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uLetters to the editor
1789 - e crew of the British ship Bounty
mutinies and sets Captain William Bligh and
18 sailors adrift in the South Paci c.
1864 - e bombardment of Gate Pa begins.
1910 - Grafton Bridge in Auckland is
o cally opened. With an arch of
almost 98m wide, it was then the
largest single-span concrete bridge
in the world.
1945 - Italian dictator Benito
Mussolini and his mistress are
1967 - Heavyweight boxing
champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be
inducted into the US army.
1969 - Peter McKeefry, the Catholic
archbishop of Wellington is proclaimed New
Zealand's rst cardinal
1995 - Fourteen people plunge 30m to their
deaths when a viewing platform at
Cave Creek in the Paparoa National Park,
1996 - Gunman Martin Bryant kills 35
people and wounds 18 others at Port Arthur
in Tasmania. Among his victims was New
Zealand winemaker Jason Winter.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
King Edward IV of England (1442-1483);
James Monroe, US president (1758-1831);
Charles Sturt, British explorer (1795-1869);
Lionel Barrymore, US actor (1878-
1954); Saddam Hussein, former
Iraqi president (1937-2006); Ann-
Margret, Swedish-born US actress
(1941-); Jay Leno, US tv personality
(1950); Kim Gordon, US singer-
musician (1953); Jimmy Barnes,
Scottish-born Australian singer
(1956); Andrew Mehrtens, All Black (1973);
Penelope Cruz, Spanish actress (1974).
"It takes a long time to understand nothing."
--- Edward Dahlberg, American author and
"Repent, and be baptised every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost." --- (Acts 2:38).
Piper's Flat and
were entirely new
names to Mr J Ross
when a visiting friend asked him for their
location recently. As a result of his friend's
interest, Mr Ross suggested to last night's
monthly meeting of the Greymouth Chamber
of Commerce that something should be done
about marking places which had a connection
with West Coast history.
When Mr Ross asked for the location of
the two places mentioned, Mr M G E Kelly
correctly placed Piper's Flat in the vicinity of
Goldsborough (it was actually at Sta ord). No
one, however, could locate Scandinavian Hill.
It was nally decided it would be somewhere
near Ahaura. Actually it is on the opposite side
of Sta ord from Piper's Flat.
Mr Ross said that on a lot of back roads there
was no sign of anything at all. He suggested
there could be a sign giving a brief outline
of the history on sites where goldmining
settlements had once thrived.
An application supported by the Buller
Rugby Union was turned down today by the
Greymouth Military Training Postponement
Committee. L B Halsall applied for
postponement of training until the May intake
next year, but the committee decided that he
should be made available for the intake to go
into Burnham Military Camp next month.
It was stated that Halsall was an important
member of the regular Buller representative
team. e union will be advised to
communicate with the camp commandant at
Burnham with a view to having Halsall made
available when required.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Mining courtesy of
Haast-Hollyford road promoter
Durham Havill inadvertently puts the
strongest case against his own pet project
by admitting about mining, 'we have
no control over that anyway, that's the
Government' (Greymouth Star,
Anyone who believes that mining
interests will not be setting their sights
on the area involved once it loses its
wilderness status --- as a highway will
obviously ensure --- is either very naive or
has a vested interest in more devastation
of a unique natural environment which
mining would obviously cause.
e mining devastation of huge areas
in Australia should be a lesson to New
Zealanders. As in Australia, governments
tend to fall in with the mining giants
because it makes their budgets look good
and improves their election chances.
Now, I hear that vast areas of New
Zealand's marine areas are to be opened
up to the oil barons --- and we all know
the risks and disasters inevitably attendant
on their activities.
A century ago Richard John Seddon
stated, ' e life, the health, the intelligence
and morals of a nation count for more
than riches, and I would rather have this
country free from want and squalor and
unemployed than the home of multi-
It is time the Coast elected an MP with
a similar attitude.
NZ Democrats for Social Credit
I was born and raised in Hokitika and
left at age 18 to go to work in Nelson.
ere have been many trips to the Coast
over the years, always going through the
Buller Gorge and on through Reefton. A
few weeks ago, though, we travelled down
via Westport and the Coast Road on a
beautiful sunny West Coast day. What a
glorious drive --- one of the best in New
On our stop at Punakaiki I was
reminded of trips many years ago
when the Newmans bus stopped at the
tearooms and one had a choice --- either
rush down to the Pancake Rocks or go
and have a cuppa at the tearooms.
I had not visited Punakaiki for many
years. What a wonderful job DOC
has done in upgrading this area with
informative information boards, safety
fencing and easy walking pathways. It
was so good to see Punakaiki buzzing
with people sightseeing and enjoying
what they were viewing. Well done,
No future for coal
e support for coal extraction by West
Coast mayors seems somewhat out of touch
now that Cyclone Ita has given us a little
foretaste of the e ects of global warming,
and I am not looking for ward to the next.
But the mayors are silent when it comes
to the topic of global warming. It would
be great if Tony Kokshoorn spent as
much energy searching for alternatives
to coal extraction as his condemnation of
synthetic recreational drugs, or if Gary
Howard invited, not Solid Energy to
locate its headquarters in Westport, but the
leaders of the alternative energy industry.
And has Mike Havill thought about the
carbon emissions that the construction of a
Cascade to Hollyford road would generate?
e days of coalmining are numbered,
in my view, and that number may be
smaller than you think, but for every day
our carbon emissions continue as if it was
business as usual, the negative e ects on
our communities will be compounded.
e winners in the new clean energy
environment will be those that are able to
take advantage of innovative technology
and associated business opportunities, while
exponents of fossil fuels ... well, we all know
what happened to the dinosaurs.
Roo ng advice
e reason the very strong wind pulls
o a roof is that the iron is not nailed in
tightly. New nails are required to bring the
Westland roof standard up to speed.
In reply to the Mayor's response
to my letter of April 16, the editor
passing my letter on to the council chief
executive for response is no excuse for
the chief executive usurping the Mayor's
prerogative in matters of policy. Our 2013,
'communicator of the year' can speak for
I would also like to say to the Mayor
that 'sarcasm' ts nothing in that letter,
but I would accept irony or even sardonic
Now to the debate, this district has less
rateable land than almost any other in the
country. Yet, its rates are low compared
to most of the country. No amount of
cleverness can meet the real needs of this
district while rating at the current level.
What we have had is a policy of rating
for re-election, rather than rating to meet
the community's needs in a timely fashion.
ere is very little in the kitty to deal
with problems like those at the port. e
windfall from harbour board land sales has
been frittered away to keep rates down and
this important asset has been neglected.
Rates will need to increase steeply to bring
us in line with our economic reality for this
and other development initiatives.
A gradual increase would have been
bearable over time, but steep increases
place a lot of strain on those whose income
is marginal. In New Zealand's low wage
economy, with its lop-sided distribution of
wealth, that is 60% of our community.
e time has come for the Mayor to
articulate a fair and equitable future rating
strategy. One without stealth rates, in the
form of compulsory extra charges, levied
on people and communities who are not in
a position to pay through no fault of their
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
responds: "Hard work and strategic planning
by councillors and sta has kept rates under
the average charged by other district councils.
At the same time, over the past 10 years the
council has addressed huge infrastructure
requirements that were put o in the
past. Council has cash reserves in the kitty
amounting to $9 million, accumulated for
future maintenance and renewals.
e only way the port can be successful is by
exporting a bulk commodity. Coal sustained
the port until the 1970s. e port has lost
money ever since. e council is continually
looking at new opportunities and cost cutting
to make ends meet, including a small rates
contribution for the port in this year's budget.
Councillors have a fair and equitable rating
strategy in place and we plan to keep it that
It has been dubbed "the day of the
four Popes", an unprecedented
occasion in the 2000-year history
of the Catholic Church.
It promised to be the biggest
Vatican event since millions of
pilgrims descended on St Peter's Basilica
for the funeral of John Paul II in 2005.
Last night, under the gaze of a billion
Catholic faithful around the world, the
Polish ponti was made a modern saint
with one of his predecessors, Pope John
XXIII, nicknamed the "Good Pope",
who presided over crucial reforms to the
Church during the 1960s.
e ceremony was led by Pope Francis,
13 months into his ground-breaking
papacy, and was attended by 87-year-old
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who has
rarely ventured out of seclusion since last
year becoming the rst ponti in 600 years
to step down.
" is is an event that Rome has never
seen in its history --- the canonisation of
two Popes in the presence of two living
Popes," said Monsignor Liberio Andreatta,
the head of the Vatican agency for
Benedict's presence was a re ection of
the balancing act that Francis envisioned
when he decided to canonise John and
John Paul together, showing the unity of
the church by honouring popes beloved to
conser vatives and progressives alike.
Francis made that point clear in his
homily, praising both men for their work
associated with the Second Vatican
Council, the groundbreaking meetings
that brought the 2000-year-old institution
into modern times. John convened the
council while John Paul helped ensure its
more conservative implementation and
Rome had prepared for the event, dubbed
by one Italian newspaper "il grande
P-Day", for months. Twenty giant screens
were set up throughout the city to relay the
ceremony in multiple languages to those
unable to squeeze into St Peter's Square,
hundreds of thousands of Catholics poured
in from around the world, and more than
4000 coaches converged on Rome from
Polish pilgrims carrying the red and white
ags of John Paul's beloved homeland
were among the rst to press into the
square, held back by human chains of civil
protection workers trying to maintain order.
Most of those who arrived rst had
camped out on air mattresses and sleeping
pads in side streets leading to the square.
Others had not slept at all and took part in
prayer vigils hosted churches in downtown
e ceremony was attended by 19 heads
of state, 24 heads of government and
dozens of cardinals.
Two giant tapestry portraits of the new
saints had been draped from the front
of St Peter's Basilica. Relics of the two
former ponti s were presented to the
giant crowds --- for John Paul, a vial of his
blood. Rather more gruesomely in the case
of John XXIII, it was a piece of his skin,
removed from his corpse when
it was exhumed for his beati cation in
But a day of triumphant celebration for
the Holy See was overshadowed by deep-
seated controversy. ere is intense debate
over whether popes should be made saints
in the rst place, and in particular over
whether John Paul II is deser ving of the
Many Catholics feel it is wrong to
canonise popes because doing so is
inherently political --- that factions within
the Church push for sainthood for their
favourites in order to strengthen their
legacy. Conferring sainthood implies
that some popes are more worthy than
ere is also disquiet among some
Catholics about the speed with which
John Paul II has been canonised.
Normally, a person has to be dead for
ve years before the process can start.
at period was waived by Benedict, in
response to the Pole's huge popularity.
Benedict was keen to fast-track John
Paul II, a fellow conservative, in order to
validate his own vision of the Church,
many Vatican observers say.
Francis had little say in the matter of
making John Paul II a saint --- his job was
simply to name the date.
But it was his decision to combine
the canonisations in what is seen as a
political masterstroke --- a deft way of
balancing the conservative, some would
say authoritarian, papacy of John Paul II
with the more liberal, reforming reign of
In his determination to hold the double
canonisation, Francis waived the normal
two-miracle requirement for John XXIII
--- he was made a saint with just one
under his belt.
Critics of John Paul II accuse him of
failing to tackle the scandal of paedophile
priests. But the Vatican argues that
sainthood does not imply perfection ---
that no saint in history has been free of
faults. Four steps to Heaven
Step 1: Once you have been dead for ve
years someone can propose you become
a saint. Your local bishop will check that
there is no huge scandal in your life and
the "purity of doctrine" in your writings.
Witnesses are called. A report is sent to
Step 2: e Congregation for the Causes
of Saints in Rome will check that you have
lived a life of "heroic virtue". If satis ed,
it will ask the Pope to declare you
Step 3: Next you have to perform an
indisputable miracle from beyond the
grave. is is an "immediate, complete and
spontaneous" cure of a serious disease or
condition which medical science cannot
explain or refute. You do this to someone
who has prayed to you. If you were a
martyr you can skip this step. Once the
miracle is veri ed, you are beati ed and
Step 4: Another miracle is needed for
canonisation. Again you cure someone
who has prayed to you to intercede with
God for them. is proves you are in
Heaven. Once the miracle is certi ed, a
Canonisation Mass is held, you are given
a feast day and thereafter called saint. e
decision is infallible and irrevocable.
--- New Zealand Herald
Four popes, two saints
PICTURE: Getty Images
A general view of the atmosphere in St Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads the canonisation Mass.
For a while, in certain quarters, Cliven
Bundy was celebrated as a throwback to
the old west --- a weathered, plainspoken
rancher just trying to graze his cattle and
keep the Government o his back. But
that was before he started sounding more
like a throwback to the old south.
Conservative politicians and
commentators who once embraced
Bundy for standing up to Washington
are stampeding away from him and
branding him an out-and-out racist after
he wondered aloud whether blacks had it
better as slaves picking cotton.
Bundy, 67, became a conservative folk
hero after he and his armed supporters
thwarted an attempt by the United States
Bureau of Land Management two weeks
ago to seize his family's cattle over his
failure to pay $1.28 million in grazing fees
and penalties for the use of government
land over the past 20 years.
But the rugged west he was said to
represent has changed, becoming more
urban and less concerned about federal
Even many of Bundy's fellow ranchers,
now in the minority, regard him more as a
deadbeat than a hero.
Erik Herzl, a political science professor
at the University of Nevada, Reno,
said Bundy was made into a hero by
conservative activists and journalists in
New York and Washington "who did not
understand how extreme Cliven Bundy
In fact, the remote area outside Las
Vegas where he and his supporters made
their stand is represented by a black
Democrat, Steve Horsford.
e congressman said yesterday that
many of the people in the region's small
towns were frustrated with Bundy.
"He does not re ect Nevada or the views
of the west."
e bureau claims Bundy's cattle are
trespassing on fragile habitat set aside for
the endangered desert tortoise. Bundy he
does not recognise Federal authority over
lands around his property that his cattle
have grazed on for years.
After the bureau called o the roundup
and released about 350 animals back
to Bundy, the rancher drew praise from
en, in an inter view in the New York
Times, he suggested that "the Negro"
might have been better o during slavery
rather than on government welfare.
In a statement on Friday, Bundy defended
himself by saying he is "trying to keep
Martin Luther King Jnr's dream alive."
"What I am saying is that all we
Americans are trading one form of slavery
for another." --- New Zealand Herald
Campaigner goes from hero to zero
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