Poutokomanawa: The Carmen Rupe Generation - opening night

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride nz.com TKVTZ [00:01:21] TZ [00:01:54] Wow ticket Oh Tina Koto, Tina Koto Koto. Good evening ladies and gentlemen Fantastic. It's amazing to see such a wonderful crowd here this evening. I'm Malcolm Kennedy Vaughn. And I'm going to be your MC for this lovely, lovely opening of this exhibition. And I must say, what a fantastic job the Portrait Gallery has done for the exhibition. It certainly brings back some fantastic memories. And thank you to defend honor. Fantastic will be going to hear a little bit more of the guys and the girls a little bit later on in the program. I have the honor, it's an honor and I feel so privileged to be here tonight to do this event. I look back at this portraits in here. And they are truly outstanding to see yourself from so many years ago and people [00:02:43] pointing out to you. [00:02:44] Well, your time does take its toll on everybody but had us and we're all still here. But it's truly fantastic. portmanteau our family, this is where it all began many many years ago. And I've always had I found love for our transgender community for many, many years when I was in the 17 and 18 year olds age bracket, I spent quite a bit of time I can tell you down at Carmen's coffee lounge and not just the for the coffee, I can tell you, but it's truly been mind blowing experience to see people that you haven't seen for years. But I don't want to bore you too much with my time I'd like to introduce to you now. Janine Parkinson, who is the director for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Janine if I can have you have your moment please. Begin please fantastic job [00:03:45] in a manner in Aereo in that EV autumn autumn, in that evening, [00:03:52] Tina Koto Koto Koto gotta [00:03:57] go cup of tea tomato, co Why can I Our co packing taco. [00:04:05] Taco kinda. codename Parkinson, took [00:04:11] a chi factor Heidi kitty pumpkin alpha kata her [00:04:16] Nami new a caca de Gato. Good evening, everyone. I'm delighted you could all join us here tonight to celebrate the opening of Potok, Amanda, the common rupee generation. My name is Janine Parkinson, I am the director of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery to book in Africa. In my personal introduction, I just explained that I was born and up the company coast which is south of the white and I river, but I live now here in Kentucky Wellington. There are many thanks and acknowledgments that I have to share tonight. But first I would like to acknowledge common come and repay Christie with choco Danner de Milo Georgina bye And all those of their generation, and many of whom have passed away now, and who stellar personalities enormous contribution, we are celebrating with this exhibition. I also would like to especially acknowledge Dion, who I know as a member of the community who passed away just recently, and I will let others acknowledge her more fully. I would like to extend a very special thanks to Chanel Hattie, who has worked alongside us tirelessly to make this exhibition. Chanel will say a few words in a minute, but we have a very special gift that we would like to present to her. So if you would just join us a little bit up here for a minute. And while I do that, I would also like to acknowledge and thank Talia Langley and Josie case who worked on curating this exhibition alongside Chanel. So Big thanks to Chanel, something handmade for you. We also have many young artists who have participated in the exhibition, two of which are here tonight with us at at bright well. And Sam orchard. [00:06:23] Got a few little things for you to [00:06:29] thank you and also to find a fan of all the wonderful YS. And as we came in and for helping us with arranging tonight, so thank you very much for your support. [00:06:46] No exhibition is an island and we've done we've made this with the help and support of our many, our trustees, a number of whom are here tonight at three friends community and many volunteers. And small but very tight knit team. So, my thanks to all of you for supporting us and what we do. And especially we've got a number of the New Zealand water galleries not a government funded organization. We rely on donations and support from members of our community. And I'd like to acknowledge person Katie Park and who have supported a publicist for this exhibition so we can help get the story out. So it's amazing what small contributions like that can do for us. And the Christie road Coco trust is a sponsor of this exhibition. And so big thank you to all of them. They've also supported this opening and will be supporting some public programs throughout the exhibition. Last but not least, I'd like to thank the New Zealand prostitutes collective who have catered the event which you'll see enjoy soon, and also for the support of Chanel who has given huge amounts of time. So behind every great woman There's a great team, of course. And we have enjoyed beginning to share this exhibition with everyone. And I think the trend that has started with everyone kind of coming out and sharing their stories with us will continue as the exhibition goes on for the next three months. And we have, as I mentioned, a special public program to support the exhibition. And Scotty and Mel are going to lead a community conversation to let those stories be told him more fully than we could do on the walls. And that'll be Saturday the 11th of October at 1pm. So you're all invited to come along to that and help us fill in the blanks and that storytelling. And if you'd like to take a momentum of the exhibition home with you if made of limited edition of Postcards so you can buy those at the front. Now, without any further ado, I'd like to invite my team to join us up here because we have a word that we've done a little bit of preparation on and especially for you and you if you know the words Please join me [00:09:20] tear down the line. ED we go away. Need [00:09:57] Thank you Janine and all the crew from the New Zealand, Portugal gallery gallery fantastic. I think the best thing to do right now would bring on a woman who I have fond fond memories of Janine is just said has done a lot for this exhibition. Could you please put your hands together and welcome on stage the one and only Chanel [00:10:19] QMAEK take out to her [00:10:34] quickly my EB to know your routine eight or 10 no funny toy to know how to call it a narco kitty kitty cat or how to make the total cool kitty kitty fucking Nui [00:10:52] takeover kids in fucking new e calm and common law. Me But [00:11:00] no data Tina, Tina killed attack. [00:11:07] Thanks everybody for coming. It's really touching to see everybody here tonight. [00:11:15] First of all I just want to say [00:11:18] we thought of a concept for for for the exhibition and it was poetical Manoa and poetical Manoa is the center rich power in the middle of a funny noise. And like those safe spaces that Carmen and Nick Chrissy provided this is where people gathered, who have family and who knew each other. And it's very similar to how they gather on them. Right. So we saw common, Chris, down. Jackie grant as well. We saw them as our power Or if we can literally translate that as our pillars of our community. And you know, those times back in the 1970s were quite hard. I mean, I was a bit apprehensive about doing this because I don't go, I'm not that era. But I know the stories. I know the people I know the history. And so I thought, just do it because they my elders as I am an elder to the younger generation. And you know, to work on this exhibition with these beautiful ladies as it has been, it's been a real honor because I knew without anything like this before, but it's been a wonderful journey and to see it come to its, its completion is just like it's just like so, so sad. Falling into seats to see you're here tonight. You know we we think about Carmen beckon in her day and, and all the conservative views and and all the restrictions are the respect of laws. And what Cameron did is she rekindled that debate [00:13:23] about sex work [00:13:27] and gay rights. And you really do need somebody to have their conversation. [00:13:35] Martin Luther King one said, I have a dream [00:13:40] and their dream may not be fulfilled and that generation but with perseverance and one one united voice. I assure you, it will happen in the next generation and it has all the things they come and dreamed about. And here they were gay rights, legalization of legalization of sex work, restrictions on alcohol. All these things we have today because somebody dreamed their dream and the next generation stood up and spoke about it. And it was amazing because it went from very, a very conservative stance on these issues. And over the years into a more liberal view, and because of those dreams, it's what we have today we have. We have marriage equality. We have the criminalization of sex work. We have a homosexual [00:14:46] law reform. And [00:14:49] I'm proud that in my generation, I've lived to see all that. [00:14:55] I will say I want to say that we had a [00:14:59] very Some [00:15:01] strange relationship with the police back in those days, but I'll tell you what, they did what they did, because that's what they had to do. [00:15:12] And all those to all those, [00:15:15] you know, people who were police officers who showed compassion and empathy, and you know who you are. If you're here tonight, we just want to say thank you. And to end I just want to say that this this is about keeping a legacy, keeping our stories alive for the next generation. [00:15:38] Because they will be asking, [00:15:40] why, why do you have it? Why do we have it so good, but we just look to the past. And it to end I just want to say to come and to all those who stood for us, as we stand today, because you stood for us. Not edited, not code. there [00:16:42] hi [00:16:55] DI [00:17:00] ND da [00:17:34] da da gave us [00:18:23] Bye [00:19:05] Well, again, thank you to find the foreigner and Chanel amazing speech darling at the fair, but I found myself watering up a way but fantastic. [00:19:15] I'm going to open the floor we've now got a few people that I would like to get to say a few words. One of them is a former Commonwealth Games champion. She's a former police officer, who got to be the first boots in town if I remember rightly. And she was a police officer that showed that love and the compassion. She's currently standing for the Wellington Regional Council, because please welcome to the floor. One and only Glenda shoes. [00:19:46] Chanel, I want to thank you You made me tear up as well. [00:19:51] I think I want to I want to do two buckets. One is that I'm here on behalf of the week taco family. So some of you may not know that I've actually lived Was Chris's brother for the last 25 years. And I met his brother who brother, our brother because was always very hard with side he was never quite sure. He'd make comments sometimes. I meet Chrissy before I met sigh. And I met Chrissy when I was a police woman, because she was on the front door of most of the nightclubs around town, where the girls used to run away to and I mean, young missing girls from schools and things like that. And Christy and I had this deal where she would keep them all at a table, and she would buy them on toasted sandwiches. And then I would come in, and I would talk to them. And the reason that she got me to do this was because she knew that I wouldn't take them back to the cells that I wouldn't charge them, but that I would talk through with them, how they needed to manage all the different things that were going on in their lives, and then take them home. And we started doing that, believe it or not in 1970 when she was involved I think it was at that stage the Sunset Strip, and she was on the door the Simon was there. He was about 15 I was 20. And whenever I came in the door he used to run and hide because he shouldn't have been there and he shouldn't have been drinking. [00:21:29] I have no control now. [00:21:34] What I want to tell you about the way typical family is I think they they sort of fade Hit the lights under a bushel that particular family. They most of them are now in Hawke's Bay. A lot of them have passed on, but they were phenomenal musicians and phenomenal talent. And some of you may not be aware that Chrissy used to do the window dressing, folk accordion style. A wonderful Christmas display that you used to see every year was done by Christy toggle. And now what I would say is we're on to the third generation so I'm looking after Chris's great, great nieces and nephews. And you'll be pleased to know that one is coming to Wellington next year to live with us and he's going to Victoria University to study law. One of the daughters is currently captain of the Hawke's Bay Nick for the nieces captain of the Hawke's Bay nipple team. And another one that's currently leading the Kappa hacker group for her career. So, what Chrissy did was not just for your community. She also was a great leader for her own family. And that came about [00:22:51] after her father first rejected here [00:22:55] NVH at the end, I think she was your father's favorite [00:23:01] So she completely turned it. The other thing about her was she had a pretty good political lineage as well, which I argue with sigh over now because he argues with me about being a politician and says, This is shocking and why am I doing it? So I just even down remind him that has great great it was to recap you celebrate the first married woman in Parliament. And his ancestor was so James Carol, the first Mallory to ever be a prime minister in this country, and he was an acting Prime Minister. So I and also the colleges that you see out there were donated by the way total fan Oh, because I can remember Chrissy who sometimes needed to do things secretly grabbed me, pushed me into a Karen Vivian straight and said, Linda, I'm not very well. And I said, I've been telling you that for four years and she said, I need to You have missed it. And I said, What's that she said, those colleges that are on the walls and my evergreen must go to the museum. Now, after she passed on, they went missing for a while. And we had to find them again. And then we got the fan Oh, to actually sign them over, just pop up she would be absolutely just smiling and everything about today's because this was what she dreamed. That absolute acknowledgement. From a place woman's point of view. What I want to say to you is your community taught me so much. You had compassion. You had talent. You had wonderful conversation. And I was one of the only police women in Wellington town there was only six of us here. And the squad that I belong to was probably the meanest squad as far as Vivian straight was concerned. And in the end, I was able to convince them to let me deal with it. Which was really good because a lot of them were quite courageous and and watching I was talking about, you know, how sometimes the place for not fear, but all I can say to you was that you actually gave me the same respect and dignity. And you looked after me well, and you made sure that I was all okay. I couldn't remember once and I think that's Georgina mentioned it in her book, where I did see a few of you there and I'd say, you actually don't need to work in the sex industry. You can get jobs anywhere. I didn't expect Georgina to do what she did. [00:25:36] That wasn't. [00:25:39] That wasn't really in my mind. But I still remember recently going to when Julian and Donna passed on. And Jeannie was still working in the job that she got at the time that I said to her You don't have to work which was at the hospital and the hospital thought so much of here that they live here. Continue to The when she couldn't turn up all the time, and they made allowances for here. So what I want to say is finally I'm not I was asked to tell you the funny stories about where I found the alcohol and the What does what does the 35 foot pipe that was an le barbers that we did civil rights we couldn't actually find the whiskey and I started to get the blame because what happened was the cops would go in they would buy the whiskey in that come back and say we're going to ride the Sunset Strip and I was on the right and that get there and I couldn't find any whiskey and that guy clean the fuses told them we know clean the fuses total. So in the end, I decided to every time I did a raid on a hot say, all right, you're doing right. I am standing behind the side of the stage and from this moment on, so you can see everything I do. But the day we found it. It was my flatmate that found that he was a police time. And what happened was he just went along the walls and started pushing these pushing the wall. And what they had in there was phenomenal. They had the cleaners cupboard, which had disinfectant bottles on the top of it. And that was absolutely full of whiskey. And then they had this long plastic pipe that went through all of the walls Catholic habits and came out underneath the sink. And it had a piece of work that you just pulled down immediately the cops came in and and push the tips there came to the wall. Anyway, [00:27:28] they found it. my flatmate found it he pulls the pipe and of [00:27:31] course, what happens is he's got this, you know, feet and feet of whiskey pouring all over him because he's got the spot. And he turned around and said to me who it was, was it he said to friend can you stop it? She said You started it you stop it. And I guess one of the other ones which I'll probably give away a trade secret here was when Chris he was very sick and Simon and I'd been overseas and we knew Someone else is running the coffee bar. And so I sit the seminar, you know, we should bring some whiskey back, you know, so that they can actually, these used to be a little bit of whiskey and coffee there on the odd occasion. [00:28:13] And so anyway, we bought this beautiful whiskey [00:28:18] at the thought and when we got better and [00:28:22] what happened was I went over the, to see how everything was. And they said, Well, I don't like the whiskey. And so I did some inquiries, and discovered that I didn't read the role of you knew that you'd been drinking homebrew from wherever. And the issue was that this was real whiskey. And the final story that I'll leave you with which which sort of gives you a view of Chrissy, I walked up for the street Monday because I live just down from where the Evergreen was. And I worked at Bourbon Street one day and I noticed that the role the door was down on the window of the [00:28:57] of the place and I wonder what's going [00:28:59] on because I was worried about it. So I knocked on the door and Christy opened and she said, Come on. I said, What's going on? And she said, Oh, [00:29:08] Mr. Barry moves here. And he's drunk. And I don't want [00:29:13] the public to see. [00:29:14] So I've pulled the the door down so that they can't see. And about f6 about 15 minutes later, I mean, Mr. Barrymore from England by the way. 15 minutes later, this huge limousine came up, two guys came rushing in their great Barrymore, put them in the car and drove off. And the next on the front of the Sunday news was the story. Barrymore given up drink and I thought just as well I didn't get there at two o'clock this morning. So I think I think I hope that that just gives you a feel but look, I do I would like to personally thank her for this because I absolutely know. You know how Chrissy what feel about this, and the only reason that we took a family out here today is there's actually a big musician going on in black hat. Oh, and they're all up there and doing what they do. Well, thank you. [00:30:12] All fantastic. Linda, you got to come to that storytelling. You've got to come to that. I think you've got a lot more stories and I think Karen, you've probably got a few so please do come to it. It's going to be fantastic. Okay, our next speaker would like to invite up her world she knows needs no introduction really whatsoever. former mayor of Carlson, former Labour MP, could you please welcome my lifetime friend for over 40 years Georgina Baya. [00:30:42] Chiara Koto, everybody. What a wonderful evening to be here gleaned. [00:30:48] So good to see you Madonna [00:30:51] for a while. And yes, I did mention in my book, I think I called it firm compassion. You and Ted Cox bestowed on us and the scene at that time. It was wonderful to be here with some of my contemporaries and Chanel, thank you and your co creator for honoring your data common in this way and therefore honoring all of our generation and those that came after us for everything brilliant and, and like Linda said, you don't have to just wait on the streets and you and many of us have proved it. We are the living legacy post Carmen and Chrissy and all Jackie still with us. That's right. And [00:31:40] I know we should all take a moment of course to think and reflect upon those who have passed. [00:31:47] There are few of us left now. [00:31:50] On the call, she's still with us up in Oakland, and all of those and common hitters incredible connection. We have taken her as a way Turn based person but of course, her personality her fabulousness spread far beyond Wellington. She did have an early period in life which was significant in Auckland when she worked for Molly Martin, the San Francisco and I can't remember the name of the other nightclub now. strip club up there. And one of the first trains in the how to work in a strip club. And those days they were pioneering days then that's the late 50s, early 60s when Carmen had been before she went and had her for a first time round and Australia as QB common. And some of those photographs are among the collages and and the memorabilia surrounding the common portrait that has been done. It's wonderful to look back and see some of that stuff. I'm a beneficiary of the shoulders I stand upon. And so we all really none of us have a thought That in our lifetimes, we would see the incredible change and acceptance that has come for trans people. We are not finished. Yes, of course. But it has given the new generation of transgender activists, a voice that they're using very strongly now I might head and while we might have issues ourselves of our generation, with some of the new things that have merged under the 30, odd definitions of transgender, and that was quite confined the vocabulary back in our day of what was what, but now that's expanded. And this is a wonderful development. All we wanted really, I guess, was to be able to fulfill our own potential, but societal mores and law prevented that from happening to a great degree, the degree some of the pioneering things that common Trailblazer other than what was mentioned regarding her, her attitudes, and wanting to live Realize things like six because Chanel has mentioned all those things in the local liberalisation and, and so on and so forth. [00:34:09] But [00:34:11] it started a conversation, Carol the winter in the rapid court, she was one of our early six changes, the misdemeanor that she was in trouble with, and I think probably Stacey probably was the one that defend that hose right a lot of Commons, particular in peculiar cases that appeared for the law, because the law had no way of dealing with that kind of sex change anyhow. And through the process of, of that law was amended and change little by little to accommodate what they saw as this new phenomena of transgender and reassignment and who wanted I mean women, because under the law, those of us who are trans woman, we're legally male and that we difficult and all sorts of ways I can tell you, we would go to the doll office to try and sign up for the unemployment benefit, we wouldn't be granted those would be told to go and be the mean we were get out there and have a job. I've told this numerous times in various interviews and etc. And it was a dehumanizing thing to have happen. And we will live with extraordinarily little choice of where we were to exist in society. So with the likes of Carmen and Jackie and Chrissy, and that who were our pillars, absolutely they were along with their own contemporaries we can't forget our I'm not gonna start rattling off the names I'm bound to forget some but just for you know, all the ones I mentioned, you know, all of them and a little bit like come pose. I don't know if anyone's seen pose it like that. We did have sort of houses. They will surely Empire is straight. There was fellas Monroe. There was Duncan terrace there. was the pony street with Ronnie Carol and all of them. There were various houses around where we newbies who came along could be taken and thank God I never ended up with Charles and, [00:36:13] and, [00:36:14] but event and all of those and lots lots of lots of ones started out the young trains lives as we were in those days being nurtured, if you can call it that had and up a little bit actually to the scene in the street that we were about to enter into. We all dive into an abyss that we didn't really understand. Because we were compelled and convinced to be the people who we are and when you're transgender woman at least anyhow, you can't hide it. If we would address and be who we are, it was blatantly obvious in Australia. Of course common punch step through the roof. Like a galleon sailing down Cuba more and Hill, Vancouver Lucas red and gold Launched gowns her Kevin as chest exposed to all alone occasions when Susan does she gone photo bomb one and just drop it below the tip from day she be and I that's what she would do she did that with a governor general now that the train from races one year and just to the right mind because the photographers about this she is and she pops them out she must have kept the truth newspaper going for a decade at least because of her notorious, wonderful personality has since of menarche tongue. She was a person who's walked the path character wasn't fixed us upon any New Zealand that came across when you get an ordinary straight New Zealanders sort of saying all been were unwilling from the coffee lounge, what least drive down the street to see the beautiful Exotica that wandered up and down the street, the color that helped give the Cuba quarter and and Vivian straight and all of that Bahamian feel it sort of, you know, anti establishment and all of that kind of thing. It was a wonderful period, for better or for worse and the Wellington nightlife scene and the nightclubs, you know, start off at the busy day, you know, town at the Royal Oak hotel, and the tavern bar and the Bistro and etc. And all of this, the Bistro would be full of all the semen and the trains and the prostitutes and it was quite a sort of an eclectic mix and the when the pub chef at 10 o'clock at night would all pour out. And, and and those of us would start to wander up the being straight up to Vivian straight, where some of us worked at the club exotic the purple onion, the hole in the wall. There was a whole culture that was there. Chanel touched on a very important point. a safe haven for us to be who we are. And Cameron provided that with her at coffee lounge down further down. Street, right next door to the Salvation Army soldier of course, do you remember this? And of course, through common I got my first client and always used to wonder how common could walk in the front door of the coffee downs, and the kitchen didn't really have an excellent out the bed but all of a sudden common would have disappeared. And it wasn't until she gave me my first client that the secrets was revealed, because that's common was used to south and she mentioned that in the Georgia go darker. It was ti and tiny downstairs and dessert upstairs. And each of the rooms that you had up there had a different theme there was an Egyptian theme and she was famous for having a coffin up there and all that sort of thing. It wasn't unknown for Carmen to hang out the front window upstairs of her apartment up there. And of course some should be doing her. What would you call it? Walking out onto the street. Here to south and all of that while she's being service and from behind if you understand what I mean. So the secret was that there was an alleyway down beside the coffee lounge and a doorway entrance to go upstairs to the but also there was an internal door concealed by huge tapestry, the common would have hanging on the wall. And of course you just roll back the tapestry and while a client went outside on to the outside influence, the girl would nothing through the store and be there to open the outside or upstairs to the buzzer. And, and all of that and so, that's how those funny little things were not unlike what they used to do with the whiskey pair remembers Wilson's whiskey at the Evergreen. Oh, that he got rock that was or maybe it was the homebrew from water rapper. [00:40:55] Probably was a bit of both evergreen [00:41:00] cozy and the front part had the bay window between one a certain because then you could watch everyone else on the street and and keep an eye out I can. And my mind's eye now I can see you know teeth who need God hold Geraldine [00:41:15] under the table wouldn't say [00:41:19] remember girls please validate me [00:41:24] on all of this going on great, wonderful times some amazing people. And RL was a time keep an eye out for us but they could be filmed to they had to help hard on us up for the very tough life. We did live a very tough life, although you put the veneer of smile. And I have to say drugs helped us along the way and booze and all of that kind of thing. But we were living in a quite cruel world in comparison to now. And our TV network. God gave us a platform and encouragement from the likes of blink Who symbols of authority is in those days and we had very cynical view of authority, particularly police, but there has changed over the years. And we have been able to make use of our talents, we have been able to go way beyond just been scrubbers, street queens, and we have been able to achieve and all echelons of our society in life. And you know what the great thing about that is, is that we have a contribution to make. And we have now been given the opportunity to make it and the liberation for someone I'm looking at Karen over here and to think that she's excelled well in her area of working and got food on the street, a pack and save to management levels and very well respected and net Chanel, I understand you're about to go and do some University stuff and, and and all of that which is which was wonderful, but what you've been doing to date has been fantastic when we did the premiere The tuition Reform Act. This was another legacy of Commons, who planted the seed. Certainly back in 77. When she ran for the middle tea. She wasn't successful, but boy, she did it for the publicity anyhow, she said she wouldn't have had a clue what to do to become a male she'd be able to cut the ribbons and do the ceremonial but the actual work needs to be done she might have had difficulty with but nonetheless and I do have a slight cynicism about Dr. Bob Chan's pet someone like to run for males who got the [00:43:29] visibility. [00:43:32] That was important. And she made it you know, you could look at them, like, hey, it's a citizen. Anyone can run for these positions, and she's just proved the point. And she was much Beloved. She has, in my view, common courtesy as well but common, of course, stole the limelight in many ways because the media warmed her such as it was in those days [00:43:56] but she sees a standard event to We'll live by. [00:44:02] And most people are very endeared to her and have loved to say, against common. She's part of our folklore and New Zealand now, she's legendary. And she'll always be remembered she fits into that slot of people like a berry cramp. You know, that kind of PV icon that's there in common will always be there to proceed and everybody else vitally important as well. Of course, I might never have been able to do what I do. I never thought I'd be going into politics. But you know, you just dive into these things and have a go and are all tuned out. And so for me personally, part of what I felt committed that I had to do was to conduct myself with dignity and integrity. So that was never a bad reflection on my trans community. You might not have always agreed with funds I might have seen and done, but the fact that I did it with dignity, integrity is to unlock more Those who have gone before us whose shoulders I definitely stand on. And now you're going to stand on mine and those of us of my generation now to take up to punch it even further till we get what is equality. So I'll conclude I could carry on forever I'd be to come along to the story night to Mel know, [00:45:23] you know, to tell a few stories of it. [00:45:26] Grateful is not enough to say thank you to all of those of Commons generation who went through tougher times than we did who broke down the barriers a little bit so that some of us could come along and tear them down even further. That is our obligation I believe, as the next generation and now some of us who are our age we're really we should shut our mouths and stand Becker button lettuce young activists get all know that I just got some of these two so much Let's chat sometimes. But, you know, we've got a challenge, sometimes the debate that that begins, and people who are particularly passionate about a student, and that gives them an opportunity to encode their debate. And to anchor it is nothing to be afraid of to have robust debate, particularly at the moment around transgender issues. or whichever, you know, there's now 30 odd definitions of transgender, whereas before it was confined down to about five. So that's how much the world has changed a New Zealand, and we've been leaders, we have all each and every one of us, it's not just those of us that make the headlines. From time to time, we'll get to do the right things. I'm grateful. I don't know if I'd be the person that I am today. And I don't know if I'd been able to advocate on things like prostitution reform, when the opportunity came up. And I haven't defined myself in Parliament a bit time along with Timbaland and Catherine Healy, etc. worked and lobbied hard on a very controversial issue. But the sky has not fallen and life has been made better. And New Zealand came to accept the end of the day that this was a more realistic way of dealing with an issue like prostitution, because it was easily swept under under the carpet and all sorts of horrible things happen for those who work in the industry when that is what happens. So we brought it out into the light to give it some disinfectant a few like, and we gave it some regulation for occupational health and safety risk, all the kinds of things that Carmen advocated way back thing. So in conclusion, everybody, thank you for attending tonight, again, compliments of New Zealand Portrait Gallery for mounting this exhibition in particularly, again to thank Chanel and her co creator for bringing us all together. You have gifted us [00:47:53] a tongue filled Ladies gentlemen, [00:48:01] Georgina buy [00:48:05] one more speaker I'd like to bring up and it's a fellow artists and contributing here from New Zealand Portrait Gallery gallery. Ricky, would you like to come Sophie was done [00:48:19] QO Dakota [00:48:26] Dakota whoa kids you gotta hope Donna gamma QIK Nikita Nikita ERQETOAE who t Hey, Maria. [00:48:40] commodity Mona coming home at our [00:48:44] coma for Carter TV. Nazi mother is not defined by the Yahoo that the whole took Humana amo to Rarotonga Tahiti reality Kota PYTRTK Hawaii. No II Hawaii, Hawaii Parma Tina Koto Koto Koto provide a key part well, to crema. So cute everyone [00:49:12] who I'm pretty speechless. [00:49:16] I'm incredibly overwhelmed by what has happened tonight. First of all, I would love to thank the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, especially Tyler and Georgie, for the contribution and the hard work to make this all happen. And especially fire Chanel, who I look up to and all of our theater of the past in prison. I speak today is one of the Renata, he who lives on in this day and age. And when I was called to be a part of this project really wasn't sure what to say it was. It was Such a huge honor to be a part of this. And in terms of the the Copa way I stood it. I never had the honor of meeting our great leaders and the ones that that made this all possible for myself and others to walk the streets today without feeling the weight come down on us, as in the past decades, that they fought so hard for to achieve. [00:50:25] And another thing too, [00:50:28] when I say my people have in front of everyone, as you honor people, represents your genealogy, the land you come from and your ancestors and who you are. And to molding your paper, your identity your fucker Papa means everything to you, to who you are, and for us to be who we are and who we need to be and who we know we are. As a key fundamental today's our ancestors has suffered greatly and fought tooth and nail for us to stand on our land and to be who We are today and all aspects of life. And so to be asked to to dedicate [00:51:08] what I knew who what I had to this projects was quite overwhelming. And so being going to them to pepper to to view the collection of Christie Lee took was with was very, very much a lot to take in. Because not only I was looking at something incredibly precious to our society, I was looking at also it might see printer in the very people who helped me stay where I am today. And I could say that for that and it today who are carrying on the work and still fighting today for our rights, but more so accessibility to what we need to have access to today in terms of healthcare and mental health, which is also a very big topic. still running today. And without that and without I do not think myself and everyone who comes later would be here today, or many of us will not be here today through the struggle that they have fought for. And in terms of my commitment to this, my myself as an artist, and I come from a line of artists, and the 27th generation and my family stitching backs all the way to the printer. And that time was my Father has bestowed on me is my knowledge and also my my essence and passion for what I love, but also to tell our story of the whole event and our ancestors. So the piece I dedicated to the Indian Portrait Gallery, and to Carmen the rupee and Sue, although that unlike Tita is called poetical Mandela, which is standing hot people standing post of a Medina. I study know he is built of your ancestors when you walk into a fairly new EUR Walking inside the eponymous ancestor of the area, and that is your ancestors, your honor to give you the strength to survive today. And so when I look back to RYENL, timely, and those times who struggled I also think with my NCDM is my ancestors and also our ancestors of the past who've been through the same hardships and are always acknowledge them, and thank them for what they have fought for for us today. And so the painting I dedicated is everything I have experienced, but not just the stories I've heard, and that I've spent time with amalgamated into one. And the style I chose is the style of a pope because a post symbolizes your ancestors and the shoulders that you stand on. Because they are the ones that are built your foundation. They are the ones that have brought you into this world and they are the ones that will always be with you through now and the afterlife and forever until you join them. Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii Parma. And so the the level of the painting I created goes into three levels. The first level at the bottom is called t 3034. To 3044 was a prophecy given by a Topanga lived in my here and 1766 could toyed with it correctly. And he prophesized a long long night was to come ahead 1769, the arrival of the endeavor and also the first European contact happened, and from then on, much of much struggle became to come and especially within our own identity, identity was targeted the most. And what came with it, too, was Tucker top week as well that was affected by this tremendously. And so the bottom part of the painting represents the effects of the missionaries arriving but also the establishment of government in colonialism. Which the normalized who we are, and to make it normal in society or to make give the impression in society of who we are as wrong or not appropriate for the time, but which our ancestors fought hard for to reclaim. The second level is based on a time within the 20th century of our leaders going, becoming who they are still holding on to the knowing that they're there in who they are, and fighting for this. And so therefore, throughout through the presence of being visible, and also striving to achieve the rights for everyone, and to fight for it came into being and then that leads to the top pOH. So the middle post called Taka, Taka, and I can relate to all of our phenomena across Hawaii, Kenya across the Pacific, all have a name for our society, and also a place for our people. So coming to Modi here, Taka, Taka is the word Is what the middle part is named after the top part as close to how pie, the happenings to uplift. And that is at the top is the result of what we have fought for where the finger is standing proud performing a poop kinda. And the poop kind of their expression shows our money and our prestige and wanted it has attained and has been given to. And with that comes victory, but not also that it comes to Righetti one strength and to pass it on to the next generation and the next throughout my lifetime. I've seen more change in the past decade. Then I've seen throughout the history of New Zealand, especially with what I've looked the people I've talked to him what I've seen. And so looking at everything today, what we have today. It's incredible how far we've come, and I have the utmost confidence that my generation and also the generation after me will continue To bring bring us higher and higher into that realm. And so without further ado, I would like to inherit tip is that the top part is where we are now. And there's still plenty more to go. However, we are achieving much more process in a much shorter amount of time. And I've seen it happen quite rapidly which I'm very proud of. So I'd like to thank all our leaders of past. I'd like to thank all our leaders today and I'd also like to thank our and that's it who are leading the movements to bring taka taka we to the level we are once was with IN sisters. What a to Tina, Tina, Tina Tata Cocteau. [00:57:49] Fantastic. Well, my part of the nights just about over but I've got to just a few more words and then is looking around this exhibition and It takes me back to the occasion of Carmen's 70th birthday party, and we threw a fantastic birthday party for we were down at the boat shed. What we didn't tell Carmen. It was going to be your birthday party and a celebrity roast. So we managed to all the girls came from open, Nicole, Val came down all the girls from the past the coffee lounge arrived. It was fantastic night. But we also managed to track down two of the original police officers that did the arresting of Carmen. Every time she got busted for alcohol and we invited him to come and say a few words. We also managed to make them pay for their own tickets and the reviews. So [00:58:37] we got her money back. [00:58:40] On that night, they presented her with that line of policeman's helmet with the pink feather boa. So to see that on display tonight is absolutely fantastic. certainly bring back the memories for me. All I want to say now is please talk to your friends. Talk to everybody about this exhibition. Talk to the rest of it. Younger transgender community, make them come down here and see the sixth edition. Because if it wasn't for Carmen and those girls, I firmly believe we would not be not just the transgender community, but the LGBT community as well. They opened the door for us, they gave us a life as well. So on that note, ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to finish up I'm going to hand you back to the farmer farmer, to Farmer for a while, and then I do believe there's going to be some food served and light refreshments. 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