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uLetters to the editor
1581 - Francis Drake arrives back in England
after circumnavigating the globe and is knighted
by Queen Elizabeth I on board his ship, the
1617 - John Napier, Scottish
mathematician who invented the
concept of logarithms, dies.
1918 - World War One’s Second
Battle of the Somme ends with
Germany having gained some
60km at a cost of 150,000 killed or
wounded; Allied casualties number 160,000.
1929 - Fourteen die when a dam on the
Cascade River, Tasmania, bursts and floods the
town of Derby.
1932 - US researcher Professor C G King of
Pittsburgh isolates vitamin C for the first time.
1949 - Nato is founded when the North
Atlantic Treaty is signed in Washington by
foreign ministers of United States, Britain,
France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal,
Denmark, Iceland, Nor way and Canada.
1964 - The Beatles set a record by having all of
the top five US singles at the same time.
1968 - US civil rights leader Dr Martin
Luther King is assassinated in Memphis,.
1975 - About 155 children die when a US
Air Force transport plane carrying Vietnamese
orphans crashes on take-off from Saigon.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Grinling Gibbons, English sculptor (1648-
1721); Muddy Waters, US blues musician
(1913-1983); Elmer Bernstein, US
composer (1922-2004); Anthony
Perkins, US actor (1932-1992);
Kitty Kelley, US biographer (1942-);
Craig T Nelson, US actor (1944-);
Christine Lahti, US actress
(1950-); Hugo Weaving, Australian
actor (1960-); Graham Norton,
Irish talk-show host (1963-); Robert
Downey Jr, US actor (1965-); Heath Ledger,
Australian actor (1979-2008); Grumpy Cat,
US internet- celebrity feline (2012-).
“ You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea.”
— Medgar Evers, murdered American civil
rights activist (1926-1963).
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will
sustain you; He will never let the righteous be
shaken. ” — (Psalm 55:22)
uFood for thought
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Unfair cost of
Can the Greymouth Hospital please
explain to me why, when you have two
individuals who require the same medical
resource and are told the medical resource
can not, for whatever reason, be provided
locally, the hospital will cover associated
travel costs for one individual to travel to
Christchurch, but not for the other — all
because one has a Community Services
Card and the other does not.
If our hospital can not provide for the
needs of the community which it serves,
and therefore has to outsource those
ser vices required, surely the hospital should
be meeting all associated costs in their
entirety for these services, regardless of the
individual’s financial situation?
I feel it is unfair that those who have a
Community Services Card can have their
associated expenses for travel covered,
whereas those who do not have this card
have to suffer the financial cost. These
ser vices should be available to one and all
within the area they live, without having to
travel, and at no cost. That is why we pay
It is Greymouth Hospital’s responsibility
to ensure proper care and treatment is
available to those who need it, without
burdening them financially.
The hospital makes an appointment
without consulting you, for a referral made
last August, and you only find out about
this when the outsourced provider rings
for confirmation of your attendance. An
outsourced provider who, by all accounts,
is holding a clinic on a Friday in April as
a favour to the hospital because they are
They do not take into account your
disability, driving time involved, the
frustration of Christchurch traffic, having
no idea where you are going or how to
get there, detours that end up getting
you lost, or rush hour traffic getting out
of Christchurch. Then there are the road
works and bridge closures, upwards of
$150 in fuel and a loss of a day ’s wages, and
arriving home at 9pm or 10pm completely
The hospital also expect your partner to
suffer the loss of a day ’s wages to go with
you as support or to take a sick day.
I do not see why I should have to fork out
to be seen in Christchurch when I should
be seen here. I feel it is discriminatory of
the DHB to cover some and not others.
We are all in the same boat re our hospital’s
inability to cater for the community’s needs.
Museum under threat
Poignant and fascinating events from
Grey district ’s past families are accessible to
residents and their visitors at Greymouth’s
History House Museum, to be engaged
with during our notorious wet, windy
coastal weather conditions.
The museum collection is the priceless
heritage of Grey district, housed in a strong
admirable 14-room 1924 period building,
which showcases it well — boasting a
view of the Grey River mouth, plus ample
camper van parking space on freehold land.
It is an easily-accessible facility which
strongly appeals to visitors of all ages,
cultures and tastes — two minutes from
the skate park, theatre, bakery, retail area. A
paean to the Grey District Council’s efforts
The museum is currently under threat,
‘closed for earthquake strengthening
reasons’, but omitted from budget
allocations in the council’s draft annual
plan, i.e sorry, no money for earthquake
strengthening. (The cost of this is estimated
by one reputable engineer at just $25,000).
Obviously, the contents of the museum
can be trucked up the road to any location
big enough — yet this option could be the
first foolish step in a series of mistakes,
losing a unique heritage building which
constitutes at least 40% of the enjoyment
factor in the visitor experience.
Draft annual plan submissions close on
April 19, 2017. A submission to the Grey
District Council to have a small budget
allocated to History House Museum can
be as simple as a paragraph, with name
and address supplied in writing to the
council, 105 Tainui Street, or e-mailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or via the
Who will help to save History House
failure to consult
Businesses or partial/private business
properties pay the Westland District
Council $325 for a Hokitika promotions
rate, also a $780 tourism promotion rate,
more for higher valued properties (surely
Development West Coast could pay this
one), on top of the Hokitika commercial,
uniform annual general charge, water,
sewerage, refuse rates, and the general
The council continues to review rating
information data. Now an attempt is
being made to scoop private property
owners with small businesses operating
from home, to the commercial pool.
Many Westland rural small business
operations receive minimal or zilch
council ser vices; they pay for their own.
Yet, the council causes irritation and
more costs by threatening up to 100%
commercial rating by July 1, depending
on the ratio split or business revenue
(which is not their business).
Annual planning and rate setting is
complex, with obligations to the Rating
Act. The council has set next year’s rate
increase, and among the shemozzle,
Mayor Smith suggests “saving costs”
through no consultation!
He sees no difference from the coming
year to that of the long-term plan. Is he
out of order or does he prefer not to see?
How many unfair and poor decisions
made by this Westland District Council
have long-term faithful ratepayers
worn the brunt of ? At the beginning
of this triennium the council arranged
‘preferred community groups’ (councillor
representation). These groups do not
always consist of those who have the
The council has in the past failed
by leaving communities to consult
themselves, causing fractures within the
community. It is council responsibility
to carry out fair and proper consultation,
significance and engagement. Perhaps
a policies failure — no description of
how they will consult with people and
Surely chief executive Tanya Winter
realises the anomalies and must hold
some accountability in her role, such
cause of controversy and cost. We have
all witnessed issues, where there has been
poor transparency and-or feasibility: i.e.
the cycle trail, Kumara endowment funds,
Pioneer Monument, Ross Cemetery
sale, Franz Josef Glacier sewerage ponds,
Haast-Hollyford roading, Franz Josef
heliport, Wildfoods Festival, tourism
costs-infrastructure, asset planning,
austerity depreciation — significant
issues at risk and cost, financially,
environmentally and socially.
It makes government awards a sham,
when standards of diligence and care
from the highly paid council and CCO
profession falter. Many of our few
Westland ratepayers pay to receive
unkempt or zilch ser vices, yet we have
endured huge rate increases. There is
much more work to be carried out so it
is advisable that Mayor Smith does carry
out proper due diligence, in consultation
with all ratepayers, not just a few.
Should I bring
Now that we have negotiated the daylight
saving time changing of clocks for another
six months, perhaps we could all revise our
primary school learning of ‘how to tell the
In this, I include the TV One weather
reports, which have sparked this outburst.
If we all operated on the 24-hour system
there would be no problem other than
being able to count to 24. That system is
based on midnight being nought (0) and
then says 100 hours for what is otherwise
known as 1am, 200 hours (2am) 1200
hours (midday) and on to 2400 midnight,
24 hours from the last midnight where we
But then we have the 12-hour system,
which everyone used to have drummed
into them at school. This is based on noon
or midday. The word midday is from Latin
meridanus which in turn is derived from
medius mid and dies day.
This time-telling system is based on
more Latin, ante meaning before and
post meaning after. So we have am
ante-meridian, before midday, and post-
meridian, after midday.
There is no 12am or 12pm because 12
is just midday or midnight, not before or
after midday or midnight because that is
nonsensical and confusing. Midnight just
floats about by itself, as it were, while we
look at before or after midday, which the
Romans (Latin speakers) saw as the high or
brightest point of the day.
So, we tell the time on the 12-hour
system as midnight, then 12.01am, (or
a nanosecond after 12 midnight, if you
want to be that particular), then 12.02am
etc right up to 12 midday when it starts
again, only with pm (post-meridian or
‘after midday ’) after the time, for example,
Noon is another word for 12 midday but,
if you look into it too much, it could cause
more confusion. In Latin, nona hora meant
the ninth hour and originally applied to
3pm (on the 12-hour system) as 3pm was
seen as the ninth hour after dawn and a
high point of the day.
Just accept that these days 12 means
‘midday ’ and ‘afternoon’ means after (post)
‘midday ’, say 1pm, as an example.
So the 24-hour system is much less
confusing than trying to figure out if people
have remembered the difference between
am and pm in the 12-hour system and can
tell a midday from a midnight. For example,
if someone says, ‘meet me at 12pm’ will you
or will you not take a torch? There is ‘no
such thing’ as 12am or 12pm. Just call it
midnight or midday (noon) or arrange to
meet slightly later, 12.01am, or 12.01pm for
instance, so you will know about the torch.
We are very fortunate in Greymouth to
have Peter Neame as our elected DHB
There are few of his calibre, or quality of
character, who have the courage to speak
out concerning alarming trends in West
Coast mental care.
It puzzles me that a remote control chair
from Nelson can be so out of touch with
reality to criticise Peter Neame.
he White House released
financial disclosures for
many of its senior officials
on Friday — a group of
some of the wealthiest
people ever to join a
The documents provide a snapshot
of what the employees’ finances looked
like when they joined government
service in January, but they do not give
a full account of how those people are
disentangling from business assets that
could pose possible conflicts of interest.
President Donald Trump, a billionaire
New York businessman, and Vice-
President Mike Pence, the former Indiana
governor, are not legally required to file
new financial disclosures until next year.
Here are some of the findings:
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared
Kushner have reportedly attained a vast
real estate and investment fortune worth
as much as $US741 million ($NZ1056
United States President Donald
Trump’s eldest daughter also has a stake
in the Trump International Hotel in
Washington, DC while she works in
the White House as an assistant to the
president, according to ethics filings
released by the White House on Friday
night and reported in The New York
The New York Post reports that from
the hotel alone, Ms Trump raked in
somewhere between $1m and $5m
between January 2016 and March 2017,
the Times reported.
The value of her stake in the business is
worth between $5m and $25m.
Mr Kushner, who serves as Mr Trump’s
senior adviser collected about $195m in
income last year. He detailed in his filings
that he and and Ivanka collected about
$195m in income last year.
Kushner and Trump resigned from all
of their business entities and sold off 58
assets. But the couple held on to much of
what they have built into a global and real
Kushner began selling off the most
problematic pieces of his portfolio shortly
after Trump won the election, and some
of those business deals predate what is
required to be captured in the financial
disclosure forms. For example, Kushner
sold his stake in a Manhattan skyscraper
to a trust his mother oversees. Kushner
organised much of his holdings into
trusts for which he is the sole primary
The filings also showed that Steve
Bannon, the president ’s combative chief
strategist, made between $1.3m and
$2.3m last year, the Times said.
The former head of Brietbart News
disclosed $191,000 in consulting fees
from the news organisation, in addition to
$125,333 from the data firm Cambridge
Analytica and a $61,539 salary from the
conservative non-profit Government
All three of those organisations are
backed by Trump mega donors Robert
Mercer and his daughter, Rebecca.
Cambridge was the main data provider
for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who
waged a bitter battle with Trump for
the Republican nomination. Bannon’s
consulting firm pulled in more than
$125,000 from Cambridge last year.
He has stake in Cambridge somewhere
between $1m and $5m, but the disclosure
says he has an “agreement in principle” to
sell his investment.
Bannon also disclosed his ownership
stake worth up to $5m in Bannon
Film Industries Inc, the entertainment
company that veered into political-
themed documentaries, including last
year’s anti-Hillary Clinton documentary
He retains that investment even while
selling off other arrangements, according
to the filing.
White House chief of staff Reince
Priebus earned $1.4m in 2016. Most of
that came from his Milwaukee law firm
at which he is a partner. He also earned
more than $500,000 for his work with the
Republican National Committee.
Counsellor to the president, Kellyanne
Conway, said she made $800,000 last year
from her consulting firm. She has assets
worth between $10m and $39m.
Conway, who became the first female
campaign manager to successfully elect a
president, is, not surprisingly, a successful
woman herself. Even before being named
counselor to the president, Conway was
worth as much as $40m, derived mostly
from her investments and her salary at
her personal political consulting firm, “the
polling company/Woman Trend.”
Conway earned, through her company,
slightly more than $800,000 in business
income for her work in 2016. The
business is worth between $1m and $5m,
according to her disclosure statement.
Most of Conway ’s assets, more than
$31m, are held in cash or money-market
accounts — likely because she had to sell
most of her investments before taking a
job in the White House.
She does still own stock in drug giant
Pfizer, snack food companies Kraft Heinz
and Mondelez, and tobacco companies
Altria and Philip Morris. Those stock
holdings are relatively minor — less
than $200,000 — compared with her net
Conway gave speeches or provided
political consulting services to dozens
of political interest groups, mostly
advocating conservative causes. She
also gave a paid speech to Point 72
Asset Management, the firm owned by
billionaire hedge fund manager Steven
White House press secretary Sean
Spicer made $260,000 last year for
his work as communications director
and chief strategist for the Republican
National Committee. He also raked in
between $50,000 and $165,000 in rent
for four investment properties he owns in
Some of the disclosures raised concerns
from ethics watchdogs such as the
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics
in Washington which pointed out that
public officials are prohibited from
making financial gains off their positions.
One of the wealthiest members of the
Trump administration — aside from the
president himself — is Gary Cohn, who
left a top position at Goldman Sachs to
become Trump’s chief economic adviser.
His financial disclosure shows he received
at least $40m in income from Goldman
Sachs-related dividends, interest, salary
and bonuses, about half of which was in
some form of stock compensation.
His investments range from prestigious
venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz
to self-storages units in Ohio. Cohn also
reported more than $1m in income from
the Industrial and Commercial Bank of
China — something the White House
has said he is in the process of divesting
along with his Goldman holdings.
Don McGahn, who served as Trump’s
top campaign lawyer and is now White
House counsel, made more than $2.4m
last year for his work at Jones Day, a
prominent Washington law firm with
deep ties to the Republican Party.
McGahn listed legal services for more
than 22 conservative and GOP-tied
entities last year, including the National
Rifle Association, the Citizens United
Foundation, the Republican National
Committee and Americans for Prosperity.
A guitar player who often performs
in public with an 1980s cover band
called Scott ’s New Band, McGahn also
disclosed that he earned $4900 last year
from a music booking firm.
Kellogg, the National Security Council
chief of staff, reported earning $96,000
in salary and severance for one month
working for Cubic Corp, a defence
contractor, plus ownership worth at least
$366,000 in various investment funds,
bonds and a retirement account. He owed
at least $600,000 in loans, including a
mortgage on his home. — n ew s .com.au
White House wealth
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Since the advent of
television on the West
Coast — received
over most of the area for the past 15 months
— m a ny have given up other pastimes such
as night school, films and reading, in favour
of regular entertainment watched from the
comfort of home.
And now that CHTV3 has extended its
transmission hours to 60 a week by starting
daily at 2pm, it could be in future that some
housework will be hurriedly carried out or
left until tomorrow so that the homemaker
can relax in front of her set to enjoy a special
women’s section. The station manager said he
had already received several complaints from
women who said they could not tear themselves
away from the screen.
This may not be the case with the average
housewife, but many recall the unusual emotion
of about nearly 100 Hokitika people, nearly all
women, earlier this year. The local translator
had been switched off for repairs so the 100
huddled around a specially rigged-up set at
the translator site to watch an episode of the
serial Peyton Place. Heavy rain and wind went
unnoticed as the play went on.
After 50 years of ser vice with the Railways
Department on the West Coast, Mr Len
Williams has retired for the last time. He
started with the railways in 1916 when
he joined the car and wagon staff at the
After 40 years Mr Williams retired. Later
however, he joined the goods shed staff and
finally completed his half-century on Friday.
At a social hour Mr and Mrs Williams were
presented with a silver tea ser vice by goods
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