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“Honesty is the best policy, but he who acts on
that principle is not an honest man.” — Richard
Whately, British theologian (1787-1863).
Hadrian, Roman Emperor, born
Publius Aelius Hadrianus (76-138);
Ethel Sibyl Turner, English-born
author of Seven Little Australians
(1872-1958); Neil Diamond, US
singer (1941-); Sharon Tate, US
actress (1943-1969); Helen Morse,
Australian actress (1946-); Warren Zevon, US
singer (1947-2003); Jenny Kee, Australian designer
(1947-); John Belushi, American actor (1949-
1982); Nastassja Kinski, German-born actress
(1961-); Mischa Barton, US actress (1986-); Callan
McAuliffe, Australian actor (1995-) .
1547 - Earl of Surrey, poet and
cousin of Henry VIII’s fifth wife
Catherine Howard, is executed.
1848 - James Marshall finds a gold
nugget in the US state of California,
touching off the Gold Rush.
1895 - Death of Lord Randolph
Churchill, British politician, influential leader of the
Conservative Party and father of Winston.
1907 - First Boy Scout troop is organised by Sir
Robert Baden-Powell in England.
1935 - The first beer in cans, Krueger Cream Ale,
goes on sale in Richmond, Virginia.
1965 - Death of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s
World War Two prime minister, aged 90.
1966 - Indira Gandhi is sworn in as Indian prime
minister following the death of Sri Shastri.
1972 - Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is
discovered on Guam, having spent 28 years hiding
in the jungle thinking World War
Two was still going on.
1989 - Serial killer Theodore Bundy is put to
death in Florida’s electric chair for the 1978
kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
WEST COAST YESTERYEAR
The need was for a more aggressive attitude
by the people if industry was to flourish on the
West Coast, said West Coast Commissioner,
Mr D B Dallas at Westport yesterday.
Hopes of diversifying industry in the Buller
district with a special emphasis on timber were
expressed by the West Coast commissioner
in the Buller area with the idea of interesting
a number of small industrial firms in the
possibility of building up export markets in
other parts of New Zealand.
He met the district manager of State mines,
Mr T M Brazil, on matters concerning that
industry and talked with the secretary-manager
for the Marine Department at Westport, Mr W R
Kiely, on port usage and capacity.
Mr Dallas felt that, while West Coast
organisations might consider bringing
industrial development consultants to the
area, the Government might assist such a move
dealing with the timber industry.
Mr Dallas said land was the West Coast’s
greatest resource, and timber was next.
For a long time timber had ben cut in the
area, but never fully processed. He wanted to
see this done. particularly with regard to the
manufacture of furniture, joinery and souvenirs.
“ There are excellent opportunities for the
production of souvenirs on the West Coast, and
their distribution throughout New Zealand,” he
Mr Dallas said New Zealand as a nation, was
working very hard to build up exports to the
markets of the world; West Coasters should
work equally hard to promote business in the
markets of New Zealand.
Some 345 West Coast secondary school
students achieved passes in School Certificate
examinations held late last year, in one to six
Of these students, 130 were at Greymouth
High School, 18 at St Mary’s and 17 at Marist;
39 were at Westland High and 19 at St Mary’s,
Hokitika, nine at Inangahua College, Reefton,
and 80 at St Mary’s Westport.
From our files
1973: Rutherglen Butcher y
Thursday, May 3, 1973
What has happened to Jacinda?
What has become of the young woman
who captivated the electorate 16 short
months ago? The Jacinda who promised
New Zealanders a “transformational”
government inspired by the politics of
kindness. Where has she gone?
Surely the New Zealand Prime Minister
who earlier this week pledged to stand by
Britain — “ whatever you decide about your
place in the global community” — cannot
be the same woman who turned up to
Buckingham Palace proudly wearing a
Maori cloak? That Prime Minister would
never have boasted (in the right-wing Daily
Telegraph, of all places) that “about four
in every five New Zealanders still claims
British heritage”. She would have left that
sort of racially-charged rhetoric to Donald
Except, of course, it was New Zealand
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who
said those things. The very same Jacinda
Ardern who has been guilessly decorating
the “ loose affiliation of millionaires and
billionaires” who gather every year at the
exclusive ski resort of Davos in the Swiss
It would seem that we misunderstood
the Labour leader when she promised
us a transformational government. Our
naive assumption was that she intended
to transform New Zealand society when,
clearly, it was herself she was determined to
There will, of course, be a great many New
Zealanders who cannot get enough of their
PM’s global celebrity status. Seated on the
same stage as Sir David Attenborough.
Discussing mental health with Prince
William. What is there not to like? Jacinda
is merely going where Bono has so boldly
Yet while our prime minister is rubbing
shoulders with the good and the great at
Davos, thousands of New Zealand ’s most
vulnerable citizens are without adequate
accommodation and forced to rely upon
grossly over-stretched food banks to feed
While she earnestly discusses mental
health issues with William Windsor,
her Health Minister back home is,
disgracefully, holding the cloaks of New
Zealand’s DHBs while they attempt to
stone the Resident Doctors’ Association to
While she lends her most solemn and
concerned expressions to Sir Richard
Attenborough’s desperate pleas for urgent
action on global warming, her “green”
government is frantically fabricating new
and ever more ridiculous excuses for, once
again, letting New Zealand’s farmers off
the climate change hook.
It is to be hoped that somewhere
between all her high-powered forums and
Davos’s swanky cocktail parties our prime
minister is lucky enough to run into a
wealthy venture capitalist by the name of
Nick Hanauer. He would be the same Nick
Hanauer whose opinion piece, A Stake
through the Heart of Neoliberalism, was
recently posted on the Newsroom website.
“ I am a practitioner of capitalism,”
Hanauer declared. “ I have started or
funded 37 companies. I was the first
outside investor in Amazon. I have been
rewarded obscenely for my success, with
a life that the other 99.99% of Americans
can’t even imagine. Yet the most important
lesson that decades of experience at the
heart of market capitalism has taught
me is that morality and justice are the
fundamental prerequisites for prosperity
and economic growth. Greed is not good.”
Hanauer’s solution to global inequality
is refreshingly straight-for ward: “A
fundamental prerequisite for a more just
society is that the wealthiest should pay
their fair share of tax. ”
If only this clear-eyed billionaire could
contrive to sit down with Jacinda and
her finance minister, Grant Robertson,
for a few minutes and explain this to
them. Coming from a person as rich
and successful as Hanauer, this simplest
of social democratic truths might have
a better chance of being accepted than
when advanced by the churches, the trade
unions, Oxfam, and even one or two of
the less star-struck members of their own
How sad that it has come to this. That
a member of the 0.01% sees more clearly
what must be done than the young woman
who, just 16 months ago, invited her
fellow citizens to “Let ’s do this!” How
tragic that, 16 months later, so few of
those same citizens have the slightest idea
what the “this” she enjoined them to “do”
Jacinda is the most accomplished
ambassador for New Zealand to have
graced the global stage since David Lange
bowled over the Oxford Union. That is
not, however, enough. Jacinda is not New
Zealand’s MC, she’s our PM.
It is time for her to start acting like one.
Chris Trotter is a left-wing
Jacinda: where she goes, we go
Jacinda Ardern at the World Economic Forum.
o many people, Rutherglen
will not be quite the
affectionately known as the “Back-blocks
Butchery ” is to close down after years of
ser vice to local residents.
Mr Neil Bruhn took over the shop from
his father 36 years ago and has owned
and operated it since then.
The butchery arose out of a need to
ser ve the timber mills years ago but, since
the mills have declined, trade has spread
to cover a wide area.
Mr Bruhn says a sign on the outside
of the shop is unnecessary, as everybody
knows where and what the shop is and if
they do not, people soon tell them.
Mr Harry Tibbles has worked at
the butchery for nine years and
slaughters animals himself in the
slaughterhouse behind the shop. As
it would cost more than $1000 to
upgrade the slaughterhouse to meet
Agricultural Department requirements,
Mr Bruhn feels this is not worthwhile
and has decided to close the shop
He and Mr Tibbles are not sure what
they are going to do for a job after the
shop closes, but doubt if it will be
back to the butchery business for
According to this poem on the shop
wall, Mr Tibbles and Mr Bruhn have had
their share of hard work.
A butcher stood at the Golden Gate,
His head was bent down low,
He meekly asked the man in charge,
Which way he had to go.
What have you done, Saint Peter said,
In the years you spent down there?
I kept a butcher’s shop, he said,
For many and many a year.
Saint Peter opened wide the gate,
And gently rang a bell,
Go in and choose a harp, he said,
You’ve had your share of hell.
The old and familiar butchery in all its “back-blocks” simplicity, can be seen in these two pictures.
A study will examine whether dogs
form an emotional attachment to toys
in a similar way to young children with
blankets and teddies.
Researchers from the University
of Bristol Vet School and School of
Psychological Science will examine the
behaviours of a wide range of dogs for the
It is thought that some breeds of dog
may be more likely than others to form
attachments with objects such as toys and
Professor Bruce Hood, of the University
of Bristol’s School of Psychological
Science, said he was “fascinated” by the
“ We are conducting the first survey of
this behaviour to see how common it is
and to see whether particular breeds have
particular traits or not,” Prof Hood said.
“ We have a hypothesis that some breeds
will have stronger attachments than others.
“ We would like to hear from as many dog
owners as possible — we need thousands
to conduct a detailed analysis.”
Previous research has estimated the
number of western children that form
emotional attachments to soft toys and
blankets at about 60%.
Studies in the Far East have reported
much lower levels.
Not all children form emotional
attachments to soft toys, with a recent
study finding that this is half to do with
genes and half to do with the environment.
“Some dogs have toys as part of their
routines, some dogs have been bred to be
retrievers,” Prof Hood added.
“This study is about all object related
behaviour. We will also study other factors
such as the dog’s sleep pattern.
“It is not just about dogs who have an
attachment to a toy, we need to include all
Dr Emily Blackwell, director of
companion animal population health at
Bristol Veterinary School, said owners had
anecdotally reported that their dogs had
attachments to particular objects.
“This study is the first large-scale
systematic sur vey of the phenomenon,” Dr
“The results will provide fascinating
insights into the evolution of social
behaviour in both dogs and their owners
alike.” — PA
Dogs’ emotional attachment to toys studied
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