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Local Authority Art Collections Need Protection

September 12, 2005

Parliament Must Protect Local Authority Art Collections

“The government must take urgent steps to prevent the pillage of local authority art collections in order to pave the footpaths”, says New Zealand First Arts and Culture spokesperson, Brian Donnelly.

Many of these works have been bequeathed by citizens or corporates for the on-going benefit of the members of the community. At present, the legal framework allows a short-sighted Mayor or Council to flog them off to fund public works.

Local authority art collections need to be considered as part of a national collection and any proposal to alienate any work from public ownership should go through the scrutiny of a national body under certain criteria.

“Following the election, I will be preparing a private members’ bill to this effect and I hope that such legislation can be progressed speedily enough to save Wanganui’s collection,” said Mr Donnelly.

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