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uLetters to the editor
1066 - William the Conqueror lands at
Pevensey, Sussex, and begins the Norman
Conquest of England.
1745 - British national anthem God Save
the King is first performed, at London’s Drury
1891 - Death of Herman Melville, US
novelist and author of Moby Dick.
1924 - Two US Army planes land in Seattle,
having completed the first round-the-world
flight in 175 days.
1950 - Indonesia is admitted to the United
1962 - Fire destroys a Brisbane tram depot
and 67 tramcars at a cost of $A2.59 million.
This event helped hasten the demise of the
tram system in the city.
1965 - Volcano 56km south of Manila in
Philippines erupts, killing 184.
1970 - Egypt’s President Gamal
Abdel Nasser dies of a heart attack,
to be succeeded by Anwar Sadat.
1994 - In Europe’s worst peacetime
maritime disaster, 852 people drown
when the ferry Estonia sinks sailing
from Tallinn to Stockholm.
1997 - Swiss voters over whelmingly
approve their country’s liberal drug policies,
including the dispensation of heroin to addicts.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Georges Clemenceau, French statesman
(1841-1929); Peter Finch, Australian actor
(1916-1977); Marcello Mastroianni, Italian
actor (1924-1996); Brigitte Bardot,
French actress (1934-); Bruce
Crampton, Australian golfer
(1935-); Ben E King, US singer
(1938-2015); Helen Shapiro, British
singer (1946-); Bob Carr, former
NSW premier (1947-); Sylvia
Kristel, D utch actress (1952-2012);
Mira Sor vino, US actress (1967-);
Naomi Watts, Australian actress (1968-); Dita
Von Teese, US performer (1972-); Hilary Duff,
US actress and singer (1987-); Maron Cilic,
Croatian tennis player (1988-).
“ Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be
maintained quite unaltered through the course
of hours.” — Thomas Mann, German writer
“ For if you remain silent at this time, relief
and deliverance for the Jews will arise from
another place, but you and your father’s family
will perish. And who knows but that you have
come to royal position for such a time as this?”
— Esther 4:14
The West Coast
has been presented
with a mail coach
that has been in the possession of the Foster
family, of Hokitika, for well over 50 years. In
fact, exactly 50 years ago Tom and Bob Foster
held the contract for carrying mails from Ross
to Franz Josef (or Waiho Gorge as it was then
known), including a weekly run to Waitaha
and back in one day.
In 1916, when Mr Tom Foster joined
the army to ser ve overseas in World War
One, the coach was put into a shed and
it has been stored out of the weather ever
since. Consequently it is in excellent order,
being Australian in origin and built of very
durable Australian timber. It was renovated
and painted for its appearance in the Ross
It is a small world. Of this St Bede’s College
schoolboy Grant Beatty has no doubt. In
1963, as an 11-year-old, Grant, the son of
Mr and Mrs Ira Beatty of the Brian Boru
and later the Albion Hotel, tossed a bottle
containing a note over the Greymouth
wharf, asking the finder to reply to him.
The thousand in one chance happened. Not
only was the note returned by a friend of the
Beatty family but it was found in a trawl of
fish caught by Mr Super Shrives, formerly
of Greymouth, in the Marlborough Sounds
earlier this month.
The bottle was recovered in Q ueen
Charlotte Sound. It was returned to Grant
by Mrs Jessie Snow, of Nelson. As Miss
Greenwood, in Gisborne some years before,
she was well known to Grant ’s parents as a
uFood for thought
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Lindsay Molloy (Greymouth Star letters,
September 18) needs to understand that
his views may not reflect the views of the
rest of the West Coast community. Often,
vociferous groups fail to realise that their
view is just that, their view.
A regional councillor’s role is to hear
the views of the whole community and to
make decisions on behalf of the majority.
The ultimate test is the electoral process.
In response to Mr Molloy ’s claim that
I have a personal agenda, I refute this.
My decision making is driven by the
community that I represent.
Under my leadership this council does
consult with the community, as we have
always done, including during my past
two terms on the regional council prior to
Finally, readers need to be aware that
resource consents are not granted by
councillors. That function is fully delegated
to the experts on staff.
West Coast Regional Council
we go again
With the good spell of fine weather,
we will soon be hearing the buzz of
helicopters doing the Kumara-Kawhaka,
Waimea 1080 aerial operation.
It is six years since the last one and now
the monitored numbers of possums are
right down to nothing, to low hundreds.
The bird population has come back slowly,
but nothing like the pre-drop numbers of
No consideration has been given by Tb
Free to respect the wishes of local people
in regard to health and safety when it
comes to 1080 dust. This dust is what kills
the birds, especially the tiny ones, and it
kills kereru, so if anyone is doing a ‘count ’
around here, they need to include pre-drop
Recently there were two operations
in the North Island, one on Auckland’s
Hunua Ranges (Greymouth Star,
September 15) and the other in
Coromandel Forest Park (Greymouth Star,
September 17). In both instances civilians
were in the immediate vicinity of these
operations. Forestry contractors in Hunua
had the helicopter with the 1080 bucket
fly 20m from where they were working.
They could smell the cinnamon lure, this
means they imbibed 1080 dust. The other
at Coromandel Forest Park was on top
of 115 army recruits who were doing a
If anyone is in the area of an aerial 1080
operation they will be dusted and possibly
become very sick from the tiny particles of
All of the contractors and staff employed
by the poison industry wear protective
clothing — why? It is a requirement of
health and safety regulations because they
deal with a class A poison. What is the
difference between civilians who do not
know an operation is taking place and the
staff of pest control who do know and are
wearing protective clothing?
This is an absolute anomaly because it is
supposed to be a controlled substance. It is
regulated with extreme safety procedures
all the way until it gets loaded into a
helicopter and dropped out of the sky.
No responsibility is taken by consenting
bodies for the dangers of the 1080 dust.
DOC, regional councils and the public
officer of health ignore the research
of scientists who do not conform to
their theories. Theories that point to an
ignorance of what a class A toxin — a
broad spectrum poison — means . At
4000-plus tonnes a year, it is not looking
Kumara Environmental Action
Recent research from Otago University
reveals that many advertisements in
leading New Zealand health care
magazines breach code standards and
some claims were not consistent with a
Misleading drug industry claims and
weak regulations hurt us all. Doctors do
not have time to review the research about
all the medicines they prescribe and, like
their patients, they rely on assumptions
that regulatory agencies carefully scrutinise
the data before drugs are allowed on the
The public also assumes that drug
advertising meets the Therapeutic
Products Advertising Code standards.
New Zealand and the USA are the
only countries in the world that allow
direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs.
Drug companies know their massive
marketing investment pays off by
influencing prescribing behaviour and
consumer demand. But patients carry
the risks of misrepresented claims whilst
drug companies collect the profits. In the
US and Europe (licit) drugs are the third
leading cause of death, after heart disease
Useful drugs do not need extra
marketing. So we do not need lobby
advertising to prescribers or on daily tv
telling us what our problems are and
which drugs to fix them.
We need to get rid of direct-to-consumer
drug advertising in New Zealand
Nurses not ‘jack of
The recent Greymouth article described
some of the proposed care delivery plans
for the new hospital. Two components of
proposal causes concern.
There is only one in-patient area for
non-maternity admissions. The article
gives the impression that future nurses
will have the capabilities to work in all
areas of hospital in-patient care. This is
major deviation from the current model
of care and only likely be safe if there is a
dramatic reduction in the level of ser vices
provided in Greymouth.
In modern medicine, with all its
resources and capabilities, individuals do
not have the intelligence or the capability
of being a jack of all trades. Nurses who
under went hospital system of nursing
training would have understood this,
as they went through different areas
of nursing. While the nursing training
provided an introduction to some areas
or nursing, basic nursing training was not
adequate to be competent in many areas
of nursing. As nurses progressed through
post-graduated clinical training, nurses
usually ended up working areas specific
Personal attributes, talents, preferences
and needs of location determined the area
and degree of specialisation but there was
always some degree of specialisation. For
safe, care delivery and clinical education,
senior nurses with specialised clinical
knowledge and knowledge of available
resources is crucial.
An analogy using players in an
international rugby team can be used
to explain the needs. Some players play
highly specialised positions, other have
attributes which allows them to play in
two or few positions. A multi-talented
player may be able to play in any position
at social level, but not at an international
level. The smallest New Zealand hospital
I worked in was Dannevirke (equivalent
to Buller, at the time). Even in this small
hospital, nurses specialised in theatre,
acute surgical, acute medical or long stay
medical, to ser ve the needs.
Freedom camping in Franz Josef Glacier
has come up again, because the people
miss out on the money, that is why it
comes back up. It has very little to do with
where they park or are tidy and do not
leave anything behind. It is the idea they
stay for free and do not pay that is the
There are signs up on road reser ve, which
has nothing to do with them but they still
carry on about it. As for the waste they are
blamed for leaving behind, the sewerage
ponds still runs its dirty water in the
Waiho River, and the council does nothing
about it. Advertising on rural roads with
no consent, helicopters flying with more
than they should ... Why the campers?
Because they are easy targets. Looking to
their own failures first does not go well.
Franz Josef Glacier
So, we are setting up another treaty,
the peppercorn lease. I can remember
the town of Greymouth being under a
Brings to mind the Victoria Park
Raceway. The empty sections, the struggle
of the businesses to pay the new leases.
This came about I suppose by that
peppercorn treaty being broken.
One has to acknowledge, Tony and Paul
know what they are about. Last time it was
only the town people paying the leases. This
time they are going to rope in all those who
pay lease to the Grey District Council.
Remember the original treaty — they
wanted it changed, only three years after it
Polytechnic open day
Re the Tai Poutini Polytechnic open day
on September 12. What an awesome day
for those in the community who attended.
The live music was entertaining — a great
day enjoyed by all, young and old.
I enjoyed having fun doing the word
Scrabble and the demonstration of
the workshops and youngsters getting
their hair done. There was face painting,
prizes for most, and lovely weather and
atmosphere. Thank you.
I am trying to research my grandmother
Ellen Amy Reed (Eleanor) nee Bezer,
born April 4, 1898, originally from
Rotherhithe, London, UK. The last place
of residence known is Greymouth about
1925. She had a daughter Ellen Elizabeth
wondering if any of your readers would be
able to help with any information.
New South Wales
‘Croc’ waits quietly
Mnangagwa allies fill key cabinet posts in reshuffles
has cemented his status as
heir apparent to 91-year-
old Robert Mugabe
after getting close allies
appointed to important cabinet posts
and securing the tasks of reforming the
economy and legal system.
A secretive confidante nicknamed
“Crocodile” in the Shona language,
Mnangagwa was appointed Mugabe’s
official deputy in December after the
sacking of Joice Mujuru, who had held the
position for 10 years.
Mugabe has reshuffled his cabinet three
times in the last nine months to purge
Mujuru supporters and end factional
fights over an eventual successor. Each
time, Mnangagwa allies have secured
With his right-hand-man, July Moyo,
leading operations at ZANU-PF party
headquarters and with what is believed to
be the backing of the military top brass,
Mnangagwa is the closest to power.
“He will have to contend with various
forces . . . he has many obstacles to
overcome. Having said that, he is the most
strategically located to take over,” Eldred
Masunungure, political science lecturer at
the University of Zimbabwe, said.
“He is a close ally and confidante of the
president for a long time.”
Under Mugabe, the only leader
Zimbabwe has known since independence
in 1980, the economy hit a deep recession
from 1999-2008, with inflation reaching
500 billion per cent amid widespread food
shortages. It has yet to fully recover.
Critics accuse Mugabe’s government,
which has been seizing white-owned
commercial farms since 2000, of trampling
on basic rights, undermining the rule of
law and ignoring court judgments against
the veteran leader’s administration.
Now overseeing efforts to revitalise the
moribund economy and align laws to a
new constitution, Mnangagwa’s supporters
say he is undergoing a presidential
“He is well set to be the next president.
It is a matter of time now,” an insider in
Mnangagwa’s group, who has known him
since the 1970s independence war, said.
Insular and reclusive, Mnangagwa
is given to bursts of eccentricity and
colourful prose when addressing rallies,
and lacks the charisma of his boss,
but associates say he is a shrewd and
calculating operator who gets the job done.
Government sources said Mnangagwa
had nudged Mugabe to re-engage the west
and supported Finance Minister Patrick
Chinamasa’s efforts to clear Zimbabwe’s
arrears with foreign creditors despite
dissent from some cabinet colleagues.
In an inter view with London-based New
African magazine in August, Mnangagwa
exhibited the traits of hardliner but also
sought to portray himself as pro-business.
“A leader must not take the people where
they want to go, but where they ought to
go, whether the people or the leader want
it or not, or whether it is hard or not,”
He said Zimbabwe should attract foreign
investors and allow easy movement of
capital, but added: “ There is a danger of
losing ourselves if we become too liberal.”
Mnangagwa, who declined an inter view
request, denies being the automatic
successor, not surprising given Mugabe’s
ruthlessness towards anyone who shows a
whiff of ambition.
For Mugabe, Mnangagwa is a safe pair
of hands. He has known him for 52 years
through colonial jail, the 1970s liberation
war and successive cabinets since 1980,
except between 2000 and 2005 when he
ser ved as parliament speaker.
At a function at his farm in central
Zimbabwe last year, Mnangagwa likened
himself to a man who, at the royal court,
picks food from the king’s teeth after a
meal — implying a cosy relationship with
He also said his Crocodile nickname
relates to his good timing when he was
leader of a group of freedom fighters
known as the Crocodile Gang which
carried out acts of sabotage against the
white minority government in the early
“ You know the traits of a crocodile, don’t
you? It strikes at the appropriate time,” he
told New African magazine.
But the road to State House will not be
Over the last year, Mugabe’s wife Grace
has burst into politics and emerged as a
ZANU-PF power broker in her own right.
A group of younger ZANU-PF
politicians, known as G-40, is floating the
idea of a Mugabe life presidency while
urging Grace to enter the succession race
to thwart Mnangagwa.
“Grace operates in the shadow of the
president. She should be regarded as a
king- or queen-maker and it would be
imprudent if Mnangagwa was to cross her
path at this stage,” Masunungure said.
Another big concern for the Mnangagwa
camp is Mugabe’s seeming ability to defy
the ageing process, including his professed
wish to contest the next election in 2018,
by which time he will be 94.
If he completed that term, Mugabe
would be 99 and Mnangagwa 81 — hardly
the ideal age at which to take up the reins.
Nor would he be assured of victory, given
the long-standing questions about his role
in a crackdown by an elite North Korean-
trained brigade in the early and mid-1980s
against rebels loyal to Joshua Nkomo,
Mugabe’s main political rival.
Mnangagwa was security minister during
the so-called Gukurahundi offensive
when 20,000 civilians, most of them from
the minority Ndebele tribe in western
Zimbabwe, were killed, according to rights
groups. — Reuters
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