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uLetters to the editor
1925 - Death of Queen Alexandra, widow of
King Edward VII.
1929 - Spanish artist Salvador
Dali has his rst one-man show.
1941 - German General Erwin
Rommel with his Afrika Korps
checks an advance of British armour
at the battle of Sidi Rezegh in
World War Two.
1945 - Accused Nazi World
War Two criminals go on trial in
1947 - Britain's future queen, Princess
Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten, Duke
of Edinburgh, at London's Westminster Abbey.
1962 - President John F Kennedy agrees to
lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the
Cuban missile crisis.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Sir Christopher Hatton, English lawyer-
courtier (1540-1591); Otto von Guericke,
German physicist and inventor of air pump
(1602-1686); Selma Lagerlof,
Swedish novelist and Nobel laureate
(1858-1940); Edwin Hubble, US
astronomer (1889-1953); Robert F
Kennedy, assassinated US senator
and presidential candidate (1925-
1968); Joe Biden, American vice
president (1942-); Bo Derek, US
actress (1956-); Jim Brown, reggae musician of
UB40 fame (1957-).
"No man remains quite what he was when he
--- omas Mann, German author (1875-1955).
"You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind." --- (Matthew 22:37).
e rst work is
under way for a
new, but long-term
construction project of
the Grey Hospital Board. e present job is the
placing of test bores to determine the condition
of hospital land proposed for the building of
two new blocks which will contain a new 30-
bed ward, clinical services section and theatres.
Commenting on the scheme, the board's
secretary, Mr K A O'Leary, said today it is an
alteration to the hospital's development plan.
He explained that the initial idea was to
construct a three-storied building on the site
of the old kitchen (which is to be demolished),
and running at right angles to the corridor out
towards the railway line.
"It was found, however, that this proposal
would create problems of road access to
O'Brien and McBrearty wards," he added, also
pointing out that it would make access to the
present main entrance very awkward as well,
leaving permanent problems."
e new proposal is for a single storey to be
built on the west bank adjacent to the present
occupational therapy department as the main
entrance, and for a two-storied block below the
west bank with the upper oor at the present
"On the ground oor would be the 30-bed
ward. e rst oor would contain a dispensary,
x-ray section, outpatients' department , etc.,
with the theatres block runnning out as the
other arm of the T," he said.
Mr O'Leary said these amendments to the
development plan have been approved by
the Health Department.He stressed that the
project is very much a long-term one."But the
preliminary work is under way and the test
bores will be completed soon."
e secretary said the results of these would
be sent to the board's rm of consulting
engineers, Edwards and Clendon, Wellington,
Births: McMillan --- On November 19, 1963,
at the McBrearty Annex, Greymouth, to Noel
and Mina (nee McLean) --- a daughter: both
uFood for thought
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The library-sunroom in
Jim Noble's 19th-century
Minneapolis house is all
about the books.
many of them antiques that
have been in his family for generations, ll
oor-to-ceiling shelves that line an entire
"It's nice to have books around. ey add
so much ambience," says Noble, an interior
designer. "I hope we never live to see the
day that books are eliminated from the
Michael Jones also loves books. But his
loft apartment in Minneapolis does not
have space for a traditional library. He
still buys books but downloads a lot of his
lighter reading material on his Kindle. He
added a custom built-in bookshelf to his
living room --- mainly to display his art
"I was running out of wall space," he says.
e two homes illustrate the role books
can play in the home --- and the role
they may play in the future, as e-readers
continue to revolutionise our relationship
with the printed word.
Books were once powerful symbols of
knowledge, wealth and status. In the 19th
century, upper-class homes often included
"Books were very expensive, and a large
library was the mark of an aristocrat," says
Cli ord Clark, professor of history and
American studies at Minnesota's Carleton
In a well-educated man's library --- and
the library was de nitely a male space,
according to Clark --- books were items
for display as well as reading. In the
early 1900s, many Americans furnished
their libraries with the 'Harvard shelf ', a
reference to the 1.6m bookshelf required to
contain the Harvard Classics, 51 volumes
deemed essential for the educated person.
Built-in bookshelves gradually moved
into middle-class homes, Clark says, but
retained their symbolism as a marker of
But by the 1950s and 1960s, the role
of books in the home started to change,
Clark said. Inexpensive paperbacks
became popular, and bookshelves became
a place for displaying collectables as well
as books. As family rooms and tvs began
making inroads, books themselves became
more like tv --- a form of entertainment.
"Books became not a fount of
knowledge but a way of keeping up to
date, reading the latest novel," Clark says.
e recent explosion in new-media
technology has again altered books' role.
"In the 19th century, you used an
encyclopedia --- now you Google," Clark
"Knowledge can be gained in so many
ways, from so many sources. e book
has lost its position as a symbol of
And now that you can carry an e-reader
anywhere, is there even a role for rooms
and furniture designed for books and
Yes, Noble says.
"Just about every house I go into has
bookshelves. No one has talked to me
about managing their books di erently.
I do get asked to help people make
them look nicer," he says. "People are
always weeding out books, usually ugly
In Noble's home, which he shares with
his wife and ve children, the library is
the most popular
room in the house
is a tv there as well
"We kind of live
in here, " Noble
says. "I spend more
waking time here
does. It 's the scale.
It 's cosy."
So far, the move
to e-readers has
not had much
impact on the
home front, says
sure it 's coming,
but it will take
a while for the
majority of the
public to catch
Homebuilders are still putting in
bookshelves, and people are still
accessorising with books, says designer
Marie Meko. But clients are increasingly
selective about what goes on the shelves,
"People want books that look nice, not
just paperbacks. Not just rows of books,
like in old libraries. We're not piling them
Meko believes books and e-readers
ful l di erent roles. "I'm a big iPad user.
Professionally, I love it. I don't have to
carry ve catalogues. For travelling, I love
it. But at home, personally, I like books to
She still buys co ee-table books as
mementos of art exhibits she has seen
or travels she has taken. "Books provide
memories," she said.
Jones, the loft dweller who added a
bookcase for his art, is starting to draw
the line between books he merely wants
to read and those he wants to keep, savour
and display. He tends to buy art books
and oversized visual books, but is more
likely to read bestsellers on his Kindle.
His new built-in bookcase, which spans
most of a ve-metre wall in his living
room, contains some books but more art
"I didn't like the idea of completely
lling it with books," he says.
He wanted something "substantial yet
light", so he chose powder-coated steel
for the bookcase rather than wood,
e bookshelves, which were specially
designed for his open-plan space,
incorporate one cur ved shelf, two
unmatched columns and a built-in desk,
in bright orange for a pop of colour.
"I liked that style, the inconsistency,"
And even though he can use his Kindle
anywhere in his unit, he still gravitates to
the spot right in front of his bookshelves.
"I read here, on the couch," he says.
Where now for bookshelves?
In hot water
I am writing about Dr Cheryl Brunton's
response (Greymouth Star, November 18)
to my letter to the editor last week.
Firstly, I would like to thank her for
responding. I do, however, have one further
question for her. When the majority of
Coasters live on a limited income, how are
they supposed to nd the $300 needed to
retro t the valve needed for their hot water
Does Dr Brunton have some type of
subsidy scheme in mind? is should be
o ered rstly to those families on limited
incomes and those households with young
children, disabled and elderly people living
in them, and later available to everyone else.
It is very easy to make statements about
what should be done, but often things are
not that simple. It is obvious to me that
Dr Brunton has no idea what it is like to
struggle, not to have the money to go to the
doctor etc. Perhaps she should think about
the consequences of her comments before
making them. In my experience things are
not as black and white as Dr Brunton sees
e recent letter re water temperature
(Greymouth Star, November 13) reminds
me of the 'new' mother who wanted to check
to see if her child had any teeth yet. Being
told to insert a nger in the babe's mouth
to check, she expressed concern about her
nger being not sterile. 'No worries,' came
back the reply. 'Just stick your nger in
boiling water for 5 minutes, that will x it'.
Bill van Halewyn
Hollyford road ---
'Some tourism operators back Hollyford
road plans' (Greymouth Star, November
16). As a tourist operator I feel compelled
to put my hand up and let all those tourists
who come to the West Coast to enjoy
its wonderful natural environment know
that I am not one of the 56.1% of tourist
operators that the Tourism Export Council
claims supports the construction of a tourist
road that would link the Cascade and
Indeed, if there really are any tourist
operators who support the idea I would
like to see them state as much in bold type
on their websites and other promotional
material so prospective customers can
decide which operators best deserve to
bene t from their patronage.
Surely the only winners out of such a
scheme --- if the destruction of a wonderful
untouched wilderness can result in any
winners --- would be those who pro t from
As for the awed reasoning that advocates
for the road use, that those who cannot
walk for 10 days with a pack on their
back should not be excluded from access,
well . . . they have a spectacular landscape
between Makarora and Haast, and they
can take a little detour through spectacular
forest to Jackson Bay, or why not follow
spectacular State highway 6 all the way to
Nelson? Maybe take a round trip through
spectacular Arthur's Pass and back via
spectacular Lewis Pass.
Need I labour the point? Many roads
throughout New Zealand pass through
amazing and varied landscapes. ere is
simply no need to duplicate the experience
via destructive new roads or monorails.
Paparoa Nature Tours Petrel Colony Tours
Pike River respect
Yesterday it was three years since the Pike
River Mine disaster. My house faces the
mountain the mine is at. Every morning I
get up I open the curtains and I think of
the families and their men.
e disaster was horri c enough and,
like most people, I did not think it could
get any worse. But it did given the delays
in the rescue, then the recovery, let alone
the travesty of justice on top of losing their
men the families had to endure three years
on with still no end in sight.
When a judge rules the families are
owed compensation and yet those liable
can avoid this is unbelievable and morally
reprehensible, in my view. en our Prime
Minister, claims to be a guardian of taxpayer
money and for that reason the Government
will not pay the judge-ordered compensation
owed to the families. is is unreal.
Yet, John Key did deals with Warner
Brothers movie studios, then Sky City, Rio
Tinto, and I bet a deal will soon come for
Despite the government agencies
involved negligence, as in Cave Creek no
one has been held accountable and the
families might have to take them to court
if they have any chance of actually seeing
the compensation money. But it does
not end there. e revamped health and
safety changes are half-baked. While they
improve things from what they were, they
still have a long way to go to ensure another
mine disaster does not happen again.
John Key made promises to the families
that he did not keep, such as doing all he
could to help them and ensure lessons
would be learned, and that they would do
all they could to make sure, within reason,
that another mine disaster could not
e families had to ght to get back into
the mine which could have happened 18
months before now, and even then only
to the mine drift or main tunnel leading
up to a rockfall. So once there the families
are again going to have to ght to get any
further into the mine.
is should not be happening in New
Zealand as it is not the Kiwi way. None
of this makes happy reading and I have
no idea how the families coped thus far,
but for what it is worth we will ght with
them for as long as they need us, or all the
way. Come election time this Government
will pay. en we hope whoever gets in
will send some goodwill the families' way. I
hope their men can rest in peace outside of
the mine one day.
Bloody pathetic. at is what I call the
$3750 ne issued by the West Coast
Regional Council to the Westland District
Council for the sewage out ow at Franz
If a farmer was caught doing this they
would be taken to the cleaners. is 'breach'
has been going on for years, it was like
this when we moved here in 2000 and the
district council did little about it.
Franz Josef Glacier
Give or take a few more weeks and
town will be utterly deserted --- save for
a lone banana, doggedly challenging the
tumbleweeds as they travel down Mackay
Street. Why on earth we cannot park in
peace, outside our own shops in our own
CBD completely escapes me.
It is di cult enough, God knows, as it is
poor old pensioners who have to park way
behind the Bin Inn and then take to their
scrapers and limp all the way around town
to do their shopping.
e day will eventually come when folk
will give up altogether and go elsewhere to
do their shopping. No wonder there are so
many empty shops.
L A Elphick
e 'real' cause of
In response to regional councillor Archer's
comments on frustration surrounding the
former Animal Health Board, now Tb
Free or OSPRI, failing again to reduce the
number of bovine Tb infected herds on the
Until these organisations, which have
made themselves above all else and
responsible for eradication of this disease,
move into the 21st century and use
comprehensive, reliable and DNA-based
(PCR) testing, there will be no end to this
disease in our farmed livestock.
Current testing, using an attenuated live
vaccine to produce a reaction in the tail of
an animal is woefully inaccurate, causing
up to 20 out of every 100 animals to be
killed while not infected, or worse, up to 20
infected to remain because this test fails at
It (this tail test) is highly likely to be the
cause of new infections in formerly clear
herds --- it is attenuated from live Tb.
Parallel testing, using blood tests fails at a
rate of three animals out of 100 and is like
the rst test, subjective to the skills of the
Fully legal stock movements regularly
cause infection where there has been none
Only cattle and deer are tested in New
Zealand, even though other species can and
do have bovine Tb.
Education and modern testing should
essential. Instead we get promises and
failures, no wonder Cr Archer nds the
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
I would like to publicly thank the
wonderful nursing sta of Morice and
Hannan wards, Grey Base Hospital, for
the care and compassion they gave my late
husband during his time in hospital. We
are lucky to have people of such calibre
in our community. ey are a credit to
their profession and an example of all
that is best in humanity.
e Shed mini golf
Part of what makes a community work
is the way in which we all pull together to
make things happen. e mini golf course
out at e Shed is a great example of that
partnership between business, voluntary
groups, community agencies and funders
here in Greymouth.
We now have a great new facility for
use by the youth and the community
that would not have happened otherwise.
In particular, I want to thank Stanton
Plumbing for drilling the drain holes, the
Blackadder Trust for funding and Lions
Greymouth for funding and hands-on help.
We could not have done it without them.
I have for some time now been reading
your newspaper here in Nelson, where I
am spending most of my time now. You
have a person who regularly writes to
your paper with his thoughts, and he has
every right to express his opinions, right
My problem is that each time I visit
Greymouth I am 'accosted' by people who
do not know that there are two people
with the same name.
I am Trevor John Molloy, born
Greymouth Hospital, March 13, 1942,
second son of Ted Molloy from Kotuku.
e Molloy family were the rst European
settlers in the Lake Brunner district, and
my mother was the eldest daughter of the
Hartigan family, of Kokiri.
I spent the rst two years of my life in
Kokiri. My father was the principal of a
carrier rm called Molloy Brothers. He
bought out a contractor from Brunner,
then bought a house in Cobden. We came
to Cobden when I was two years old.
I attended the Cobden Anglican Church,
the Cobden State School and Greymouth
High School. I became a member of the
Cobden Hockey Club at a very young age,
becoming patron life member of the club.
I joined the Cobden Fire Brigade in
1959, progressed through the ranks to
become senior station o cer Greymouth
Fire Brigade, o cer in charge Cobden
Fire Brigade, then become the rst chief
re o cer of the Cobden Fire Brigade,
now retired after 39 years' service to
I played rugby for Cobden School,
Cobden Rugby Club, league for Cobden-
Kohinoor. I was a member of the Cobden
School committee. I am also patron and
life member of the West Coast Hockey
Association, and a member of the West
Coast Fireman Gold Star Association.
e 60 years that I lived in Cobden I
put in a lot of unrecognised e ort into the
community and surrounding areas, such as
supplying and driving vintage re engines
for all occasions.
e di erence between me and the other
Trevor Molloy is that we are not related
I am Anglican, he is Catholic; I am
younger, I played hockey --- he was a
chopper, and I have never written a book. I
wish him all the best.
Trevor John Molloy
Two articles (Greymouth Star, November
18) highlight the pretence that the public
have meaningful in uence into health
e rst, 'DHB call for Consumer
Council involvement', details proposals
for yet another committee. If the DHB
management, board and Disability Support
Committee were operating e ectively there
would be no need for another committee.
It is all very well spouting grand words
such as, 'It's about transparency', or
consumers having a voice, 'that is both
insightful and e ective', and I do not doubt
such comments are often sincerely made
but, as Judge Mick Brown once observed,
'Committees are alleyways down which
good ideas are lured --- and strangled'.
Having personally observed two decades
of good ideas in health being so destroyed I
speak from experience.
e second article, 'Nurses slam Buller
plans', includes the statement from the
NZ Nurses' Organisation organiser John
Miller: 'Locals should hold the DHB
and the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall,
It is a ne notion but how can locals
hold anyone accountable when health
planning is a secretive process dominated
by political/bureaucratic smokescreens and
mirrors? While the West Coast DHB/
politicians/Health Ministry progressively
reduce the Buller budget from $26 million
to $18 million and now $8 million, where
was the consultation?
Even the $8m is to be funded through
the PPP (public-private partnership) scam,
which has been disastrous when applied to
public facilities here and overseas.
Instead of such people as Annette King,
Damien O'Connor and Kevin Hague merely
criticising Government they should spell out
how local people can have meaningful input
into these matters when even having three
Coast MPs is totally ine ective.
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
Did you know that you can get a great
evening out in Greymouth for free?
You get a stage show of talent, singing,
dancing, sketches and social interaction,
sophistication and glamour. Trust me,
believe me, I saw it for myself. Recently
I had the good fortune to be invited
to a Centrestage evening in Cobden.
roughout the production, I observed the
reaction of the capacity audience. Feet were
tapping, smiles were smiling, tunes were
hummed, eyes twinkled and enjoyment was
All this due to the excellent performance
of a bunch of merry ladies, called
Centrestage. More like Centrestage All
Stars to me.
All the glamour was evident in the
'French Interlude' with good humour,
owers in their hair, jaunty berets, which all
left a lasting impression.
PS: e supper was to the usual high
standards of the West Coast. Nice to read
some good news, eh?
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