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Gallery shows how museum could succeed
Bay of Plenty residents, councillors or otherwise, who are resisting the drive to create a museum should study the working model of our art gallery for validation of a museum's worth.
As an observer during a recent school art gallery visit, it truly is impressive and the tour and subsequent creative interactive engagement between the students and museum staff was outstanding.
The same standards applied to a museum would add another layer to our children's imagination and also a vital understanding of the past. Many cultures believe in art and history having an essential value as part of society.
However, even for those who seek only a measurable return on investment, the triggering of a child's imagination can lead to commercial spin-offs.
This as is witnessed by [Sir] Peter Jackson's commercial ability (and political clout), agree with him or not.
For those who see a bright future for our children, grandchildren or just a future where in 15 years' time life will be different, we should make sure they have access to be educated creatively via the art gallery and a museum of the same exemplary standard as a piece of the puzzle to assist them to thrive.
ROGER QUILTY Avenues
Turret Rd mystery
For the long suffering residents of Welcome Bay, Maungatapu, Ohauiti areas the engineering works on 15th Avenue are a gratifying sign that the Hairini Link project is underway.
What on earth then has happened on Turret Rd? Initial roadworks, hopeful four-laning there, have turned out to be a new footpath! Do the City Council and NZTA Engineers speak to each other?
ROSS W OGLE Tauranga
Lack of focus
If ever the naysayers and doubters of binding people power, needed an example of just how well it can work, the latest South Island neurosurgery protest, and final decision, is a brilliant one.
The south seems to be better at this than the north. It was they who took on Meridian Energy, after they'd spent millions on the Waitaki River power scheme, and stopped it in its tracks.
Perhaps the colder weather, the lack of people and the wonderful ambience of the place, gives them a better perception of the true value of things.
Northerners just seem less focussed, more, I, me and mine, greedier, and driven.
R McGUINNESS Cherrywood
Nutrients fuel growth
Dave Farrar points out that sea lettuce is growing like mad in the harbour, "due to the excessive nutrients". He is right, and a lot of those nutrients will be coming from the decaying mangroves composting around the harbour margins after the passage of the mangrove mulching machine.
MAVIS TAYLOR Tauranga
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