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

 


Laban: Joseph Churchward World of Type Exhibition


Luamanuvao Winnie Laban

21 August, 2008
Letterman: Joseph Churchward's World of Type Exhibition Blessing

Speech at the blessing ceremony for the Letterman: Joseph Churchward's World of Type Exhibition, Te Papa Museum, Wellington

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Namaste, Kia orana, Ia Orana, Gud de tru olgeta, Taloha ni, Talofa, Kia ora tatou and Warm Pacific Greetings to you all this morning.

It is an honour to be asked to attend and speak at the blessing ceremony for this exhibition of Joseph Churchward’s works.

I would like to acknowledge and honour Joseph Churchward – it is because of your inspirational work that we are all gathered here today for this very special occasion. I would also like to thank Te Papa for exhibited 'World of Type', and in particular Chief Executive Dr Seddon Bennington, Director of History and Pacific Cultures Dr Claudia Orange and our Pasifika Curator Sean Mallon.

Joseph Churchward and significance of his work
Generations of Pacific peoples, including our parents, have taken the journey to New Zealand. They have brought with them hopes and dreams of a rewarding life, for themselves and for their children. They have worked hard to build a new life here, step by step.

Joseph Churchward brought with him from Samoa an artistic flair and the confidence that, with hard work, he could use his talents to realise his dreams.

He is a man who, through a combination of his innate creative talents and early technical training, has enriched the world of lettering and design. He made his Pacific dream a reality when he set up his own business, which became such a success through his skills, initiative and determination.

Joseph has chosen his creative path wisely. His hand-lettered fonts have moved seamlessly through rapid technological changes - from the printed page of the 20th century when he started creating them, to the electronic media of the 21st.

Here at Te Papa, his lettering for the title font of the wonderful Tagata o le Moana exhibition is as outstanding on the screen as it is on the page. He also helped create the masthead for the Dominion Post newspaper.

The quality of his work is also reflected in his international reputation. Churchward fonts appear on many websites offering typefaces, and they’re on billboards, newspapers, and other printed media around the world. I have as an example the website of the Klingspor Museum, a museum of typography and calligraphy, in Germany w- hich lists Joseph Churchward amongst eminent typographic artists.

It’s clear that Joseph Churchward’s work speaks in an international language about his passion for graphic arts and lettering. That international language connects us all globally.

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and its role in supporting Pacific artists
Joseph Churchward is a great role model. Many emerging Pacific artists can draw inspiration from his success. He has created lasting works of art that also have functional value, and they live on in print and digital media.

One of the most visible of his designs, to Pacific peoples in particular, is the logo for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, which has been in use on letterheads, promotional materials and the website for over ten years.

Joseph Churchward’s contributions to this image, and his designs for a new Ministry symbol, were recognised earlier this year at a ceremony to honour the winner and runner-up in a competition for a new concept design for the Ministry.

Our Labour-led government recognises that creative artists like Joseph do much to express and define our cultural identity. We also know that Pacific art, music and languages have helped to shape New Zealand as a unique Pacific nation. Not only are they an illustration of Pacific culture and life, they are also a platform for the economic development of Pacific communities.

Through the Pacific Economic Action Plan we want to ensure that Pasifika creative arts are preserved and promoted, and encourage and support the development of our Pacific artists.

One of the strategies that will help meet this goal is the new “Pacific Starmap” website, which is being launched next week. This website has been developed as a tool to encourage and support emerging Pacific artists. Through this website Pacific performing and visual artists will find links to New Zealand resources, Pasifika role models and mentors through a one-stop web portal.

In whatever career we choose, we all need role models. We can learn so much from those who have already travelled the paths, and who can give encouragement and advice to next generations.

Significance of this exhibition and closing remarks
This exhibition at Te Papa is a wonderful tribute to Joseph Churchward’s contributions to the art of lettering design, to the world of typesetting, and to his ability to inspire others, in a creative career that has spanned over 50 years (and is unstoppable!!).

It offers visitors to Te Papa, especially those who share his passion for fine design, an opportunity to explore his works and understand his fascination for print and the creative arts that underpin it.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the “Letter Man’s” contributions, and to honour Joseph Churchward the man, who is clearly much-loved by his family and friends.

My warm congratulations and thanks to Joseph for his life and work achievements. My thanks to our hosts and all at Te Papa who have had a hand in planning and preparing this exhibition, especially Sean Mallon and Safua Akeli.

Thank you again for asking me to join you today. I wish you all the greatest success with Joseph Churchward’s World of Type exhibition.

Ia manuia and God Bless.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.

If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news