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FREE FIRST APPOINTMENT: Advice with no obligation. An appearance that you'll be happy with is guaranteed. Quality materials and the best service. 3715474AH › Places to stay › Attractions, Activities and Events › Coach, Ferry and Train bookings › Internet access › Doc Hut tickets › Gifts and Souvenirs PORIRUA CITY Visit › 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City Phone › 04 237 8088 Email › www. Contact PORIRUA Explore discover beautiful Start with i-SITE Find all the informat ion you need about Por irua, the greater Wellington region and the rest of New Zealand, at the Por irua i-SITE Visitor Centre. Our friendly staff can assist with knowledgeable advice on: email@example.com www.porir uanz.com 3647294AB 4182933AB FOR A FAIR GO Samoa's German legacy Historic bond: German admiral Carl Von Coerper with his Samoan Princess, one of many old images that feature in Samoa and Germany: Old Ties and New Relation- ships. The world's first exhibition on the historical impact of Ger- many's colonial past in Samoa opened at Pataka last week. It's an amazing collection of old photos and historical information that includes everything from education to ecology of the time, to Samoan chiefs and German pioneers -- many of whom have descendants among us,'' says Helen Kedgley, co-curator of Samoa and Germany: Old Ties and New Relationships. The display includes family information for well-known German-Samoan families that are prevalent in New Zealand sport and culture including names such as Wendt, Schus- ter, Kronfeld, Wetzell, Rasmussen and Schmidt. The period of German rule was 1900 to 1914 but the Ger- man influence started much earlier, says Ms Kedgley. Samoa was a thriving, educated, economic Pacific stronghold at the time of the German occupation and the information collected points to a fascinating period for Samoa, Germany and also New Zealand, who took over when Germany went to war in 1914,'' she says. The exhibition is a German initiative, with most of the material collected in Germany and Pataka adding material sourced locally. Curator Professor Hermann Hiery, with help from the German government, trav- elled across continents to research the panels he created for the exhibition. Ms Kedgley says it offers something for everyone interested in history, politics or the South Pacific. Also at Pataka is a com- panion display from Michel Tuffery, Siamani Samoa (German Samoa). In the sec- ond stage of a worldwide tour -- Germany being the last stop and Samoa the first -- Tuffery's work includes a new suite of paintings, sculptures and images. The projec- tion artwork narrative for Wellington is being created to visually tran- scend through time -- capturing pioneer German patriarchs merged with their living descendants,'' says Tuffery. Part of the extended Schmidt family from Samoa, Tuffery's exploration into the historical links between Germany and Samoa reaches into the impact Germany had on Samoa, and the possible future had it not fallen into Britain's hands. There are many things to learn from that brief period including the possibility Samoa could have thrived immensely under Germany's influence. It's something in Ger- many's history to be incred- ibly proud about.'' Former deputy prime min- ister of Samoa Misa Telefoni Herman Retzlaff will be pres- enting a talk at Pataka titled The Enduring Legacy -- The German Influence in Samoan Culture and History'' at 2pm this Sunday. Samoa and Germany: Old Ties and New Relationships runs until February 19. For more information go to pataka.org.nz. Pandora's Box: Debbie Pointon's Box Art exhibit found favour with visitors, winning the people's choice award -- it took her over three months ''on and off'' to put together. Arty boxes By KRIS DANDO The box is a unifying thing for all of the exhibitors but it's incredible to see what points of view people come at it from,'' said artist Debbie Pointon, winner of the people's choice award at the recent Box Art exhibition. In its second year at Pataka, invited artists were asked to create art from boxes. Last year they had a set size, this year just the instructions that their box be bigger than a matchbox but smaller than a fridge''. A few days after it closed, the show's creator Carolyn Wallace presented Pointon with a bottle of bubbles for earning the people's choice award for her effort entitled Pandora's Box. Ms Pointon, from Raumati South, was chuffed to receive the most public votes. The doll [inside the box] was given to me about eight years ago and her name is Hope. What I'm trying to say is that once Pandora's Box is opened, hope is all you have to cling to in your darkest hour.'' Pointon said the Box Art exhibition was one of the most exciting'' she had been involved with, allowing so much free thinking for artists. She believed it would go from strength to strength. The exhibition was put together by Friends of Pataka, with a percentage of sales going towards an artist-in-residence at the gallery. Wallace said they drew big crowds from October 21 to November 6 to view more than 50 entries. Eight pieces were sold. It's not something that's just for artists but for people from different walks of life, and we've tried to cater for a wide range. We've had marvellous feedback, but we're not resting on our laurels and it will be a bit different next year.''
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