Wairarapa News : October 5th 2011
10 WAIRARAPA NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2011 OPINION In 1996, Dr. McKenzie (B.Sc. M.P.E. Ph.D. M.D) a sports medicine physician and kayaking enthusiast, launched Vancouver's first breast cancer dragon boat team. McKenzie meant to study the effects of repetitive upper body exercise (paddling) and the development of lymphoedema -- a painful swelling of the arm that can be experienced by breast cancer patients/survivors. He was of the opinion that lymphoedema could be better controlled if women were involved in a regimen of regular, intensive upper body exercises. Lymphoedema can occur in patient's who have undergone a mastectomy and an auxiliary lymph node dissection. Dr. Mckenzie's study demonstrated that within a group of female breast cancer survivors who followed a special exercise and training program, no new cases of lymphoedema were reported and none of the existing cases got any worse. That research has spawned a global movement, and breast cancer dragon boat paddling has now become one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. 30 women are now dragon boating in the Cancer Society Wairarapa team. 14 of them are breast cancer survivors. Will YOU be the next recruit? For more information on how to be part of this exciting sport contact Lindy Daniell, Chairman, Cancer Society Wairarapa Dragon Boat Team, Ph: 06 378 2174 Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Racing 140 Dixon Street, Masterton, Ph 06 378 8039 Cancer Society Wairarapa Minimising the impact of cancer on our community through information, research, health promotion and support services. Cancer Society Wairarapa Dragon Boat Team wins again! 2142976EC SALE up to35% off Resene Premium Paint and Wallpaper 30169 WAN See www.resene.co.nz/sale.htm for sale details. Discounts off the normal retail price available 1-31 October 2011 only at Resene owned ColorShops and participating resellers. 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It feeds the hand that bites it.'' -- Laurence J Peter Iwas rummaging around in the attic last week when I happened upon an old news- paper that I had apparently kept because it contained an advertise- ment of our then-butcher s shop. The advertisement was two columns wide and ran from the top to the bottom of the news- paper. For two reasons, then, it was appropriately headed: The Long Ad . The paper was dated April 17, 1968, and the retail price of meat back then would make your eyes water. Most surprising was the cost of a side of lamb: $2.75! I called into Anderson s Meats in Kuripuni a few days later and asked genial owner Richard Anderson how much now for a side of lamb? He showed me the sign on the wall which indicated that a side of lamb was $95.00. 1968 -- $2.75. 2011 -- $95.00! Well, you re thinking, so what? When rampant inflation is taken into account, and we ve cer- tainly had that over the interven- ing years, prices go up. But aren t wages supposed to go up to compensate? I m having difficulty in assessing exactly what the aver- age wage was in 1968 but I do know in 1963 I was being paid £20 a week. I remember this clearly because I had just got married and we were borrowing money to build a new home. For some unknown reason banks in those days weren t keen to lend to the rank and file and so you went cap-in-hand to the government-owned State Advances Corporation. At £20 a week my annual wage was £1040. If it had been £1000 or less the interest rate on the loan would have been 3 per cent, but as I was being paid £40 a year over the threshold, the interest rate went to 5 per cent. We borrowed £2500 from the State Advances Corporation, which was the maximum prof- fered, and was to be repaid over a 25-year term. With this, we were able to build a relatively comfortable 1100-square-foot dwelling, using some savings and with a bit of financial help from our parents. In 1967, the country converted to decimal currency so £20 a week became $40. But these were inflationary times and from the best information I can glean, by 1968, average workers wages had risen to around $60 a week. Today that figure is more like $800 a week so in the last 43 years wages have gone up thirteen-fold. So we multiply the $2.75 for a side of lamb in 1968 by thirteen and we get $35.75. A long way short of the $95 that Anderson s Meats are charging in 2011. Let me rush in here in defence of Mr Anderson. He showed me his wholesale cost for lamb landed in his shop with all the attendant charges and when you took off the 15 per cent GST he must pay back to the government I concluded that his profit margin was exceed- ingly slim. He agreed and said he therefore doesn t necessarily encourage people to buy sides of lamb. Beef prices have also gone up, though not quite to the same extent, so protein has just about priced itself off the market. The exceptions perhaps being chicken and pork. We don t export either of these commodities so the prices are not influenced by what overseas buyers might be prepared to pay. The good news, after further perusal of the paper was that home appliances, when given the thirteen-fold multiplication test, have actually gone down, quite substantially. Meanwhile the quality -- think back to a 1968 TV -- and choice options have all gone up. If my memory serves me cor- rectly there were only three home appliance stores in Masterton in 1968: Bouzaid s, Newbolds and the Wairarapa Electric Power Board s showroom, where Tranzit now operates. None of these were particularly well-stocked. Clothing also seemed to pass the test and most non-food items, including new cars, all came out on the credit side. I guess we have to thank first the Japanese, then the Chinese, for saving us from ourselves. The high price of lamb is a two- edged sword. It may now be rarely seen on your dinner table, but the rural community are benefiting greatly from farm gate returns. If the trickle-down theory really does work, in the long run we ll all be in clover. But a surprising and inexplic- able outcome of rising food prices today is that people seem to dine out more. At last count there were 56 eating houses in Masterton, and we have just been informed that the Pie Cart is likely to be reinstated. What will they serve -- lamb- flavoured tofu? Questioning rugby's social values TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL CONTINUED Page 11 Does rugby build character -- and if so, what kind of character and what social messages has the nation s invest- ment in the Rugby World Cup been helping to promote? In Wellington last weekend, such questions were made con- crete -- in fact, were cast in alu- minium -- within a new piece of rugby-themed public art. French Ambassador Francis Etienne snipped the ribbon on a two-tonne sculpture, which is now on display outside the New Zealand Rugby Union office. The sculpture depicts two forwards pushing against a wall of words such as Disrespect, Self- ishness, Drugs, Racism, Cheating, and Individual- ism. No doubt, the traditional game still fights the good fight against such evils. Similarly, modern professional rugby (and other sports) promotes many socially beneficial values and there has undoubtedly been a mood of vast good cheer and enjoy- ment evident in the towns and cit- ies that have hosted World Cup games. With unfortunate timing, though, the French sculpture (with its explicit opposition to cheating) arrived just after profes- sional rugby s governing body had demonstrated a set of highly dubi- ous priorities -- namely, by heavily fining a Samoan player for wear- ing a mouthguard that infringed the commercial rights of the World Cup sponsors, while simul- taneously letting off with a warn- ing some English officials who had cheated at one of the games. The rules of commercialism -- rather than the rules of fair play -- now seem to be the International Rugby Board s priority. Similar tensions have been evi- dent in the treatment meted out to the minnows of the tournament -- who were forced to play several games within a few days -- and the top teams, who were given a lenient schedule to help them con- serve their energies. In a newspaper article, New Zealand s 1987 World Cup win- ning captain David Kirk defended the International Rugby Board and concluded with some advice to the minnows. What do we say, Kirk asked, to the people from Samoa, Canada, the United States, Russian and Romania, who complain they have been badly treated by the draw at this World Cup? His reply: I say: Sorry, that s what you get for being second tier -- second class treatment -- but don t worry, by the time the next World Cup comes around there will be three or four fewer second tier teams. Make sure you are one of them . There could hardly be a more blatant expression of the selfish- ness that the French rugby sculp- ture vows to oppose. In essence, Kirk was saying: don t do anything about the injus- tice, just make sure next time that you re not one of its victims, because then you won t have to suffer the consequences. If rugby is a metaphor for society -- as the French sculpture suggests -- then the social implications of such a message are pretty chilling.
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