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Popular flag design Red Peak is currently
being used as the logo of an American
Peak Engineering in North Carolina has
been using a logo featuring a red triangle,
white chevron and two black triangles,
Red Peak, the design that has seen
a swell of support for inclusion in the
referendum for a new New Zealand flag, is
similar, but has a blue triangle in place of
one black triangle.
Company owners Beth and Jeff Roach
told Fairfax they thought their company
logo’s similarity to Red Peak was “curious”.
“It’s obviously caught us by surprise
. . . a nd we were even more surprised
that people had nicknamed it ‘red peak’.
Obviously we’re very flattered!” Mrs Roach
The couple had received an e-mail about
the flag debate from a New Zealander on
Wednesday. Mrs Roach said she deleted
the e-mail, but more came through.
Mrs Roach said Peak Engineering’s logo
had been used on client gifts, including
stationery and wine.
She told Fairfax it was not trademarked
and she would grant licence to anybody
willing to use it.
“But I think we need to have a
conversation with anybody who is
interested in using it, just so we clear
everything up and make sure it ’s all above
The couple lice in Apex, North Carolina
and Mrs Roach told the New Zealand
Herald that the town’s motto was “ The
Peak of Good Living”.
“Being an engineering firm we wanted to
do something with “triangles” and being
located in “ The Peak” we wanted to do
something with the summit or the peak of
a mountain. These two concepts plus the
boldness of the red and black was what we
were searching for,” she said.
Red Peak’s designer Aaron Dustin told
Fairfax he had taken legal advice and there
was “absolutely no copyright issue here at
He said he was not surprised the
design did not make the final four, but
the following support for the design was
because “it resonates with people”.
“They see something that represents
their vision for New Zealand as well as
respecting our past. Something about it is
uniting, and there is a sense of ‘bringing
us together’ that many have mentioned.
That doesn’t come along often in national
Julie Schmidt, the North Carolina
designer who created Peak Engineering’s
logo, told Fairfax she could see immediate
similarities when comparing the two
designs as drawings, but as a flag it was
“ I think if they were an engineering firm
in our state, that would be a concern. But
a flag in New Zealand? That makes it kind
of cool — and again, they could say it’s
different because there’s a blue triangle.”
4 - Monday, September 14, 2015
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uLetters to the editor
1752 - Britain adopts Gregorian calendar.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte enters Moscow
and Russians set fires throughout the city.
1814 - Francis Scott Key writes America’s
national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
1868 - Golf ’s first recorded hole-in-one is
scored by Scotsman Tom Morris at Prestwick’s
166-yard eighth hole, during the
Open Championships in Scotland.
1901 - US President William
McKinley dies from his wounds after
being shot by an assassin.
1918 - Austria-Hungary makes
peace offer to Allies in World War I.
1927 - Modern dance pioneer
Isadora D uncan dies in Nice, France, when her
scarf becomes entangled in a wheel of her car.
1939 - The first successful helicopter, Igor
Sikorsky’s VS-300, made its first flight.
1959 - The Soviet space probe Luna II
becomes the first man-made object to reach the
moon as it crashes onto the lunar surface.
1960 - Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries is founded.
1982 - Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly
actress Grace Kelly, dies at age 52 of injuries
from a car crash the day before.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Clayton Moore, American actor (1914-
1999); Kate Millett, US feminist (1934-);
Nicol Williamson, British actor
(1938-2011); Joey Heatherton, US
actress (1944-); Sam Neill, New
Zealand actor (1947-); Kepler
Wessels, South African cricketer
(1957-); Mary Crosby, US actress
(1959-); Faith Ford, US actress
(1964-); Dmitry Medvedev, Russian
president,(1965-); Tyler Perry, US director
and playwright (1969-); Gabrielle Richens,
UK model (1974-); Hicham El Guerrouj,
Moroccan athlete (1974-); Amy Winehouse,
British singer (1983-2011).
“ Keep your mouth shut, your eyes open. ”
— Japanese proverb.
“ For even when We were with you, We gave
you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall
not eat. ” — (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
Clayton, a man closely
associated with the
development of the
West Coast in the past 50 years, particularly
in respect to farming, died in the Inangahua
Hospital this morning. He was in his 92nd
year. Born in Arrowtown in 1874, Mr Clayton
spent much of his early life goldmining. He
cycled to the West Coast 60 years ago and
one of his first jobs was putting machinery in
gold dredges at Camerons, Ahaura and Nelson
He obtained his dredgemaster’s certificate
and became dredgemaster of Erickson’s
Reward dredge at Ahaura. Mr Clayton later
took over a combined grocery, butchery and
bakery business at Ahaura. Land later claimed
his attention and he cleared a property at
Ahaura of trees and put in grass and began
farming — an occupation which he followed
for the rest of his life. He was one of the
original members of the West Coast Farmers’
Union, later to be Federated Farmers. He was
president of Grey Valley Federated Farmers for
a record 40 years.
His record in local body politics is quite
outstanding. He was a member of both
the Grey Electric Power Board and the
Greymouth Harbour Board for more than 30
years. He gave 50 years’ continuous ser vice to
the Land Board and ser ved on the Inangahua
County Council and Westland Catchment
Board. Four years ago, he was awarded the
Predeceased by his wife Cecilia in May this
year, Mr Clayton is sur vived by one son, Jack
(Waimaunga), and two daughters, Mrs Ida
Hudson, Christchurch, and Mrs Molly Burley,
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Verandas, not roofs,
I have nothing against a town square. If
it is designed to block out the Barber it
could be a pleasant place to sit on a warm
I do feel that putting a roof on it would
be a mistake, however. A roof would
be sure to get blown off by a storm or
mini tornado. People do not want to sit
outdoors on wet days in any case.
The money could be better spent on
extending the network of verandas around
the town. The humble shop front veranda
is an important asset if you are trying to
do something on a wet day.
West Coast Hockey recently ran the
South Island Secondary School Mixed
Tournament in Greymouth.
The tournament committee would like to
publicly acknowledge our major sponsor,
the Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday
Park, other local businesses and individuals
who helped make it so successful. As a
volunteer sporting group we appreciate
any support given to hockey and in return
are proud to provide an excellent sporting
event that brings well over 1000 bed
nights to the region and profiles the Coast
as a great destination.
Team feedback was very complimentary
across the board for accommodation and
tourism activity providers.
In particular, the ser vice received from
the Greymouth aquatic centre was noted
as outstanding. The Greymouth Star
coverage was wonderful and it was nice to
see hockey profiled as the great sport it is.
These events are important to the region
so to all the volunteers and supporters
involved, ‘thank you’.
West Coast Hockey Tournament
At the West Coast Whitebaiters
Association recent annual general meeting,
the decision was made to make a slight
adjustment to the annual subscription
charges. The single sub remains at $20
per annum, but the double is increased
from $25 to $30 per annum. Careful
consideration was given to getting the
balance between the tight finances, and
retaining and attracting members.
The West Coast Whitebaiters
Association has been actively promoting
the interests of whitebaiters since 1995.
There are some 650 registered standholders
and roughly 2000 set or scoop netters,
fishing on the West Coast. All benefit from
the work we do.
As I write this our paid up membership is
at 30 members — a classic case of the few
carrying the many. The equation is so far
out of kilter that collapse is inevitable if it
is not balanced.
Standholders have invested thousands
— so metimes hundreds of thousands
of dollars — into their operations. It is
beyond belief that they are not prepared to
pay this small charge to ensure an effective
voice lobbying on their behalf. Self-
preser vation should dictate they ensure a
healthy organisation is working for them.
Apparently there is a view that the
association will just go on doing its job,
and they will benefit without paying.
Thousands of pot/scoop netters also benefit
To these people I say, adverse changes
are coming, some have already arrived.
The only foot on the brake belongs to
this association. Whitebaiting is a highly
regulated activity, and is rapidly becoming
more so. The foot on the brake has been
your friend for a long time, and you have
benefited. That foot is slipping. It is now
I get tired of hearing non-members
whingeing about how hard done by they
are, and how the whitebaiters association
does nothing. Get used to it, because if we
cannot increase membership, and finances,
we will fold. What happens then will give
something to really complain about.
This association is open to all who
whitebait on the Coast. All benefit equally.
Our subscription charge is about the value
of half a kilo of bait, or less — not a great
sacrifice. So let ’s all make the effort to pay
up, and help us do what we do on your
Registration forms are available on the
West Coast Whitebaiters Association
website. If you are not on-line contact a
friend who is, or contact us, and we will
provide. Contacts: Angela Anderson, PO
Box 42, Hari Hari, ph 03 753 3181, or
Fay Quinn, 41 Muturimu Road, Hannahs
Clearing, Haast, ph 03 750 0065.
West Coast Whitebaiters Association
Ashley Cassin’s statement (Greymouth
Star, September 10) that the West
Coast Wilderness Trail will ‘not be
extended further south or north’ requires
The construction of this magnificent trail
was led by the Westland District Council
and funded by the Government, and as
such will not be extended.
However, when cyclists and walkers
reach Ross, they will see Aoraki-Mount
Cook in the distance and many will want
to continue their journey down to the
At present their only option is either
motorised transport or State highway 6,
which a very dangerous route for cyclists
in many places and is quite unsuitable for
The South Westland Wilderness Trail
will provide a safe alternative. This trail
will be created by a volunteer trust, as is
the Old Ghost Road Trail further north.
The South Westland Wilderness Trail
Trust is about to be registered.
It will make extensive use of forestry
and rural roads and will rely heavily on
volunteer labour for route marking and
c learing. The trust is working closely with
the Department of Conser vation, NZTA
and Ngai Tahu, and is about to start the
process of consultation with landowners
along the preferred route.
The completed trail will take several years
to complete because the management plan
for the South Okarito forest will have
to be modified to allow the passage of a
cycle trail. In the meantime, the trust will
focus on other parts of the route and will
be glad to involve volunteers who would
like to contribute their skills, labour and
A map of the proposed route will be
on display in Ross at the opening of
the Hokitika to Ross section of the
West Coast Wilderness Trail at Labour
South Westland Wilderness Trail Project
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Red Peak f lag: Spot the difference
gunmen turned their
fire on one other
this summer they
triggered a political
crisis in Northern
Ireland’s fragile government of pro-British
unionists and republicans working for a
They also revealed an uncomfortable
truth: 17 years after a United States-
brokered truce to end three decades of
sectarian violence, the province remains
riven with old enmities.
The immediate cause of this particular
crisis was the murder of a former Irish
Republican Army member, Kevin
McGuigan, outside his Belfast home last
month. Police say the killing was revenge
for the murder of another former IRA
member, Jock Davison, in May over a feud
that went back decades.
Police said the murders were
evidence that the IRA, that fought for
independence from Britain and was
supposedly disarmed under the terms of
the 1998 ‘Good Friday’ peace agreement,
continues to operate in the criminal
Nor does it operate alone, security
sources, police and politicians said. Some
members of the armed groups on both
sides of the conflict are thriving, their
focus now on racketeering.
The new generation of armed
groups may be much smaller and less
sophisticated than the military-style
structures that were involved in the
deaths of 3600 people during the so-
called Troubles, these sources said, but
they continue to exacerbate the religious
tensions while profiting from crime.
Veterans of Northern Ireland’s war warn
that if the politicians fail to get a grip
of the situation, the segregation along
sectarian lines that still exists in many
parts of the province can only get worse,
exploited by these groups.
One of those briefly arrested in relation
to the McGuigan killing was Bobby
Storey, a senior member of the Sinn Fein
party that was once the political arm of
the IRA. Storey, who was released without
charge, said there was no basis for his
arrest and those behind the murder were
enemies of Sinn Fein’s embrace of peace.
The police declined further comment.
Sinn Fein, part of Northern Ireland’s
power sharing government, says the IRA
has “ left the stage”. The
police’s assertion that the
IRA still exists, however,
drove the pro-British
Unionists to withdraw
most of its ministers from
government, bringing it to
the brink of collapse.
The unionists say
paramilitary activity must
be tackled if Northern
Ireland is to move for ward.
“ To have stability in the
future we need to deal
with that cancer at the
heart of government now,”
said acting First Minister
Arlene Foster, a Unionist
who sur vived a bomb
attack on a school bus at
the age of 17.
While life has changed
for many in bustling central
Belfast, parts of Northern
Ireland remain divided.
The divide is felt strongest
in the working class areas
of Belfast where there is
little integration and little
obvious economic benefit
from the peace.
“I have no friends on
the other side of the
community and I believe
I never will,” said Jake, a
worker who stood smoking
on the Protestant Shankill
Road underneath British
flags fluttering from every
building and lamp post.
While a multi-million
pound make-over draws
tourists to the capital Belfast, to the docks
where the Titanic was built and to the
area’s rolling green hills, the sprawling
low-rise Belfast estates still carry the scars
of the conflict.
To be sure, the end of what amounted
to a war is enormous progress. Cross-
community initiatives have taken off.
There is a level of integration that would
have been unthinkable in the past.
As a result, Peter Shirlow, director
of Irish studies at the University of
Liverpool, said Northern Ireland was now
a very different place to the one that gave
rise to sectarian violence in the late 1960s.
The paramilitary groups who have moved
into crime have failed to keep support
from the wider community, he said.
“I ’m not saying there won’t be some
sporadic violence, but simply we no longer
have the conditions of 1968. D uring each
crisis, people have sabre-rattling and said
we will fall back into the past, I have never
seen any evidence of that,” he said.
Shirlow said he took heart from the fact
that of the 17 people so far arrested over
the August 12 murder of McGuigan, the
majority have generally been in their 50s
— “part of the Troubles generation” — and
not new recruits.
But 38-year-old Kerry still walks the
long way round to avoid a Protestant area
when she visits her family on Belfast ’s
Catholic Falls Road. Kerry declined to
give her last name.
“ If you’re brought up surrounded by
politics and hate then you will continue
to be political and full of hate. I’ve just
kept myself to myself, lots of us do,” said
Kerry, speaking in the shadow of the
so-called “peace walls”, 15m high ‘fences’
that separate Catholic and Protestant
A sur vey for the Economic and Social
Research Council showed that the
majority of people under 30 support
mixed marriages between Catholics and
Protestants, however less than half also
believe there will be lasting peace.
Murals on Protestant streets warn
of the IRA — “ They Still Exist You
Know ” — while others celebrate the
lives of paramilitary gunmen and Queen
Elizabeth. The Shankill Historical Society
sells babies bibs with the Protestant
resistance call: “My cry is No Surrender”.
In the nearby Catholic Falls Road area,
murals link the fight for a united Ireland
to the campaigns led by Nelson Mandela
and Martin Luther King.
Jude Whyte, a peace campaigner who
lost his mother in a pro British bombing
in 1984, said many people in Belfast still
lived parallel lives, with separate social
lives, separate education systems and
separate sports — a modern day apartheid.
“Society is anything but normal here,”
Whyte told BBC Radio. “(We have)
walls that divide white English speaking
Christians from each other. You could live
your whole life in Belfast and never meet a
“They do say tall walls make good
neighbours,” said Jake, referring to the
“peace walls” that were meant to be erected
as temporary structures in 1969 but
“ It would be premature to remove them.”
Northern Ireland’s deep distrust
A man walks past a mural supporting the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.
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