Pa­paioea joins Stand­ing Rock

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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