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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
68 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Anti-abortion group take on artwork By JOEL MAXWELL Kapiti’s Nurturing Hand has been rebranded as an anti-abortion symbol by activists using it against the wishes of its creator and the group that commissioned it. Kapiti Voice for Life adopted the Bodhi Vincent sculpture, the centrepiece on an installation that includes artwork by school child- ren, as a symbol for its campaign against abortion. President Brian Whitaker said the group planned to gather annu- ally at Kapiti Police Station after staging a publicity event coincid- ing with White Ribbon week. He said the event, which includ- ed a balloon launch and hand-held model foetuses, aimed to chal- lenge society on its selective con- cern about violence. ‘‘It seems to focus on the new- born and up. We would suggest the unborn need to be included in the event.’’ The imagery of the baby in a hand was commonly used by anti- abortion groups, he said. ‘‘We have adopted it as an icon that we will use from here on with our literature, in much the same way as many groups adopt Kapiti Island for whatever they’re into.’’ Mr Whitaker said the gathering at the police station was part of a training weekend for youth and the group would hold an annual event at the sculpture, which was on public property and was largely funded by taxpayers’ money. Senior Sergeant Alasdair Mac- millan would not comment on whether future events would be allowed on the police grounds. The move has been branded inappropriate by the group that commissioned the work, funded from the ‘‘It’s not OK’’ campaign, to promote family safety. Kapiti Voices Against Violence spokeswoman Shona Jaunas said the sculpture aimed to give a positive message. ‘‘We didn’t want it mixed with any messages to do with violence because it’s a posi- tive message about how our com- munity, and the safety of our com- munity, is in the hands of our community.’’ The sculpture was funded by the Ministry of Social Develop- ment and is managed by Kapiti Safer Community Trust and police under a memorandum of understanding, she said. ‘‘While it is a piece of art – and I’m completely for people looking at a piece of art and making their own interpretations – it’s not something that’s available to take as a symbol.’’ A surprised Mr Vincent said the anti-abortion group’s message was not the intent of his sculpture. ‘‘Voices Against Violence was the organisation that commis- sioned it and it’s about nurturing and protecting the most vulner- able in our community, who are children.’’ The anti-abortion group did not commission the work so it was inappropriate for it to use Nurtur- ing Hand for a different purpose, he said. The giant hand cradling a tiny baby was unveiled last De- cember on the busy intersection of Kapiti and Rimu roads. Local deer farmers vie for best pair Whopper-ti: National North Island judge and velvet road buyer Neil Cudby discusses the velvet on wapiti antlers with Gavin McManaway of Waiohine Deer at the Wairarapa branch annual velvet competition in Masterton earlier this month. The competition is for local branch members and provides an incentive for deer farmers to produce quality velvet for the mostly Asian market. It is also an opportunity for the area’s deer farmers to get together with national judges to discuss market trends and farming practices. The 2011 winners were: Wapiti Stag – Tony Robinson; Best 3 Commercial Heads – Waiohine Deer (Gavin and Barbara McManaway); Supreme Velvet –Tony Robinson; Spiker Velvet – Quentin Connell. Council agrees to pilot By KRIS DANDO Porirua City Council has con- firmed its desire to be part of an e-voting pilot at the local body elections in 2013. Proposed at committee level in September, the council’s support for trialling online voting was con- firmed at a November 16 meeting. The public will get to comment on the proposal as part of the long-term plan process next year. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett wanted the issue raised now as the Government is dragging its heels on the idea of electronic voting. If the pilot is successful, it could lead to it being used at local and general elections from 2016. A report to the council says there would be both costs and savings – costs from developing the systems ‘‘at the front end’’ but the reduced numbers of postal voting papers being returned and processed would save money. Mr Leggett says e-voting is not meant to replace postal voting but supplement it, hopefully leading to a greater number of people having their say in elections. ‘‘I want there to be a choice. I, personally, don’t interact much with a post box any more and with the youngest population in New Zealand, it’s another way of con- necting with the community.’’
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