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With reference to the Don Brash
article in last week s Napier
Mail, could someone please tell
Don it s got absolutely nothing
to do with ethnic status or
cultural group but everything to
do with the partnership of the
Treaty. Ethnic cultures simply
don t come in to it. That s why so
many Kiwis have got it wrong.
Stop the bickering of them and
us and start discussing what
really matters, like lowering
food prices, the cost of living and
how to help the needy in the
world. You look at the rich list
and the Scottish couple that won
millions and then the starving in
Africa -- where they ve had no
rain for up to three years.
Local or central?
As a Hawke s Bay Regional
Council leaseholder I am
concerned to read that councillor
Christine Scott in her approach
to the leasehold issue is taking a
central government stance and
not a local government stance.
Surely Ms Scott is elected to
act in the best interests of the
Hawke s Bay Regional Council
and their return on investment
with the current status of the
It appears that Ms Scott is
trying to make central
government decisions about
individual investors and their
gain should the leasehold land
receive further discounts.
Should investors benefit from
the purchase of leasehold land,
that is their business.
Ms Scott s business is to make
wise choices for the Hawke s Bay
If Ms Scott is so anti-property
investors gaining full benefit of
their investment, surely she
should be standing for central
and not local government.
As 60 per cent of leaseholders
are not investors, then Ms Scott
is punishing the majority for the
minority. Also without people
investing in property, how would
the families who are unable to
purchase have a home to live in.
Central and local government
could not afford this service.
PS: I am not an investor.
Not all true
After reading the article on
Sunday Roasts (July 20) I would
like to state not all farmers have
received more than $200 for
their lambs. If you had been at
Stortford Lodge you would have
seen this. So it s a true saying
Never believe what you read in
the papers . Granted, prices
have been much more this year
than other years, but for a lot of
years prices were much lower.
Empty building becomes
Napier's newest gallery
On the ball: Letitia Rahui is one of two volunteers running a community
gallery putting Hawke's Bay artists' work in front of the buying public.
A passion for art has seen two
women roll up their sleeves to
convert a concrete shell of a
building into Napier s newest
gallery -- and all for free.
Artists Letitia Rahui and
Roberta Haurakirangi have
cleaned, painted and fitted out
the space in Owen St, and now
volunteer as co-ordinator and
curator for Tai Gallery, respect-
It s about supporting other
artists. We re all in the same
boat, trying to make a living
from our art, said Rahui.
Artists are being charged 12.5
per cent commission, rather
than the 40 per cent charged by
mainstream galleries, she said.
Contributing artists are from
across Hawke s Bay, ranging
from tertiary students to profes-
sionals, including Rahui and
The pair have big plans for the
place. After a successful opening
night two weeks ago when sev-
eral sizeable pieces were sold, a
football auction is being
planned for August.
They were in the throes of con-
tacting noted local artists to ask
them to turn rugby balls signed
by some of the greats of New
Zealand rugby into works of art,
to be auctioned to raise funds.
The women were approached
by the owners of the building, Te
Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui A
Orotu, who wanted a gallery
supporting local artists to be
part of revitalisation plans for
the large building, which had
lain unused for about 15 years.
Taiwhenua office manager Mary
Martin said plans were afoot to
fill more of the space, which will
be announced when confirmed.
Rahui said Taiwhenua is
allowing them to keep the
commissions on paintings sold
for two months to buy essentials
for the gallery, after which it
would go to the owners for rent.
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