Wairarapa News : January 30th 2013
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PAY ZERO VILLAGE FEES FOR UP TO TWO YEARS* Plus you enjoy benefits like: A convenient central Chapel Street location Being part of a safe and supportive community Professional services on-hand 24 hours a day Complete freedom and total independence Metlifecare Wairarapa 140 Chapel Street, Masterton Call Janine on 06 370 6026 OPEN WEEKDAYS 10am to 4pm *Terms & conditions apply SUNDAY Buffet is back FROM SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 5.30PM -- 8PM 4 COURSES $25 per person Bookings Preferred www.mastertoncossieclub.org.nz Mon -- Sat open from 10.30am • Sunday 1pm Telephone 377 0150 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Masterton Cosmopolitan Club Inc The preferred Hospitality Venue of the Wairarapa M C l iC l bI What's on at 5151905AA Love and respect our wilderness Light touch: Images from Bridget Reweti's exhibition at Aratoi, What are you looking at? By ANNE TAYLOR There's a new disorder out there affecting chil- dren: Nature Deficit Disorder. Human beings, especially children, are spend- ing less time outdoors, due to parents' fears, prob- lems of accessibility, and the lure of technology -- which provides some people with all the adventure they need. Such kids are prone to anxiety, depression and attention-deficit problems, according to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. It's easy to imagine that future generations who are office working, apartment dwelling, and city- bound might stop experiencing nature at all, and so, having no memories of it, have no reason to protect it. There is a quote inscribed on the wall of Bridget Reweti's current exhibition at Aratoi in a similar vein, by New Zealand ecologist Geoff Parks: The most practical means of preserving nature is residency in it, and a visceral knowledge of that wilderness. Like our plundered coasts the forests need their people back. Not visitors treating them as scenery, but people who consider them home and invest them with love and vigilance.'' Bridget, who is doing an MA degree in Maori visual arts at Massey Palmerston North, took the idea literally and con- structed a tent from white black-out cur- tain, travelling with it to remote parts of New Zealand in 2012, capturing still and video images of the locations. She says her artwork is informed by my adventures outside and my explo- ration of photographic techniques'', and dates her deep interest in nature to get- ting into tramping, climbing and snow- boarding with friends as a teenager, with the easy accessibility to wild places that we enjoy in New Zealand. Some of the images in the show are views from an eyelet aperture in the tent, and are upside down, recalling real cam- era obscura chambers that capture inver- ted images from an outside light source. Bridget also liked how the white tent evoked pioneer settlers and their early act of viewing the land. But we are reminded that this is the 21st century, as a jetski cruises into view, disturbing a pristine lake, and in another film loop, a passerby ambles into frame and asks: Can I be in your film?'' These intrusions give another layer to the images, subtly sending up the picture postcard beauty of the locations. New Zealand is known for its peaceful and scenic landscapes but even in these lands there is human activity that hap- pens, so I didn't want that cut out,'' Bridget says. I liked the haphazard nature of these sometimes quite comical moments.'' Bridget is of Ngati Ranginui and Ngai Te Rangi descent and comes from Tau- ranga, so it was only natural that one of the locations for the tent would be on the Tauranga coast. She also pitched it on the West Coast, Franz Josef Glacier and Lake Brunner, referencing the story of the taniwha Poutini, the guardian of pounamu, who captured the beautiful woman Waitaiki and carried her through the North Island to the Arahura River in the South Island, where he turned her into pounamu to elude capture by her husband. I like the narratives of the land and the fact that this story was not well known; I wanted to engage with this his- tory,'' Bridget says. I am interested in the notion of being able to live in the landscape without ruin- ing it.'' Bridget Reweti -- What are you looking at? until Friday, February 1; Tania Williams -- Maya 2012 Portals of Infinity, until February 3; The Crystal Chain Gang -- Fancy Fools Flight, until March 17; Additions -- recent acquisitions to the Collection, until March 15.
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