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Our Place, Not Your Place, Helen

Our Place, Not Your Place, Helen

Helen Clark wants to allocate tax payer funds for the benefit of the selected few, said ACT Culture and Heritage spokesperson Penny Webster.
Ms Clark has announced a review of Te Papa's scholarly shortcomings, and has stated that she does not believe just "because the public pours through the doors it was a success."
"Te Papa was built for the enjoyment of all New Zealanders and visitor numbers are surely the most appropriate measure for gauging satisfaction," said Penny Webster.
"The Prime Minister is suggesting that New Zealanders do not know what they like and dislike. Rather, we should all relax and let Helen and the thought police decide for us.
"She has used this same argument to justify the introduction of quota and 'quality standards' in TV broadcasting, namely, Helen knows best.
"Given the terms of reference for the review, Helen Clark is implying that as long as the art is hung "correctly", she will be happy with a drop in visitor numbers.
"This is down right intellectual arrogance.
"People of all ages and all walks of life talk about Te Papa. It is a credit to the people who set it up and who work there. Te Papa is an interactive, educational and fun, people place - Our Place.
"Te Papa should not be turned into another boring mausoleum catering for the tastes of the cultural elite," said Penny Webster.

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