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uLetters to the editor
753 BC - According to legend, the city of
Rome is founded by Romulus.
1861 - Australian explorers Robert Burke,
William Wills and John King arrive back at
Cooper Creek to find only a few provisions and
tree marked “Dig, 21st April, 1861”. Base camp
party had left seven hours before. Burke and
Wills died; King was saved by Aborigines.
1910 - Death of US author Mark Twain.
1918 - Baron Manfred von
Richthofen, the German ace known
as the Red Baron, is killed in action
during World War One, apparently
shot down by Australian troops.
1954 - US flies a French battalion
to Indochina to defend Dien Bien
1961 - A French army revolt led by General
Maurice Challe begins in Algeria.
1967 - Military coup in Athens establishes
the regime of the Greek colonels.
1971 - Death of Francois “Papa Doc”
Duvalier, president of Haiti since 1957.
1979 - Q ueensland National Party-
dominated Government demolishes Brisbane’s
historic Belle Vue Hotel.
1995 - FBI arrests former soldier Timothy
McVeigh in connection with the deadly
Oklahoma City bombing two days earlier.
1997 - The ashes of 1960s LSD guru
Timothy Leary and Star Trek creator Gene
Roddenberry are blasted into space.
1998 - France announces an accord on the
future of New Caledonia, easing more than
a decade of tension between pro and anti-
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Charlotte Bronte, English novelist (1816-
1855); Anthony Quinn, Mexican
actor (1915-2001); Queen Elizabeth
II (1926-); Russell Boyd, Australian
cinematographer (1944-); Iggy Pop,
US singer (1947-); Tony Danza, US
actor (1951-); Andie MacDowell, US
actress (1958-); Michael Franti, US
rap singer (1966-); James McAvoy,
Scottish actor (1979-); Princess
Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown
Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
“ I am a great believer in luck, and I find the
harder I work the more I have of it.”
— Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist and
“ Do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your minds, so
that you may discern what is the will of God
— what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
— Romans 12:2
A special two-day
camp was held last
weekend at Marsden
for boys of the
Greymouth St John Ambulance Brigade. The
camp was the first for many of the boys who
were shown how to erect tents and cook. A
search and rescue operation was organised and
the boys had to find their patients, dress their
wounds and carry them out of the bush.
With camp set up it was time for the march
past and taking of the salute by second in
command Mr R Lindbom.
Hearing of Dave McKenzie’s famous victory,
the runner who only a month ago brought
fame to the tiny mining town of Runanga
by winning the Scottish cross-country
championships, Eddie Gray, perhaps Dave
McKenzie’s closest friend, said “I was very very
thrilled about the victory.” Mayor of Runanga
Mr C R Wylde said that he was very thrilled
and felt sure the rest of the township was too.
“ It’s no more than was expected of Dave,”
said Mr Wylde. “ We knew he could do the job
for us. We now hope to give him a reasonable
“ With amalgamation we will lose our
identity,” said Cr C L Moffit on the
amalgamation of the Grey County Council
and the Runanga and Brunner borough
councils, during a lengthy discussion at the
Brunner Borough Council meeting last night.
The Mayor Mr S Gillman, however, said
amalgamation was the path to progress. “ We
are too parochial on the Coast. You hear
the same old story; the West Coast is not
progressing. It is because we are not prepared
to pull together. There are too many small
places keeping to themselves.”
uFood for thought
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It is with great disgust that I have to put
this article in your paper, after paying $30
- - at $10 a trailer load of branches -- and
finding out that a trailer load of rubbish
would cost me around $65, or $260 a
tonne, I can see now why people leave
rubbish on the roadside.
When you take everything into
consideration, we look after the council’s
roadside verge by cutting the grass, trying
to keep their property neat and tidy, so
why is it that they charge exorbitant prices
for the likes of rubbish bags etc?
Also, is it not about time the council
decided to put footpaths around town
so the people could at least leave their
rubbish on the footpath instead of the
As a ratepayer and paying over $2000
per year, plus bags costing around $4 each,
I cannot see why the local council cannot
have a kerbside collection at least every
six months so as people who have not
got a trailer or any means of taking their
waste to the dump can get rid of it by the
kerbside collection (something the council
needs to do as a collector of rates).
All it would take is a couple of people
with a little bit of know-how and some
common sense to rectify this.
I am responding to Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn’s comment regarding
Greymouth businesses ‘failing to take
advantage of a Grey District Council
bylaw change to relax Easter Sunday
regulations’ (Greymouth Star, April 18).
The opportunity to open for businesses
was there, thanks to the council’s change
to the bylaw, but those who chose to
remain closed should not be made to feel
‘ bad’ by not opening. Bravo to you and
‘thank you’ for allowing your hardworking
staff to enjoy a family day.
I also realise that it is often not viable
for smaller businesses to open on a public
holiday as they have to pay staff more. In
any case, hopefully the Greymouth public
can cope with not having shops open for
one day. Goodness knows, we are warned
frequently enough about making sure
we have provisions for at least three days
to a week at all times in case of any civil
For the tourists who were around and
people who wanted to shop downtown,
to quote the article, ‘the same businesses
which regularly opened on a Sunday ’ were
open so there was no less to do than any
We are not Hokitika and nor should we
compare ourselves to that town, which has
traditionally had more tourist shops than
Greymouth and has a totally different ‘feel’
Rather than berate shopkeepers for not
opening their shops on Easter Sunday, and
trying to get Greymouth to model itself
on Hokitika, we should start to look at
what we do have to offer that is different
and special to Greymouth. I, for one, had
no intention of wasting a day off doing
what I can do almost every day. Instead,
I enjoyed the beautiful outdoors, making
the most of the sunny, mild weather and
walking the cycle trail. Later, I enjoyed
a potluck tea with family, friends and
neighbours, and we were all very grateful
that no one had to work in retail that day.
Maybe we should suggest that the
council erects a few more large signs
promoting and directing visitors to our
cycle track from the main road and town
centre. We met some visitors on the track
who had specially come to Greymouth to
cycle the track over the weekend, yet they
could not find any signs directing them to
the start or any entrance point along the
way, and apparently a number of locals
they asked did not know either. Come to
think of it, the only sign we could recall is
the one on the Mawhera Quay floodwall
signalling the start of the cycle trail.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
responds: “I voted for shops to be closed
on Easter Sunday. I support a holiday
for everyone on Christmas Day, Good
Friday, Anzac Day and Easter Sunday. My
comments were about Easter Saturday,
Easter Monday and other weekends
during the year.
Greymouth needs to develop a shopping
experience for the many visitors who
are coming through the area. We need
a strong business and promotions group
to make the CBD a vibrant place where
residents and tourists enjoy going.
There is talk of a Chamber of Commerce
starting in Greymouth, which is excellent,
and the business and promotions group
are hard out recruiting new members and
are working with the council on the town
renewal projects. I did not write the article
in the paper so I can assure Mrs Wood
that she and I are on the same page when
it com es to Easter Sunday.”
Support for mental
I would like to thank the many Coasters
and indeed people from throughout New
Zealand who supported the campaign to
ensure suicidal people get immediate care,
especially those who have written letters to
the editor of the Greymouth Star.
Despite efforts to silence me I will
continue to work with the West Coast
District Health Board to put things right.
New Zealanders were never consulted
about the mass closure of mental health
beds. Some 10,000 medium and long-term
beds were closed down between 1972 and
1992, and this is the sole reason why our
prisons today are bulging at the seams.
When Britain joined the European
Union in the early 1970s, followed closely
by the first oil shocks, the faceless hawks
who advise successive governments began
a programme of health restructuring across
the board not just in mental health. Health
professionals and everyone working in the
health sector has had to put up with over
40 years of cutbacks.
I also have to thank West Coast-Tasman
MP Damien O’Connor, who quickly came
out in support of my stand. Few people
know that when I was chairman of the
Seaview subgroup of the Public Ser vice
Association and fighting the proposed
closure of Seaview, Damien came down to
see me without any prompting from me.
The then-CEO of the West Coast Crown
health enterprise was so defensive she
refused to allow us to meet on the Seaview
Hospital grounds. It was a political risk for
Damien because I had stood three times as
an independent candidate for Parliament,
the first time in 1987, taking 31% of the
vote and making the Coast seat marginal
for the first time in approximately 70
Despite claims to the contrary I am not a
member of any political party. There is an
urgent need for all political parties to get
together to fix mental health and start to
reinvest in health care generally.
I read a lot of negative feedback
regarding freedom camping — most of it
coming from those with a vested interest
in the accommodation business.
I feel a more proactive stance is required.
River community’s book. They did not
want their river mouth and beach soiled
so they installed toilets and rubbish bins, a
Time for businesses that reap the
rewards from tourists to contribute back
to the community they make these gains
from, and stop bleating.
Do not encourage tourists if you can not
provide the appropriate infrastructure to
I recently attended couple of meetings
in Westport about health concerns in the
region. One of the concerns raised was
lack of information about the specific
details of the planned ‘integrated family
health centre’. One of the suggestions,
of asking for specific details before the
building is planned, is a good idea.
Hopefully, the following sections from
the New Zealand Public Health and
Disability Act 2000 will be helpful to
the actively involved members of the
community. Under the objectives of the
DHB, there are collections of words such
as: “to reduce, with a view to eliminating,
health outcome disparities between various
population groups within New Zealand”
. . . “exhibit a sense of environmental
responsibility” . . . “ integration of health
ser vices, especially primary and secondary
health ser vices” . . . “efficient delivery of
health ser vices”.
When local ser vices are reduced
or changed, any increase in patient
transport can have an adverse effect on
the environment, decrease the efficiency
and increase health care disparity. When
multidisciplinary input, frequent ser vices,
or long distance travel is required, trying
to provide home care can be less efficient
and more costly in many different ways.
Building a general practice in a hospital
does not necessarily integrate primary
and secondary health ser vices. Better
integration, usually involves, improving
access to secondary care expertise. There
is more to secondary care expertise than
surgery. Telemedicine has a very limited
role in improving access to secondary care.
Telemedicine can be more beneficial in
conjunction with enhanced level of local
When planning bed numbers, the
minimum number should cater for the
current needs. Numbers needed are based
on currently available bed numbers and
occupancy rates. However, ‘occupancy ’
rates can be artificially lowered. The
access to beds can be blocked and patients
can be discharged before they are fit
to be discharged. When discharged to
an under-resourced rest home, access
to secondary care is further restricted.
Many such practices could be considered
ardly a day passes
without some new edict
being issued about
the food we should be
Super foods are
worshipped one minute and shot down in
flames the next, according to Daily Mail.
We are told sugar is bad (sometimes)
and fats are good (but not always — and,
anyway, it all depends how you eat them).
So in an effort to get to the truth, some
of the country’s leading nutritionists were
asked what foods they have banned from
their own kitchen cupboards. Some of
their choices may surprise.
Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is a
nutritionist specialising in women’s health
and author of bestselling books, including
her new one Natural Solutions For
Dementia And Alzheimer’s.
She has women’s health clinics in Harley
Street, Tunbridge Wells and Ireland.
Why? Kale is everywhere, from salads
to juices, yet Dr Glenville says she
would never eat kale or other cruciferous
vegetables (the family that includes
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
cauliflower, collards and kale) raw on a
“They are often added in handfuls to
smoothies or juices, yet these vegetables
are classed as goitrogens (substances
that can affect thyroid function). As an
underactive thyroid can mean weight gain,
raw kale could actually be contributing to
your weight problem!
“But I would definitely eat them cooked
as they carry many health benefits,”
continues Dr Glenville.
“Even lightly steamed, the goitrogenic
effect is deactivated.”
This advice is particularly pertinent to
women, who are far more likely to suffer
thyroid problems than men.
Cans of tomatoes
Model turned nutritionist Rosemary
Ferguson counts Kate Moss as one of her
best friends. These days she sees clients at
her Harley Street clinic.
Why? “Tomatoes have high levels of
acidity and I’m personally concerned that
this could cause corrosion of the metal
of the can, increasing the possible risk of
metal poisoning,” she says.
Some cans are lined with plastic, but
this may not be any better. “ If the lining
of the can is plastic it may leach into the
tomatoes, and so possibly interfering
with the endocrine system. I suggest
using passata if you can’t get hold of fresh
tomatoes as it is usually sold in glass
bottles, which don’t carry the above risks. ”
Jackie McCusker is a nutritionist
registered with the British Association
for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional
Therapy and the Complementary and
Natural Healthcare Council.
Why? Although popcorn is widely
seen as a healthy, low-fat snack the
microwaveable version should be avoided,
according to McCusker.
“It comes in bags lined with toxic
perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) —
a large group of chemicals including
perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has
been linked to cancer,” she says.
PFCs have been used for more than
60 years in non-stick pans and food
packaging, yet research in Denmark shows
they are a likely human carcinogen and
can cause cardiovascular and thyroid
problems (a possible EU ban is being
“The first thing you’re likely to do when
opening the hot popcorn bag is put your
nose in for a good sniff, but just inhaling
enough of this PFOA can make you feel
sick,” McCusker said.
“Instead, make your own popcorn using
organic kernels, coconut oil, butter and a
little salt. ”
Best-selling author and nutritionist
Patrick Holford is the founder of the
Institute of Optimum Nutrition.
Why?: Gluten-free products are the
latest food obsession, yet nutritionist
Patrick Holford is wary of gluten-free
foods in general.
He believes that modern wheat is the
main problem rather than gluten itself.
“ Wheat does cause some people
digestive problems, whereas kamut, which
is an ancient form of wheat, does not.
Every person in a study of irritable bowel
syndrome got better on kamut, but worse
when eating modern wheat,” he says.
“I don’t think it ’s gluten that is the
enemy, but rather how we’ve changed the
composition of modern wheat.”
Henrietta Norton is a specialist in
women’s nutrition, children’s nutrition,
pregnancy and fertility. She is author of
Take Control of your Endometriosis and
Your Pregnancy Nutrition Guide.
Why? The new milk darling for your
latte is not the health food that it is
commonly hailed to be, according to
“ Not only is it often highly processed
before reaching us in milk or yoghurt
form, but soya contains trypsin, which may
inhibit protein digestion and pancreatic
function,” she says.
“ Furthermore, soya milk contains
phytic acid, which can inhibit the
absorption of key minerals such as zinc,
iron, calcium and magnesium. The latter
two of these minerals are especially
important post-menopausally when,
ironically, soya consumption is often
“ Instead, I eat unhomogenised and
unpasteurised dairy products. These are
not ideal for everyone as their ‘raw ’ nature
makes them more likely to contain the
bacterium listeria, — and so they are
not recommended during pregnancy, for
Rice — particularly brown
Gabriela Peacock is the nutritional
therapist at exclusive women’s club Grace
Belgravia, in London.
Why? “There are health risks associated
with rice and rice products, especially for
those who regularly eat a large amount.
Although low levels of arsenic are found
in many crops, rice — organic and
inorganic — has 10 to 20 times more
than other cereal crops as it is grown
in flooded conditions which allow for
easier absorption of arsenic into the rice,”
Peacock said. “Basmati rice has lower
levels, brown rice usually contains more
arsenic than white because of the husk,
while rice cakes and crackers can contain
higher levels than cooked rice.
“ Rice milk is no better: arsenic levels
far exceed those allowed in drinking
water. When using rice, always rinse it
thoroughly before cooking and use plenty
of water when cooking.”
Nutritionist Eve Kalinik is a member
of the British Association for Applied
Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and the
Complementary and Natural Healthcare
Why? “I only eat unpasteurised cheese
for its amazing probiotic benefits that can
be found in just one simple slice,” Eve said.
“The pasteurised versions are heat treated
— m e a ning you don’t get the natural
microbial benefits that are so important
for the health of the gut.
“ I tend to opt for ewe’s or goat ’s cheese
such as manchego, pecorino or halloumi,
but parmesan is excellent, too, and you can
get the unpasteurised versions of these in
many supermarkets now.”
Shona Wilkinson is a nutritionist and
Why?: “ This trendy supplement is often
packed full of sugar, which defeats the
object of taking it in the first place,” she
“ Probiotics are also known as ‘live
cultures’ or ‘good-friendly bacteria’ and are
excellent to take for the digestive system.
The majority of your immune system
cells come from the digestive tract so it ’s
important to have good gut health for the
“The problem is that probiotics are very
delicate and are destroyed and die quite
easily. They are attacked by the stomach
acid so will only sur vive in certain forms.
Capsules are the best way as they are
designed to withstand the stomach acid.
“There is one liquid probiotic which is
excellent called Symprove. This ‘tricks’ the
stomach acid so that it passes through
Nutritionist and author Dale Pinnock
has won awards for his healthy cookbooks.
Why?: “People talk about trans fats
sometimes. We talk about saturated fat
a lot of the time. However, one thing
very, very rarely discussed are fatty acids.
Vegetable oils like sunflower oiland soy/
canola oil are packed with omega 6 fatty
acids. These are important to our health
in tiny amounts, but as soon as we go
past the small amount we need, they are
converted into substances that trigger and
“This is inflammation at a micro level
that, over time, may cause damage
in tissues and has been linked with
cardiovascular disease and other
degenerative conditions. By avoiding
such oils, we keep our intake of these
potentially harmful substances very low.
Instead, opt for olive oil or butter. And
forget anything you’ve been told about
olive oil being bad if you heat it. It ’s
perfectly stable at the sort of temperatures
reached during normal stove-top
Nutritionist Caroline Skirrow is a
member of the British Association
for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional
Why?: Two of the common
“decaffeination” processes use chemical
solvents (methylene chloride and ethyl
“Although both are deemed safe as food
processing agents in liquid form, they are
highly toxic as vapours and in contact
with skin, and we can’t yet know the effect
of long-term use. So why take the risk?”
“Any solvent residue is likely to be
very small, but we are bombarded with
chemically manipulated foods and
products and our ever increasing ‘toxic
load’ is impacting our health. My rule
of thumb is to avoid synthetic additives
of any sort and go less processed where
“ If you have a condition that advises
caffeine restriction (eg, pregnancy,
hypertension, insomnia) my advice is to
hunt down some herbal teas or opt for
products decaffeinated by chemical-free
‘Swiss water’ or CO2 methods.”
— New Zealand Herald
The surprising foods top nutritionists say they would never touch
Kale: These vegetables are classed as goitrogens (substances that can affect thyroid
Pasteurised versions of cheese are heat treated — meaning you do not get the natural
microbial benefits that are so important for the health of the gut.
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