Instead of "schlepping New Zealand's ridiculous 100 per cent pure image around the world", Prime Minister John Key should wake up and join the fight to protect our oceans.
So says Auckland painter John Reynolds, one of nine artists to the Kermadec arc last year on the navy patrol boat HMNZS Otago. He was joined by Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O'Brien, Jason O'Hara, John Pule, Elizabeth Thomson and Robin White.
The results of the artists' South Pacific musings are now on display at Wellington's City Gallery, in an exhibition named after the navy's traditional sunrise call, which comes over the ship's Tannoy: "wakey, wakey, wakey . . . all hands . . . wakey, wakey, wakey".
Pew's Kermadec team has been in discussion with the Government, the fishing, mining, oil and gas and tourism industries, science agencies and the conservation lobby over the proposal.
Read the full article, Exhibition's Marine Wakeup Call for Kiwis (PDF).