Papaioea joins Standing Rock
International solidarity with the Native American ‘water protectors’ at Standing Rock in North Dakota has come to Papaioea.
The artistic ’Kia Kaha Standing Rock’ sign appeared on Te Manawa’s Church St wall on Thursday.
Members of the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock have been actively opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL since April over land rights, violation of sacred sites, environmental degradation, clean water and the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.
Their largely peaceful protests in the face of an increasingly hostile paramilitary police force have slowly filtered into mainstream media, attracting the support of the United Nations, and in New Zealand the sympathies of the Maori Party and the Greens.
Support for the Sioux from New Zealand have included performances of haka in front of ‘Kia Kaha Standing Rock’ signs.
The museum’s Andy Lowe said the local ‘Kia Kaha’ sign is painted on an area designated as artists’ space where he was anticipating a dinosaur mural, but doesn’t have a problem with what has taken its place.
‘‘We support the message and we support people having a voice.’’
Lowe has even suggested getting a group together to perform a haka there, and sending the video to the Standing Rock protest.
The ‘Kia kaha Standing Rock!!’ sign painted on Te Manawa’s Church St building.