Northern News : October 19th 2011
3 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2011 NEWS 2 for 1 Dive Course!! Openwater Diver Course Book Now! 09 407 9986 • Courses run 1st November-- 15th December • Limited numbers---Get in fast! • Not repeated for another 5 years!! • Must sign up together • BYO mask, snorkel, fins • Other conditions apply 4112740AA email@example.com Waipapa Intersection SH10 Waipapa Takeaways@Haruru Falls Bring the family for Sunday Roast Bottom old Wharf Road Phone 09 402 7525 Reservations Preferred Haruru Falls Resort Panorama Restaurant „ Bar „ Takeaway Fish & Chips, Burgers & More Ribs, Steak & Fish 190 PUKEPOTO ROAD . OPEN 7 DAYS For all your gardening & landscaping needs 09 4081092 The Garden Centre Have you been in to our Garden Centre lately? Come and see our changes and enjoy what we have in store for you. We have everything for your garden and landscaping needs for the busy Spring Season. Move north key to growth Inspired: Artist Wiremu Wilson Diamond. By EMMA GODWIN AN UNDERSTANDING of his indigenous heritage led artist Wiremu Wilson Dia- mond on a journey of self dis- covery. When I grew up, I was taught that Maori were primitive, savage and unedu- cated. Portrayals of our ancestors by ethnologist Percy Smith are a great example of this,'' Wiremu says. What I discovered through further education is that pre- European Maori society and their technologies were intel- ligent and this came as a rev- elation to me. For example, Maori fish- ing line was considered so superior by the European colonialists that it soon commanded an international market.'' Under the guidance of Dante Bonica, a master of traditional technology at the University of Auckland, Wiremu learnt ancient Maori craft and technologies and he now employs these in his art. Wiremu studied art for a time at Elam where he enjoyed collaborative projects but found he didn't fit in with the ethos of the institution. I found the institution very European and male- centric. I did an art piece where I wrote Elam on my back and took a photo of myself -- in the mirror the letters read male. The insti- tution didn't appreciate being challenged in that way,'' he says. When Wiremu separated from his partner he followed her north to remain close to their daughter. When I arrived I dis- covered that my family on my paternal side is from Kawa- kawa and I met my biological grandfather for the first time. It sounds like a cliche, but I had to come home to under- stand myself. I had many issues when I left Auckland and I've been going through a healing process ever since.'' Wiremu found the com- munity in Kawakawa very supportive and he appre- ciates the emphasis Ngati Hine places on caring for the children. He is passing on his know- ledge to the next generation to educate and help instill a sense of pride in Maori heri- tage. I'm teaching our local kids in schools and colleges and we use artefacts to explore social issues and values.'' Often described as a carver, Wiremu prefers to call himself a sculptor. For me it's less about the medium I'm working with, rather it's about the object I'm creating.'' While wood does feature in his work, he also works with pounamu, bone, fibre, shell and glass. The gallery Wiremu has operated in Kawakawa with his wife, Melissa Irace has closed and he is now dis- playing his art in the book shop across the road. My wife and I have two daughters now so our plate is pretty full and most of our sales are via our website, so we're happy to move into the smaller, shared space.'' An exhibition of his art, In Sane Pain, is on at Kaan Zamaan until October 30. Up close with Northland business Triboard tour: From left: John Richardson, Ian Snelling -- Juken production manager, Mike Sabin and Maurice Williamson. Inclement weather de- layed the arrival into Kerikeri on Wednesday of government minister Maurice Williamson who had been invited north by Northland's National Party candi- date Mike Sabin. The minister for small business, build- ing and construction and associate minister for the Canterbury earthquake recovery spent the day meeting Kerikeri and Kaitaia business associations and guests. He toured the Juken Triboard Mill and visited Durapanel Systems at Awanui to see how triboard is quickly and easily assembled into a home with potential for the Christchurch rebuild. The minister also toured the Te Ahu Cen- tre, commenting that it was a first class project for Kaitaia and New Zealand. Mr Sabin said he was delighted to be able to showcase Northland. Win Benji's book Big league: Win a copy of Benji Marshall's book. Here's your chance to own an authorised biography of Kiwis rugby league captain Benji Marshall. Benji: My Story is written by the 26-year- old and Sydney Morning Herald journalist Glenn Jackson. It outlines Marshall's meteoric rise through rugby league ranks to a professional career kicked off by his NRL debut with the West Tigers in 2003. The Northern News has three copies of the book to give away. Go to www.northern news.co.nz, click on Latest Edition and jump to the back page of today's online version of the paper for your chance to enter.
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