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uLetters to the editor
1880 - Civil war in Samoa begins.
1895 - Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, German
physicist, discovers X-rays.
1923 - Adolf Hitler stages unsuccessful coup
in Munich that comes to be known as the
1942 - Allied forces begin landings
in North Africa.
1950 - First battle between jet
planes as US ghters are attacked
by North Korean MIGs near Yalu
River in Korean con ict.
1956 - UN General Assembly
demands that Soviet troops withdraw from
1960 - John F Kennedy elected US president.
1986 - Death of Vyacheslav M Molotov, one-
time aide to Joseph Stalin, aged 96.
1990 - US President George Bush orders
200,000 more US troops to the Persian Gulf.
2006 - Markus Wolf, the legendary East
German spymaster whose Cold War activities
are believed to have inspired novelist John le
Carre, dies aged 83.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Milton, English poet (1608-1674); King
Edward VII (1841-1910); Bram Stoker, British
author (1847-1912); Margaret Mitchell, US
author of Gone With e Wind
(1900-1949); Christiaan Barnard,
South African pioneer heart-
transplant surgery (1922-2001);
Patti Page, US singer (1927-
2013); Bonnie Raitt, US singer
(1949-); Rickie Lee Jones, US
singer-songwriter (1954-); Michael
Nyqvist, Swedish actor (1960-);
Leif Garrett, US singer-actor (1961-); Gordon
Ramsay, British chef and tv personality (1966-
); Tara Reid, US actress (1975-); Brett Lee,
"Man is born to live, not to prepare for life."
--- Boris Pasternak, Russian author
"And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you
will win the crown of glory that never fades
away." --- (1 Peter 5:4).
continuation of heavy
rain almost unabated
morning, widespread ooding was reported in
the town at 1pm today. In O'Donnell Street
ooding has occurred at the blind Easson's Hill
end of the road, causing property ooding in
many cases. Cause of the ooding appears to
be the excess quantity of stormwater owing
o the hill.
Flooding occurred extensively in other parts
of the town and in Marsden Road the grocery
business of Mr M Curtis was invaded by water.
"It's pretty tough up here all right," he said.
e heavy rain of the last three days which
was further aggravated by nearly 2in in the last
24 hours, has a ected the Westland National
Party candidate Mr Winston Reynolds' meet-
the-electors campaign. Today he was to have
visited the Moana, Inchbonnie, Rotomanu and
Te Kinga settlements but his car struck heavy
road ooding near Aratika, halting his progress
Mr Reynolds made alternative arrangements
to travel by train, at least as far as Moana and
e death of Mr Wilfred James Ivey, of
Blacks Point, Reefton occurred this morning
after a lengthy illness. Mr Ivey was born in
Cornwall, England, 82 years ago and came to
New Zealand to settle in Blacks Point at the
age of 24. He had followed the quartz mining
industry for the greater part of his life but then
joined the Ministry of Works, retiring 20 years
Predeceased by his wife Ettie, he is survived
by one daughter, Louise (Mrs H Robertson,
Reefton) and one son, Bentley (Blacks Point).
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Kris Shannon and Vaimoana Tapaleao
The rugby fraternity is in
mourning after the loss of
the one of its much-loved
Papali'itele Peter Fatialofa
died suddenly this week in
Samoa aged 54.
From the Ponsonby Rugby Club,
Fatialofa played 71 games in the front
row for Auckland after debuting in
1984 and, for the following eight years,
was a member of the side during one of
Auckland's most dominant eras.
Auckland Rugby Union board member
and former teammate Gary Whetton was
saddened to hear of Fatialofa's passing.
"He was the ultimate team man --- on
the eld he was huge and o the eld such
a gentleman. I am so sad for Anne and his
family --- we have all lost a brilliant man."
Whetton recalled Fatialofa was given the
important role of 'Keeper of the Shield'.
"When we won the Ranfurly Shield
in 1985, Fats was charged as being the
Keeper of the Shield. It was his job to
keep it safe, to make sure it came on the
road with us --- he had to know where it
was at all times, and I think a lot of those
times it was at his house."
A proud Samoan, Fatialofa was one
of the rst New Zealand-based players
to play for Manu Samoa. He captained
the side in their rst Rugby World Cup
campaign in 1991 at which they reached
the quarter- nals.
Fatialofa played for Manu Samoa
until 1996, the same year he was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for his ser vices to rugby.
His status in Samoa is legendary and
his ser vice to Samoan rugby continued to
the end, as he was coaching the women's
Samoan rugby team in their quest to play
at next year's Rugby World Cup in France.
Prior to that, Fatialofa had coached the
East Tamaki premier side and contributed
to the Auckland Rugby Union Council
of Delegates representing Samoan rugby
O the eld, Fatialofa set up a successful
piano-moving business called Peter Fats,
Piano and Furniture Removal, which
continues today. Fatialofa has maintained
his love for both New Zealand and Samoa
through his Samoan adventure and
experience business Fats Tours.
All Black great Bryan Williams said a
"huge wave of emotion"came over him
following the news of Fatialofa's death.
" ere are so many memories that came
ooding back. Peter Fats is one of the
icons of our sport.
"It's not just about Samoan rugby
or Ponsonby or Auckland rugby. He
transcended all boundaries. He was
universally popular throughout the rugby
Williams said he rst met Fatialofa when
the soon to be popular prop was a 19-year-
old who was just starting to nd his feet at
the Ponsonby Rugby Club.
"He was a bit of a rough, unpolished
diamond, to be honest."
He said Fatialofa had been one of
Samoa's biggest helpers in terms of getting
the country's rugby team onto the world
One of Fatialofa's most well-known roles
was captaining the Manu Samoa team at
its rst Rugby World Cup tournament in
Williams said: "He was so proud about
that. He just had a huge passion and drive
to put Samoan rugby on the map and
that's what he's done."
Former All Black Michael Jones paid
tribute to the man he called an old friend.
Speaking to the Herald from Paris,
where he attended a rugby awards dinner
this week, Jones said he was still trying
to come to terms with the news of Peter
"It's just a real shock. He's one of those
guys that really is larger than life. He's
such a wonderful man, a fantastic guy
and a family man --- he was all about his
Jones remembered Fatialofa as the
person who took him under his wing
when he rst started playing rugby for
Auckland as a 20-year-old fresh out of
"I was this shy Polynesian kid ... He
looked after me like I was his little
Jones, who has also coached the Manu
Samoa team over the years, said Fatialofa
was one of the faces of Samoan rugby. He
was also instrumental in the setting up
of the annual Samoan Sports Awards in
"He really was part and parcel of our
community --- especially in sports. I
think Peter Fats embodied everything
that was really special and unique about
Samoan rugby," Jones said.
"He was a key gure that really brought
Samoan rugby to the world and they
became the darlings of rugby. He was
a big man, with a big heart and a big
Another former All Black, Andy
Haden, remembered his old Ponsonby
teammate fondly and described Fatialofa
as a colourful character who was the most
loyal of team men.
"He was a tough bugger. He didn't take
a backwards step and he was certainly
right up with the best props in the
country at the time.
"I played probably more than 10 years
at Ponsonby club ... so I remember him
well. ere were a lot of good times and
Haden said he remembered how
Fatialofa worked hard to get a spot on the
All Blacks' squad; which was not to be.
"I thought he was desperately unlucky
and he got very close.
"He had a great a nity for Ponsonby
rugby and then became a great member
of the Auckland side of the eighties.
"And then when the opportunity came
up in the World Cup and Manu Samoa
came along --- they couldn't have found a
better captain and talisman."
About ve years ago, Fatialofa hosted
Haden and his wife on a trip to
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Rugby mourns 'Fats'
Mary Milliken and John Russell
With a soft voice and a downward gaze,
Jimi Hendrix seemed to shrink in his
pastel blue kimono-like shirt as talk show
host Dick Cavett called him one of the
best guitarists in the world in 1969.
After all, his friends and family said,
Hendrix was shy and insecure. When he
was performing, however, he was anything
but, laying it all out for audiences that
could not quite absorb the innovation
unfolding before their eyes and in their
"On stage there was a magical
transformation, like a Dr Jekyll and Mr
Hyde," said his recording sound engineer
Eddie Kramer. "He was quite the star
performer on stage, quite sexual and very
animalistic, but in complete control."
at Hendrix paradox is at the heart
of Jimi Hendrix --- Hear My Train A
Comin, a documentary in the American
e two-hour documentary takes the
viewer from Hendrix's humble childhood
in Seattle and his deep dive into the blues
to his four years at the pinnacle of rock
music in the late 1960s to his death at age
27 from an overdose of sleeping pills. It
features previously unseen performance
footage and home movies.
e rst chords in the lm come from
the United States debut of the band Jimi
Hendrix Experience at the 1967 Monterey
Pop Festival where he played Wild
ing and simulated sex with his guitar
before lighting it on re and breaking it
into pieces. Some in the audience look
bewildered, some appalled.
"Now you look at it and you have kind
of seen it," the documentary's director
Bob Smeaton told Reuters. "But imagine
looking at that for the rst time. Imagine
seeing Jimi Hendrix at Monterey in 1967
playing like that."
at landmark performance might
not have happened if not for a
recommendation to festival organisers
from Paul McCartney, who is featured in
the lm and whose Beatles were one of
the biggest bands when Hendrix landed
in London in 1966. Hendrix absorbed
in uences from the Brits, fusing them
with his blues roots to create a unique
sound that remains unmatched nearly a
half century later.
e result was his rst album Are You
Experienced in 1967 which featured hit
songs like Hey Joe, e Wind Cries Mary,
Foxy Lady and Purple Haze and helped
usher in the psychedelic music age.
Back in the United States, Hendrix
became an icon of the counterculture
At the Woodstock Festival in 1969, he
tapped into young Americans' view of
their country with a controversial but
now famous rendition of the e Star-
Spangled Banner, the notes to the national
anthem strung out and distorted through
his white guitar.
Woodstock proved to be a turning point
for Hendrix, who was keen on taking his
music in new and more complex directions
after a few years of phenomenal success,
according to inter views with Hendrix
himself, his band mates, producers and
His death in 1970 came as a shock to
them all. Smeaton said that in making the
documentary he found no close associates
who believe Hendrix committed suicide
in London and that Hendrix had told his
friends he was yearning to get back to his
studio in New York to work on recordings.
" at was not a guy that was thinking
about killing himself," Smeaton said.
"He was just reckless. Hendrix lived in
a reckless time. He took sleeping tablets
because he had to sleep and he drank red
wine. at is not a great mix. It's just very
sad that he died at such a young age, at
27." --- Reuters
Short life, lasting legacy of Jimi Hendrix
Guy Fawkes stupidity
May I protest about the way our country
is ooded with rubbish/ ammable/
dangerous goods every year about this
One of the family dogs su ered such
hell and damnation with fear during this
week's orgy of stupidity, that the poor
animal had hysterics and passed out for
10 minutes. What on earth is wrong with
A. One may as well burn $50 notes.
B. ey terrify all our animals. C. For
Pete's sake --- Guy Fawkes did not set
o his particular stash of reworks under
parliament all those centuries ago. Indeed,
the English hanged the silly twit.
Honouring a ratbag's actions strikes
me as very weird. Do anti-Semites
hold barbecues to fondly remember the
We profess to love animals.
Why not follow through and ban
reworks? ink of the money saved, the
casualty wards and burns units emptied.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Come to
your senses, New Zealand.
L A Elphick
In response to the factual inaccuracies in
the letter from Trevor Molloy (Greymouth
Star, November 6), the aquatic centre
attendance gures are the year to date.
Council still expects the annual attendance
to exceed 100,000.
e West Coast eatre Trust (WCTT)
is a registered charitable trust, and not in
Council currently funds $75,000 per
annum towards the WCTT. Prior to
this year the amount was $25,000 per
annum (i.e. an additional $50,000 was
funded this year). is additional funding
was consulted on as part of our 2013-14
e $3.8 million referred to relates to
two adjustments made to council's 2012-
13 accounts, being the provision of $1.2
million relating to WCTT loans and a
$2.6 million impairment of the value of
the aquatic centre. ese items are not
additional to the $3.8 million. Mr Molloy
has double counted these items. Both
these issues are covered in more detail in
the audited 2013 annual report.
Council remains committed to assisting
the WCTT in the management of the
facility and setting a strategic direction
that maximises the use and e ciency of
Council has not provided an additional
$2m to the WCTT. e recent
strengthening of the Regent eatre has
been achieved by way of lottery funding
and Development West Coast funding
(from both their major district initiative
and extraordinary distribution fund).
Manager corporate ser vices
Grey District Council
Last year we had an amazing response to
our memoir and local history competition
--- 97 entries. We put this down mainly to
the power of the press. Every single story
we got was worth the reading and one of
our prizewinners was 91 years-old.
We have invited New Zealanders again
this year to 'write your story about a
person or a place.' Yes, there are prizes,
and everyone is eventually published on-
line. So those stories get read throughout
the world and add to a valuable and
permanent archive of New Zealand's past
and present --- the National Kete.
Our judge this year is award-winning
historian and writer Trevor Bentley
(Cannibal Jack, Captured by the Maori,
If your readers have got a tale to tell,
please get cracking and send them in
before December 14. Details and entry
New Zealand Society of Authors
Bay of Plenty region
You sometimes have to laugh ---
otherwise you might cry --- at the
absurdities of bureaucrats who latch on to
management positions in organisations
like health systems.
I refer to the comment (Greymouth
Star, November 1) where one of the
DHB luminaries is reported saying
that, 'very conceptual' conversations had
been held'. is is nothing more than
a variation on politicians' use of the
expression 'full and frank discussions',
when they do not want to give the public
the slightest inkling of what is actually
going on behind the scenes.
Meanwhile, another DHB luminary
is reported saying, 'interesting' solutions
were being brought to the table by the
design team. Oh for goodness' sake --- yet
another 'design team'? Given the endless
reports produced over the years regarding
alleged plans for Grey Base Hospital, and
which have been subsequently trashed,
one can only guess how many million
dollars have already lined the pockets of
consultants, assorted 'experts', so-called
'high-powered teams' etc, as politicians
and their bureaucrats have wa ed all
around the subject --- and continue to do
so.West Coast DHB board member
Sharon Pugh rightly expresses the
community view that the $60 million
budget (far less than previous estimates)
appears unlikely to provide the facilities
required on the Coast.
Perhaps Mrs Pugh will now ask the
board chairman to put in a request to
Government for hospital loan funding
to be provided through the Reserve
Bank, thereby saving tens of millions
of dollars interest which, under current
Government policy, will be diverted from
Coast health services to line the pockets
of mostly overseas-owned commercial
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
My brother and sister and I would like
to thank most sincerely the Rapahoe
Reunion Committee (the O'Connell,
Ellwood and Crestani families).
From the get-together on the Friday
evening, the photos taken on the Rapahoe
Beach , and nally the dinner on Saturday
evening, nothing could be faulted as
everything ran like clockwork.
With ex-Rapahoe residents travelling to
the reunion from as far away as Canada
and Australia, it just goes to show how
keen everyone was to attend this second
We as a family feel very privileged to
have grown up in Rapahoe and this was
reminisced about continuously by everyone
attending this wonderful weekend.
To have three families talking on the
stage about our dear late mother Vi Jones
(caretaker of Rapahoe School) with such
fondness, and calling her the 'mother of
Rapahoe' was so very humbling to us as a
A big 'thank you' to Terri King and Kay
Butters for preparing the most amazing
dinner --- the food was superb.
Hopefully, there will be another reunion
in another 10 years' time.
ank you also to Paul McBride for his
article about the district.
We feel very privileged to have attended
the 25-pupil sole-charge school (with
Isabel Mills as headmistress) and to have
been part of this close-knit school and
anks once again to everyone involved.
Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB
yesterday received documentary evidence
that the text voting on the mining issue
was shonky, when a respondent tried to
register a pro-mining vote three times
and each time was told it could not be
accepted, and when he registered a 'no'
vote his choice was accepted. e identical
text times were shown on the evidence
Leighton received. How kosher was the
poll? ere should be an inquiry as to why
this happened ---highly suspect, I believe.
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