New Zealand presentation - AIDS Memorial Quilt Conference (1995)
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[00:00:00] This audio comes from the collections of the New Zealand aids Memorial quilt [00:00:08] from the New Zealand quote project [00:00:26] greetings from New Zealand. [00:00:29] Tara, land of the Long White Cloud. [00:00:34] Listening to cleave was like listening to my own story. Just the names and the places of different. [00:00:43] New Zealand is a country about the size of California consisting of three main islands and many smaller ones. Down Under in the South Pacific. [00:00:59] We have a population of 3.5 million people, and 60 million sheep. [00:01:13] New Zealanders are culturally diverse [00:01:17] communities from European to Pacific Islanders and Asians. Auckland [00:01:29] Auckland, our biggest city has the largest Polynesian population in the world. [00:01:40] Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand are an important part of my country's consciousness. [00:01:51] Tribal values and culture are promoted by local and national government. [00:02:01] New Zealand quote project was founded in 1988. [00:02:07] The first official unveiling was in 1991. [00:02:15] At this occasion, there were 32 New Zealand panels and 48 Australian. [00:02:24] This was the first time that I had seen the quote, [00:02:30] I found I could not stop crying. So strong was the emotion and the impact of the quote [00:02:41] as I am HIV positive, there's extra emotion. [00:02:48] Up to this point, I have not wanted to be any I have not wanted to be part of any HIV group. [00:02:58] But the quiet time of the quote, showed me how I could be involved in an organization that is not only a memorial to those lost to HIV related diseases, but also educates through prevention and the understanding of the issues that surround a positive diagnosis [00:03:30] 500 people have died and New Zealand [00:03:36] 1000 unknowing to be HIV positive. It is believed there is also 1000 more who have not tested. [00:03:50] I now speak at high schools and to other groups. And I'm surprised how many people still believe that HIV does not affect them. [00:04:04] Said factors that until somebody dear to them, size they are positive for the real impact of the pandemic be felt. [00:04:19] And the smaller towns with populations of 10 to 50,000. [00:04:26] There is a there is more of a doesn't happen here attitude. [00:04:33] People living with the virus and these centers do not have developed social services. So the New Zealand quote project displays help raise by badly needed funds. [00:04:50] Local residents are always surprised by the numbers of New Zealand New Zealanders affected. [00:04:59] The media hardly ever do stories about positive New Zealanders. [00:05:05] Sorry. [00:05:12] Usually it is what is happening. And America or Africa. [00:05:20] This hopefully will change was a documentary that has been made on the New Zealand quilt project [00:05:29] and to be showing [00:05:32] next week, but alas, not on primetime television. [00:05:41] We are now considered to be a national treasure. [00:05:46] And we have local coordinators and four other cities. [00:05:51] Apart from arranging visits, and displays, a large part of our time is spent looking at funds. [00:06:02] And in an era where social services are being cut. [00:06:08] This is not an easy task. [00:06:13] I am looking forward to attending this conference and meeting everybody [00:06:20] to exchange ideas that will enhance all our projects. Thank you
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