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uLetters to the editor
1625 - Death of King James I, the first Stuart
king of England and the first to rule both
England and Scotland.
1794 - The US Navy officially comes into
being when Congress votes to provide a naval
1860 - ML Byrn of New York
City is granted the first patent on a
corkscrew (a “gimlet screw” with a
1923 - Death of Sir James Dewar,
Scottish chemist and physicist whose
inventions include the vacuum flask
1968 - Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut who
flew the world’s first manned space mission, is
killed in the crash of training plane.
1977 - Two Boeing 747s, owned by KLM
and Pan-Am, collide and burst into flames on
runway at Tenerife in Canary Islands, killing
1991 - Commandos storm a jetliner in
Singapore, killing four Pakistani hijacker.
2002 - Deaths of Oscar-winning film-maker
Billy Wilder, aged 95, comedian Milton Berle,
aged 93, and British actor-comedian D udley
Moore, aged 66.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Louis XVII, son of King Louis XVI and
Queen Marie-Antoinette (1785-1795);
Frederick Henry Royce, English auto engineer
(1863-1933); Gloria Swanson, actress (1899-
1983); Lord ( James) Callaghan,
former British prime minister (1912-
2005); Michael York, English actor
(1942-); Andrew Farriss, Australian
rock musician of INXS fame (1959-);
Quentin Tarantino, US film director
(1963-); Mariah Carey, US singer
(1970-); David Coulthard, Scottish
Formula One driver (1971-); Fergie, US singer
(1975-); Jessie J, British singer-songwriter
(1988-); Kimbra, NZ singer (1990-) .
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that
intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
— Bill Watterson, US cartoonist (1958-).
“Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend
hospitality to strangers.” — Romans 12:13
uFood for thought
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Blackball St John
The St John Greymouth Area
Committee is exceptionally disappointed
with the story which has appeared in
the Greymouth Star and on-line on the
NZ Herald website about our Blackball
We have always engaged with St John
members and volunteers about what our
plans for the building are. We held a
meeting with the Blackball-based
St John volunteers in the middle of 2016
and explained to them that the building,
which is unsafe and not able to be used
fully, would be sold and that the first
response unit which is based in Blackball
will still be based in the town (we are
negotiating a location). Denise Kilpatrick
was present at this meeting.
The building was donated to St John by
the Grey Valley Ambulance Association
18 years ago. It has been the property of
St John since. The building is unsafe: St
John has been unable to use the upstairs
area of the building for several years due
to safety concerns and the lack of a fire
escape. (We do use the downstairs section
to house the first response unit.)
St John has struggled to find volunteers
for this location for some time. We
have not been able to fully fill volunteer
rosters for a long time, and if there is
an emergency incident in Blackball the
response often comes from elsewhere
(usually Greymouth). Even if the
Blackball first response unit does
respond, then back-up is still provided
from Greymouth station to the
There will be no reduction of service
in Blackball; there will continue to be
a first response unit based in the town,
and if there are volunteers willing to do
shifts it will be available for them to use.
Responses to incidents will continue to
come from outside the town, if necessary.
The statement, ‘(Mrs) Kilpatrick said
Blackball had been waiting for over
six years for a new ambulance facility,
following a gift of money, but St John
had been quiet on that ’ is incorrect. St
John has not received any gift of money
for any facility in Blackball.
The community of Blackball can be
assured that there will be no reduction to
the current ser vice in Blackball. The first
response unit will continue be housed in
the town and if volunteers wish to use it,
then it is available for this purpose.
St John Greymouth Area Committee
Coast water exports
The greenies have started again, a
petition against bottled water — they
are a few years too late. They must have
run out of mines, trees, fishing, power
stations, dams or any other sort of stuff to
The South Westland water exports,
good on them for having the go in
them to do something constructive for
the Coast. Too often we sit back and
complain about nothing happening here.
Helen Rasmussen, the spokeswoman,
said that the area is short of industry,
the schools are short of students and the
tourism jobs are only seasonal.
I have said before, we should be using
our water for bottling export, hydro or
whatever. It is something we have got
that not many others have. With the talk
of climate change (I do not believe in
global warming, by the way) they say that
we will get wetter and lots of other places
will be drier. Why not make the most of
I think that maybe a royalty charge on
the water, only for export, and the money
coming back to local councils might be a
good way to offset the rates we pay.
The West Coast is rapidly becoming an
unaffordable place too because we have
not a big enough rating base. With 83%
of land locked up in the DOC estate
we have no hope of expanding. Water
exports may help. How can we attract
new people to the West Coast if they
cannot afford to live here?
People like Helen Rasmussen can see
ahead and should be encouraged. We
need more entrepreneurs, people who
have a go, and not the ‘anti-brigade’.
They have not come up with anything
that has made us better off. I think they
just enjoy watching the slow decline of
the Coast so they can visit and say, ‘we
did that ’. By the way, there are probably
a hundred other rivers we could do it to
— e specially when we get up to 11m of
rainfall per year on the Coast.
Well here we go, the first resounding
echoes of pops and shooting corks in the
battle for the world’s water.
A headline in the Greymouth Star
(March 21) reads, ‘O verseas buyers seek
Haast water’. We are told there is very
little opposition on the West Coast to the
proposal by Okuru Enterprises.
Well, surprise, surprise. What sort
of tonnage of amatol, c4 plastique or
dynamite could possibly move Coasters
off their oh-so -comfy bottoms? Meant, of
course, in an oh so figurative sense.
Perhaps the complacency is innocent,
after all, consents were lodged with the
West Coast Regional Council in secret.
A dozen-odd years ago ‘they ’ declared
within the pages of this paper that
they would infiltrate councils, forums,
roundtables etc ad nauseam. Yes, the
old boys’ network is still going strong;
public notification is no longer
Round up the usual suspects. Well
boys, do not relax, a big spanner in your
Rest home care
The recent media statements explaining
the changes to rest homes in Greymouth
(Greymouth Star, March 24) raises
questions whether all the necessary
information was gathered in the decision
The new manager’s duty description
included addressing “some issues around
care of residents”. The article also stated,
that during the two other occasions, when
the DHB appointed temporary managers,
their “role was to address specific breaches
in the rest home’s contract with the
It is interesting to note the Ministry
of Health requirements to enter a DHB
contracted residential care. A Ministry of
Health document stated that the person
must be needs assessed by a DHB or
DHB NASC as having high, or very
high needs which are indefinite (i.e. the
person’s condition cannot be reversed).
Qualifying criteria, the needs are
‘ indefinite’ and the ‘condition cannot be
reversed’ requires a competent assessment.
The assessment should be done by a
multidisciplinary team appropriate for
the patient ’s needs. Assessment team of
an older patient, with medical problems
leading to long-term disability should
include a medical team headed by a
geriatrician. Any patient who had required
an acute admission to a secondary care
hospital, a specialist acute care physician
and-or surgeon should have assessed and
stabilised the medical conditions, prior to
referral to the geriatrician.
Any hospitalised patient benefiting from
physiotherapy or occupational therapy,
the assessment and treatment should have
been initiated in hospital. An appropriate
assessment should have identified the
causes of any disabilities and-or pain,
followed by a treatment and follow up
plan. The DHB has the obligation to
provide these ser vices prior to admission
to long-term residential care.
The auditors had stated that all family
members were unanimous in their
comments about excellent care being
provided at the rest home. As the DHB
has been given the duty of quality
improvement, it is important to get input
from informed family members and
independent clinicians, whether DHB
fulfilment of its own obligations are
Histor y House
Just recently I read in the Greymouth
Star of the discussion on whether to
upgrade the present building in which
History House is housed, or move to the
Dick Smith building.
The Grey County building is a part of
Greymouth’s history. A few years ago,
Nelson City’s museum was transferred
from Isel Park, Stoke, to a modern
building in the Nelson CBD. It was not
long before it was found that there was
a shortage of space to store exhibits.
Gone was plenty of free parking and
because of higher operating costs it was
decided to charge out-of-district visitors
an admission fee. Instead of staffing
one building it is necessary to keep and
On my last visit to History House
some years ago, Kevin Brown and I spent
some time looking through old photos of
Rewanui miners back in the late 1920s
but could not decide which of the men
were our fathers.
It would appear to me that Mayor
Kokshoorn is in favour of upgrading the
present building, which is apparently
the cheaper option. As mayor, he should
use his mayoral right and have the work
her hometown of
Kobani in Syria,
Shorash did not
initially see it as a career opportunity.
Grabbing only what she could carry,
Shorash and her family trekked on foot
across the Turkish border. After months
of sleeping rough in parks and bouncing
from one refugee camp to another, they
eventually settled near Erbil, in Iraq’s
relatively stable Kurdistan region.
“I had been looking for work without
any success, and was feeling rather bored
and frustrated,” said 23-year-old Shorash,
who did not disclose her surname for
One day, her husband told her about a
local women’s centre, run by non-profit
group “Women for Women International”
that offered training to help women
A law graduate, Shorash was a diligent
student and attended all classes, even
giving birth to her daughter just hours
after her final exams.
She developed a plan to establish a
greenhouse construction business — in
demand in the region as a modern way to
grow fruit and vegetables.
“The programme changed my life — I
no longer feel lonely and isolated as
before,” she said.
Gender equality and empowerment
of women are among the 17 global
Sustainable Development Goals designed
to tackle poverty, inequality and climate
change by 2030.
Nowhere is support for women more
important and urgent than in post-
conflict situations, experts say.
“ We believe that women survivors
of war are agents of change, and that
through empowering women we will
actually empower the entire community,”
said Mandana Hendessi, WfWI’s director
for the Syria crisis response and Iraq.
The WfWI centre, one of three in Iraq,
enables women to rebuild their lives after
conflict, to meet in a safe space, and to
learn new skills.
“People do have a very distorted view of
refugee life,” Hendessi said. “ They think
everybody is just sitting there in a tent
waiting for food to arrive or for medicine
.. . but we’re talking about women who
back in Syria were incredibly resourceful,
generally quite educated and losing all
of their identity once they became a
Some 4.9 million Syrians; the majority
women and children; are refugees in
neighbouring states, according to the
United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.
The WfWI programme in Iraq supports
around 400 mainly Syrian and Yazidi
female refugees, and also works with men
to ensure social cohesion.
As is common in post-conflict societies,
many of the women have lost their male
relatives to war, and find themselves
thrust into the position of sole
breadwinner. One in four Syrian refugee
families is now headed by a woman,
according to WfWI.
Projects like that supporting
Shorash encourage women to grasp
entrepreneurial opportunities, nurturing
start-ups from wedding ser vices and hair-
salons to bakeries and sweet shops.
Research suggests men often do not
adapt as well as women to new roles
in times of conflict, said Nicola Jones,
principal research fellow at the London-
based O verseas Development Institute.
“Often women have been more flexible,”
Rather than waiting for institutions
to be rebuilt after wars, which can take
generations, women’s informal networks
are an increasingly powerful tool for
driving for ward economic and social
recovery, she added.
In northern Nigeria, a region under
the shadow of Boko Haram militants,
Fatima Adamu is working to equip
young women to become midwives and
In patriarchal rural communities,
Adamu negotiates with local leaders to
nominate a young woman to train in the
city who will then return home to help
close the village healthcare gap.
“The reality is nobody is coming from
the city to fill that space for you, so you
must provide,” said Adamu, explaining
how she persuades villages to participate.
The “ Women for Health” programme,
led by Health Partners International,
aims to train more than 6000 female
workers and deploy them to rural health
facilities in a region where up to 90%
of women deliver their babies without a
skilled birth attendant present.
On graduating, the young women are
usually employed by local governments,
and must work for a minimum of three
years in their villages before they can
The programme has faced some
At least a handful of women have been
divorced during their absence or returned
home to find their husbands have taken
another wife, said Adamu.
In some cases, the community has
rallied to pressure the husband to support
his wife’s training, knowing the village
will benefit in the long term.
The women often take up leadership
roles when they return and are more
able to negotiate power structures, said
Educating women and girls is “the
surest way to address the challenges of
extremism, poverty and ... break the cycle
of inequality ”, she said, in the region
ravaged by Boko Haram, an Islamist
group whose insurgency has killed 15,000
people and forced some two million
from their homes. Historically, conflicts
can accelerate women’s rights and social
opportunities, as seen after World
War Two in Europe, while working
women can help pick up the pieces and
contribute significantly to rebuilding
war-torn communities, experts say.
“Often post-conflict there are real
opportunities to rethink the social and
political contract with citizens,” said
ODI’s Jones. — Reuters
Women who recently fled the Islamic State’s stronghold on the outskirts of Mosul queue to receive food at the school at Debaga camp, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq.
couple were “fair but
improving” in the
following a collision at an intersection in
Hokitika on Saturday evening. They are Mr
William Rowe, a roadman, and his wife Mrs
Mavis Rowe. Both are believed to be suffering
from internal injuries.
The accident occurred on the corner of Park
and Sale streets at 7pm on Saturday. Mr and
Mrs Riowe collided with a car driven by Claud
Allan Ilton, aged 19, of Kumara. Both cars were
exrtensively damaged about the front.
A nine-hour ‘freeze’ in limestone caves in the
Nile River area, 15 miles south oif Westport,
left a 14-year-old Nelson boy in a shocked
condition last night. He was Paul Wood, who
was one of a party of Venturer scouts from
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury who
were touring the caves yesterday.
A full-scale search and rescue operation was
mounted to find the boy who was lost in the
labyrinth of the recently-discovered caves when
he had stopped to put his sandshoes back on
and then took a wrong turn.
The boy was discovered shortly before 10pm
in a ‘dead end’ in the caves — an area missed
by previous searchers. He was not admiited to
hospital but was in a badly shocked condition
when found by the SAR party.
Large congregations, including many visitors,
attended most Easter Day church ser vices in
Greymouth yesterday. The first of the ser vices
was at St Patrick’s Catholic Church at 11pm
on Saturday night and they concluded with
evening ser vice at St John’s Presbyterian
Church at 7pm last evening.
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