time.
In 1331BC, Tutankhaten changed his
name to Tutankhamun and moved the
Egyptian capital to Thebes, where he died
Today, Thebes is Luxor, home to the
Valley of the Kings, burial place of
Tutankhamun and, just possibly, Queen
So did she go back to Thebes with him —
or did he take her body there? Or was she
buried in the old capital of Amarna, where
that mar vellous bust of her was discovered
For 3300 years, the answer has been lost
beneath the swirling sands of Egypt. If Dr
Reeves is right - and if he is allowed to look
behind the walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb
— we might uncover the fate of the most
beautiful, betrayed wife in ancient history.
— New Zealand Herald
Nefertiti’s tomb found?
PICTURE: Detty Images
The bust of Egyptian beauty Queen Nefertiti is on display at Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany.
Justice not ser ved
Front page Greymouth Star, Wednesday,
August 12: ‘Six petrol drive-offs rattle
judge’. On reading this article, it would be
fair to say I ‘spat the dummy ’.
I have had an absolute gutsful of ex-
Crown lawyers being fast-tracked into
the system as judges, going as high as our
Supreme Court judges, seems to be the
norm these days.
Crown lawyers and judges are paid by
us taxpayers and they do not need to earn
a quid, in the real world. The delivering
of justice is quite beyond normal hard
working, honest people because we rely on
The front page article states that a
man did six petrol station drive-offs in
Canterbury and finally got caught for a
total of $541 in petrol thefts. The judge
ordered him to pay back $25 per week.
Since he did six drive-offs without being
caught, he would be streetwise? So he
should apply to the courts saying that he is
going through hard times etc, ‘so I’ll sling
you $2 a week’ which of course our judicial
system would accept.
Be clear, I am not putting Crown lawyers
or judges in the same boat. I am not
singling out this one man and incident but
use it as an example because he made front
In 1993, I watched a young Crown
prosecutor cry in court because the
opposing lawyer was seeking justice and
made it personal. Today I cry for justice
that has not been delivered by judges,
going as high as our Supreme Court
Time has mellowed the urge to speak my
mind, but lately I feel as though I should
grow balls and make a stand.
Bill English has gone quiet on the
‘rock star economy ’ that he frequently
mentioned, and recently he stated no one
saw the drop in the milk price now being
experienced. I beg to differ — many did.
On December 6, 2013, at an economic
development summit at Shantytown there
was a speech, be it a little long, given by a
representative of Westland Milk Products.
Questions from the floor came and
one to him — I remember it reasonably
well — was this: ‘ What plan/contingency
has Westland Milk got, seeing over 50%
of its product is sold to the China-Asian
market, if say China does a ‘Solid Energy’
on milk, as it did with coal, and the price
The gentleman reassured his audience
there was a plan in place for such a
development. It cannot have been a drop
in the dollar.
Some 20 months on from the question
being put there would be some 300-odd
dairy farmers, and many Coasters, who
would be interested in this plan — what
Active West Coast would like to
congratulate the staff at the Grey District
Aquatic Centre for the recently held
‘Ladies Night’. This fun event was an
opportunity for women to experience
the range of activities available at the
aquatic centre. Opportunities such as these
encourage people who may be hesitant
about attending open sessions to ‘put their
foot in the water and have a go’.
About 60 women across the age
spectrum attended, for many it was a
first time visit. The positive and inviting
atmosphere of this well-run event will
undoubtedly encourage return visits.
We are pleased to see the aquatic centre
has another Ladies Night planned for the
end of August. We encourage all women
Active West Coast
I do not believe that the mayor has
‘earmarked’ another $3 million from the
bottomless pit that is called the ‘reser ve
fund’. This is for the work necessary to
upgrade the quay to make the town pretty.
Only weeks ago the mayor was making
excuses about the overspend on the
recreation centre and the need to top
up funds from other reser ve funds, and
making ridiculous claims for overspends.
An example: how could you use the excuse
of the amount of backfill required, when
the costings would have been based on the
make-up of the ‘dump’ that had been built
on just next door. If this is a reason for
overspending ... get a proper engineer to do
Basically, why commit to another project
(from the reser ve fund) when we are still
paying for the last, and the aquatic centre
before that? The ongoing costs of this
facility continue at an alarming rate with
no monetary return. If the public want
to do something to tidy up the town, just
drive past the mini golf course and the
Borrowing money from Peter to pay Paul
is not, in my opinion, the way to balance
‘The ratepayer is not paying ’ is the cry
from council — that is absolute twaddle.
If the pay packets of Coasters are not
paying, where is the money coming from?
I listen to this garbage and wonder if the
Camerons reser ve fund is being got at.
The Camerons reserve fund is only to pay
for such necessary things like water and
Some better communication from the
council to the public is necessary to rein in
this frivolous expenditure by your mayor
and his cohorts.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
responds: “Councillors this week unanimously
voted for the CBD renewal — $1 million, not
$3 million, was used from cash reserves, which
at present amount to $9 million.
The CBD projects have an estimate cost of
$3m. We are in talks with Development West
Coast for more funding.
The reser ve funds are tightly held special
accounts for specific purposes into the future.
The $1m came f rom five different special
funds: land sales reser ve $400,000; roading
$320,000; economic development reser ve
$110,000; subdivision reserve $120,000; and
Development West Coast $50,000. Each year
the reserves increase by $600,000.
This council has been prudent over the years
building our cash reserve funds to the healthy
amount we have at present. The extra cost
for the recreation centre foundation dig-out
was because the old dump site was larger
than expected. The engineer had no way of
knowing the true extent of excavation which
was needed. Piles had to be driven close to the
The council has contingency funds in place
to cover unbudgeted increases during the
construction of the stadium. The foundations
are allowing for an IL4 highest earthquake
resident standard requirement so that the
stadium can be used for a post-disaster
The aquatic centre cost $11m, of which only
$1.5m was borrowed. The stadium will cost
$11m and no money for the construction is
being direct rated.
Nearly all the construction cost was raised
through donating, community volunteers,
sponsors, reser ve funds and Development West
Coast. It was a remarkable effort that no other
New Zealand council can match.
Some 100,000 people use the aquatic centre
The running costs of libraries, swimming
pools, stadiums and community facilities are
paid for by ratepayers because we need good
facilities to make the district an attractive
place to live.
We do not borrow f rom Peter to pay Paul,
we pay as we go. That is why we still have
$9m in reser ves. The cash reser ves special funds
are available for inspection by any member of
the public on request.
The Camerons reserve fund has $114,000,
and like all other reser ves is only used for the
Camerons area. We do not talk twaddle, Mr
Balloch, our fundraising is a great community
effort that keeps rate rises to a minimum
during tough times and keeps the district
The recent articles describing the
proposed changes to Buller Hospital and
the plight of the maintenance workers in
the new Greymouth Hospital, question
whether New Zealand health-related
legislature is ser ving its purpose.
In the New Zealand Public Health and
Disability Act 2000, DHB objectives
include: ‘to exhibit a sense of social
responsibility by having regard to the
interests of the people to whom it
provides’, ‘to uphold the ethical and
quality standards commonly expected of
providers of ser vices and of public sector
organisations’, ‘to foster community
participation in health improvement,
and in planning for the provision of
ser vices and for significant changes to
the provision of ser vices’. How much
social responsibility and community
participation were demonstrated in these
Increased home-based care was quoted
as a solution. However, more personnel
are needed to provide home-based
care for those with high nursing needs.
‘Community care’ also has the potential to
be abused to block access to hospital level
The legislation also states DHB
functions include ‘to participate, where
appropriate, in the training of health
practitioners and other workers in the
health and disability sector’. This has
already been compromised.
It is possible to decrease the demand for
emergency and acute in-patient ser vices
by improving outpatient care. To be
effective, hospital doctors need to develop
expertise in areas of medicine outside
the expertise of the GP and accident and
emergency doctors and provide urgent
access. In a hospital designed to teach such
a workforce, trainees would be supported
and super vised by appropriate specialists.
When possible, the same specialist will
see the patient in accident and emergency,
ward and the follow-up clinic to gain the
Patients who have had hospital care
recently should know about progress in
I read in Monday ’s paper that the district
council spent $300,000 on sea protection
on the cycle trail in Blaketown. At the
same time, the sea came over the beach
and Statham Street in Rapahoe. The local
council came out and put ‘road closed’
signs up. The local councillor and the
engineer have both seen the situation. Is
anything going to be done about it?
This is one of the most popular beaches
on the West Coast. Rock is needed
urgently. After all, there is a rock quarry
2km up the road.
People’s properties are in the firing line.
I would like the mayor and others
concerned with this type of situation to
come out and have a meeting with us to
see what can be done.
I was interested to read in the West
Coast Messenger about West Coast
involvement in the ‘Dambuster’ raids in
However, RAF Scampston is in the
English East Midlands; even as a wartime
emergency measure, the County of
Lincolnshire was never moved to north-
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