Tok pho­tog­ra­phers go na­tional

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY Fam­ily vi­o­lence

For Toko­roa teens Taya Ahomiro and Marie Toka the process to show­cas­ing their pho­tog­ra­phy in a na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The For­est View High School year 13 stu­dents have both sub­mit­ted two A2 sized im­ages into the 30th Trusts Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards 2016 ex­hi­bi­tion which takes place from Septem­ber 17 to 25 at the Cor­ban Es­tate Arts Cen­tre in Auck­land.

Stu­dents aged 13 to 18 through­out the coun­try have en­tered their work which will all be judged the night be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion opens to the pub­lic.

There are var­i­ous mon­e­tary prizes up for grabs and the pub­lic will also have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase the pieces with the money go­ing back to the stu­dents.

‘‘We have en­tered the 16 to 18-year-old category for pho­tog­ra­phy and the hard­est thing was hav­ing to name them.

It took us three days of sit­ting there think­ing and then we were told we had to also put a price on them,’’ Marie laughed.

‘‘Our teacher said to put $400 to $500 on them and we laughed be­cause we thought it was just for fun. No one is go­ing to buy them but we ended up putting be­tween $100 to $300 on them.

‘‘If they don’t sell it will be funny and if they do I think we will cry. It’s not about the money though as we just wanted to go be­cause it is our last year and thought it would be cool,’’ she said.

The pair, who were also in­vited to ex­hibit dur­ing the Mata­mata-ti­rau Cam­era Club’s Sixways In­ter­club Ex­hi­bi­tion in July, said they were look­ing for­ward to see­ing their work dis­played.

‘‘They are pho­tos we took for our port­fo­lios. Mine are sil­hou­ettes and Taya’s show Maori cul­ture,’’ Marie said.

‘‘We are a bit ner­vous but ex­cited too,’’ Taya said.

Un­like the cam­era club’s ex­hi­bi­tion though this time the girls had to do ev­ery­thing them­selves.

‘‘Last time we had to just sub­mit them but this time we had to get the pho­tos of the com­puter, fig­ure out sizes, go down to the Ko­dak store and then send them,’’ Taya said.

‘‘Our stu­dent teacher said the postage was go­ing to cost like $40 and we didn’t want to have to tell our par­ents so when we went into the Post Of­fice and the lady said it was $14.70 we were cheer­ing and thanked her so much. They were all won­der­ing why we were so happy,’’ Marie laughed.

A 20-year-old Toko­roa woman has been ar­rested fol­low­ing a planned fight with a 15-year-old out­side Pu­taruru Col­lege last week.

She was ar­rested for in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and as­sault with in­tent to in­jure.

There were 18 fam­ily vi­o­lence re­lated in­ci­dents this week and two of these re­sulted in ar­rests.

The clear ma­jor­ity of the in­ci­dents took place in homes and have been al­co­hol fu­elled dis­putes. Es­sen­tially it comes down to peo­ple need­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of their drink­ing.

An­other con­cern we have is over the amount of prop­erty dam­age around the town and I would sus­pect this is also al­co­hol driven.

The dam­age has in­cluded the likes of bro­ken win­dows and smashed let­ter­boxes.

There were three bur­glar­ies for the week from which one has re­sulted in a 17-year-old male be­ing ar­rested.

Once again I want to re­mind peo­ple that if they se­cure their prop­erty they will not lose it.


Taya Ahomiro and Marie Toka are tak­ing part in the na­tional 30th Trusts Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards 2016.

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