Waitara and the north deserve better representation. Our area
has stagnated with District Council reps who seem to spend their
time bickering and sniping and Community Boards that only
represents a narrow sector of our community.
standing up for sustainability and the environment for decades
standing up for integrity and honesty
not afraid to stand and be counted for what she believes
defender of the underdog
thorough and persistent
she will listen
This is about our local efforts in Waitara after the challenge to the Waitara Community Board member Christine Armstrong-Smith selling synthetic drugs at her business in the CBD of Waitara town. We asked thru the Community Board for her and her business partner to stop selling the drugs. The local Councillors and board members did not think it was their role to get involved.
"Three women in Waitara say a lack of action by community leaders has prompted them to start providing free breakfast and afternoon tea to young people themselves".
well, well, well 40 years later the work still raises issues of who we are ....
to view my work click on this link to 40 yeras ago ..
7 June 2013 Manawatu Standard.
New Plymouth mayor Harry Duynhoven and strategy and policy general manager Frank Versteeg faced a well informed audience yesterday. Yes, we definitely know what's going on it is a 24/7 issue for us all at Tikorangi.
The press have said Mayor harry had his ear chewed by Tikorangi residents during what was intended to be a casual mayoral chat yesterday.
Mr Duynhoven said it was up to the council to look at each oil and gas application and ask whether it was reasonable for the community to put up with when accepting them.
"The clear message I'm getting today is that we need to be even tighter than we have been on that."
Just another issue for Waitara to deal with ...
I went to the Waitara Community Board meeting on the 13th May 2013 requesting the Board take a stance against the selling of synthetic highs in the town.
Councillors, the Mayor and the Board members were present they were all aware of the Board member selling the synthetic drugs in the town of Waitara, at her shop.
I asked for the Waitara Community Board member to stop selling the synthetic highs...
The Community board called for a report and asked "what could they do?"
I was later told by a District Councillor to make another deputation to the next Waitara Community Board...
I leave you to judge the caliber of our local representatives and their ethics here
Here is my letter to the paper 29th May 2013.
I made a deputation to the last Waitara Community Board meeting, requesting they take a public stand and express their concern over the sale of legal highs in Waitara. I also suggested that the Board member selling the drugs stop doing so. I did not name her at the meeting, but everyone knew who I was talking about. I thought the Community Board should be able to sort this out among themselves and resolve this issue. I later talked to the Councilor Craig McFarlane who suggested I make another deputation to the board to discuss this... Yeah Right. They now plead - what can they do? Not one of the Councillors or the Board members has phoned me to express support or even discuss the issue.
The Councillors and the Waitara Community board have had a request to take a public stand on this issue. They have failed. Now they want the public to do the job. In the past if the Council wanted something to happen they have been outspoken and they acted as leaders for the community. Yesterday I received an aggressively unpleasant anonymous letter on my stand on this subject written on the back of an agenda item for a New Plymouth District Council 5 June 2013 meeting. I have handed it to the police. While the Community Board and the local Councillors are too timid to speak out, the health and welfare of Waitara folk is being comprised and the retailer is making the money. We all know these drugs are currently legal. That doesn't make them all right and it doesn't make it moral to sell them.
Sincerely, Fiona Clark, Tikorangi, Waitara
27th May 2013
The sale of synthetic cannabis by a Waitara Community Board member is causing a stir in the North Taranaki town of Waitara.
28th May 2013
The Waitara community is being urged to follow Stratford's example and put pressure on stores to stop selling legal highs.
29th May 2013 -
Public pressure has resulted in Waitara Community Board member Christine Armstrong-Smith vowing to remove all legal highs from her store. I wait to see if this happens
In a statement to the Taranaki Daily News yesterday, Mrs Armstrong-Smith said they had decided to stop selling once current stock had been sold, which should take no more than a week.
31st May 2013
1st June 2013
Waitara's High St Dairy featured on a list of retailers selling synthetic cannabis products in yesterday's Taranaki Daily News - this is not correct.
Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast said - He apologised for any confusion.
Photo from Taranaki Daily News article - 2013.
WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE ?.
I took a series of images of him on the site, his farmland. I had his permission when I took the images. Here are the images.
To serve a Trespass notice is a total hostile act.
I must ask what is in the images I took, cause concern.
Did Todd Energy take offense at my presence and my work funny that as Todd Energy have funded the Len Lye centre for $ 3 million on the site of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery? As an artist who has had one person shows, the collection holds at least 20 of my artworks at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery what is really happening here?
The Taranaki Vista project is run by Rhyton Partners.
Fiona Clark is the Artist.
The project advances landscape art by incoporating the dimension of time.
As well as the latest view of the mountain,there is a gallery of still pictures of great days and interesting phenomena.
This project was supported and funded by iTaranaki and Creative New Zealand.