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uLetters to the editor
1918 - In Russia, a decree abolishing all
private ownership of land, water and natural
resources is issued by the Soviet Central
1924 - Shah Ahmad of Persia is
1942 - First Japanese attack on
Australian mainland in World War
Two when aircraft bomb Darwin
and nearby military bases; 243
officially die, eight ships sink and
23 aircraft are destroyed.
1951 - Jean Lee, Robert Clayton and
Norman Andrews are hanged in Melbourne
for murdering a 73-year-old man. Lee is last
woman hanged in Australia.
1952 - Death of Norwegian author Knut
Hamsun (Pedersen), who won the Nobel Prize
for literature in 1920.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Carson McCullers, US
novelist, (1917-1967); John
Frankenheimer, US director
(1930-2002); Smokey Robinson,
US pop singer (1940-); Peter
Hudson, Australian footballer
(1946-); Seal, British singer
(1963-); Justine Bateman, US
actress (1966-); Benicio Del
Toro, actor (1967); Lisa McCune, Australian
actress (1971-); Beth Ditto, US singer (1981-).
"Young leading cadres have risen up by
helicopter. ey should really rise step by
step" --- Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping,
on influential proponents of the Cultural
Revolution in the 1960s. Xiaoping, who ruled
from 1978 until retiring from his last official
post in 1990, died on February 19, 1997 at the
age of 93.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your
heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive an
inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the
Lord Christ you are serving."
--- Colossians 3:23-24
at Hokitika, which
some months ago, was
offered for sale as a going concern by auction
on Saturday morning but was passed in when
the price failed to reach the reser ve. e land
and buildings only were later offered but these
were also passed in at £1500.
Keen interest was taken in the sale and a large
crowd of buyers were present from Nelson,
Christchurch, Westport and Greymouth. ere
was practically a complete clearance of all the
plant and sundries.
Two out of three Greymouth hairdressers
were unsuccessful in their bids in the
Magistrate s Court today to secure exemptions
to allow them to open for business here on
Saturdays. Turned down at a special hearing
of the Shops and Offices Exemption Tribunal
were Claude Henry, a High Street barber, and
Horace Edgar Rothwell who runs a shop in
Successful was James Oakley, owner of
business premises in the Greymouth town area
and the Cobden suburb. He was granted the
right to trade on Saturday in his Bright Street,
Cobden shop and to close this on Mondays.
e control of two further Greymouth hotels
will change soon. Licensee of the Albion
Hotel, Mawhera Quay, Mr I D Beatty is to
terminate the lease of the premises at the
end of March. He is to take over the lease of
another hotel a few doors up the street, the
Brian Boru. is is run at present by Mr J H
Harris who has been lessee for just on a year.
e Albion Hotel is owned by the Dowell
estate, and as yet the question of a new
publican for the house has not been decided.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Marian Joyce van der Goes
In her trademark bright yellow jacket,
colourful scar ves and glasses, Marian
van der Goes bright smile and friendly
approach disarmed many who came in
contact with her.
A former Department of Conservation
conservator for Otago, chairwoman and
board member in the tourism, health and
conservation sectors, Ms van der Goes
died in December, aged 58.
While the DOC job was her last
position before she became ill with lung
cancer, her career at DOC was brief
compared to the 16 years during which
she and husband Ray Grubb converted
and ran exclusive fishing and pioneer
eco-tourism destination Lake Brunner
She also held a variety of public roles
in that time including as chairwoman of
the West Coast District Health Board
(1997-2001), District Health Boards
South Island chair woman and director,
Tourism West Coast chairwoman (1994-
96), West Coast Conservation Board
member (1993-96) and New Zealand
Conservation Authority member and
deputy chair woman (1996-2005).
ey later managed one of New
Zealand s largest tourism ventures, Real
Journeys Milford Sound operation, for a
Friend and colleague Juliet McKee, of
Greytown, met Ms van der Goes when
she visited Lake Brunner Lodge.
"It had been superbly, tastefully
decorated in what I learned to be true
Ms van der Goes was a gracious host,
easily entertaining and engaging her
guests who came from many different
countries and backgrounds.
"She formed a close bond with so many
of these guests who returned year after
year, becoming very close friends.
As chairwoman of Coast Health when
Ms van der Goes joined the board, Ms
McKee found her
to be exceptionally professional,
committed and competent. She went on
to chair the board.
"At the time the health sector was going
through major reforms and Marian s
leadership and respect in the sector
ensured the interest of the West Coast
community was the key priority at all
She had a very close affinity to the West
Coast community and deep sense of the
natural values of the Coast.
" is inspired her interest in
conservation and served her well in her
Her accomplishments ranged widely,
impacting on many people.
She had a particular ambition to
encourage women to success in business
and set out to provide an example in
appearance and attitude every day.
Women saw her as leading the way in
breaking through the `"glass ceiling and
giving them confidence to follow.
She was only the second woman to
be appointed to the role of conservator
Described as a strong, independent
woman --- in part attributable to her
Dutch heritage --- Ms van der Goes kept
her maiden name despite her marriage.
"Calling her Mrs Grubb did not go
down well, Mr Grubb said. "You only
made that mistake once .
Ms van der Goes was widely travelled
and valued the experience gained from
many trips to America and England
to market the lodge, and from an
adventurous six months with Mr Grubb
in outback Australia.
Despite her doctors concerns about the
impact on her failing health, she showed
huge courage by travelling to Europe last
year, fulfilling a lifelong ambition, Mr
Friend, former Conservation
Authority chairwoman and new DOC
deputy director-general conservation
partnerships, Kay Booth, credited Ms
van der Goes for helping her achieve her
Ms van der Goes led by personal
example, forging the way for women into
senior roles in DOC, she said.
A well-organised team player with a
wonderful memory, Ms van der Goes
always had time to discuss issues with
friends and colleagues.
When Ms van der Goes became DOC s
Otago conservator she was considered a
"breath of fresh air and was attributed
with improving high-country farmers
strained relationship with DOC.
"Our relationship with DOC improved
immensely. She had a practical, common-
sense, big picture approach and looked
at including farmers in the conservation
effort, Federated Farmers High Country
division past-chairman Graham Reed
She was a passionate supporter of
Otago and its attractions, often playing
enthusiastic tour guide when taking
friends and family on the Otago Rail
Trail, and had permanent seats for
Highlanders and Otago rugby matches.
DOC Otago s Ken Stewart said Ms
van der Goes spoke of the importance of
building and maintaining relationships
with the community and business long
before it became DOC policy.
"She was way ahead of us. She loved
discussing, but loved more resolving,
Ms van der Goes was immensely proud
and supportive of the work being done in
Otago and had huge faith in her staff.
"She loved people and people loved
Outside work, Ms van der Goes
believed family was the most important
thing in her life, and was very close to her
stepchildren and a proud "Oma for her
She had a passion for food and was
well known for her talents in the kitchen
developed during her years at Lake
"Marian loved food; food demonstrated
love and brought people together, calmed
nerves, made people happy, stepdaughter
Fiona Whitelaw said.
She was a keen seamstress, making
outfits for special occasions and an
enthusiastic and popular golfer.
Ms van der Goes is sur vived by husband
Ray, stepchildren Fiona Whitelaw and
Tim Grubb, grandchildren Houston and
Edwina, brothers John and Kenneth van
der Goes and sister Harmina Balch.
--- Otago Daily Times
Marian van der Goes
e Waitangi Day picnic is a good
family day outing for all families, and
the coin donations did not deter many.
Where else would you get kai for a dollar
It was good also to see people from
different cultures enjoying the day. But
what needs to be remembered is the
treaty was signed between Maori and
Pakeha, and the celebrations should be
reinforcing this. Even though we are now
a multicultural society, this was not a
e incorrectly headed 'Tiger Moth
mishap pictured in Monday s Greymouth
Star is a German Bucker Jungman 131B
still wearing its German civil registration
D-EAZO. ese aircraft were the
primary trainer for the German Luftwaffe
pre and during World War Two.
Ian M Coates
West Coast rescue
We would like to express our admiration
for the New Zealanders who selflessly
helped a 71-year-old American tramper
on Moss Pass (Nelson Lakes National
Park) in early February.
is tramper and her party stayed
with us after the rescue and she spoke
glowingly of all the men and women who
helped her and her party, during and after
the rescue. e couple from Hokitika who
assisted the injured tramper down from
the pass were not only strong in their
resolve to rescue, but also very generous
in completely altering their own plans for
It was a very arduous descent, making
for a difficult and very, very long and
tiring day. ey acted in the very highest
tradition of outdoors people, caring for
She also spoke very highly of the
excellent care by the helicopter crew,
DOC liaison staff and the hospital staff
We have an incredible network of
rescue and care systems in place in New
Zealand, and long may they survive the
pressures that assail them. Most of
all let us continue to nurture the ethic
demonstrated by those two trampers from
Hokitika. Well done, Kiwis.
I just wanted to say a big 'thanks to
those who have dropped in old West
Coast rugby items to me after seeing
an article about my West Coast rugby
memorabilia collection in the Messenger
recently, and also to thank those who have
also done so in the past.
I also wanted to correct an error that
stated I had a programme from a 1945
West Coast-Buller v Springboks match,
a year there was no Springbok tour. is
should have, in fact, read, the 1949 West
Coast-Buller v Wallabies programme, in
which the combined West Coast-Buller
side was the only team to beat the tourists
on their 12-match tour of New Zealand.
It has reached the point where the West
Coast community must demand a public
inquiry into the relationship between our
DHB, Government, Minister of Health
and the Ministry of Health. Does the
health and well-being of people still
exist somewhere in this bureaucratic
Here we are in 2014, after hundreds of
promises and proposals that have led to
nothing. ere had to be a secret agenda
to close the hospital; after many failed
proposals this must have been changed to
either cutbacks or downgrade. Still, after
many failed proposals, the bureaucrats are
now rejecting common sense models that
provide the minimum level of care for the
West Coast people.
e bureaucrats say that the West Coast
DHB are wrong and that they have the
solution, not based on health but on
reducing the cost of bricks and mortar
and the size and location of buildings.
e Ministry of Health plans show a
massive "70% reduction" in the size of a
new hospital; what the ...? I believe what
the bureaucrats are trying to finalise is
"what is an acceptable level of avoidable
deaths". ere is no other explanation, to
Mental health is in for a thrashing,
not necessarily in emergency care, but
certainly for secondary care. Full marks to
our DHB for initiating the mental health
review. is should have been released
to the public in July 2013, however the
bureaucrats have rejected it; it was far too
What is of the greatest concern is that
with all the proposals and planning,
nothing should have changed. Why, then,
have there been so many changes, without
public consultation, that have seriously
affected health services? Why was the
laundry service taken away? Why are the
outlying communities being so drastically
If there is no 'business case model , and,
if all of the proposals have been rejected
to date, then surely the changes that have
been imposed since 2000 are illegal under
Cultural cringe at
ere is a very simple reason why
the scandal pertaining to the Labour
Party setting up shop in the Maori and
Pacific Island unit of TVNZ occurred ---
corporate cultural cringe.
No one at TVNZ seemingly had
the courage to provide legitimate
management control of the Maori and
Pacific Island Unit, because to do so
would have most likely been deemed
'racist by the unit management.
TVNZ is not the first institution to
cower in the face of being called silly,
illegitimate names, and it will not be the
It is just pathetic how cowardly
organisations, institutions, and agencies
have become in standing up to reverse-
racist bullies bleating 'racist in the face of
If name-calling is all that such cultural
thought-police have to present as an
argument, then they have no argument.
TVNZ 'red has just discovered that
sunlight does not discriminate, and it can
not be intimidated --- it really is the best
Kea and 1080
After reading the article headed 'No kea
repellent in beech 1080 drop (Greymouth
Star, February 10) I would credit the
kea with a lot more intelligence than the
To try to blame tourists for the deaths
of kea by picking up 1080 baits is just a
load of spindoctored baloney, which may
be believed by the people of Auckland
but certainly not by anyone who has had
anything to do with kea.
Young kea are naturally inquisitive
and those that have had absolutely no
human contact will certainly have a go at
anything new or different that pops up in
their environment --- and you do not have
to have a degree in science to see what
that leads to.
Why don t they just come clean and
admit they are the cause behind the
slaughter of kea and untold other native
On a recent two-night camp out on
the Paparoa Range, I heard one kiwi one
night, a ruru both nights, and saw one
weka on three days. Our dawn chorus
consisted of one blackbird on a turpentine
shrub. We heard frogs and saw one
fernbird. Sadly, our bush is becoming very
silent. Who is to blame?
Funding the new
Once again I am grateful for a good
chuckle at a pronouncement by a health
bureaucrat. After 23 years of questioning
the absurdities of health (and other)
bureaucracies, a good laugh is always
In this case I refer to the statement
(Greymouth Star, February 17) that the
Canterbury-West Coast DHB boss, "is
confident experts can come up with a new
Grey Base Hospital that they can afford".
Excuse my mirth. For at least 10 years
I have read endless announcements,
proposals, plans etc for the "new" Grey
Hospital. Will it really happen this time?
And who are the latest "experts"? As
someone once obser ved, anyone can make
mistakes but it takes experts to make
really big ones.
e concerns of health professionals
that the suggested budget of $60 million
is inadequate to provide the ser vices they
believe are required for the Coast, again
raises the question which no current
parliamentarian has the courage to answer
--- why will Parliament not act to provide
such loans through the Reserve Bank at
the tiny cost required to manage such
If the loan is provided at the usual
outrageous interest --- most of which will
go to overseas-owned money jugglers
--- the public will pay at least double the
$60m. Given the financial straitjackets
government has all DHBs in, it seems
likely that the cash-strapped Coast DHB
may never clear that loan.
Come on Messrs O Connor, Auchinvole
and Hague --- do you all agree with
Coasters health funds being endlessly and
unnecessarily put in the pockets of the
finance industry? If not, then speak out.
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
If for once the Labour MP is right, we
should all boycott Countdown. We know
all politicians lie through their teeth,
but if he is right and this is something
to do with Australia, then we should
boycott all of their products and send ours
I do not trust any politician, but if he is
right it would be the first time, and good
luck to him.
birth, under constant
surveillance, cowed by
the all-embracing State
and facing the spectre of
disappearing forever in
its vast network of camps
if they step out of line.
e cruel lot of North Koreans has
been spotlighted in a landmark report
by a UN-mandated human rights panel,
which says it is time for regime officials
to face international justice.
Its 400 pages are filled with shocking
testimony from North Koreans who have
managed to escape the clutches of the
totalitarian, nuclear-armed regime.
Among the most shocking stories
gathered by the Commission of Inquiry
on North Korea are those from the
"kwanliso" political prison camps,
evoking the darkest chapters of world
"One of the witnesses from one of the
camps told of how his duties included
gathering up the bodies of those who
had died of starvation and putting them
in a pot and burning them," said the
commission s chair, Australian former top
judge Michael Kirby, this week.
e ex-inmate then took the ash and
remaining body parts to be used as
fertiliser in nearby fields.
"When you see that image in your mind
of bodies being burned, and of parts of
bodies, unfortunately it does bring back
to those, certainly of my age, memories of
the end of the Second World War," the
74-year-old told reporters.
Barred by Pyongyang, the commission
based its report on testimony from 320
North Korean exiles --- dubbed "human
scum" by Pyongyang.
It said many more were afraid to speak
out, fearing the harm that the regime
could inflict on relatives, or its history of
abducting defectors from the countries
where they have found a haven.
e regime denies the existence of
camps in the country but the report said
that stance was disproved by testimony
from former prisoners, guards and
neighbours, plus satellite imagery.
Between 80,000 and 120,000 people
are thought to be held in North Korean
camps, including generations of whole
families arrested for alleged political
crimes under collective guilt rules.
Hundreds of thousands of others were
believed to have perished in the camps
over the past half century, "gradually
eliminated through deliberate star vation,
forced labour, executions, torture", the
Drawings by a former prisoner
published in the report detailed torture
methods with names including "pigeon",
"aeroplane" and "motorcycle" --- anodyne
names for brutal methods.
Prisoners were also used for martial arts
practice, forced to have abortions if they
fell pregnant and lived on rodents and
e report also pointed to allegations
that political prisoners were killed in
medical experiments conducted to test
the impact of chemical and biological
It said, however, it was not in a position
to verify the accuracy of such claims, nor
those regarding medical experiments on
hospitals for the disabled.
But it said it did have clear evidence
chemicals were forced into women s
vaginas to force abortions.
For those outside the camps, public
executions and the fear of imprisonment
were a tool to "terrorise" the population,
whose daily life was marked by constant
"sur veillance, coercion, fear and
punishment to preclude the expression of
any dissent", the report said.
It detailed the use of public executions
with machin guns, with entire school
classes brought to watch. --- AAP
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