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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Art is for everyone, not
just the elite
I was delighted to read The Tribune s
front page spread on Manawatu art
aficionado and collector Barry Pilcher
Art is an essential creative
expression of human community and
vital to its health.
So newspaper coverage that
encourages people to engage with and
be enriched by art is welcome --
particularly on a masthead page.
All too often the impression is given
that somehow art -- contemporary
abstract visual art in particular -- is
the exclusive domain of the financially
and intellectually privileged.
Articles such as yours help expose
this pretentious falsehood for what it
is. Art is, among other things, an
expression of our uniqueness as a
species, a wonderful and sometimes
challenging celebration of our
Oh, for the day when we can all be
like kids in a lolly shop every time we
visit an art gallery or exhibition!
As Barry s infectious enthusiasm
makes evident, art is for everyone to
get excited about and is accessible to
all, not just a self-appointed elite.
Your article captures this exactly
and Bronwyn Zimmerman s delicious
photograph adds the rider that having
fun is also part of the equation.
Jamboree joy: Some of the Manawatu Guides and Rangers who attended last month's jamboree. Front from left,
Emily Bodell, Hannah O'Neill, Anna Farrington, Sophie Fifield and Amy O'Neill. Back from left, Ashleigh Eising, Grace
Fifield, Samantha Dench, Sarah Baillie and Tessa Eising.
Photo: JUDITH LACY
Guides have a blast
at ultimate camp
By JUDITH LACY
While most Guides have to wait
four years between jamborees,
Hannah O Neill has to wait just
The 13-year-old was one of
about 150 Manawatu Guides and
Rangers who attended the Tui 12
Jamboree held in Rotorua last
In July Hannah, with her Guide
leader mother, Kathy O Neill, will
attend the international Camp
101, organised by the Irish Girl
It will be held at Lough Key
Forest Park in County Roscom-
At Tui 12 Hannah enjoyed the
outside team activities. She likes
Guiding as she gets to meet lots of
people and the camps are awe-
The Palmerston North Girls
High School student likes learning
things other people do not know,
such as different knots.
Grace Fifield s jamboree high-
light was a jet boat ride: It was
really cool but I didn t get wet.
Emily Bodell enjoyed getting
close to kiwi at Te Puia.
Amy O Neill said one girl can
meet a lot of people at the week-
As well as the memories and
photos, the girls brought home
hats decorated with swaps --
knick-knacks they received from
other girls, and crafts they made
such as a mini bed roll.
Manawatu s swap was a badge
with sheep and wind turbines on
Land ownership issue
affects all Kiwis
Our local Waitangi Day festival in
The Square was a true celebration
of what it is to be Kiwis.
Families of every ethnicity and
religion freely gathered to enjoy
the weather, the music and each
other s company, immersing
themselves in what we hold dear
about our country.
reflection and a day to contem-
plate our nation and its future.
Conversations around the picnic
rug inevitably broached the sub-
ject of politics.
Notable was the absence of
protest and drama seen the day
before at Waitangi.
That s not how we wanted to
mark our national day but that
didn t stifle debate about the rele-
vance, significance and substance
of the treaty.
At the heart of Te Tiriti o Wai-
tangi is the security of the rights,
privileges and responsibilities of
citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand
and the establishment of property
rights -- governance and owner-
ship of the land, forests and
The confiscation of land either
by force or by statute not only
broke the treaty, it deprived
Maori of the most fundamental
means of production.
They lost control of their source
of nourishment, their source of
wealth and their source of belong-
Land is still central to New
Zealand s economy.
Many Maori have had to watch
as somebody else grew rich by
owning land that was once theirs:
land they could have developed as
they saw fit, for their own
In the 21st century the question
of land ownership is plaguing New
Zealanders once again.
We are lucky enough not to be
facing confiscation and armed
militia but we are facing questions
about sovereignty, the right to
own land and the future of our
Selling productive land to
foreign investors isn t by defi-
nition a bad thing but it certainly
isn t the way to build a stronger
Not one that we have control
It is time we set much higher
standards for foreign investment
in New Zealand.
Investment that brings new
technology, improves productivity
and creates jobs should be encour-
Investment that creates nothing
new but simply sees profits go off-
shore should not.
It is hard to see how selling our
farmland could possibly meet the
first criteria, given that we are
already world leaders on that
Do we want to be tenants in our
If not we must make changes
Without change the New Zea-
land of the future might not be
one we want to contemplate.
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