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uLetters to the editor
30 BC - Cleopatra of Egypt commits suicide
by letting an asp bite her.
1862 - In the second battle of
Bull Run in the US Civil War,
Confederate forces under General
Stonewall Jackson defeat the Federal
1881 - Clement Ader patents the
first stereophonic sound system in
1941 - Siege of Leningrad begins as Nazi
forces take Mga.
1945 - Hong Kong is liberated when the
British navy under Rear-Admiral Cecil
Harcourt sails into Victoria harbour to accept
the Japanese surrender.
1960 - East Germany imposes partial blockade
of West Berlin.
1963 - “Hot line” between the Kremlin and
the White House, designed to reduce the risk of
accidental war, is installed.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English author
(1797-1851); Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand
scientist (1871-1937); Fred MacMurray, US
actor (1908-1991); Nancy Wake, NZ-born
World War Two ser vicewoman
(1912-2011); Tex Morton, NZ-born
Australian country singer (1916-
1983); John Peel, British radio DJ
(1939-2004); Jean-Claude Killy,
French skier (1943-); Timothy
Bottoms, US actor (1951-); Teddy
Tahu Rhodes, New Zealand singer
(1966-); Cameron Diaz, US actor (1972-);
Andy Roddick, American tennis player (1982-).
“ Whom the gods wish to destroy they first
call promising.” — Cyril Connolly, British
“But as for that in the good soil, these are the
ones who, when they hear the Word, hold it
fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit
with patient endurance.” — (Luke 8:150.
The Ministry of
Works will erect
traffic signs near
Smith Street advising
motorists of the town’s shopping area and
pointing to Smith Street as a bypass. The
signs would be erected as soon as possible,
the chairman of the Greymouth Borough
Council’s traffic committee Mr L M Schaef
said this morning.
He was commenting on the concern
expressed by the Chamber of Commerce
on Monday night over the delay in erecting
the signs. Signs would be provided for
traffic coming off the Cobden Bridge and
approaching the town from Omoto Road.
Mr M F Tuck, of Nelson Creek, has been
appointed as one of the referees for the 1967
national amateur boxing championships to be
held in Greymouth at the end of September, by
the New Zealand Boxing Council.
Morrie Tuck was a former New Zealand
amateur champion, having won titles
from 1948 to 1954 in middleweight and
light middleweight divisions. He was a
New Zealand representative at the 1954
Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.
The death occurred in Timaru today of
Mother Mary Aloysius, who was born in
Greymouth 79 years ago and taught in
Greymouth and was Mother Superior at the
Greymouth Convent for six years.
Daughter of the late Robert and Ellen
Trouland and born in 1889, Mother Mary
Aloysius was a teacher of French and also
English literature. Her talents as a nurse
became valuable during the 1918 influenza
epidemic, when St Columba Hall was turned
into a hospital for a time.
She is sur vived by two brothers, Hugh
(Christchurch), William and a sister Miss
Greta Trouland, both of Greymouth.
uFood for thought
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s the seemingly simple task of
conversing with a young person
making you feel old these days?
“One hundred per cent,” you say?
That is Hundo P to a millennial.
You may have thought you were
up with the children by employing terms
such as totes and amaze balls. In truth,
these have been well buried in Facebook
conversations circa 2014. Or, in millennial
speak, they’re so done.
Alas, even the trendiest — for which
the preferred millennial term is “dope”
— among us now struggle to keep up
with the cool new words that have been
inexplicably appropriated to the point that
trying to guess their new meaning is nigh
Some of these millennial slang terms sure
are fun to say, not to mention real sentence
enhancers for when you want to be “extra”.
Do not worry, we will get to that.
So are you ready to be super relevant, hip
and down with the kids? Then let ’s go.
1. Low key
Baby boomer translation: Subtle.
The term low key implies you need to
keep something, usually a bit of good
gossip, secret. It can also be used to identify
something that is under-rated.
Use it in a sentence: “ That was low key
the greatest bagel place I have ever been
Baby boomer translation: An admirable
Yes, it is a farm animal. But to the
millennial it is an acronym first and
Goat stands for Greatest of All Time and
can be used to describe anyone from sports
stars to a regular all round good person.
Use it in a sentence: “Dave took in my
washing when it was raining. Dave’s the
Baby boomer translation: Angry.
If someone has really annoyed you or
caused you to dislike them, the feeling
you are experiencing in millennial terms is
If you are feeling salty AF (as f***), you
are significantly madder than usual.
Use it in a sentence: “She stole my
boyfriend and I am salty AF about it.”
Baby boomer translation: Fed up.
Use the term done when you are so
completely fed up with something or
someone and could not possibly deal with
said thing for one moment more.
Use it in a sentence: “She stole my
boyfriend. We are so done!”
Baby boomer translation: Over whelmed.
Technically dead still means dead.
Millennials get this. However those
dramatic, avo smashing youths have taken
to using the word for much more low key
(refer to point number one) incidents,
some of which are completely positive too.
For example, should a celebrity wear
an outfit that is particularly incredible,
or you are served up a meal that is
overwhelmingly delicious, you would be
correct to describe yourself as “dead”. Extra
points: The wearer or cook has “slayed”
with their level of “extra”.
Still with me?
Use it in a sentence: “Did you see my
girl RiRi wearing those Karen Walker
sunnies? I am dead, I just died right now.”
Baby Boomer translation: Very nice or
to die for.
While we are on the topic of millennials
dropping dead, TD means “ To Die”. It
is most likely an adaptation of the more
familiar phrase “to die for”.
Use it in a sentence: “Did you see the
new Deadly Ponies handbag? OMG TD.”
Baby boomer translation: Alert.
The #woke phenomenon continues to
So what does it mean? A statement
deemed woke is one that will likely stir
some controversy and give rise to the need
to stay alert and knowledgeable or, that ’s
A man who describes himself as
a feminist is definitely woke and
encouraging your friends on-line to “stay
woke fam” is particularly appropriate in
times of political turmoil.
Use it in a sentence: “Did you guys see
what Trump just did? You all need to stay
Baby boomer translation: Vicious
Again, this word still holds its original
meaning, however the millennial set have
managed to utilise it for far more menial
occurrences than you might have thought
Use it in a sentence: “She just blocked
her on Facebook. That is so savage.”
Baby boomer translation: Nearest and
Your fam is your group of close friends
who you consider family.
Use it in a sentence: “Hey fam, what
we doing this weekend?”
Baby boomer translation: Too much.
Describing someone as extra is another
way of saying they are over the top, or “too
Use it in a sentence: “Damn, that girl
was wearing two pairs of false eyelashes.
She was so extra.”
Baby boomer translation: A relatable
This is an acronym for “That Feel When”
and describes a feeling or emotion at any
Use it in a sentence: “ TFW your on-
line shopping arrives and nothing fits. *Sad
face emoji* “
11. Keep it 100
Baby boomer translation: An authentic
To keep it 100 insinuates you are staying
true to who you are and your beliefs.
Use it in a sentence: “Don’t budge on
it, man. Keep it 100.”
— New Zealand Herald
A baby boomer’s guide
Lessons from histor y
Endless reports of unaffordable housing,
unaffordable rentals, substandard unhealthy
rentals, families forced to live in garages
and/or unsanitary squats, evictions, unfed
poorly clad children arriving at school,
people unable to afford health care, under-
funded health services struggling to meet
growing demand, charities and food banks
being over whelmed, and no end in sight.
This is the stuff we hear daily from today ’s
But this summary is not from today ’s
media, it is actually extracts from newspaper
reports in 1932. A time when New Zealand
was in the grip of the Great Depression.
So what is the difference? Well, then the
economy was in ruin, trade was poor, and
work was scarce. Today, the economy has
‘rock star’ status, trade is excellent, and
work is plentiful. So why are the stories the
same? Why are so many suffering in the
same manner as those in that forgotten era?
Surely this is an indictment of how we are
Perhaps we should look at that forgotten
era, and take note of some iconic figures
from opposite ends of the political divide to
First up, a confirmed socialist and New
Zealand ’s most revered Prime Minister,
Michael Joseph Savage. This is the visionary
who transformed the nation’s economy,
and its social system. He lifted the country
and its people out of Depression and set
it as an example to the world. Free health
care and education. State housing and
State-funded fixed low interest long-term
housing loans, for first-home buyers. The
creation of jobs, and skills training that
developed a workforce that was the envy of
other nations. These policies were held dear
for generations, mostly under successive
National governments. What was the effect
of dumping them?
Our second person is a world renowned
capitalist, Henry Ford. In the height of
the Depression when businesses were
going to the wall and capitalists were
flinging themselves out of windows, Henry
gave all of his thousands of employees
a substantial wage increase, and invited
other businessmen to follow suit. Cries of
madness, and dire consequences poured in.
But the doom casters were proved wrong.
Henry knew that people had to have the
money to purchase products beyond food.
Without that he could not sell, and his
business would crash. So he ensured he had
customers, and it worked. Henry prospered,
because his employees had a real living
wage. They could spend beyond dire needs,
and they supported Henry.
For the third example we go back to an
even earlier time, San Francisco 1904.
Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of
Italy. His customer base was the poor
struggling Italian immigrants. The big
mainstream banks had no interest in them.
They only loaned to the wealthy. Amadeo
set up in a tiny office, offering small loans
with generous conditions, to those trying
to start up small neighbourhood businesses.
They performed, and he started to prosper.
In the 1906 earthquake and great fire,
all the big banks were left in smouldering
ruin. But Amadeo was able to rescue all
the deposits from his tiny office. He set up
within days, on the sidewalk with plank
and barrels, offering recovery loans. By
looking after the poor and small people,
his business grew to become the Bank of
America, his small business customers
prospered. They went on to spend in their
community, building the local economy,
which flowed on to the national economy.
This was the trickle up effect, as opposed
to the trickle down applied in today ’s New
Zealand. Which one actually worked?
Today New Zealand is at a crossroads.
We have a healthy growing economy,
yet we have thousands of people in the
same desperate state as forebears in
the Depression. Why should this be?
Something basic is amiss, and it runs
deeper that simple economics. Timid
tinkering with the system will not fix it. So
who in today ’s crop of political aspirants
offer the changes that will produce the
caring, sharing, and prosperous society we
Rural health care
The magazine for GPs, New Zealand
Doctor, reported comments from the
Health and Disability Commissioner from
a conference for GPs held in Christchurch
He had stated that complaints are going
up, but be believes the increase is a result of
better public access to the HDC and better
understanding of the process. It would be
interesting to see whether the public would
agree with this conclusion.
The HDC is well aware that in most
cases of serious errors, the patients or the
family do not recognise the error, or do
not make official complaints. Even when
people do make repeated complaints,
sometimes people in positions of influence
do not listen. The time it has taken for
complications associated with surgical
mesh to be recognised, is one such
example. Faulty quality assurance has led to
faulty health strategies. If people unite, as
they have in Buller, to oppose the proposed
new health centre, concerns of the public
will be heard. Perhaps more should make
official complaints to the HDC.
The bulk of the concerns about health
care are not about treatment errors but
increasing difficulty with accessing ser vices
closer to home. Much of the recent
difficulties in accessing treatment closer
to home is a result of the West Coast
experiment, of a new model of rural health
This model included downgrading
services at Greymouth to a level of
Buller Hospital from many decades ago.
The model failed to recognise that most
medical diagnoses are based on the story of
the illness, and not on blood tests or x-rays,
and requires appropriate expert assessment
on site and follow up. The model also failed
to recognise that Greymouth Hospital
functioned as a base hospital, and needed
to provide regular visiting specialist
services to all areas with residential care
facilities. Having infrequently visiting
specialists in Greymouth does not serve
the needs of the regions. Without this
service, anyone in residential care, or
disabilities limiting transport, are treated as
The unproven and unsatisfactory theory
of fluoridation raises many questions.
When asked about adding artificial
fluoride to public water supplies most
recite the mantra ‘fluoride is good for
While planet Earth was forming and
cooling, fluorine, an abundant but lethal
gas, was rendered harmless by combining
with calcium. This plentiful, naturally
occurring trace compound is insoluble
and appears in differing concentrations
in all water and soil. Unfortunately,
the safe, stable compound of calcium
fluoride becomes toxic in the body when
stomach acid re-separates fluoride ions
from calcium. These freed ions recombine
with body tissues such as calcium rich
skeleton and teeth cells. A toxic effect of
calcium fluoride, Colorado brown stain,
was obser ved in teeth in the 1900s in the
United States. Later, fluoride toxicity was
connected with the amount of ingested
naturally occurring calcium fluoride. It
was soon realised that the body’s ability to
tolerate fluoride was limited. Parts of the
world where calcium fluoride levels are
naturally high demonstrate the negative
results of excessive ingestion from food
and water as skeletal fluorosis.
Fluoride, in the form of
hydrofluorosilicic acid, is an undesirable
byproduct of fertiliser manufacture.
Separating phosphate from rock using
sulphuric acid also separates fluoride ions
from calcium. After ingestion, artificially
produced fluoride combines with bones
and teeth. But the body may be absorbing
enough of this toxin from naturally
occurring calcium fluoride in food and
water and from atmospheric discharges of
fluoride from industry.
Because of this, and as fluoride has no
known biological use, it would be wise
to know the base load of fluoride before
adding more to a region’s water supply.
Efficient excretion by the kidneys, for
example, is a large factor in toleration of
this added toxin; without such information
setting a ‘safe limit ’ or ‘optimum dose’ of
fluoride is impossible.
Twenty years ago, in chapter three of
my book Suicide and Mental Health in
Australia and New Zealand, I outlined a
national strategy for suicide prevention.
This strategy is totally relevant today
because it was based on what we used
to do as well as on international best
practice — what we used do before we
led the world in numbers of people
The ugly cynical reality is that both
the government and the psychiatric
establishment are not interested in
suicide. They are not interested in
suicide because effective treatment may
mean some people may need in-patient
care for life. Simply, it is cheaper to let
people suicide and that is the ‘market ’
the West Coast
All I want in my life is a decent job
where I can earn a decent amount of
money to live on. All these people
standing for various political parties can
promise fancy railways, motorways etc
that are in other regions, but none have
pledged how they will help the problems
on the West Coast.
Growing poverty, unemployment,
businesses closing down, yet none of the
politicians outside our region care about
us on the West Coast. But they all want
our vote. No way. The 1990s saw our
native logging industry’s demise.
After all the problems in coalmining
there are almost no coalmines left. We
have lost hundreds of skilled workers
in mining and logging. They took the
backbone of our economy away and think
we can sur vive on tourism — and still our
young people leave the West Coast.
While I debate on who I will vote for,
or if I will at all, I will be watching all the
candidates with a very keen eye and if
any want my vote they will have to earn
it by being honest with the people, stand
by their word and be very careful about
what they pledge. Actions are stronger
Ron Haddock was a West Coast
identity, a quiet achiever and true
gentleman who was community-minded
and a loving family man.
Born in Greymouth, after leaving
school Ron worked for the NZ Railways,
working on the steam trains as a fireman
for many years.
He later moved his focus from steam
to groceries after buying a seven-day-a-
week dairy in Tainui Street.
In 1966 Ron introduced Greymouth
to a totally new shopping style,
transforming his small family store
into to a self-ser vice basket and
trolley operation known as Haddocks
Supermarket. It was the forerunner to
the supermarket chains, and was owned
and operated by Ron and his wife Janet
before they sold the business to Keystores
Ron managed Keystores for a time
before working for his son Peter in the
construction industry, where he became
involved working on some major works
around the West Coast, including the
Greymouth floodwall project.
In his later years he continued working
for E Quip as a general hand, working as
a cleaner, morning teas and as a delivery
He was a member of the Greymouth
Operatic Society and performed in many
shows over the years, and remained a
loyal parishioner of the Greymouth
Ron was a past-president and a long-
ser ving member of Rotary and he was
also a member of the Pakeke Lions. He
delivered meals on wheels and drove
the Dixon House van, taking
residents on many trips around the
“Ron was very quietly capable,” a good
friend Jack Flood said.
“He was right into Rotary and Lions,
and together with Janet he ran a good
business. He was a good man — straight
as a gun barrel.”
Ron is sur vived by his widow Janet, son
Peter and daughters Alison and Brenda.
1929 - 2017
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