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The exhibition is held on the 6th floor event space of Auckland’s iconic
Smith & Caughey’s department store in Queen Street. Like the Rotary Club
of Auckland, Smith & Caughey’s has a long history of proudly serving the city
community, with the Caughey family acting as Rotary members and friends
over many years. During the exhibition’s inaugural year, the club was hunting
on relatively short notice to find a venue appropriate for the exhibit. As luck
would have it, Smith & Caughey’s had no shows on at the time, permitting
the Rotary club to organise the space for use.
Instead of cash sponsorship, Smith & Caughey’s agree to provide the room
free of charge in return for name recognition on promotional materials, and
access to the event space for staff and a client function. They further agreed
to promote the event online and in store.
Both parties have benefitted from the arrangement, with the Rotary club
securing a steady stream of potential attendees already onsite each day.
Smith & Caughey’s have profited from increased foot traffic through their
store and amplified sales at their onsite coffee shop.
In the past two years alone, the event has raised in excess of $100,000,
with money directed to The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus. Additionally,
District 9920 projects both in New Zealand and overseas have received
donations, including the Rarotonga Wheelchair Project, Emergency Response
Kits, Trees for Survival and RYLA.
TOP LEFT: SECOND PRIZE SPOT NEWS (STORIES) – Rescued From the Rubble, Ameer
Alhalbi (Walid Mashhadi) – A man and boy evacuate an area in the rebel-held Hayy
Aqyul neighbourhood of Aleppo, following an airstrike. Aleppo, once Syria’s largest
city and the country’s financial and industrial centre, was a key battleground in
the war between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels who wanted
to overthrow him. For four years the city had been roughly divided in half, with
the opposition controlling the east and the government the west. As fighting
intensified in 2016, the rebels became increasingly besieged. Of the roughly 250,000
people who remained trapped in eastern Aleppo, around 100,00 were children.
Besieged civilians faced severe food and fuel shortages, and basic infrastructure
and healthcare facilities were obliterated. Despite several international attempts
at negotiating a ceasefire and allowing civilians passage out of eastern Aleppo,
fighting escalated and people remained. Civil defence workers said civilians were
mistrustful of government offers of safe passage; the government said rebels
were preventing people from leaving. Some were simply reluctant to abandon
their homes and property. On December 15 the warring sides reached a ceasefire
deal, and on December 22, following days of evacuations, the Syrian government
announced that it had taken control of the city.
TOP RIGHT: FIRST PRIZE DAILY LIFE (SINGLES) – Najiba holds her nephew Shabir
(2), who was injured in a bomb blast that killed his sister, in Kabul, Afghanistan,
in March. The bomb exploded in a relatively peaceful part of Kabul while Shabir’s
mother was walking the children to school. Although the 2001-14 Afghan War
has formally ended, conflict continues in the country, with the Taliban as the chief
insurgents and the US and other international forces backing the Afghan military.
Fighting moved closer to villages and cities, with an upsurge in suicide bombings
and targeted attacks aimed at destabilizing civilian life. According to the UN, child
casualties rose 24 percent in 2016, to 2589 wounded and 923 killed.
BELOW: FIRST PRIZE NATURE (STORIES) – Rhino Wars, Brent Stirton – A rhino
cow is captured and moved into transport for relocation from a game farm near
Grahamstown, South Africa, to a more secure facility. She was one of the last of 27
rhino being moved away from game farms in the region, where it was feared that
security is inadequate to protect them from poachers. Demand in Asia for rhino horn
– traditionally valued for its medicinal properties – is rising steeply, as increasing
prosperity in the region means more people can afford to pay the extremely high
prices involved. This puts growing pressure on a species already threatened with
extinction. In 2007, South Africa, home to 70 percent of the world’s rhinos, reported
losing just 13 to poachers; by 2015 that had risen to 1175. Unlike elephant tusks,
rhino horn grows back when cut properly. Rhino rancher John Hume is among those
attempting to end the international ban on trading in rhino horn, and to farm
rhinos commercially, a move fiercely opposed by conservationists, who say a legal
trade could doom rhinos.
State Library of NSW
June 30 – July 23
Level 6, Smith & Caughey’s
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