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uLetters to the editor
1861 - First package holiday for a popular
market is arranged by Thomas Cook: a
“ Whitsuntide Working Men’s Excursion” from
London to Paris for six days.
1900 - Small British cavalry force
finally relieves the garrison under
Colonel Robert Baden-Powell at
Mafeking after 217 days siege by the
Boers in South Africa.
1946 - Mitri Antonescu, wartime
prime minister of Romania, is
sentenced to death.
1948 - Soviet Union recognises the new state
1973 - US Senate opens hearings into the
1974 - Thirty-two people are killed and
hundreds injured when three car bombs explode
in the centre of D ublin.
2012 - US disco singer Donna Summer,
known for a string of hits in the 1970s and
1980s including I Feel Love, dies aged 63 of
lung cancer in Florida.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Edward Jenner, English physician (1749-
1823); Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranian religious
leader (1900-1989); Maureen O’Sullivan,
US actress (1911-1998); Dennis
Hopper, US actor-director (1936-
2010); Tony Roche, Australian
tennis player-coach (1945-); Bill
Paxton, US actor (1955-); Sugar Ray
Leonard, US boxer (1956-); Bob
Saget, US actor-comedian (1956-);
Enya, Irish singer (1961-); Trent
Reznor, US singer (1965-); Jordan Knight,
member pop band New Kids on the Block
(1970-); Josh Homme, US musician, (1973-).
“Power is not revealed by striking hard or
often, but by striking true.” — Honore de
Balzac, French novelist (1799-1850).
“ With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to
You; I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord,
for it is good. ” — (Psalms 54:6).
A magnificent West
Coast surge in the
dying minutes of a
league fixture, earned for West Coast a thrilling
8-8 draw against a favoured Queensland State
side at Wingham Park yesterday. Though there
were patches of negative football from both
teams, the standards were generally high and
both teams gave a large crowd a feast of fast
It was only in the final 10 minutes that Coast
looked a potential winner after throwing
away penalty shots which would normally be
regarded as ‘sitters’. However, the final result
was fair. Queensland looked for the most part
the better polished combination, but it was
unable to finish off several promising moves.
Rugged winger Maurice Brereton won the
West Coast Rugby League Supporters Club
award for the player of the match. The prize
was a fountain pen.
The Mayor of Runanga Mr C R Wylde
elaborated to his council last night on the
recent dismissal of the West Coast Public
Relations Officer Mr P Nailer. Mr Wylde is
chairman of the Public Relations Committee
that informed Mr Nailer that he would not be
“Mr Nailer was on six months probationary
period, and a fortnight before his time was
up we decided to let him go,” said Mr Wylde.
“ He was just not what we were looking for in a
PRO,” he added.
“Mr Nailer evoked a good deal of sympathy
through an appeal he launched, but a great
number of his promotion schemes never got
past the pen and ink stage. When informed he
would not be reappointed, he just blew up,” Mr
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murderer” Ian Brady, who
murdered five children
with his lover and
accomplice Myra Hindley
during a sadistic two-year
reign of terror in the 1960s
Brady and Hindley were
jailed for life in 1966
for abducting, torturing,
sexually abusing and then
murdering the children
before burying their
young victims on the
bleak Saddleworth Moor
near the northern city of
Even before his evil and
sadistic crimes shocked
and appalled Britain, Ian
Brady was a grim character.
As a young boy fascinated
by horror movies, he was
nicknamed Dracula by
neighbours in Glasgow and
locals who later watched
the young man slouch
around the Hattersley
Estate in Greater
Manchester in his long
trenchcoat dubbed him the
They were nicknames
that would come back
to haunt them with the
knowledge he had brutally
murdered five children,
burying four bodies on
In May 1966 Brady,
then 28, was convicted,
along with girlfriend Myra
Hindley, of murdering
10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and
17-year-old Edward Evans.
He was also convicted of killing 12-year-
old John Kilbride and received three life
They made a tape recording of Lesley
Ann, naked, bound and gagged and
begging for help and asking to be allowed
to go home to her mother, as she was
repeatedly tortured and sexually assaulted
before being murdered.
The little girl had fallen into the clutches
of the sick pair on Boxing Day 1964 after
they snatched her from a fairground.
Lesley Ann and John, who was murdered
in November 1963, were found buried
in unmarked graves on the desolate
Saddleworth Moors in Lancashire.
The evil lovers kept a trophy of the
killings, with Hindley holding her pet dog
and posing for pictures on the edge of
In 1987 Brady confessed to also
murdering Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith
Keith’s body was never found.
Brady pointed to a spell in a Borstal
institution as a teenager as the trigger for
his bitter hatred of society.
He started life as the illegitimate son of a
tearoom waitress, born into the
Glasgow ghetto of the Gorbals on
January 2, 1938.
He had a bad temper and was described
by neighbours as a “terrible heartbreak” to
his foster mother.
As he grew older he would bang his head
against a wall when in a rage and loved to
The young Brady was fascinated
by horror movies and local people
remembered how he would spend his
pocket money seeing horror films over and
Brady met Hindley in 1960 while
working at a small chemical factory in
He became obsessed with Hitler, buying
records of Nazi speeches and had a copy of
Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
At the time of his trial one witness said
he would have made an excellent guard at
the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Hindley was obsessed with Brady and he
grew to love the idea of being worshipped
and adored and decided to include her in
his plans for a crime spree.
He made her buy a car and taught
her to shoot but on realising how much
his young lover would do for him he
persuaded her to become involved in his
Shortly after the pair moved in together
they killed Pauline, who lived nearby and
was a friend of Myra’s sister Maureen.
The murders of John, Keith, Lesley Ann
and Edward followed.
Brady began a “hunger strike” at the
high-secutiry Ashworth Hospital in 1999
but the decision to star ve himself was later
revealed as a sham.
After a five-day-hearing in March 2000
it was ruled Brady could be force fed.
The judge ruled Brady remained a
psychopath who showed no remorse for
his crimes or empathy for his victims
and was not capable of deciding his own
In 2013 he successfully brought an
appeal before a Mental Health Tribunal in
a bid to be transferred back to a jail
on the grounds he was no longer mentally
Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic
with a narcissistic personality disorder, he
gave rambling, incoherent and dismissive
answers, c laiming his mental illness
was just a show after mastering the
method acting techniques of Konstantin
Stanislavski to feign the symptoms of
mental illness to get into Ashworth in the
Brady likened himself to Jack the
Ripper and described his own crimes as
“recreational killings” done for “existential
Hindley died in November 2002 after a
A member of the public left a banner
where she was cremated which read “Burn
Brady refused to help a special
investigation in 2003 to once again find
Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson died
in 2012 — her wish for Brady’s help to
find her son’s body buried on the moors
remaining futile. — PA
Ian Brady, left, and his girlfriend and accomplice, Myra Hindley.
Early signs of depravity
I was sickened and shocked by the
appalling tyre slashing incident in the
early hours of Wednesday in central
The people who perpetrate this kind of
vandalism derive a warped sense of power
by destroying other people’s property.
As part of our psychological make-up,
and to have a healthy self-esteem, human
beings have a fundamental need to feel
a part of something worthwhile. Can’t
these people find more positive things
to do, rather than just making victims
of themselves through their mindless
Failure of 1080
Re new 1080 technique (Greymouth
Star, May 15), Zero Invasive Predators
(Zip) chief executive Albert Bramley
said that unlike regular 1080 drops, the
proposal was to do the non-toxic pre-feed
twice rather than once. It would then sow
the poison baits at double the regular rate,
at 4kg per hectare rather than 2kg. This
must mean doubling the carpet-bombing
Willy-nilly throwing 1080 out of planes
and helicopters will make our 60-year
failed experiment work?
They wanted to ‘stop the long-term,
repeated use of toxins, which were not
good for wildlife’, Mr Bramley said.
Brilliant. I bet after killing all wildlife
the first species back will be the rat.
I opened the paper on May 15 to read
that the ‘mad brigade’ are at it again. After
60 years of bombing 1080 over New
Zealand forests, now they have decided to
run a trial in Haast.
Not only are they 50-60 years too late to
be running trials on 1080, they now tell us
they will use it at a rate of twice as much
in this area.
We have been told by this same crowd
that they have become so efficient in their
poison drops that they do not have to use
as much 1080 per hectare, which reduces
native bird loses. So I guess all the birdlife
in the Jackson-Arawata area are screwed,
but the helicopter companies, contractors,
trucking firms and 1080 manufacturers
will be laughing all the way to the bank.
By giving themselves a new name, Zip
(Zero Invasive Predators), we are now
meant to be impressed by their words that
are still littered with phases like, ‘it will try
to get rid of all possums and rats’ and ‘if
the technique works’, that hardly fills one
with confidence that these Zip (‘zealous
idiotic people’) know what they are doing.
The chief Zip person seems to think
that ‘pests don’t like crossing rivers’. A
quick delve back into history to read
about Richard Henry’s attempt to make
Resolution Island a haven for native birds
back in the 1900s was foiled when he
noted that a stoat had swum across the
swirling waters off D usky Sound to the
It seems we are now entering a new arms
race. Will Kim Yong Un get his nuke on a
ballistic missile, or will these Zip maniacs
obliterate our native forests first?
Ban 1080 Party
It is a shame the Grey Star feels no
compunction to fact-check quotes from
the anti-1080 lobby (‘Kea plan needs to
address 1080 poisoning, May 1). Activist
Mary Molloy confidently asserts that
kea at Arthur’s Pass number 15, when a
collective effort over decades by some of
the best ornithological researchers in the
country have been unable to pin down
even a national estimate, due mostly to
the birds’ highly mobile habits. So we are
dying to know, in that case, just where
Bill Wallace got his number of 250,000
in 1963, when the research consensus at
that time ran between 5000 and 15,000
individuals. And why he neglected to
mention that farmers’ guns — not 1080
— killed more than an estimated 150,000
kea in a bounty scheme that ran from
1860 to 1970.
To try to blame the kea’s catastrophic
decline on 1080 is duplicitous and
opportunistic, in my view.
Based on the DHB response to the
recent increase in suicides on the West
Coast, it is likely the recent media
campaign to increase awareness of suicide
has been effective.
Hopefully, the community involvement,
and staff vigilance, will decrease suicides
in the region. Many of the public may not
know that prior to 2012, suicide rates on
the West Coast were improving and rates
only increased in the 2014-16 period.
The Ministry of Health published
records show there were no youth suicides
(age 15-24yrs) in the region in the five-
year period prior to 2012.
The increase in suicide rates coincided
with changes to local mental health
ser vices, staff resignations in many areas,
as well as a reduction in locally available
secondary care specialist ser vices.
The paucity of gathered information
regarding suicides, questions whether
enforced changes to other Coast health
ser vices is based on any evidence. It is also
unlikely there are any effective processes
to monitoring the consequences of the
The article stated that only a small
number of patients were under the mental
health ser vices at the time of their suicide
and the numbers seen in primary care is
unknown. In the era of electronic records,
it should be easy to find out who had been
seen within primary care or any DHB
Details of any contact with any health
ser vice, prior to suicide, should have been
carefully scrutinised within days of the
incident. Any members of the family and
caregivers should have been given the
opportunity to comment. Even delays
of days can compromise the quality of
Corrective education, developing
support networks, should be done close
to the time as possible. Such systems
should have been in place for any adverse
If there is no effective quality assurance
process for something as serious as suicide,
it is unlikely effective systems exist for
much of home care or primary care.
New radio station
I first heard the radio station Magic
on my neighbour Jack’s radio, and I love
it — listening to the sounds of yesterday,
the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Since then I have
changed my radio station to Magic. It was
The Sound before then.
The Magic has no repeats, just all old
songs from yesterday — The Carpenters,
The Hollies, Olivia Newton John . . .
sounds I grew up to as a child in the
I always have the radio on now, often
from morning to night. ‘ Thank you’ — it
Iwi claim to coastline
I believe we are facing the second largest
single event in the creation of a racially
divided country. The first was 1975, when
a ‘bogus’ English version of Te Tiriti o
Waitangi was created at law. The second
is the upcoming rash of ‘customary rights’
applications before the courts and directly
with the Crown.
Maori are claiming huge tracts of New
Zealand coastline out to 12 nautical miles,
extending to the 200-mile economic zone.
These claims are the consequences of the
Marine and Coastal Act (Takutai Moana).
There are two avenues for claimants
— the High Court, and direct Crown
engagement. High Court claims can be
opposed, but there is no public objection
process for claims to the Crown.
It is no surprise to find that 381 claims
are for ‘direct negotiations with the
Crown’ (read Solicitor General Treaty
Minister, Chris Finlayson) with no ability
for claims to be opposed. The Crown
process could be seen to be a ‘disgraceful
conflict of interest ’. To date, 170 claims
have applied to go to the High Court.
Maureen J Anderson
Twice each year Vinay Chandra, owner
of McDonald’s Greymouth, provides
lunches for clients of our CARE
organisation (Community Alternative
Resources for the Elderly).
Last Tuesday, Vinay and Trent Beckett,
manager of McDonald’s, again catered
for our group. Some 80 clients, volunteers
and committee members attended and I
believe I can say without reser vation, had a
thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. We were
very well ser ved and fed.
Each person attending pays a nominal
sum which, together with an equivalent
amount, Vinay and Trent return to us as a
On behalf of CARE and of all those
who were present, I wish to express our
appreciation to Vinay, Trent and the staff
of McDonald’s for their kindness and
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