Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Judith Tizard must wake up

Chris Finlayson MP National Party Associate Arts, Culture & Heritage Spokesman

21 June 2006

Judith Tizard must wake up

"Judith Tizard should stop digging and just recommend some changes to the selection criteria for the next Venice Biennale," says National Party Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesman Chris Finlayson.

In a media statement last night, the confused Minister posed a question about why National was raising serious concerns about the selection process for the prestigious Venice event, in light of the controversy cause by et al. at the last biennale.

"Because, Judith, the process went off the rails. That's something that the $80,000 report glosses over.

"Even Helen Clark said the selection process had 'gone awry'. Instead of defending the indefensible Ms Tizard should show some leadership.

"No one is suggesting the Government should make artistic decisions. The issues are about process. Obviously, Ms Tizard cannot distinguish between the two concepts."

According to the Prime Minister, there is an expectation that the successful biennale artist should be available for publicity and ambassadorial duties.

"This didn't happen at the last Venice festival, and no one has been held to account, despite veiled threats about funding from the Prime Minister.

"Ms Tizard is hanging her hat on a shallow report which, to its credit, looks to the future rather than the past. But the real problem is that there are no guarantees around the selection process for next time.

"It's clear Ms Tizard hasn't learned any lessons at all from this whole affair," says Mr Finlayson.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news