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Every year Hawke's Bay secondary schools
put together an exhibition of Year 12 artwork
at the Hastings Community Art Centre. The
exhibition is designed to give students a
taste of displaying their work professionally
and to expose them as young artists
within the community. Prizes are awarded
in the categories of Drawing, Painting,
Printmaking, Design, Sculpture and Maori.
An Overall prize is also awared for the best
piece of work in the exhibition.
This year Emily Robottom won the Painting
section with her triptych piece "Animal
Warfare" in pen, ink and paint. This
artwork is very dynamic and represents the
violence that is in our society. Michael De
Munk won the printmaking section with his
stenciled and spray painted image "Reality",
portraying the innocence of childhood within
a chaotic society.
This year Vanessa Schneuwly won the
overall prize for having the best piece of
work in the gallery. Her painting "Made in
Japan"in acrylic paint, displays outstanding
painting skills and has a sensitivity that
portrays the softer more feminine side of
the Japanese culture. There are 119 pieces
of student work on display at the gallery and
the standard of work that was exhibited from
Havelock North High School students was
exceptionally high. This refects the talent
and effort these students put into their
work everyday and the expert instruction
they receive from their teachers.
Outstanding Artists Recognised
Emily Robottom Animal Welfare
Michael De Munk Reality
Made in Japan
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It's up to ratepayers
One can't help suspecting that much of the
noise generated by local so-called VIPs in the
amalgamation debate has more to do with
preserving vested interests than advancing
the region's fortunes. Those who take an
insular, Fortress Napier approach might
change their minds if Hastings District
Council erected toll booths on the roads into
their city, much of which are financed by
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott has been
unusually vocal about the proposal for a
referendum, no doubt distracting her from
twin obsessions with a fading Art Deco CBD
and her Walkways to Nowhere.
Methinks Mayor Arnott betrays a fear of
losing a personal fiefdom and is using the old
strategy of divide and rule''.
Mr Yule is merely suggesting a referendum,
hopefully this time based on facts, rather than
prejudice. It is neither for him nor Ms Arnott
to make the decision. It's for every ratepayer
in Hawke's Bay to decide. Sadly, judging by
recent election turnouts, local democracy is
not top of ratepayers' agenda, but in reality
Mayor Arnott is attempting to thwart a vote.
It is economic and administrative lunacy to
have five local authorities serving a
population of fewer than 160,000. Brian Mackie
Moving forward -- the catchphrase of today,
but it is so true. When two small cities sit side
by side with only 21km between them, it is
common sense to amalgamate. The only thing
stopping the natural progression is fear.
People often feel secure in what they know,
rather than seeing the bigger picture and the
developing possibilities of promoting our
region as one. Obviously the bureaucrats want
to protect their jobs and their comfortable
salaries. We need less of these and more
people with bright young minds, who have
seen the world, have a positive vision for
Hawke's Bay people and will work together as
one. There are so many possibilities.Jenny Milne
Too many on gravy train
I am relatively new to New Zealand and
Napier. I have now lived in eight countries
and I have been involved in amalgamation/
I fully agree with amalgamation and a good
example is Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
Geelong was a basket case and had something
like 16 councils. Under the then Premier Jeff
Kennett they were amalgamated and today
Geelong is a prosperous city.
Amalgamation will save Hawke's Bay
millions of dollars in salaries alone as a
number of mayors and councillors will forfeit
their lucrative pay packets. I suggest to Mayor
Yule that he contact Mr Kennett and that the
current mayors go on a study tour.
Alternatively, invite Mr Kennett to Hawke's
Bay. There are just too many people on the
gravy train. Reference has been made to
Hastings' debt. That debt, in the event of
amalgamation, can still be assigned to
Hastings ratepayers and not impact on Napier
As for government privatisation, external
investment (be it mums and dads or foreign)
will not necessarily cost jobs. More likely it
will increase jobs. There are some good
examples in Australia. BHP/Billiton is now
owned by a South African organisation. Its
share price increased by 300 per cent plus and
it has created wealth and thousands of jobs.
What NZ needs to do is to create a policy
which will make investment in manufacturing
attractive and, secondly, start mining.
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