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“ Very few men are wise by their own counsel;
or learned by their own teaching. For he that was
only taught by himself, had a fool for his master.”
— Ben Jonson, English dramatist and poet
J R R Tolkien, British fantasy writer
(1892-1973); Brian Smith, New
Zealand jazz saxophonist/flautist
(1939-); Malcolm Dick, All Black
(1941-); Stephen Stills, US musician
(1945-); John Paul Jones (John
Baldwin), English musician (1946-);
Judith Tizard, New Zealand politician (1956-); Mel
Gibson, US-Australian actor (1956-); Dave Dobbyn,
New Zealand singer/songwriter (1957); Michael
Schumacher, racing car driver (1969-) .
1521 - Martin Luther is
excommunicated by the Roman
1835 - The first printing press
arrives in New Zealand.
1925 - Just 8min into the England
rugby match at Twickenham, All
Black Cyril Brownlie becomes the first player to be
sent off in an international test match.
1930 - The first public screening of New Zealand-
made talking pictures takes place at the Plaza,
1940 - The first echelon of the New Zealand
Expeditionary Force is farewelled.
1946 - William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw), who
broadcast Nazi propaganda to Britain during
World War Two, is hanged for treason in London.
1961 - The US severs relations with Cuba.
1967 - Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused
presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies in a
1980 - Joy Adamson, the naturalist and author of
the book Born Free, is found murdered in Kenya.
WEST COAST YESTERYEAR
Believed to be one of the highest aircraft rescues
in the country was the helicopter rescue of an
injured climber from a point only 245 feet below
the summit of Mount Haast, two days ago.
A supercharged Bell helicopter, piloted by
Mr M M Cain of Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, of Timaru,
flew to the 10,050 foot mark on Mount Hicks,
which is above the Fox Glacier, to bring out the
He was Michael Vincent Swain, aged 21, of 12
Hillsborough Road, Charleston, New South Wales.
Mr Swain was suffering from severe bruising
and the effects of exposure and had a minor
fracture of the hand.
He was flown to the Timaru Hospital, where
his condition last evening was reported to be
It was one of the highest aircraft rescues in
the country according to the chief ranger of the
Mount Cook National Park, Mr D F Bell.
For a helicopter to have rescued a man at an
altitude of 10,050 feet was one of the wonders of
the world, Mr Bell said.
Mr Cain was called about 8.30am and his
super-charged Bell helicopter left Timaru Airport
at Levels at 9.30am.
“Arrangements were made to go to Mount Cook,
there being low cloud on the West Coast side, and
I arrived at Mount Cook at 10.30am,” Mr Cain said.
He said there was no difficulty in getting
Mr Swain off. The weather was perfect.
“I confirmed by hand signal with the ground
party that I could make the pick-up. It was an
extremely hot day, but the machine had lots of
power, enough to bring out the injured man as
well as another climber,” Mr Cain said.
Mr Swain was taken to the Mount Cook
airfield, placed on a mattress because of his back
injury, and put on to a stretcher on the side of
the machine. He was then flown to the Timaru
Hospital, a landing being made behind the
hospital in the Timaru Gardens at 1.40pm.
Rescue moves began late in the day when the
Greymouth police were told that a climber was
injured and immobile on the mountain about
three hours walk from the Pioneer Hut and that a
companion had come down seeking assistance.
he pair ask whether
advocacy by doctors should
be an obligatory component
of medical professionalism
in a recent paper published
in the New Zealand
Medical Journal — Physician advocacy
in western medicine: a 21st-century
New Zealand is stuck in an austerity
model for health and it is about time
doctors spoke out about it moving to an
investment model, Bagshaw tells Wallace
Dr Bagshaw is a retired academic
surgeon and a founder of the Canterbury
Charity Hospital and Dr Barnett
an associate professor at Canterbury
There was a time when advocacy by
doctors was commonplace, Dr Bagshaw
In the first half of the last century —
when medical practices were a lot less
reliable — advocacy could be for an
individual patient or for social justice:
clean water, housing or healthy food.
“ When medicine was less effective, and
sometimes harmful, doctors built up trust
in the community by speaking out on
behalf of the community
“As the 20th century occurred, we got
this bio-medical model of health where
medicines became more effective and
scientific doctors tended to do advocacy
less and less. ”
The bio-medical era ushered in a “golden
age of doctoring,” Dr Bagshaw says, before
counter vailing forces came into play
that were political, technical and socio-
“These tended to undermine the
authority of medicine. ”
“Things were going pretty well until
the 1990s for us, and at that stage neo-
liberalism really was the order of the day
with managerialism in medicine.
“Medicine took a terrible hit, everybody
knew that at the time, but very few people
did, publicaly at least, anything about it.
They may have complained behind closed
doors, they certainly did not come out in
the media and complain.”
When the age of austerity started to
bite in the 1990s, Dr Bagshaw and some
of his colleagues openly questioned the
philosophy and its consequences.
“ We wrote a book called The Patients
are Dying, which chronicled the deaths
and problems occurring at Christchurch
Hospital, and some of us were threatened
with unemployment and all sorts of other
Dr Bagshaw says he tried to voice his
concerns through traditional professional
“All of which I found didn’t help. It was
just not possible to change things. While
you can think globally, you must act locally
in order to make change.
“So we opened a hospital that provided
care for those who just couldn’t get it
through the public system.”
We need to question whether doctors
should be vocal or not — and what the
consequences are if they ’re silent, he
“The example that springs to mind is
the NHS in Britain where doctors haven’t
spoken out until relatively recently. And
now they see it’s in dire jeopardy, of course
they ’re speaking out in large numbers.
One would have hoped they had done that
Doctors are the people best placed to see
things going off the rails, he says.
“If we aren’t the ones who can see where
the problems are, then who can? And I
think the public expects us to speak out on
their behalf. ”
The New Zealand health system is still
locked in a ‘the only way is austerity’
mindset, he says.
“Massive amounts of research from
Europe have shown that ’s not the case.
If you invest in health properly and
judiciously you will save money.”
“I ’m hopeful that one day the public
system becomes universal again, as it
was intended under the original Social
Security Act — and in that case, we
(Canterbury Charity Hospital) can hang
a sign on the door that says ‘no longer
Doctors need to speak out
Christchurch surgeon Philip Bagshaw in an operating theatre at the city’s charity hospital.
You can count on one hand the number of doctors who are prepared to put their head
above the parapet and call for changes to the health system, but Philip Bagshaw and
Pauline Barnett are doing just that. WALLACE CHAPMAN of RNZ investigates.
Predicting the future is a mug’s game.
If it could be done, then gambling would
be impossible and stockmarkets would
crash. Not that these and a host of
equally strong objections ever prevented
professional seers from giving us the
benefit of their prognostications. Some of
them, by the simple law of averages, will
be correct. Most, however, will not. This
is because, as a wise woman once said:
“ We do not see things as they are, we see
them as we are.”
In that spirit, allow me to describe the
coming year as it might look — if we get
If we get lucky, then special prosecutor
Robert Mueller will present a report
which damns President Donald Trump
in ways unanticipated in even his worst
nightmares. Republican and Democratic
legislators alike conclude his continuing
occupation of the White House has
Congressional leaders privately inform
the president that there is more than
enough support in both the House and
the Senate to secure his impeachment.
The president reaches for his cellphone
— only to discover the Deep State has
prevailed upon Twitter to shut down his
account. Realising that the jig is up, the
As Vice-President Mike Pence is being
sworn-in as the 46th president of the
United States he suffers a massive heart
attack and dies. His constitutionally
designated successor is the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
By a strange twist of fate, the United
States of America gets its first female
president after all.
If we get lucky, then the House of
Commons decisively rejects Theresa
May ’s Brexit deal. Defeated and
exhausted, the prime minister advises the
Queen to dissolve Parliament and call an
early general election. May then resigns.
A special conference of the Labour
Party votes decisively in favour of
making a second Brexit referendum the
centrepiece of its election manifesto.
With the Conservatives torn by
all manner of political and personal
conflicts, Labour cruises to a landslide
victory. For the first time in 40 years, the
United Kingdom has a socialist prime
minister and an unashamedly left-wing
government. The second referendum
records upwards of 60% of Britons opting
to remain in the European Union.
If we get lucky, then the Russian
President, Vladimir Putin, negotiates
a general peace settlement and mutual
defence pact involving Turkey, Syria,
Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. The Kurds
secure regional autonomy within the
Syrian State, guaranteed by the Russian
If we get lucky, then the Politburo of
the Chinese Communist Party, fearful
that President Xi Jinping is about to
launch a massive purge of senior party
cadres, deposes him. A hastily-summoned
National People’s Congress, in a climate
of unprecedented independence, elects a
moderate reformer as Xi’s successor.
If we get lucky, then the National Party
responds to a sharp decline in public
support by jettisoning its current leader,
Simon Bridges, and replacing him with
Judith Collins. The choice of Collins is
itself a reaction to the rapid rise of the
right-wing populist New Conser vative
Party. Collins, it is hoped, will staunch the
flow of National support to the NCP.
Appalled by this dramatic shift to the
far-right, thousands of moderate National
Party supporters swing in behind New
Zealand First and Labour, lifting their
combined support to nearly 60% of voters.
The coalition Government, buoyed by
this sudden shift in its fortunes, decides
to reject the Tax Working Group’s
recommendation favouring the imposition
of a capital gains tax. The Prime Minister,
Jacinda Ardern, is persuaded by Winston
Peters that such a tax would turn every
farmer, small business owner and landlord
in the country into her personal enemy.
Finance Minister, Grant Robertson,
resigns in protest. Jacinda replaces him
with David Parker.
If we get really lucky, then the leadership
changes in the United States, the United
Kingdom and China produce a sudden
and radical shift in the global approach
to anthropogenic global warming. Rather
than relying on yet another international
conference, the leaders of the five
permanent members of the United
Nations Security Council meet in secret
and thrash out a concrete plan for keeping
the planet ’s remaining reserves of oil and
gas in the ground while they co-ordinate
a planet-wide “green new deal”.
According to the wise, the only sure
thing about luck is that it changes.
I’m counting on that being true.
Chris Trotter is a left-wing
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