Poetry’s Gill Ward Says KCDC Are Making Kapiti A ‘Home for Philistines’

Poets to the People presenter Gill Ward says ‘if the library book cuts are to help fix up Waikanae Library physically, I don’t know whether it is legal — taking that money and using it for a building project?

Comment on this please?

Remember this area harbors many elderly who need to read and can’t afford to be buying books, also a huge population of children who we encourage to read books and use libraries.

‘This council are making themselves look like philistines.

Everything is moving out: Air NZ, Fonterra, Whitireia, good heavens what next?

Previously Kapiti had a good name for culture

We have such a good name up here for the arts and literature.

Personally I have fronted Poets to the People ten months of the year for 15 years.

Important poets come to us from all over NZ with delight and enthusiasm.

We are profit free and  are able to pay our guest poet well from our $5 cover charge as we put in all the work and publicity ourselves and have had simply wonderful support from many cafes over the years.

Get with it all of you people we put there on the council. Use your creativity.

“Remember the country and age we live in. Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where roads and newspapers lay everything open?” – Henry Tilney

“Overconfidence has led to arrogance and it’s very difficult to dispel ignorance if you retain arrogance” – Sam Wilson, US Army (Ken Burns – The Vietnam War, 2017)

‘Use your creativity.‘

The only real way to be creative in this instance is to create a body that will try to represent and protect the rights of all the citizens of the Kapiti district, New Zealand. All who have been following the book cuts story must by now be beginning to realize that a KRA (Kapiti Residents Association) is a much needed body.

Ah but you are not taking on board the age old fact that when ‘They’ (the ruling powers) do it then it is legal.


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