Kapi-Mana News : June 25th 2013
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The Local Government Com- mission will now consider Pori- rua and Greater Wellington councils' application alongside the three Wairarapa councils' request to merge into a single Wairarapa council. The views of Wellington, Kapiti and Hutt councils will be gathered when the commission seeks alternative plans for the region in coming weeks. Wellington City Council recently backed a single-tier council such as Auckland's, while Kapiti supports the status quo and the Hutt councils have suggested merging together. The commission could take 12 to 18 months to recommend a model for Wellington's govern- ance. Councillor Bronwyn Kropp last week reiterated councillors' desire for a region-wide refer- endum before any change is made. Councillor Euon Murrell said residents would simply vote for no change. I've had this uneasy feeling for a number of weeks now that this expensive exercise will end up with zilch,'' he said. If it's left to the local communities, there will be no change.'' Councillor 'Ana Coffey said change was necessary to make the region more efficient, com- paring current cross-council shared services to Jurassic Park -- neither exist. Ms Coffey was in standard 4 at school the last time the region's governance was scrutin- ised, and she wanted the oppor- tunity to help shape the region better for her children, she said. Mayor Nick Leggett agreed shared services are not working, and called the cross-council Mayoral Forum a talkfest'' and a toothless tiger''. Prime Minister John Key's recent statement that Welling- ton is dying was a warning to the region to get its act together, Mr Leggett said. Artist's anarchic work on show Mutant Mickey in lineup By JIM CHIPP Cartoon subversion: Rob McLeod's twisted versions of somewhat familiar characters are on show at Pataka. Photo: JIM CHIPP Rob McLeod's twisted views of somewhat familiar characters will provide talking points at Pataka for the next month. Cardboard giants and angels will parade down the gallery spine and into the main gallery, and smaller-scale, permanent works will be on display in the Blue Pacific Gallery. The Scottish-born resident of Mount Victoria said he had pain- ted all his life and had explored just about every form before set- tling on his trademark twisted, slightly seditious caricatures. These figures -- cartoony twi- sted things -- I haven't always painted. This is where I've stuck.'' Some characters recur in vari- ous forms. McLeod's stressed-out Mutant Mickey is a far cry from Disney's character. Some wear suits and ties, but they do not necessarily mark respectability. A tie and suit can be a status symbol but it depends whether you bought the suit and tie,'' he said. The Tweety figure is usually in the background, usually hopeless. The workers are in the back- ground usually hopeless and working, trying to get things done.'' Another incarnation of Mutant Mickey is Mickey Bomber, flying over the others with each hand raised in a contemptuous one finger salute. Anything that is flying over spewing pollution, contaminating the atmosphere, is a one-finger salute to everyone, isn't it?'' His characters are not just phy- sically incongruous, but often gender-ambiguous as well. They had to be, really, he said. I come from a country where the men run around in kilts.'' His larger figures are painted on to corrugated cardboard which he originally bought as packaging. Then I thought it would be nice to work with and it was.'' McLeod's works are on display at Pataka until September 29.
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