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uLetters to the editor
1577 - Sir Francis Drake of England sets out
with ve ships on a nearly three-year journey
that would take him around the world.
1642 - Dutch mariner Abel Tasman discovers
1862 - Confederate forces deal Union troops
a major defeat at the Battle of
Fredericksburg during the American
1897 - Russian forces occupy Port
Arthur on Yellow Sea.
1916 - About 9000 Austro-
Hungarian troops are killed in
avalanche in the Alps.
1937 - Japanese troops take Nanking in China
and proceed to massacre an estimated 300,000
1972 - US Apollo 17 astronauts, on last US
moon mission, unveil plaque dedicated to peace
on lunar surface.
1974 - Egypt demands 50-year freeze on
Israel's population as condition for peace in
1989 - South African President F W de Klerk
meets for the rst time with imprisoned African
National Congress leader Nelson Mandela.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Heinrich Heine, German poet (1797-1856);
Ernst Werner von Siemens, German engineer
(1816-1892); Emily Carr, Canadian
painter/writer (1871-1945); Carlos
amenco guitarist (1903-1993);
Dick Van Dyke, US actor (1925-);
Christopher Plummer, Canadian-
born actor (1929-); Steve Buscemi,
US actor (1957-); Jamie Foxx,
American actor, singer and comedian, (1967-);
Taylor Swift, American singer (1989-).
"To know how to say what others only know
how to think is what makes men poets or sages;
and to dare to say what others only dare to think
makes men martyrs or reformers --- or both.
--- Elizabeth Charles, British writer (1828-1896).
" en they will see 'the Son of Man coming
in a cloud' with power and great glory."
--- (Luke 21:27).
A hectic happy day
would be the best way
of describing yesterday
for two University
of Otago graduates, Ross Smith, son of Mr
and Mrs N D Smith, Cobden, and Lesley
Palmer, of Masterton. It was the day they
both graduated bachelor of medicine at the
university ... and it was also their wedding day!
Lesley, 22, the daughter of a Masterton
doctor, Dr H L Palmer, and Ross, 28, were
married at St Matthew's Church. ey will
live in Dunedin where Ross is to take up
an appointment as a house surgeon at the
Dunedin Public Hospital.
Eighteen-year-old Ian T Jacobs, son of Mr
and Mrs W T Jacobs, of Rotomanu, is dux of
Greymouth High School for 1963. He received
sustained applause when he mounted the dais
to receive the medal and as he walked back to
the body of the hall he was greeted by three
cheers from the pupils and a pounding of feet
occurred throughout the auditorium.
Ian has been a pupil of the school for the
past ve years and is leaving school today.
He received his primary education at the
Rotomanu State school.
e Sisters of Mercy in Greymouth will
lose one of their valuable teachers with the
departure early next year of Sister Mary
Genevieve for Tonga. Tributes to her work
were paid at the annual break-up concert of
St Patrick's School yesterday.
e pupils sang For She's a Jolly Good
Sister, and the Member for Westland, Mr P
Blanch eld, said the way in which the children
honoured her left no doubt as to what a
popular and e cient teacher she had been.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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ere was an article in the Greymouth
Star on November 25 in the Quick Read
column --- 'Fireworks keep neighbours
awake'. I completely understand why these
neighbours are angry. If you think about it
it is one night out of your life, but on the
other hand it is utterly disgusting and if
you are going to let reworks o , try to do
it in the countryside of the West Coast.
is is not like the West Coast, please try
to respect others and ask for permission
rst from your neighbours. Do not let
reworks o early in the morning or too
late at night.
Kate Henry, 11
I noticed an article in the Quick Read
section about 'Fireworks keep neighbours
Firstly, I would like to say that the
partygoers should not have let reworks
o in the early hours of the morning.
ey may have had a blast but the entire
neighbourhood of Karoro around them
were kept awake.
I personally can understand why the
neighbours are complaining to the police
about the loud noises in the night, from
the rowdy partygoers. I totally agree that
partygoers should seek permission from
their neighbours before things get out of
Claudia Brown, 11
I am writing in reply to the article
'Fireworks keep neighbours awake'. Firstly,
I would like to say that reworks are great
fun for celebrations. But they do have a
dangerous side. Fireworks can back re, fall
on their side when lit, and cause serious
Secondly, there are stupid things that
people do with reworks, like in Karoro
where a group of partygoers let o
reworks until the early hours of the
None of this would happen if reworks
were not allowed to be let o outside
of Guy Fawkes. People could choose to
let them o until the early hours of the
morning on Guy Fawkes, but they could
be forgiven because it is the only day of
the year to properly celebrate reworks.
Callum Hampton, 11
I am shocked to hear partygoers
releasing reworks in the early hours
of the morning. I imagine how tired
the children would be. ink about the
children (oh yeah, and the adults).
Fireworks keep lots of people awake.
ey should only be set o at the weekend
or on big celebrations.
I congratulate the town people of Karoro
for telling police about the reworks
straight away. I do not want to be a party-
pooper as I enjoy reworks myself but do
not do silly things with them.
Maybe there could be a week or weekend
of reworks every second week so people
can lock up their animals.
Emma Wilson, 10
I was interested in an article on the front
page about some people letting reworks
o until the early hours of the morning,
keeping people awake.
I would like to congratulate police on
publishing this great advice for people
using reworks. People need to be aware
of their neighbours and respect that they
have children who really need sleep. If you
are wanting reworks early in the morning
use them in the countryside. Do you want
your family to have a good sleep for the
I personally agree that the partygoers
should seek the approval of their
neighbours before letting them o in the
early hours of the morning.
Brylee Orpwood, 11
is is my opinion on reworks. I
reckon reworks should be sold on special
occasions, such as Westland Anniversary
Day, Queen's Birthday and other special
occasions we celebrate. ey should be
lit on beaches instead of bothering your
neighbours, and there would also be less
risk of bad things happening. It is not just
the loud bangs from the reworks that are
annoying your neighbours, it can be the
little things hitting their roof.
So reworks should be sold on other
special occasions and not just Guy Fawkes.
Jaeda Henham, 11
I am writing about reworks keeping
neighbours awake in Karoro. I think
the partygoers should have gone around
asking the neighbours if it was okay to do
reworks and what time it would end.
It is also not all about the people, the
animals would be very scared, too.
Kate McCann, 11
I am writing to you about something
I saw in the Quick Read. A group of
partygoers keeping neighbours awake
with reworks. I think if you are going to
release reworks, ask for permission from
your neighbours so you are not keeping
As for this, it is unacceptable. Next
time this occurs a ne should be charged
because you need at least 12 hours' sleep.
is is especially dumb of them because
parents will be trying to sleep for school
neighbour, be respectful to them. I would
also congratulate the police for dealing
with it so soon. ank you for your time.
Alice Morrison, 10
I am writing a letter about the reworks
article. I agree that reworks should
be authorised by neighbours, especially
neighbours with kids. It was concerning
when some of my friends and family
would be tired from a long night of noisy
is is becoming a real problem,
especially with younger children. Because
of it being so close to the end of the
school year, having reworks wake you up
in the middle of the night, especially if you
have a test tomorrow, is really hard and is
If your neighbourhood has kids, would
you let o reworks in the middle of the
Kenna Hill, 10
I am writing this letter to you because
I found an article called 'Fireworks keep
neighbours awake' in the Quick Reads.
ese partygoers were letting o reworks
in Karoro. ey must have been a bit drunk.
Whoever they were, they should not
have let o reworks without asking their
neighbours because it was on a school
morning and as they say, we need 12 hours'
It was also a bad in uence because a
rework tipped over and started booming
at the next door neighbour's house.
e police would not have had to come
around because those partygoers knew
they were being crazy. What a waste
of time. ey knew that reworks are
dangerous but still they went along and
were being a bad in uence to others, and
that is why I am writing to you. Plus, I
would like to congratulate the police for
stepping in and doing their job well and
dealing with those people.
Jessie Trevathan, 11
I am writing to you about the beer
thief caught red-handed. I am very
disappointed about this --- West Coasters
breaking into our local supermarket
stealing beer, and he is only 17. We want
a good reliable community, not beer
Why would be do that anyway? Was
he bored, trying to be cool in front of his
friends or just plainly being dumb? We do
not want all our West Coasters turning
out like this, do we?
So my point is that he should not
have tried to get beer because the police
will always nd out at some point and
Greymouth will be very disappointed in
So will all West Coasters turn out like
this? I hope not.
I would like to congratulate the police
for doing their job and getting to the
robbery just in time to catch the Cobden
thief. I would also like to thank whomever
rang the police about the Countdown
However, there is one thing I would like
to know. Why did the 17-year-old boy
decide to try to rob a local supermarket
when I thought Greymouth was a loving
and caring place, are we not?
Alyssa Blacktopp, 10
I am very disappointed in this 17-year-
old male who broke into the local
supermarket just to get some beer. I really
do not know why he would do that, and
does he not realise the image he set for
Greymouth and himself ? Now it seems
like Greymouth is a place where we steal
things from each other, but we do not. We
help each other when we need it. So why
did he try to steal beer in the rst place?
I would like to congratulate the police
for being at Countdown on Sunday,
November 26. I am very disappointed
in a 17-year-old boy who broke into
Countdown supermarket and stole a box
of beer on Sunday. is not acceptable
behaviour --- Coasters do not do this
I mean, why would a 17-year-old boy
break into a local supermarket, and why
was he drinking beer in the rst place? He
only needed to wait another year. We look
after ourselves and our mates. Hopefully
this will not happen again.
Catarina McDonnell, 10
I was interested in the article about the
robbery at Countdown.
I would like to congratulate the police on
nding the robber so quickly, but I would
like to know who reported the theft ---
was it the supermarket sta or a local? I
would like to know more details.
I think that it is a really bad in uence
on teenagers across the Coast, or anyone
really --- underage teens should not even
be thinking about stealing alcohol or
e West Coast is a good place this is
not what we do. We are better than this.
Trinity Cooper, 10
weddings do not mix
I am shocked to hear that two people
were shot dead at a wedding. I believe
that guns, even for celebratory shots,
should not be allowed at a wedding as
it has a high risk of maiming, killing, or
seriously injuring someone important.
Besides, everyone is important in their
I also think if someone is caught with
should be severely punished. Please do
not be o ended by this response as it is
my opinion. ank you for your time.
Sean Christie, 10
I am responding about two shot dead
at the wedding dance (Greymouth Star,
November 11). Who would take an AK-
47 to a wedding? I know I would not.
Also, if you have got a gun licence that
means you have earned the trust of using a
gun, so do not lose that. So if you ever use
a gun, use it carefully.
Guns are not toys, they are lethal
weapons. ank you for your time.
Geordie Gibson, 10
I am replying about two shot dead at
the wedding dance (Greymouth Star,
November 11). Why would you take
your AK-47, or any other type of ri e, to
a wedding and re shots in the air and
treating it like a toy?
ey are not toys, they are dangerous
weapons that can kill. If you shoot bullets
in the sky, make sure you watch where you
are aiming so it does not ricochet back
down. ank you for your time.
Karen Orpwood, 11
--- grow up!
I would think a pop star would be
sensible, well not Justin Beiber. How
stupid is he? He tagged Auckland's
Victoria Skatepark with the word 'bizzle'
(who is a Christian rapper) posting stu
on Twitter, saying to skaters 'you can not
skate', and keep fans waiting at Vector
Arena for an hour. Half of his fans left
because he was taking too long.
I think he should take a break for a
month or so. You have got to be willing to
be a pop star.
Aaliyah Linton, 11
I read the article about Justin Bieber.
Justin is getting too big for his boots. He
thinks he is better than he is, like being an
hour late to his concert.
People pay to watch and listen to him,
and being late is disrespectful to his
He is also completely copying Michael
Jackson, with his crotch grabbing moves
and tearing o his jacket. Michael did all
of that. His singing may be good, but not
his actions --- and come on, what about
gra ti? Have you ever heard of a world
famous pop star doing something that
a scoundrel would do? Just putting it
out there, is Justin Bieber what people
think he is? ank you for your time.
Jacob Smith, 10
have to be willing to do it. Nineteen-year-
old Justin Bieber arrived but he did not
have as many fans at the gate waiting for
him to land. As it says, Bieber kept 8000
fans waiting at Vector Arena. He should
take care of his fans.
Justin went on stage at 9.30pm --- an
hour late. Several fans walked out of
the Vector Arena. He planned a second
concert for New Zealand and failed. Bieber
misbehaved on Saturday, even though he
was allowed to come on his New Zealand
tour. NO #1 with fans in Auckland? You
better believe it.
Ellee Brown, 10
I am not trying to o end any Bieber fans
but I think that Bieber has gone too far
for looking cool, especially taking other
people's moves (Michael Jackson). But
that is not what I am writing about. First,
Bieber draws gra ti, then people claim that
he lip-synced the whole concert, and then
he pulls a Michael Jackson move with his
cool shades and his fancy white suit. at
shows he was not prepared. Please do not
be o ended by my response because this is
what I believe.
at is not all. When he was 15 he would
not lipsync songs or draw gra ti. He is a
pop star who should give his audience the
best he has got by not getting into trouble,
and being himself. ank you for your time.
Shaymus F, 10
When I saw Ryan Crotty score that try
it is pretty obvious that he is an impact
player. I think they should give great
players like Israel Dagg a rest, because
when they are on the eld they should be
playing their heart out to win the game.
When they get tired they should get
replaced with another good player, like
Harry Robb, 10
All Blacks challenge
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the
All Blacks for winning against Ireland. I
liked it how in the rst half we were losing
but we did not give up and kept going.
It looked a bit easy so if the All Blacks
wants some real competition, come down
to Greymouth to play the mighty West
Palm Promma, 11
e impact of Dane Coles o the
bench in the forwards was awesome. I
congratulate Ireland for a good game. e
All Blacks came back with a stunning try
by Ryan Crotty, but as I say the impact
of Dane Coles comes to show. If the All
Blacks had another game I think Dane
Coles more than deserves a start.
Sam Robb, 11
Go, the Kiwis!
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the
Kiwis for beating England, and I would
like to say 'what a try, Shaun Johnson'.
Shaun Johnson has got some freaky talent
and an awesome step. I reckon he has one
of the best steps in the world and he is
always there when you need him.
I was nervous and I bet Shaun was too
when he lined up the nal kick to win.
Shaun Johnson is my favourite player, for
Caleb Mahuika, 11
Letters from Paroa School senior classes
health and safety
Neville Rockhouse is "pretty gutted"
by the charges being dropped against
Peter Whittall, "for health and safety
o ences this is so unjust it's incredible"
(Greymouth Star, December 12).
May I ask Mr Rockhouse who was the
health and safety manager at Pike River?
I am "pretty gutted" too at the charges
being dropped; my husband still lies where
he fell at Pike River, but there is an old
adage, something about a pot and a kettle.
Yes, I believe Peter Whittall should still
be facing charges, but I also believe there
are other people who should be standing
alongside him. One person alone was
not responsible for what happened at
Pike River, there were many others who
knew what was going on and/or going
wrong. Managers who were on a six- gure
income took that money each week, and
now want the general public to believe
that they were bullied and not listened to.
ey need to understand that no one is
When you are in a position to shut down
mining operations to ensure the safety of
workers, you need to step up and do your
job; if not, step aside and let someone
competent do it. When you choose not to
do this, do not then go to the public and
say "health and safety was a joke". Another
adage, something about glass houses and
Mr Rockhouse knows who I am, and he
knows how I feel. I am not the only one
who feels this way, and there is no way
I can stand by and let his comments go
unchallenged. I await his response. Can I
ask that he replies via the media; he does
not seem to mind the tv cameras and
newspapers. Maybe he can stand by his
words today. He could not do it to save
lives, maybe he can do it to save face.
Someone needs to stand up and admit
the failures at Pike River that cost 29 men
Reading the letter written to the Clarion
(December 9) 'A Smith' regarding doctors,
e petition Tracy Parkinson put around
town was to try to get a doctor to take over
the Reefton Medical Centre, something the
Reefton manager plus the DHB can not
seem to achieve.
I note that the writer stated, and I quote:
' e workload for a full-time GP in
Reefton is just not there'. With regards to
a permanent hospital doctor I would have
to agree, but that was not what the petition
If A Smith was right about doctors not
having enough patients, why do people
have to wait for an appointment up to a
week, sometimes two weeks (if he is talking
about the medical centre he is wrong, if
he is talking about hospital patients, he is
also wrong as there are no doctors at the
hospital, please get things straight, Mr
All Tracy is trying to do is get the DHB
to try to persuade a doctor to consider
Reefton on a business basis. e help of a
subsidy for looking in on the hospital could
be a drawcard.
Please note that years ago, when there
were fewer people in Reefton, we had two
My opinion di ers from the writer. If the
DHB got rid of half the driftwood (i.e.
managers and administration) things would
go a lot better. Just imagine, two managers
jobs could make up for one Reefton doctor.
I am sure Reefton would be a lot better
o . ey could put a doctor into Reefton
Hospital as a manager-doctor, plus run
it from his business, i.e. Reefton Medical
Centre.(Please note, it is easy to screw
things around to get a di erent view, same
as A Smith has done).
Get things right, Mr Smith, do not try to
turn people against people, it could back re.
Saving the goods shed
Regarding the article 'Council sides
with trust over shed' (Greymouth Star,
December 10), I was surprised and
disappointed with the comments of Craig
To say that no business person in
Greymouth or New Zealand would take
on the project to restore the goods shed
is a blinkered observation. Perhaps he has
never taken the time to ride the Otago
Rail Trail and seen the proliferation of
old railway stations, derelict huts, sheds
and even a borstal that have been restored
and are now attractive and pro table
I am aware that it will take money and
perseverance, but in time the goods shed
could be an integral part of the West
Coast Wilderness Trail.
To say that clients of the sh factory
fear contamination is a bit over the top
if one compares this environment with
factory conditions in many overseas
I am sure that most visitors to the Coast
will not have an odorous sh factory on
their bucket list and are far more likely
to contribute to the local economy on
services along the trail.
Who in the past 10,000 years of history
would have come out of prison and
forgiven their captors/oppressors and so
prevented a bloodbath and probably years
As a young know-it-all, I moved a
motion at the West Coast Power Board
meeting that no Greymouth hotel hosting
the Springboks be supplied power. It
caused universal anger and cost me
the next election, but the most telling
comment of all by a power board chairman,
who I had the greatest respect for, said,
'He's like a dog at every lamp post'.
As a young person I was full of myself
and had no real idea what a modern day
'Jesus Christ' Nelson Mandela really was.
I was then West Coast chairman and
constant spokesman for both Halt All
Racist Tours and Citizens Association for
Racial Equality. e entire membership of
both groups was four Catholic priests and
myself, an agnostic/atheist.
In my opinion, the qualities of Nelson
Mandela were what we would all aspire
to --- great intelligence, combined with
charisma and love of fellow human beings
and an almost superhuman ability to not
take things personally and look at the big
picture with humility and humour.
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