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Dillmans Dam or Kapitea Dam? Kapitia
Dam or Trustpower Dam? Or even just
The Dam? A bit like Cashman Street or
Pigs Lane? Greenstone Road or Main
Street? First Street or Lovers Lane? Third
Street or Church Street? At the end of
the day who really cares, save for Joan
There’s an old saying, “an ounce of doing
is worth a ton of thought”. I say, an ounce
of doing is worth a ton of letter writing.
Over the past few years there have been
a ton of negative, accusatory letters aimed
at a band of honest, hard-working, true
Kumara volunteers, involved in many
projects. We are fortunate our volunteers
care about many projects at a time, because
they are part of this community. They
deser ve praise for the hundreds of hours
put into these projects — a lot more time
and hard work than it takes to write a
Over many years the Kumara Memorial
Hall has been maintained by a band
of dedicated, true Kumara voluntary
workers. These volunteers’ dedication
recently stopped it from falling over. These
volunteers do not include the knockers,
who create conflict and stall progress.
The Kumara Sports Complex was
developed by a few keen, voluntary, hard
workers led by a solid, practical leader.
These sorts of people do not sit back
writing letters knocking all and sundry,
but get out and do it.
The Theatre Royal owners chose to invest
in the town, both financially and through
volunteering. This has revitalised the town
— good luck to them.
To the knockers -- throw your pens
aside and get involved in your community.
It is hard work, lots of laughs and very
rewarding. It is better than sitting back
knocking those who are doing so much
day to day, year to year.
Raymond (Ginger) Lee
Regional council spat
I take issue with the comments
attributed to West Coast regional
councillors in the Greymouth Star
(August 9), ‘Franz work questioned’.
Westland District Council is protecting
its assets and will not sit around for
another three years while the regional
council fails to act, something that cost
Westland the former Franz THC Hotel in
a minor flood in April 2016.
The Franz rating district tried for three
years to extend the rockwall on the end of
the heliport to protect the northern bank.
This was frustrated and rejected by the
West Coast Regional Council advised
the November Franz working party
meeting that it would consult to create a
new rating district on the north side. So
the work could be carried out they advised
it will be brought back to the February
meeting. This never happened.
Cr Challenger notes it is not a good
scene when apparently two porkies had
already been told in the line of inquiry.
He clearly does not have a clue. When
our council issues an instruction via
resolution it is conveyed by the mayor to
the chief executive and interested parties
and that is exactly what was done on July
5. An apology from Cr Challenger will no
doubt be forthcoming.
The regional council compliance officer
said he only found out by following my
Facebook page. It is good he follows it but
can I suggest to him he walks five doors
down the corridor and opens the door.
So who knew what? On June 26, Cr
Graeme Olson advised the mayor after he
had visited the Franz pond site, “we are
going to lose the Franz ponds unless we
get off our ar.e and protect them”.
Between June 26 and July 3, the mayor
and D urham Havill, our three waters
portfolio councillor, visited Franz where it
was clear that the level of the river gravel
had risen to the same level as the ponds
since the April 2016 flood.
The mayor called an emergency meeting
of council on July 4. On July 5 it was
resolved by a unanimous decision to build
a stopbank in order to protect the council’s
assets and expand the filtration gallery.
On July 5 after the meeting I conveyed
that resolution to the chief executive to
implement, and I also conveyed the result
of the meeting to interested parties.
Following this meeting on July 8 an
article appeared in The Press criticising
the process, to which I responded on
On July 8 the
bulldozer arrived in
Franz following the
instruction to our
CEO on July 5.
On July 10 the
Robin Reeves met
chief executive of
the West Coast
Regional Council in
our Hokitika offices
(I attended part of
the meeting), where
he was briefed on
the work under way.
On July 16 at
12.23pm I posted a
video of the dozer
in action at Franz.
Franz lost a
hotel in April
2016, along with
to our sewerage
to the bureaucratic
inertia that has
taking control of
Council’s position is clear: Westland
District Council is protecting an
important asset at risk that is critical to
the Coast tourism sector and to Westland
and we are doing what the West Coast
Regional Council was responsible for but
failed to do.
Westland District Mayor
Fluoridation on the
Are district health boards impartial and
informed enough about fluoride toxicity
to honestly and fairly represent the best
interests of a community?
If the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking
Water) Amendment Bill passes and
DHBs follow policy, then any council
could be required to fluoridate/medicate
water supplies, regardless of public opinion
and without individual consent.
DHBs consist of health professionals
and members of the public; I believe
the West Coast DHB has four medical
professionals and seven members of the
public. Board professionals are obliged to
toe the party line and roll out Ministry of
Health policy and will probably persuade
lay members the same way, but this change
bypasses public consultation.
The West Coast, despite being against
the practice of fluoridation, in my view,
runs the risk of having it imposed on them
by a small number of people. Usually, a
government or authority may only force
policy on a population if vital for the
preser vation of life. That is not the case
here — far from it.
The history of fluoridation science
is weak and highly questionable.
Fluoridation began in the United States
in the 1940s under curious circumstances
connected with business interests and war
industry. It was adopted by New Zealand
in the 1950s. Early trial results in the US
have been declared unconvincing by Dr
Phillip R N Sutton, and the American-
led Hastings-Napier experiment in
New Zealand was exposed as fraudulent
by former principal dental officer of
Auckland Dr John Colquhoun.
Critical aspects of the Hastings-Napier
trial were changed in a way that, similar
to America, presented fluoridation as a
wonder treatment. Later, more impartial
research reveals that fluoride is not a
dental magic bullet. In any form fluoride is
a neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor.
It should definitely not be added to
drinking-water. Its only safe level in water
Westport health care
The recent public meeting and the series
of media articles about the proposed
Buller integrated family health centre
(IFMC) have been informative and have
opened up areas for discussion.
In New Zealand, the health care
infrastructure funding has been a mix of
private and public funding. Traditionally,
general practice and dental care had
privately-funded infrastructure and
secondary care had publicly-funded
In principle, IFMC s hould have funding
from two separate streams. There should
be public funding for all the secondary
care in-patient and out-patient ser vices
and part of the primary care ser vices,
for which the DHB currently receives
The Buller District Council’s desire
to be involved with the building of
the facilities should not be discounted
without discussion. The Buller council’s
role in the running of dental ser vices in
Westport demonstrates that councils
can play an important role in providing
continuity of health care in a rural
community. Perhaps involvement of the
council in the building with better public
consultation may help to build a facility
which better serves the needs of the
At the Westport public meeting, the
current Buller Mayor stated that the
council was not consulted in the plans to
move the dental practice to the proposed
IFMC. This lack of consideration of
many individuals contrib uting to
health care, by few individuals within
the DHB hierarchy, is one of the many
contributing factors in difficulties with
staff retention and providing a quality
If the new facilities are to provide
the needs of the community, then staff
retention problems need to be addressed.
None of the local doctors attended the
Westport public meeting to tell their
side of the story. Needless to say, before
planning the facility, it is important to
listen to the stories of patients whose
needs are not ser ved by the current system,
and to those who have reported serious
incidents in the past.
West Coast highways
I think that the Coast is being short-
changed with money spent on our roads.
We have thousands of tourists coming
to the Coast, plus lots of heavy trucks.
Thirty-nine million dollars in the
2015-16 year, and it is 512km from
Karamea to Haast, plus the four roads
coming into the Coast — Haast Pass,
Arthur’s Pass etc.
We need our one-way bridges replaced
and more passing lanes.
4 - Friday, August 11, 2017
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uLetters to the editor
1824 - NSW is constituted a Crown colony.
1863 - French protectorate over Cambodia is
1929 - Arabs launch attacks on Jews in
Palestine over disputes on Jewish use of
Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
1935 - Nazi stormtroopers stage mass
demonstrations against Jews in Germany.
1945 - Allies inform Japan that its surrender
offer is acceptable as World War
Two in Pacific nears end.
1952 - Prince Hussein is
proclaimed King Hussein of Jordan
on termination of King Talal’s reign.
1954 - Formal peace announcement
in Indochina ends more than seven
years of fighting with French; US
vetoes proposed admission of North
and South Vietnam to United Nations.
1956 - US painter Jackson Pollock, leader of
the Abstract Expressionist movement, dies in a
1960 - Chad gains independence from France.
1965 - Rioting and looting break out in the
predominantly black Watts section of Los
Angeles; in the week that followed 34 people
were killed and more than 1000 injured.
1966 - Treaty to end three years of hostilities
between Malaysia and Indonesia is signed in
2000 - A Hungarian prisoner deposited in a
Russian psychiatric hospital after World War
Two and forgotten for five decades returns to
Hungary — a homeland he has not seen since
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Enid Blyton, British author (1897-1968); Flo
Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician (1920-);
Alex Haley, US author (1921-1992);
Arlene Dahl, US actress (1925-);
Jerry Falwell, US televangelist (1933-
2007); Anna Massey, US actress
(1937-2011); Per vez Musharraf,
former president of Pakistan (1943-);
Ian Charleson, British actor (1949-
1990); Steve Wozniak, inventor
of the Apple II computer (1950-);
Hulk Hogan, US actor-wrestler (1953-); Joe
Jackson, British musician (1954-); Charlie
Sexton, US rock guitarist (1968-); Chris
Hemsworth, Australian actor (1983-); Patty
Mills, Australian basketballer (1988-) .
“ It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine
than out of a prig.” — George Santayana,
Spanish-born philosopher (1863-1952).
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good
measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap; for the
measure you give will be the measure you get
back. ” — Luke 6:38
On the day the New
Zealand Rugby Union
celebrates its 75th
birthday with a jubilee
test at Wellington, New Zealand v Australia,
one of New Zealand’s best-known All Blacks
willturn 58.HeisMrR R(Ron)King of
Ron King was an All Black from 1934 to
1938, during which time he toured the British
Isles and Canada and also captained New
Zealand in three tests against South Africa
in 1937. In 1957 Mr King was appointed a
member of the three-man panel to select New
Zealand rugby teams, and he remained an All
Black selector until 1960.
Last year he severed his last connections with
West Coast rugby after being player, captain,
coach and selector for well over 30 years. He
was born at Waiuta, north of Greymouth, on
August 19, 1909.
Though there have been a number of
last-minute withdrawals from the first-ever
Fokker Friendship flight from the West
Coast on August 19, it is still hoped the
charter flight will go ahead. A team of rugby
supporters chartered the plane to attend the
jubilee test match in Wellington on Saturday
week between Australia and the All Blacks.
Cancellation of the flight was considered,
but both NAC and the organisers decided to
leave the application list open until after this
weekend to see if the plane can be filled.
The Aviation Department has freed the
Hokitika airport for chartered Friendship
flights and the rugby trip is to be the inaugural
one of the new ser vice. The plane has already
been filled at a specially reduced fare from
Christchurch to Hokitika.
uFood for thought
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District plan ‘democracy at work’
he proposal to establish a joint
district plan for the Westland,
Grey and Buller districts,
and the debate surrounding
it, is local democracy at work
and the Local Government Commission
It is good to see robust discussion
continuing in West Coast communities on
such arrangements and ser vices.
The commission applauds the councils’
initiative to find efficiencies and cost
savings for its ratepayers by investigating
the joint district plan idea. While this has
come from the councils themselves, the
commission has been happy to support
it, while progressing our other current
involvement on the West Coast — the
local government reorganisation process.
As some will be aware, the reorganisation
process was initiated by West Coast
residents concerned about the quality
and efficiency of local government in the
region. The application met the tests for
triggering a legal process which requires
the commission to follow a number of
To allay any confusion, that process
continues, notwithstanding the proactive
efforts of councils and local government
leaders to find efficiencies through a joint
district plan or shared ser vices.
As part of the reorganisation process, the
commission spent some time engaging
with West Coast communities, found
there was an appetite for considering
change, and invited alternative proposals
and other suggestions for local
government on the West Coast. It received
23 responses to this invitation in addition
to the original application, which was for
a single unitary council for the entire West
Coast. These are now being considered.
Staff are working to identify the
‘reasonably practicable options’ for local
government on the West Coast, which
must include the current arrangements.
We are having in-depth work done
to assess the financial and operational
effects of the most likely options along
with a study on West Coast communities
of interest. Under this process, these
options could also include consideration
of organisational responsibility for joint
The evidence will then be presented to
me and the other commissioners so we can
arrive at our preferred option. We hope to
be in a position to announce this later in
the year. If the preferred option is not the
status quo, the commission will produce a
draft reorganisation proposal and consult
on it with the community.
As part of its general remit to promote
good local government, the commission
always hopes that its involvement in a
region will encourage councils, on behalf
of ratepayers and residents, to review their
processes and evaluate their efficiency and
Efforts such as a council-led proposal
for a joint district plan should not be
seen as a back door to structural change
or ‘amalgamation’. As outlined above,
that is a separate process and if structural
change were proposed by the commission
eventually it would most likely require
endorsement from the entire community,
in the form of a poll.
For now our work continues, but here
at the commission we encourage public
involvement and a constructive and
ongoing debate on possible improvements
to local government arrangements on the
Janie Annear, a former mayor
of Timaru, is a local government
Barr y (Dooley) Coll
Barry Coll will be remembered as a
gentleman, competitive sportsman and a
proud West Coaster who acknowledged
Before heading off to Marist High
School, Barry attended Blaketown School,
which earned him the name ‘Dooley ’ from
his loyal band of Protestant primary school
Barry ser ved his time as an apprentice
carpenter and worked as a qualified builder
for many years. He worked for Grogan and
Blackmore soft drink manufacturer, and as
a sales traveller for DB Breweries, while in
latter years he worked in food distribution
for Four Hills.
He had a passion for rugby and played
his football for the Blaketown Rugby
Club, while also representing West Coast
through the grades. Barry was a long-ser ving
committee member and former vice-
president of the Blaketown club.
He was also an accomplished yachtsman
and previous winner of the Buller, Nelson
and Westland Regatta, and was a respected
and competitive bowler, as a keen member
of the Karoro Bowling Club, where he spent
many hours working on the clubhouse and
“ Barry was as good a friend as you would
ever get,” long-time friend Brian Vieceli
said. “I never ever heard him raise his voice
to anybody. He was a true gentleman, very
sincere and well respected.”
Barry Coll was predeceased by his wife
Colleen and is sur vived by son Martin and
daughters Nicola and Karen.
1942 — 2017
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