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uLetters to the editor
1553 - Lady Jane Grey and others are tried
for treason in England.
1907 - First helicopter to achieve free ight
carrying a man, designed by Paul Cornu, rises
2m above the ground at Lisieux, France.
1913 - e rst modern elasticated
brassiere is patented in the United
States by Mary Phelps Jacob.
1940 - Walt Disney animated
movie Fantasia has its world
premiere in New York.
1941 - British aircraft carrier
Ark Royal is hit by a torpedo o
Gibraltar and sinks early the following day.
1945 - General Charles De Gaulle is
elected president of the French provisional
1991 - Scottish authorities issue arrest
warrants for two Libyan men in connection
with 1988 bombing of Pan Am ight 103.
2003 - Residents of the remote village of
Nubutautau, on the Fijian island of Viti
Levu, apologise to the descendants of British
missionary, the Rev omas Baker. He was
killed and eaten by their ancestors 136 years
earlier --- in 1867.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Edward III of England (1312-1377); Robert
Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer (1850-1894);
Madeleine Sherwood, US actress
(1922-); Garry Marshall, US actor-
director-producer (1934-); Kamahl,
Australian singer (1934-); Chris
Noth, US actor (1954-); Whoopi
Goldberg, US actress (1955-);
Jimmy Kimmel, American comedian
and talk-show host (1967-); Gerard
Butler, Scottish actor (1969-);
Samantha Riley, Australian swimmer (1972-).
"History is simply a piece of paper covered
with print; the main thing is still to make
history, not to write it." --- Otto von Bismarck,
German statesman (1815-1898).
"And now faith, hope, and love abide, these
three; and the greatest of these is love."
--- (I Corinthians 13:13).
Haast has provided
the Labour candidate
for Westland, Mr
P Blanch eld, with
his largest meeting attendance since the 1963
election campaign started. Seventy turned up
when he spoke there on Monday night.
By comparison, when he spoke last night
in Runanga, the home of the Labour Party,
his audience was just a fraction over 40. e
Runanga Miners' Hall has a seating capacity
for 900 and in the old electioneering days was
packed to the doors.
Secretary of the Dobson Miners' Union and
Grey Miners' Central Committee, Mr R F
Beadle, of Taylorville, was last night elected
secretary of the West Coast Composite Coal
Committee to replace Mr F W J Munden,
who has resigned the position. In doing so,
Mr Beadle takes another step in the wake of
Mr Munden. He has already replaced him as
secretary of both unions, which Mr Munden
relinquished when appointed a deputy at the
Dobson Mine recently.
Mr J B Kent was re-elected as "independent"
chairman of the group. Mr Munden resigned
his secretarial position in July, Mr Kent said,
and he had subsequently spoken with Mr
Munden. e latter had suggested that Mr
Beadle should be appointed to the post.
e annual exercise of the Amateur Radio
Emergency Corps, mountaineers, deerstalkers
and other organisations such as the Venturer
Scouts from the West Coast and Canterbury,
will take place at Arthur's Pass on Saturday and
It is not known whether or not aircraft will be
involved in the operation as was the case in the
Hanmer Springs exercise last year.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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The recent announcement
by the Government of its
allocation of $60 million
to build a new hospital
and integrated family
health centre (IFHC) at
Greymouth, and an $8 million IFHC at
Buller is welcome news.
For most people living on the Coast,
this news will bring a sense of relief ---
Government has provided a clear signal
that health services will continue to be
available on the Coast. For the rst time
in many years, there is now money on
the table to build state-of-the art
facilities that will serve the Coast for
While the news that the Coast has
money to build new facilities is great, we
should remember that new facilities are
only bricks and mortar. At the heart of
any vibrant health service is a community's
reliable access to a wide variety of services,
and the ability of people to receive safe,
consistent and high quality care from
dedicated health professionals.
Where those health professionals are
based and who employs them is far less
important to patient well-being than
issues of accessibility, timeliness, continuity
and consistency of care. In this regard,
one thing that continues to puzzle me is
that some people on the Coast continue
to view Canterbury's role in the provision
of health ser vices on the West Coast with
suspicion. ere is a perception held by
some that if the clinicians delivering care
are not permanently based on the Coast
or employed directly by the West Coast
District Health Board, those clinicians are
less committed to delivering high quality
care. ere is also the perception that if
services are provided in partnership with
the Canterbury health system, somehow
there is a risk that those services might
reduce or even cease in the future.
Let me be clear. By national standards,
access to health services on the Coast is
excellent. A wide range of services are
delivered locally, with access to specialist
services from clinicians from Canterbury
that would be the envy of other rural
On the Coast, and working alongside
our talented nursing and allied health
teams, we employ a range of medical
specialists including GPs, general
surgeons, anaesthetists, physicians,
and rural hospital generalist doctors
to name a few. However, without the
support of the Canterbury health system,
there would be a number of services
currently available on the Coast that
e population on the Coast is too small
to support the full range of specialists that
are needed to deliver the care required
by the community. We could not a ord,
nor could we attract or retain, dedicated
paediatricians to take care of our young
people. We could not a ord, nor could we
attract or retain, dedicated oncologists to
provide cancer care. From neonatal care
to cardiology, from respiratory medicine
to geriatric care, we can only o er these
services locally because we work in
partnership with the Canterbury health
Our partnership with Canterbury is
an absolute necessity for maintaining
safe, reliable health services across
550km of coastline and a small, but very
dispersed population of 32,000 people.
In partnership with our own Coast-
based clinicians, our collaboration with
Canterbury allows us to provide a wide
range of safe, sustainable and reliable
health services, and reduce our historic
and unsustainable reliance on locums. It
should also be pointed out that the idea
of Canterbury partnering with the Coast
to deliver health services is not new, with
collaboration in some services dating back
It is not all one way tra c, though. In
the area of health innovation, the Coast
can proudly say that it is punching well
above its weight. One of the shining stars
is the use of telemedicine. e West Coast
is leading the nation in the development
of telehealth, which has seen better access
to specialist services for West Coasters
from Haast to Karamea. Another example
is the West Coast's pioneering of a new
electronic record designed for better
supporting the delivery of mental health
services, which will be used across all
South Island DHBs. A further example
of the Coast leading the way is cancer
care. e idea of a dedicated cancer nurse
co-ordinator came from the Coast, and the
government last year announced several
million dollars to replicate this idea across
other DHBs. We should be proud of the
innovation that continues to come from
We need to embrace our relationship
with Canterbury for what it is --- a true
partnership where both organisations
bene t from the expertise of their
collective sta .
e certainty of the funding for a new
hospital and two IFHCs con rms the
future of sustainable health services on
the Coast. Let's put our energy into
supporting the redevelopment, embracing
our partnership with Canterbury and
continuing to be leaders in health
Embrace new hospital
e current Greymouth Hospital.
With reference to the Reefton rubbish
dump being washed away by the Inangahua
River. When asked why the work to protect
the dump was stopped it was stated that
the emergency was over and an application
for resource consent was needed. Why was
the 'emergency' not extended until the job
As for the Buller District Council saying
they were only made aware of it on the
previous Friday. ey were advised months
en, the regional council were told and
they delayed work on it which could have
been completed in two days for a fraction
of what it is going to cost now and avoided
the emergency. Now rubbish litters the
banks of the river, well down past the golf
links. When is this going to be removed?
If the two councils are not prepared to
go down to the river for a look, perhaps a
television crew could go down and lm the
Fish and Game were also noti ed. eir
response? "I will have to see my boss."
Imagine the fuss if a goldminer had
caused the mess. His feet would not have
touched the ground on his way to court and
it would have been national news.
is is going to be a massive waste of
taxpayers' money and was easily avoidable.
It is quite obvious that the regional council
needs a couple of good practical members
who understand this type of work.
Domestic hot water
I am writing in reply to the article
about the legionnaires case on the Coast
(Greymouth Star, November 7).
In this article the West Coast medical
o cer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton said
that domestic hot water temperatures
should be kept at 60degC or above to kill
o the legionnaires bacteria. is concerns
me because we are taught to keep our hot
water temperature to 55degC to prevent
burns and scalds, especially to young
children, elderly and disabled people.
My question is, what do we do now? Do
we raise our water temperature to kill the
bacteria in our hot water cylinders and
risk the burns and scalds of our vulnerable
people, or do we leave the temperature at
55degC and take the risk of contracting
It is also worth stating that legionnaires
attacks those with weakened immune
systems, so again it is the vulnerable people
who are at risk. To me this seems a no-win
We are also told that by keeping our hot
water cylinders at 55degC we can conser ve
power and with the cost of power, families
see this as a positive thing as it also protects
their children from burns and scalds.
Will increasing the temperature to
60degC mean more hospitalisation for
vulnerable New Zealanders? Please help me
understand what to do.
Sending Coast water
'Seems Like Only Yesterday (Greymouth
Star, November 9), reminds us all of a
suggestion I made to the Ministry of
Agriculture to rail water to drought stricken
Canterbury in 1988.
I was universally ridiculed. I was aware
long before I worked in Australia that
at least two, now major multinational
companies in Australia, who had discovered
major mineral resources had railed in or
'trucked' in water via rail because that
was much cheaper than developing major
pumping works to very dry areas.
I was not o ended because the 'art of
taking the piss' is in fact great humour and
to my mind, not practised enough because
of silly political correctness.
Railing water to Canterbury is still viable
and a way of ensuring we keep our rail
MP Damien O'Connor's comments in
(Greymouth Star, November 7) expressing
concern over glacier valley helicopter noise
are worthy of comment.
e problem with the melting of the
internal portion of the face of the Franz
Josef Glacier was identi ed about two
years ago and back then glacier guides
established a new product to ensure
continued access for the thousands of
tourists who experience what is one of
New Zealand's outstanding attractions
DOC Westland were outstanding in
working with the guiding companies to
ensure there was little or no disruptions.
e increased tra c is still below the
2007 numbers and allowed 61,000 tourists
to visit the glacier last year by helicopter.
When surveyed, over 80% considered the
experience the highlight of their New
e numbers are small compared to
visitor numbers to the Mendenhall
Glacier, Hubberd Glacier, Portage
Glacier and Malaspine Glaciers, all in
Alaska, where helicopters are used almost
e lifeblood of Franz Josef and Fox
townships is the ability to access the
glaciers for our tourism sector and we do
not want or need ill-informed comment in
relation to noise increases when the reality
is the industry has had this under control
for close to two years.
on e Vote
Last week I only watched a few minutes
of the e Vote and was pleased that was
all. Had I watched the entire show I would
not have a tv set now.
I am so disgusted with the pro-greens.
What an immature bunch of people. Have
they forgotten that one of their own died
young of heart problems?
I would like to know where all the high
paying tourist jobs are? Are they promoting
the Coast to Hollywood? I will be writing
to Angelina Jolie, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt,
George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill
Gates (just discovered they are distant
cousins of mine). ey will be told how we
can also do mining, forestry and farming,
and stay beautiful.
My husband has worked in the mining
and forestry industries for 25 years. All
pro-greens need to take a slow trip from
Greymouth to Reefton. I challenge any
of them to show us land that has been
destroyed. A lot of it has been mined
and converted to lush pasture. With the
humping and hollowing method there
are often pools of water for the wildlife,
and good ground for cows on land that
would have been boggy, full of reeds and
Why are the North Islanders not planting
more trees? I used to often y from
Christchurch to Rotorua. I was always
appalled by the lack of trees, while Coasters
were being condemned for heli-logging.
It is time for the pro-greens to grow up.
I take my hat o to Tony Kokshoorn for
staying so composed.
A recent article about the horrendous
consequences following a failed operation
at Grey Base Hospital (Greymouth Star,
October 31) raises questions as to how
often such cases occur.
ere is always an element of risk in
major surgery but the key to retaining
public trust in a health system is how
that system responds when things go
wrong. It is also clear from several
patients' experiences known to me that the
complaints system is so convoluted and
frustrating that the end result is further
distress for patients who are already
su ering from the consequences of their
For example, one might reasonably
expect that the Health and Disability
Commissioner is the obvious means of
taking up patient concerns. Not so. In one
case I have been involved in as advocate
for the patient, their complaint had to be
taken up with the Privacy Commission
but even that organisation appears to me
to be at the mercy of DHB secrecy and
Eighteen months after the operation that
patient is still denied their own hospital
What is clearly needed is reinstatement
of a local patient advocate since, in my
own experience and that of Coasters
known to me, trying to get satisfaction
through the Christchurch advocacy o ce
is often a waste of time.
Of course, all this could be solved by
the DHB dealing honestly with patients
instead of trying to cover up when matters
go seriously wrong.
I will not hold my breath.
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
e Rapahoe Reunion Committee would
like to thank everyone who helped make
the event a great success.
e Rapahoe Hotel were a huge support
--- amazing food, 60th Friday evening and
Saturday. A big 'thanks' to the bloke who
donated the whitebait. ere were plenty
of comments about the all-round service
on Friday evening.
ank you also to Terri, Kay for the
lovely meal at the workingmen's club, also
the service, music and transport home,
and thanks to the women who baked and
iced the cake. It looked and tasted great.
e photographer Amara Bradley did a
great job of rounding people up, between
showers, for the photos on the beach.
anks nally to all the people who
came from around the globe to make it
If the name of the new royal blister is
of such importance as to occupy space in
your paper's opinion/feature, instead of
well-researched analysis of the monarchy's
lack of safeguards for the enemy,
republican democracy, how much more
interest would the public have in the price
of the golden spoon in his 'elitary' mouth?
By the way: a monarch naturally avoids to
head a referendum.
West Coast District Health Board chief executive DAVID MEATES says the region should embrace
the opportunity presented by a new hospital and integrated family health centre, in Greymouth.
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