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uLetters to the editor
1653 - Oliver Cromwell becomes lord
protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1773 - American colonists, dressed as
Indians, dump 342 chests of tea overboard
from a British ship in the Boston
Harbour, staging a protest against
British taxation. e event becomes
known as the Boston Tea Party.
1809 - Napoleon Bonaparte
divorces Empress Josephine by an
act of the French Senate.
1838 - Boers defeat Zulus on
Blood River, Natal.
1879 - Transvaal Republic is proclaimed in
what is now South Africa.
1916 - Gregory Rasputin, a monk who
wielded powerful in uence over the Russian
Czar, is murdered by a group of noblemen in St
1944 - German forces begin Battle of the
Bulge in World War Two.
1950 - US President Harry Truman
proclaims a national state of emergency in
order to ght Communist imperialism.
1960 - A United Air Lines DC-8 and a
TWA Super Constellation collide over New
York City, killing 134 people.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
John Selden, English jurist (1584-1654);
Jane Austen, English novelist (1775-1817); Sir
Noel Coward, English dramatist-
composer (1899-1973); Margaret
Mead, American anthropologist
(1901-1978); Liv Ullmann,
Nor wegian actress (1937-); Benny
Andersson, Swedish musician-
composer, former member of ABBA
(1946-); Benjamin Bratt, US actor
(1963-); Georgie Parker, Australian
"Life means progress, and progress means
su ering." --- Hendrik Willem Van Loon,
Dutch-born journalist and lecturer (1882-
"Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a
new batch." --- (1 Corinthians 5:7).
A 26-year-old West
Coast sawmill worker
was killed when he
shot in the head by another hunter while
out deerstalking at Haast on Saturday. He
was James Raymond Jolly, single, formerly of
Reefton and Nelson Creek but more recently
employed at the Haast sawmill of Messrs W D
Nolan and Sons.
It is understood that a brother of the
deceased, Mr Robert Jolly, was next to him at
the time of the accident with a third hunter
some distince away at the source of the fatal
Deceased was born at Hokitika 26 years ago
and was educated at Nelson Creek, Kotuku and
Greymouth High School. He had worked in
the timber milling industry most of his life.
He is survived by two brothers and two
sisters, Terry, Robert, Loma and Lyn, also
his mother, Mrs R Walker, Crampton Road,
Do not be surprised if a number of
Greymouth boys mumble embarrassed excuses
and reluctantly decline to discuss the outcome
of last Saturday's soapbox derby run by the
local Jaycee chapter. eir male pride has been
stung. Humiliation came when a Cobden girl,
Noreen Hales, rumbled her kart home to lift
the Jaycee Challenge Cup, the top award for
the champion of champions in the derby.
Noreen faced sti competition for her age
group, nine to 10 years, which drew 13 starters,
the biggest section entry. e derby had 31
starters and Noreen was one of two girls who
e winner of the seven to eight years of age
section was Chris Moore, son of former Jaycee
president Doug Moore, and 11 to 12 years
uFood for thought
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China's moon rover will
survey for minerals on a
dusty, barren crater named
the Bay of Rainbows,
but experts say there may
Earth's natural satellite.
e potential to extract the moon's
resources has been touted as a key reason
behind China's space programme, which
made its latest breakthrough on Saturday
with the landing of its rst lunar rover.
State media said early Sunday that the
rover vehicle had been deployed on the
It is the rst such mission for 40 years,
after the United States and former Soviet
Union did so, and the rst soft landing on
the lunar surface of any kind since 1976.
It marks the latest step in an ambitious
space programme which Beijing sees as a
symbol of China's rising global stature and
technological advancement, as well as the
Communist Party's success in reversing
the fortunes of the once impoverished
China's space exploits are covered widely
by the country's media, and have become a
huge source of pride for ordinary Chinese.
e Chang'e-3 mission is named after
the goddess of the moon in Chinese
mythology, and the rover vehicle is called
Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, after her pet.
Luan Enjie, a senior adviser to China's
lunar programme, told state media that
the ultimate aim was to use the moon as a
"springboard" for deep space exploration.
Commentators believe doing so would
require a base on the lunar surface.
e Earth's natural satellite is also
believed to hold uranium, titanium, and
other mineral resources, as well as o ering
the possibility of solar power generation.
Even the seemingly far-fetched prospect
of using the moon as a military facility
from which missiles could be launched
against "hostile military targets on
Earth" was raised by the Beijing Times
newspaper, citing "relevant experts" at a
As various scenarios are discussed on
China's hugely popular internet message
boards, the Yutu Rover is analysing
minerals while crawling across an ancient
400km-wide plain known in Latin as
Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows.
It is equipped with belly-mounted
ground-penetrating radar, which observers
say will be used to detect the minable
quality of the moon's crust.
One substance thought to be far more
abundant on the moon than Earth is
helium-3, an isotope of the element that
o cial news agency Xinhua called the
"perfect fusion energy source to replace oil
O cials claim it could be used to
generate power for more than "10,000
years", reports say --- but the fusion
reactors it could theoretically fuel do not
yet exist in reality.
"Everyone knows fossil fuels such as gas
and coal will be used up one day, but there
are at least one million metric tons of
helium-3 on the moon," Ouyang Ziyuan,
a senior adviser to China's lunar program,
Nonetheless the cost of such exploitation
would be astronomical.
China has already poured tens of billions
of dollars into its space programme.
e current Chang'e-3 mission
comes ahead of a second rover landing,
Chang'e-4, and China is expected to bring
samples back to Earth for closer analysis
within ve years from now.
" e next stage is to do something that
the Americans have not done --- to do a
bit of mining," said Richard Holdaway,
director of Britain's RAL Space
" ey have the technology to do it, they
have the buying power to do it, they are
strategically interested in doing it, so the
bottom line is if they want to do it, they
will," he said.
e scientist compared China's interest
in the moon with that of many other
countries in exploiting resources in
Antarctica, saying such scenarios depend
"entirely on the business case".
But Karl Bergquist, international
relations administrator at the European
Space Agency (ESA), who has worked
with Chinese space o cials on various
missions including Chang'e-3, said that
mining the moon remained "many, many
"Here in Europe we believe the cost of
carrying out such a thing makes the cost
of extraction not commercially viable," he
Successfully obtaining helium-3 would
need a vehicle with a cargo bay the size of
the space shuttle to land on the moon, said
Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national
security a airs at the United States Naval
War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
"Even with the space capabilities, the
fusion reactor is a long way o ," added the
expert on Chinese space activities.
" e idea of mining the moon is raised
when politicians want an economic
justi cation for space activities. It was
used by the US and now is being used by
China." --- AFP
China's rst moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, moves on to the lunar surface in this still image taken from video provided by
China Central Television.
Pie in the sky
Tony Veitch had it all. A gorgeous new
wife. A career as one of the country's top
broadcasters. He had the fancy house, the
fame, the fortune.
en he lost it all. His job, his wife,
almost his life.
Now, ve years after his very public fall
from grace, Veitch says he has much more.
He chooses this life over his old one.
He is happy, healthy and optimistic about
his future. He has a girlfriend, and hopes,
one day, to become a father.
He ends 2013 on a professional high after
landing one of the most in uential jobs
in sports broadcasting, replacing retiring
doyen Murray Deaker on Newstalk ZB
and Radio Sport. He had already pocketed
the Radio Award gong for best sports
presenter of the year.
It has been a long haul back, and Veitch
is quietly pleased to have made it.
"Yeah, I'm pretty proud, to be honest. It's
been a long process. But you know what?
Right now life is pretty good."
It seems 2013 has seen the redemption of
Tony Veitch. So how did he do it?
When the bombshell came in mid-2008
that Veitch had made a six- gure payout
to former girlfriend Kristin Dunne-Powell
after injuring her in a domestic dispute in
2006, his life blew spectacularly apart. He
lost his Radio Sport and TVNZ jobs. He
was arrested and charged with six counts
of assault and one of injuring with reckless
intent. In a pre-trial settlement Veitch
pleaded guilty to one charge of reckless
disregard causing injury. e other charges
were dropped. He has never discussed
what happened that night, admitting only
that he lashed out in an incident he deeply
But navigating the legal process was not
the end of it. His marriage ended and
he fought depression. ere were several
suicide attempts, and at every turn his life
was headline news.
He says the last ve years have been a "bit
of a blur". e relentless media attention
and public vitriol took its toll. He took to
wandering golf courses to ll his days, went
to counselling and worked hard to recover
his mental health. He had a deal with his
mum that he respond immediately when
she texted him, and he was on suicide crisis
watch for two years.
Running away was tempting --- his dad
suggested a year backpacking overseas, his
mum wanted him to join her in Australia
--- and many times he wanted to.
Instead, he put his head down and set
about the business of rebuilding his life.
"I decided to get on, be quiet and work
He is speaking now to thank those who
have stood by him, and in the hope it may
help others who nd themselves, as he did,
in the depths of despair.
"I hope that without sounding very deep
and meaningful about it, that some people
can take some, I don't know, goodness out
of it, and go, well you know, here's a bloke
that continued on, despite it all."
It is just before midday one Sunday in
late November, and Veitch's six-hour show
is about to start. He has been at work since
7.30am, interviewing Kiwi league players
at the World Cup in Britain. Today, there
will also be a debate on the state of New
Zealand football, and an interview with All
Black winger Cory Jane from his bathtub.
e 40-year-old is prepped. Ready. He
has cut all his own tracks, written his own
scripts and edited all of the stories. He is a
perfectionist, always chasing the next scoop
or big interview. He revels in the human
drama of sport.
He checks his Veitchy on Sport
Facebook page to see what the punters are
saying, and then he is o . at quick- re
machine-gun chat, the long, loud belly
laugh as someone tells him he does not
know what he is talking about. He is
It was not always like that. When he
walked back in the door at e Radio
Network (TRN) four years ago, he was
"sh----ing himself ".
"Mentally, my con dence was absolutely
shot. I didn't know whether I'd be able to
get back on air. at year I came back and
read the news in the afternoons was the
hardest year of my working life."
His boss Dallas Gurney, the GM of talk
programming, admits the station took a
risk re-employing Veitch. Advertisers and
audiences were quietly surveyed, and the
reaction was 50-50.
"Some said well done for giving him a
second chance, but plenty of people did
not support it. But I think a lot of people
recognised that Tony was a broken man.
He had lost everything. What more a price
could he pay?"
Veitch remains "incredibly grateful"
for the opportunity and took heart from
support that came from colleagues and
broadcasting superstars Paul Holmes and
Murray Deaker. And within a year he had
his old job back --- Radio Sport breakfast
host. But he was not enjoying it and again
found himself pondering his future. Until
Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir
Graham Henry gave him some sage advice.
Henry believes Veitch was unfairly
treated by an over-the-top media.
It was an experience he could relate to
and he says the pair "have an empathy".
"My view was that if you have aspirations
and dreams, I don't think you should give
those things away just because you are
going through some hard times. ey make
you a better person, a wiser person and a
" ings were very di cult for him at
the time and it would have been easy to
run away, but when you look back on life,
running way won't be as positive as staying,
putting your chin out and ghting it.
"Tony can look back with some pride at
his tenacity and determination."
Veitch says the conversation was a
"He told me I should leave on my own
terms, and that stuck with me.
"He just gave me a bit of honest
realisation that life wasn't that bad. I just
needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and
get back into what I loved. at I shouldn't
throw away my career and everything I'd
Veitch says he owed it to his family to
keep going, too. at they deserve his
success as much as he does.
"My family kept me alive. Mum gave
up six months of her life to live with me .
. . and I feel terrible for what I've put her
through . . . that she had to turn up and see
me in a hospital room after I tried to kill
"I completely and utterly let my family
down. So yeah, they deserve this, too."
But so does Veitch, says Gurney.
" e only opportunity TRN gave him
was four years ago, when he came back.
e rest of it has been him.
" e reason he's ended up where he
is now is because he's the best for the
job. He's worked incredibly hard to get
there professionally, but more important,
" ere are times when I wondered how
it would work out for Tony and I'm really
happy it's been this way. Tony is, by his
own admission, a better man."
With time comes perspective, and Veitch
says he has learned plenty in the last ve
years. at his marriage did not stand a
chance in the face of such overwhelming
pressure. at the New Zealand court
system is incredibly ine cient. at he is
a "complicated little sod". And, perhaps
surprisingly, that this life is better than his
" at's something I've only just come
to terms with, and, yeah, I am honest
in saying that. I do take this life over
the old life, even given everything that's
He is in love, but will not talk about his
girlfriend to protect her privacy. He will
say, though, that he would love to be a dad.
"I'd given up on being a father. God, I'd
given up on everything, so yeah, this year
has been a bit of a change of heart. I'd love
to be a dad."
He says his experience has made him
a more empathetic man and a better
"I look at everything completely
di erently. I thought I was bulletproof
back in the day and I always gured
everything was perfect in life, but it isn't.
"Now I like people in my life who have
aws, who have had stu go wrong. What
I've learnt, if I can be brutally honest, is
that everyone has their sh-t.
"People have stu going on behind the
scenes that you just don't know about.
It can actually be quite tough out there.
Really, really tough.
"I've also learnt that you can cover a story
without completely and utterly ripping
someone apart. I always hope now that I
will be fair and reasonable when it comes
to anyone that I cover. Whatever the story,
whatever the result, it does not need to get
It is a respect that he says the media did
not show him.
" e media taught me a lot of valuable
lessons about what not to do. I found some
of what was printed unbelievable. When
I started in journalism there were things
called fact checking and sourcing and
"Some of it was just extraordinary. e
joy that the media, and your paper was
one of them, seemed to take in what
was happening to me . . . that was just
"But anyone who's ever known me, and
whatever perception they've got about
what came out, I have always believed I've
been a good person. Having that torn apart
in the public's eyes was not exactly easy."
Tony Veitch will live with the
consequences of his actions that January
2006 night for the rest of his life.
ere is still frustration that incorrect
stories about him persist. But he will t rake
over old ground, except to say he found
himself in a situation he wished he'd gotten
himself out of earlier, and has not found
himself in since. And he does not regret
settling the case before it went to court and
he got to have his say.
"We had a massive family meeting and
came up with the best plan to keep me
sane and keep me alive and keep me happy.
And settling was the plan that we came
up with, and you know, there's always ifs
and buts and what might have been, but
I wouldn't be sitting here speaking to you
now . . . because I would have been waiting
two years. And that's totally and utterly
unfair in terms of the court process.
"I made a fundamental decision to
rebuild my life and get my career back. If
I'd waited to go to court, I would not be in
the position I am in now."
He knows, though, that whatever he says,
some people will still de ne him by that
"I know there'll be people reading this
article who have formed their own opinion
and I can't change that. God, there's
billions of things I wish I could change, but
I can't. e past is the past.
"I've just decided I'm moving on. I've got
my dream job. I'm happy in life. And do
you know what? I'm tired of it. It's eaten
up a major part of my life. I'm moving on."
Tony Veitch says suicide should be
talked about more openly to foster more
understanding of the issue.
He has discussed it with a coroner and
even Prime Minister John Key. He does
not have any answers, but he urges anyone
feeling depressed or suicidal to seek help.
"I'm a big believer in counselling. I didn't
used to be, because you just think, as a
bloke, nah, you don't need that sort of stu .
I'd never believed in the mental aspect
a ecting your physical health, but it does.
When you're mentally not well you just
feel like a bag of crap."
An unexpected consequence of the
publicity about his battle with depression
was approaches from people seeking help.
"It was pretty draining to be honest, but
it was also really cool that people would
talk to me. My advice is get help."
--- New Zealand Herald
Tony Veitch: I'm back and moving on
Tony Veitch is ending 2013 on a professional high after landing one of the most in uential jobs in
sports broadcasting. He speaks candidly about the long battle to reclaim his health and happiness.
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