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Visions of a peaceful world

Pupils from South End school, Carterton, show off their art for the Wairarapa Tumanako exhibition.  PHOTO/SUPPLIED.

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The Wairarapa Tumanako exhibition, set to open on Sunday, will showcase 60 pieces of pupil art based on their ideas of what a peaceful world would look like.

Tumanako, meaning hope, is an exhibition that commemorates Hiroshima Day and is all about togetherness.

Pupils aged 8-18 submitted their pieces on what they see as a peaceful future world and these will go on display in Greytown Library foyer for one week.

Organisers Doreen McKeever, Seetha Ganesan and Christine Voelker from SGINZ [an international society based on Buddhist principles] said the event aimed to ignite and inspire children.

Children were asked to create a piece of art based on the question, “What is your hope for a peaceful world?”.

“Who would have a better vision for the future then the children?” Voelker said.

Ganesan agreed.

“It is not just about war but climate, how we guard out planet, and take it further.”

“It starts with the individual.”

The women were amazed at what some of the children came up with and also the number of children who wanted to participate in the exhibition, even though their schools were not involved.

Comments from children who submitted pieces from South End School in Carterton supported that view.

“It’s really up to us to make the change for the next generation,” pupils said.

“For us to create World Peace we have to get along first.

“There is always beauty somewhere. We just have to look for it.”

During the opening, the children will be given the title “the ambassadors of peace” and will be running the whole event, from the entertainment to the opening of the exhibition.

The opening will be held at 1.30pm on Sunday, August 11, at the Greytown Library.


  1. Awesome event. We need this kind of opportunity for our future generation to think about their future in a positive way.

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