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“ Those who give have all things. They who
withhold have nothing.” — H indu proverb.
Thomas Warton, English poet
laureate (1728-1790); Simone
de Beauvoir, French novelist and
critic (1908-1986); Richard Nixon,
US president (1913-1994); Joan
Baez, US folk singer (1941-); Robert
Drewe, Australian author (1943-);
Jimmy Page, British rock musician (1944-);
Morris Gleitzman, Australian children’s author
(1953-); Bill Leak, Australian cartoonist (1956-
2017); Dave Matthews, US musician (1967-);
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (1982-) .
1324 - Death of Marco Polo.
1799 - British Prime Minister
William Pitt (the Younger)
introduces income tax at two
shillings in the pound to raise funds
for the Napoleonic Wars.
1806 - Lord Nelson, who was
mortally wounded in the Battle of Trafalgar in
1805, is buried at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
1868 - The Hougoumont, the last convict ship to
come to Australia, arrives at Fremantle. On board
are 279 convicts and 108 passengers.
1902 - Legislation is introduced in New York to
outlaw flirting in public.
1916 - The evacuation of the last 17,000 British
troops from Cape Helles brings the Gallipoli
campaign to an end.
1972 - Fire destroys the liner Queen Elizabeth in
waters off Hong Kong.
1978 - Islamic revolution erupts in Iran.
2017 - Death in NSW of Michael Chamberlain,
NZ-born pastor who was falsely implicated with
his then-wife Lindy in the disappearance and
death of their baby daughter Azaria in 1980.
WEST COAST YESTERYEAR
Approval for the present layout of the Smith
Street-Tainui Street intersection is to be sought
from the National Roads Board in the next few
“ We feel that it has proved itself and the plans
of it will go to the National Roads Board for its
‘seal of approval’ in the next few days,” the senior
engineer of the Ministry of Works, Mr J N Ford,
The present traffic island pattern regarded by
the department as on trial since its inception
some months ago, resulted in numerous criticisms
when first installed.
A visual traffic count was carried out by
the department just before Christmas and
this information, together with plans of the
intersection, will be sent to the NRB “to assist it
in evaluating the adequacy of the traffic island
design before it is made permanent,” said Mr Ford.
Extracting information from the traffic figures
noted in the survey is very difficult at this
stage because there are 17 different traffic
combinations involved in the Smith-Tainui Chapel
and Lord Street combined intersection, he added.
However, when and if the layout will be given
approval is not known at this stage.
There has been “ an increasing traffic movement”
over the last few years, particularly since the Haast
Pass route was opened, pointed out Mr Ford.
This means it can be expected the intersection
will have to handle even larger traffic flows in the
While Mr Ford feels there is not yet enough data
to indicate any true traffic growth, the NRB could
decide it wanted a bigger capacity intersection
Another “Greymouth is Great” title has been
attached to a local scenic attraction.
This time to a chain-long glow-worm bank near
The grotto is located in the Arorangi Reserve at
the first incline in from Boddytown on the left-
hand side of the road.
The glow of the worms can quite easily be seen
from a darkened car parked on the roadway.
I have discovered a strange set of
circumstances — a problem that we face
here on the Coast — and have wondered
if the following solution would help.
One of our problems is irresponsible
freedom campers, who seem to have
been raised in disgustingly, filthy
circumstances in their own countries
and are now infesting our Coast, literally
fouling our land. They appear to have no
care for the environment at all — how
The second problem consists of our
Coast being ruled by a set of fanatical
zealots who profess to ‘care’ far too
much about all the most weird things
on our land. For instance, some really
severely disturbed DOC ‘worker’ spent
days frantically vandalising a beautiful
vista of flowering lupins — this is sheer
Prior to announcing the next blitz of
1080 — the same ominous warning
appears in the Grey Star advertisement,
‘Do not let your dogs into the blitzed
area’. A great deal of dogs are about
the size and weight of human children,
trampers, hideous freedom trampers, etc.
If 1080 is harmless why does it poison
dogs? Of course the solution is simple
— b litz the freedom campers with 1080.
Why not? Blaketown beach is also
infested with rabbits, ferrets, rats and
Grey Hospital delays
It makes one most anxious and annoyed
that still the ‘powers that be’ have got
it wrong over the delay in finishing the
new Grey Hospital. To be told that the
completion date is now near the end
of this year is nothing but atrocious
and that it depends on when work can
be completed on the new buildings in
Christchurch (also delayed?).
What happened, might one ask, to
the Labour Government ’s promise
that following the last delay they were
appointing one of their former ministers,
Clayton Cosgrove, to step up immediately
and be on the Coast on a regular basis
keeping all Coasters up to date, chairing
meetings etc so as to drive the progress to
What did we get? A great hiss and
roar and then that ex-minister virtually
disappeared, throwing it back on to Mr
Meates, chief executive of Canterbury
Coasters deser ve better than that. And
when can Buller residents expect to see
their new health hub replacing their
ageing hospital opening?
This is something that should grab
every Coaster and those who live in the
Buller region, because this is serious stuff
as far as the health of the entire Coast
is concerned. You all deser ve better than
Also, I have seen nothing from
the mayors and councillors of both
Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika, who
should be champing at the bit over all
this nonsense and be joining their voices
together direct to the Government stating
, ‘ We, the people of the West Coast, have
had enough. When will our new health
facilities be finished and opened in both
Westport and Greymouth?’.
Why am I so passionate about bringing
an end to 1080 poison?
When I came back from living overseas,
two years in Australia and two years in
London, I moved to Franz Josef Glacier
and became a quad bike guide. We took
tourists from all over the world on the
riverbed and through the bush.
I had not heard of 1080 before the drop
in Franz. After the drop the bush fell silent
and all the kea disappeared. I had one lone
bird and a couple of ducks with a baby, and
that was all.
Compound 1080 sodium
monofluoroacetate is one of the most lethal
poisons on Earth, classed 1A by the WHO.
Extremely hazardous, there is no antidote.
It can kill anything that uses oxygen.
Inhaled, absorbed, ingested it can kill.
It can take hours or days to die, it is an
inhumane, cruel, indiscriminate tortuous
death — seizures, incontinence, diarrhoea,
rapid breathing, trembling, convulsions,
frothing at the mouth, violent activity,
bleeding, muscles ripped of the bone; some
animals even rip apart their own stomach.
Forest and Bird say the breakdown
products of 1080 are salt and vinegar,
pretty much the same thing you would put
on your chips. Sodium monofluoacetate
cannot break down into salt and vinegar as
it does not have chlorine so it cannot form
table salt. Vinegar is not the degradation
of sodium monofluoroacetate. 1080 is
associated with organ damage, infertility
and birth defects.
The manufacturer’s warning label clearly
states — keep out of any body of water. In
New Zealand and Australia we know that
does not happen. The carcase is left where
it dies in our rivers and streams and is
washed down our beaches, where secondary
poisoning occurs. An animal can travel far
from the drop zone before death. A single
poisoned mouse can kill a large dog, bones
from a carcase can kill, a bird can carry
pellets out of drop zones. In water the 1080
pellets turn to fluoroactate which is still
1080 is poison, man-made, and highly
Town square tv
Yeepee! The tv screen project in the
town square has been scuppered!
Rejoice all local community groups,
there is another $60,000 now available
in the kitty for the next two years,
courtesy of Smart Enviro. Dig deep to
get those zany events and projects off the
What about the colourful umbrellas
around town? Calling all artists for some
more murals on the walls of Smith/
Whall Street, funky homemade furniture
and signage around town, fun races along
the floodwall, free workshops at our local
library/gallery? Happy New Year to all of
Your article, re tourist levy (Greymouth
Star, December 27) on page 3 was
produced to sway your readers into
believing New Zealand would be losing
if Minister Lees-Galloway brought in
his tourist tax of $25 to $35 from tourists
visiting New Zealand: ‘ They state that
MBIE analysts looked at the ? impact.’
(The word ‘possible’ appears to have
been left out here.) ‘Our estimates of the
possible impact in 2021, relative to the
MBIE forecast for the year are 14,983
I believe greed and profit are the
only thoughts that exist in some heads.
Hypothesis is supposition, statements
made with no factual support. You are
downgrading our paper by giving itspace.
Now, let me explain why I believe we
can do without those 14,983 tourists.
First, the cr..p we have to clean up after
people. DOC have helicopters flying out
thousands of tonnes all the tourist season.
We have a ‘pooper man’ each morning
cleaning up after people use the walk
track. Who pays? The taxpayer.
We read in your paper that in 30
minutes some 20 motorists had their
picture taken for speeding, breaking our
law. How many of these drivers will be
home in their own country by the time
you post out a summons? Who pays
for the stamp etc? The taxpayer. Who
pays for the carnage on our roads? The
But let ’s forget all this money stuff and
get to the real world of doctors, firemen
and police who have the job of sorting
out the pieces of body they find among
the torn metal. There is no greed or profit
in what they do, it comes from within; I
know, I have been there. So why do they
have to fight for a satisfactory wage?
The answer is in what I have previously
Let ’s think of what effect it has on these
same people, when they are trying to stop
the pain, the blood, and those same torn
bodies from dying in their arms.
DOC charges $40 to open the gate,
from Hanmer to St Arnaud Road. In
other areas tourists are complaining
about their colossal hut charges.
After reading “the New Zealand
Herald reports”, “the paper says”, “the
paper notes”, I went over the article
again believing I would find the word
Trump. Then, almost at the end of the
article, “the paper showed that feedback
for the proposal from stakeholders was
supportive”. So let ’s all give the big tick
to Iain Lees-Galloway and Kelvin Davis.
Dear friends and family from the
wonderful West Coast, we hope you
all have a great 2019. Go the mighty
Mark Nogaj and Family
Cambridge, North Island
ou enter a stadium with
thousands of fans cheering,
the Silver Fern sewn firmly
on your chest and your name
The children of our sporting heroes grew
up watching their parents, and for some
it was a dream to follow in their parental
Being the son or daughter of a sporting
hero is not easy.
There are the expectations to perform as
well as, if not better, than your parent and
the spotlight shines a little brighter in your
direction while you battle to create your
The son of former All Black La’auli
Sir Michael Jones, Niko, was recently
selected for the All Black Sevens.
Now focus has shifted from the
excitement of his call-up to whether or
not Niko, 18, feels pressure as the son of
The teenager assured media that while
the load of his father’s legacy weighs
heavy on his shoulders, it is his father who
helped shape the man he is today.
It is also uncharted waters for Sir
Michael, who says raising a potential
future All Black is all about balance.
“He’s under our wing so to speak, but he
is old enough to make his own calls and
he does that well, but at the same time
we’re really trying to ensure that we can
“ We can’t be overprotective, and we
can’t keep him in a bubble, and my
responsibility is to point him in the right
direction, guide him and protect him from
things that could trip him up along the
way,” Sir Michael said.
Fellow world rugby hall of famer Sir
Bryan Williams brought up his two rugby
playing sons before the advent of social
media, which helped his children pursue
their careers with less stress.
Sir Bryan, who played for the All Blacks
between 1970 and 1978, raised his sons
Paul and Gavin under the radar.
They both went on to represent Samoa
and played out their careers in France.
Sir Bryan said there were always small
battles, unavoidable expectations because
of his standing in world rugby, but he was
lucky to be able to nurture his sons’ careers
as a supportive parent rather than an All
“I gave them a little bit of advice, but
learned quite a few years ago that it’s
probably best to keep my mouth shut.
On occasion they would ask me bits and
pieces about what happened in our day
and how best to deal with it.
“Generally though they charted their
own course and they were able to earn
their own income and we didn’t have to
keep them, so that was nice,” Sir Bryan
Former Silver Ferns captain, now
broadcaster, Anna Stanley ’s mother was
more hands on.
Brenda Rowberry, a Silver Ferns
defender from 1969 to 1971, held a firm
grip on Stanley ’s playing career from
school age through to adulthood.
The daughter of two physical education
teachers, Stanley credits her parents for
preparing her for a successful professional
Stanley is married to former All Black
and former Samoan softball player Jeremy
Stanley, who himself is the son of ex-All
Black Joe Stanley.
She said supporting her three sporty
children, without stealing the limelight
can be a struggle.
“ We keep trying to tell them we don’t
care where you get to because they do feel
the pressure; they go to cross-country and
know mum always used to win and I think
they know they have these parents who
excelled — so does that mean they have
“I quite like the fact that our boys are
playing football, you know they don’t have
to be an All Black like dad.
“In some ways I would almost prefer Jaya
(Stanley ’s daughter) to not play netball
because then she won’t be in my shadow.”
Even those who forge their own sporting
paths are never too far removed from the
Professional golfer Ryan Fox, the son
of former All Black Grant Fox, grew up
playing rugby and cricket.
His love of golf saw him become a
household name, but this did not stop golf
commentators name-dropping his famous
All Black father.
Grant Fox is well known for supporting
his son and has ser ved as Ryan’s caddie at
some smaller events on tour.
Ryan, 31, is also the grandson of former
New Zealand cricket captain Mer v
Wallace (on his mother’s side) so is
accustomed to finding his own place in the
He said his father was a perfectionist and
highly competitive, but Ryan believes he is
more laid back than his father.
“There’s not one way to do it. There are
guys who practice hard, there are guys who
play a lot, there are guys who do short-
sharp and obviously dad had his way and
my way was a little bit different.
“It took a little while for both of us to
work that out and thankfully now I’ve had a
lot of advice and experience and figured out
what works for me and dad understands
that, even though it might be a little
different from how he approached things in
his rugby day.”
Sports psychologist Karen Nimmo said it
is impossible to put every sporting parent
and their child in one basket with such
diverse parenting styles and beliefs on offer.
She does think though that the support
required on a such a unique platform is
“It is more critical now, I think that ’s the
main difference now.
“ You are exposed quite quickly on the big
stage and you need everything possible in
your corner and that includes your parents.
Being wrapped up in that supportive
environment for as long as possible can be
quite helpful,” Dr Nimmo said.
Sir Michael has always tried to instill the
principle that success does not fall into
The Jones family come from a proud
Samoan heritage and are involved in the
church — they believe that a large part of
Niko’s success comes from Samoan ‘It takes
a village to raise a child’ mentality.
“That ’s been a big part in shaping him
and a big part of the support structures and
scaffolding that ’s been central to getting
him to where he is now.
“He’ll never lose that appreciation and
recognition that he is a by-product of
this loving village, and I can’t see him
disconnecting himself from it, and that
includes the role of his faith.
“ We have always stressed it and he
understands the fact that he’s been given
a gift and he has to protect it. A big part
of using it well is how he can use it to give
back to his community,” Sir Michael said.
Ryan Fox has learned during his
professional career that the realities of
competition are the same for everyone, no
matter what your lineage.
“If you do everything you can, to be the
best you can be, you can always live with
that and if you don’t succeed at that point;
whether it’s trying to follow in your parents
footsteps or a different sport or whatever,
you can always walk away with your head
“Sport can be a pretty brutal thing, life
can be a pretty brutal thing and sometimes
failure is the only option. I know that may
sound a bit harsh, but if you have done
everything you can failure is not the worst
thing to happen.”
Blessing or a curse?
RAVINDER HUNIA of RNZ, looks at just how much pressure the offspring of top
flight athletes come under to succeed and asks how do they cope?’
St Peters winning captain Niko Jones, son of former All Black Michael Jones.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Michael Jones playing for the All Blacks against Australia.
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