Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Nationwide Arts Event Lifts Ban on Invercargill Residents

“Artists Apologise to Mayor Shadbolt as Nationwide Arts Event Lifts Ban on Invercargill Residents”

‘Concerned Citizens’, a New Zealand-wide group of more than 60 artists and musicians, have lifted a ban on Invercargill residents attending human rights-focused photographic exhibitions in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Whanganui and Dunedin this month.

The ‘Unrecognised’ photography exhibition seeks to draw attention to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s upcoming vote in the UN General Assembly in September, deciding whether or not New Zealand recognises Palestine as a state.

“Last week we were under the impression that Invercargill was not a legitimate city, and felt that it was appropriate to ban residents from attending the event around the country” says spokesperson Ben Knight.

“After speaking with Mayor Shadbolt, we now realise that we were seriously mistaken, and that people from Invercargill deserve the same rights as anyone else”

“We would like to extend a sincere public apology to Mr Shadbolt and all the residents of Invercargill, which we now recognise as a perfectly legitimate and lovely city” says Knight.

When contacted yesterday, Mayor Shadbolt described the ban as “ludicrous”.

“Invercargill is a perfectly legitimate city, full of perfectly legitimate people” said Shadbolt.

On Friday, the group also barred politicians from entering Parliament grounds if they were unable to produce documentation to prove they were not from Invercargill.

Green MP and Spokesperson for Human Rights Keith Locke was stopped by two large cardboard ‘checkpoint towers’ bearing the face of Minister McCully, and was dismayed to be refused entry when he could not provide proof of address.

Locke described the blockade as an “outrageous” breach of human rights, arguing that Invercargill residents deserved the same freedom of movement as anyone else, and the right to equal representation in Government.

The ‘Unrecognised’ exhibition also commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Springbok tour anti-apartheid movement in New Zealand. Contributors include veteran human rights campaigner John Minto, highly acclaimed South African photographer Omar Badsha (co-founder of the influential Afrapix photography collective), prominent Israeli/Palestinian photography collective ActiveStills, activist Tame Iti, musician Imon Starr, artist Roger Morris, and South African film-maker Mark Fredericks, as well as more than 50 photographic artists from around New Zealand.

The ‘Unrecognised ‘ exhibition will also be showing next month at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in East London, South Africa.

‘Unrecognised’ runs until September 1st at the Te Karanga Gallery in Auckland, until August 31st at Tangente Café in Dunedin, and until Friday 26 th August at the Garrett Street exhibition space in Wellington, with a live auction at the space closing at 8pm.

Many of the works in the exhibition are available in an online fundraising art auction, open nationwide until 8pm Friday (26th August), at www.concernedcitizens.co.nz. All proceeds go towards helping ActiveStills continue to document the human rights situation in occupied Palestine.

High-quality footage of Parliament checkpoints banning Invercargill residents can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mglv-57LNTg

High-quality footage from exhibition opening in Wellington on Friday can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIaWX3kQUYc

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Bullish On China Shopping: Trade Minister On Premier's Visit

Q+A: Trade Minister Todd McClay – not ruling out a conversation around Chinese workers coming to New Zealand to work on infrastructure projects as part of trade talks:

‘Yeah, well, that’s not something that’s on the table at the moment, but, look, what we’ve agreed as part of the, you know, when we start the upgrade negotiation, both sides can raise issues that are of importance to them. We’ve got a list of things we want to talk about. China may well have.’ More>>

 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news