Home' Greymouth Star : February 20th 2014 Contents Greymouth Star
4 - Thursday, February 20, 2014
We appreciate the value of the Letters to the Editor
column as a public forum for West Coasters and
welcome your opinion and suggestions.
Letters may be submitted by post, fax or e-mail and
must include your name, address, phone number
and - except for e-mails - your signature. Noms de
plume are not accepted.
Please keep your letters honest, respectful and
within 300 words. Letter writers will generally not
be published more often than weekly. The Editor
reserves the right to edit or not publish letters,
especially those that are o ensive or too long.
Post to PO Box 3, Greymouth, fax to 768 6205 or
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
uLetters to the editor
1928 - Britain recognises independence of
1933 - US House of Representatives
completes congressional action on an
amendment to repeal Prohibition, the
prevention of the manufacture, sale, or
transportation of alcoholic beverages.
1942 - Japanese invade island of
Bali in Dutch East Indies during
World War Two.
1962 - Astronaut John Glenn
becomes the first American to
orbit the earth on the Friendship
7 Mercury capsule.
1964 - Morocco and Algeria
sign accord to end border conflict which
resulted in troop clashes.
1986 - Russia launches the Mir space station.
1990 - England announces it will unilaterally
lift ban on new investments in South Africa.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
" e life of the nation is secure only while the
nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
--- Frederick Douglass (1817-1895).
" erefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in
prayer, believe that you have received it, and it
will be yours." --- Mark 11:24
It would be a sheer
impossibility to avoid
talking "shop" in
Greymouth this week,
at least at the annual conference of the New
Zealand Master Grocers Federation. at is
precisely what delegates from all parts of New
Zealand are here for this week. Local grocers
had a say, too and among them were Messrs M
Joseph, M K B Sheard and P E Sweetman.
Last evening Mr James Nimmo, of Cobden,
was formally installed as president of the
He took over the position from the retiring
president, Mr H Jackson, of Wanganui.
In handing Mr Nimmo the presidential
chain of office, Mr Jackson wished him good
fortune in his future position, stating that
he had the confidence of all members of the
Boddytown s 15-year-old twins, John and
Don Macbeth, are better known as members of
the Greymouth Municipal Band. In fact band
membership in the family is quite a big point,
for father Don is the drum major.
Yesterday, however, twin John decided to
make himself a name at something else. e
result was he finished up as the Greymouth
High School s new senior boy swimming
e feat was an excellent one according
to his mother, for he had not been able to
train for the championships, despite an interest
in swimming. Band practice had precluded
Mrs Margery McGlashan was returned
for her 12th term as head of the Greymouth
Repertory Society when the group held its
annual meeting last night. Vice-presidents are
Mrs A Innes and Miss M Ray. e auditor is
once again Mr H J Wicks.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
Printed and published by the
Greymouth Evening Star Co Limited
3 Werita Street, PO Box 3, Greymouth
03 769 7900 (o ce)
769 7913 (editorial)
768 6205 (fax)
Sports Editor Tui Bromley
Chief Reporter Laura Mills
03 769 7913
03 755 8422
Sir William Cornwallis, English admiral
(1744-1819); Honore Daumier, French artist
(1808-1879); Lucien Pissarro, French artist
(1863-1944); Robert Altman,
US director (1925-2006); Sidney
Poitier, US actor (1927-); Peter
Strauss, US actor (1947-); Cindy
Crawford, US model (1966-);
Kurt Cobain, lead singer and
guitarist of Nirvana (1967-1994);
Lili Taylor, US actress (1967-);
Rihanna, Barbadian singer (1988-).
Healy s view
Gormenghast is one novel of a hell.
Imagine J R R Tolkien on acid, C S Lewis
on speed, and you will hardly have made a
mental dent in Mervyn Peake s grotesque
trilogy. I will not spoil the books by giving
away the plot in detail. Suffice to say that
Gormenghast is an immense castle. So
immense that the decrepit dynasty of
Groan, to whom it ostensibly belongs,
cannot possibly keep track of everything
that goes on within its walls.
Watching Patrick Gower unfold (with
ever increasing glee) the activities of
Shane Taurima and his colleagues at
TVNZ headquarters in Auckland, I could
not help being reminded of Peake s gothic
Like Gormenghast Castle, the sprawling
TVNZ site had somehow spawned a
secret cell of resistance. How was that
possible? Because, like the Groans,
TVNZ s bosses appear to have become
preoccupied with "the obscure and
esoteric tenets" of their governance
For the most part this involves large
numbers of middle managers running
up and down the great staircase
that dominates TVNZ s Auckland
headquarters, ducking into tiny offices,
and exchanging information with other
middle managers who undertake to pass
it on to yet more middle managers. Only
very occasionally (or by accident) does
this information ever trickle down to the
people who actually make the television
programmes we see on air.
Only very rarely do all the various
functionaries of TVNZ gather together.
And when they do it is almost always
to pay homage to something called e
Ratings. ese are collections of viewing
data gathered according to specifications
laid down at some point in the far distant
past but which are now almost completely
irrelevant to the way people use their
television sets, Sky decoders, PCs and
e grand interpreters of e Ratings
are the Heads (head of programming,
head of marketing, head of sport, head of
news and current affairs). eir job is to
advise the CEO who, in his turn, advises
It is widely acknowledged within the
sprawling edifice of TVNZ that the
higher you climb in the organisation, the
less you know about television. At the
level of the board, for example, virtually
nothing is known about the rights and
duties of a State broadcaster.
e similarities between TVNZ s top
brass, the Groans of Gormenghast, and
the peculiar determination of both elites
to cling to the "obscure and esoteric
tenets" of their respective institutions are
Certainly, it is very difficult to fathom
how else Shane Taurima and his
colleagues could run what amounted
to a Labour Party branch out of the
Maori and Pacific Television Unit ---
practically under the noses of TVNZ s
senior executives --- without employing
something like the Gormenghast
And, really, can you blame them? It has
been years since TVNZ management
demonstrated the slightest respect for
the news and current affairs obligations
of what is still, officially, the people s
television network. ey are required to
operate in a culture of contempt for the
principles of public service television ---
an attitude epitomised by the TVNZ
CEO who claimed Police Ten-Seven as
an example of Maori programming by
pointing to the large number of young
Maori men and women arrested on the
e atmosphere broadcasters are
required to inhale at TVNZ may not be
party political, but it is unquestionably
ideological. Since 1989, when Labour
removed all references to the public
good from the Broadcasting Act, TVNZ
has understood that its real (albeit
unwritten) charter mandates the relentless
promotion to New Zealanders of the
virtues of neoliberalism, while rigorously
eliminating all those programming
options capable of constructing an
alternative world view.
Mr Taurima s and his Maori and Pacific
Television Unit colleagues biggest
mistake --- apart from believing that they
could ever get away with behaving in such
a nakedly party political fashion --- was to
hang their hats on securing the election of
a Labour-led Government.
In the nine years that Helen Clark s
Labour Party governed New Zealand no
serious effort was made to root-out the
pernicious operational culture at TVNZ
or, indeed, to address the manifold defects
of this country s recklessly deregulated
Even had TV3 s Patrick Gower not
exposed Shane Steerpike Taurima s cell
of resistance in the bowels of the TVNZ
Gormenghast, a change of government
would only have confirmed for him e
Who s immortal line:
"Meet the new boss --- same as the old
Chris Trotter is an independent left-
wing political commentator
A Labour cell in TVNZ s vast castle
ere is a growing array of anti-
ageing hair products in the beauty
section of department stores.
What is caviar creme? Do you
need it? And what about the
"youth renewal rejuvenating" elixir,
or the "advanced" scalp and hair
concentrate? Maybe you need a
"vitamin restore" product with
omega-3, keratin, argan oil and
Rod Sinclair, professor of
dermatology at Melbourne s
Epworth hospital, says the
progressive greying that women
encounter as they age can affect
the feel and condition of their hair.
" e greying alters hair
manageability and styling as grey
hairs tend to be coarse and wiry,"
is is where hair products can
help. But, according to Carolyn
Evans, a trichologist at Brisbane s
Absolique Hair Health Clinic,
they are only short-term fixes,
which can actually do long-term
Keratin, a protein found in hair,
is the key ingredient of many anti-
ageing hair products. It can make
your hair look and feel good, but
it is not a long-lasting solution,
"Keratin is what hair is made of
from the inside out and cannot be
put back from the outside in," she
e constant use of synthetic
keratin, which coats your hair,
can lead to a loss of hair elasticity,
which eventually causes breakage.
Evans says one of the best ways
to look after your hair is by eating
"Without proper nutrition things
go wrong in the body and this will
always affect the hair," she says.
Foods that nourish the hair
include eggs, beans, poultry and
those rich in omega-3 fatty acids,
such as salmon and flaxseeds.
Dark green vegetables, which
are strong sources of vitamins A
and C, help follicles to produce
sebum, the oily substance secreted
by the sebaceous glands, that helps
prevent hair and skin from drying
While diet is important, Evans
says a wide range of other factors,
including starting or stopping
birth control pills, iron deficiency,
thyroid imbalances, blood sugar
fluctuations, pregnancy, stress,
chemicals in cosmetic products,
and menopause --- among others
--- can also affect the health of
Of course, if all else fails,
there is always the option of
simply chopping off your locks
and sporting a chic pixie cut
reminiscent of style icon Twiggy.
Eat well to maintain
a healthy head of hair
Sugar diet tricker y
is is the most marketable product in
the supermarket --- that is why they have
an aisle all to themselves.
Most cereals are made from the same
ingredients --- refined wheat and sugar ---
and will cause your blood sugars to
Just because they include the word
breakfast in their name, does not mean
they should be eaten in the morning (or
Instead: Go with homemade muesli
topped with Greek yoghurt, or cook up
some some eggs with tomato and avo.
Don t get me wrong, tea is healthy,
especially when you brew it yourself.
However, the iced tea drinks purchased in
bottles and cans are often extremely high
in sugar, flavourings and additives.
Instead: Put the kettle on and make
yourself a green tea. If it s too hot for
boiling water, let it cool naturally.
Low-fat, flavoured yoghurt
Yoghurt is a very nutritious source of
protein and calcium. However, when the
fat is removed to satisfy our desire for
lite products, food manufacturers throw
in a heap of sugar or sweetener to make
is will cause more havoc in your body
than the fat. Instead: Choose natural
yoghurt and add your own fruits to
flavour, or make your own.
Organic processed food
Ever bought organic chocolate and
thought you were making a good
choice? Unfortunately, many organic
processed foods match their conventional
counterparts in sugar and fat.
However, this doesn t mean all
organic food is bad. If you re eating
wholefoods then you re definitely on the
right track. However, "organic" is a term
flung around these days, so always check
the nutrition label before making your
If it is sugar free but loaded with
artificial sweetener then it s not healthy.
Diet soft drinks are a perfect example of
this tricky sweetened switch.
You can also buy calorie free artificial
sweeteners in most supermarkets as a
popular alternative to conventional sugar.
e problem is, they tend to make us
hungrier and eat more. ere is also good
evidence to suggest they help destroy our
gut health.Gluten free junk food
e gluten free craze is still upon us
and food manufacturers have jumped on
the bandwagon to market their products.
Yet, most processed, gluten free products
are high in refined carbohydrate, sugar,
processed fat and additives.
Instead: Pick foods that are naturally
gluten free like animals and plants.
e debate continues: Marg Vs Butter.
Margarine was developed as a healthy
alternative to butter, the problem is,
it s not. Marg used to be high in trans
fats --- the most harmful fat, now it
tends to be full of processed vegetable
oils and additives. Marketed as high in
omega-6 fats, they re often thought of as
a healthy addition to our diet. e truth
is, eating too much omega-6 is highly
inflammatory --- a risk factor for many
Instead: Trust the cows and go with
butter. Or avoid both.
It may be natural, but it is insanely high
in sugar. ere is no problem eating it in
modest amounts, a teaspoon on your toast
won t kill you. But just like table sugar
and refined grain, honey is a calorie dense
food. It is also high in fructose, a type of
sugar that only gets metabolised by your
liver. Eating too much fructose will turn
into fat. Over time, this can help cause
non-alcoholic fatty liver and all types of
A lot of people think juice is healthy
because it comes from fruit. However,
it is a product that has strayed from
its whole form. Many juices are a
combination of water, sugar and some
chemicals to make it taste like fruit. It is
sort of like fruit, but without all the good
stuff --- now it is a fibre-less drink, with a
sugar content similar to that of soft drink.
And there is no chewing required to
prevent you from guzzling cup after cup.
Instead: Eat a piece of fruit.
Supplements supply a dense source of
nutrients that are marketed to us as an
essential addition to our diet. But for
most people, they are not. ey are the
anti-climax of nutrition science. If you
are getting everything you need through
your diet, supplements are a waste of
money. You are better off buying real food
rather than pills and potions.
--- New Zealand Herald
Our unhealthy obsession with healthy eating makes us susceptible to the trickery of diet foods.
But any product that boasts being better than another should be questioned. DAVE SHAW reveals
some so-called health foods that are not as healthy as they seem.
Links Archive February 19th 2014 February 21st 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page