This is going to get very, very interesting.
Just as is this;
Well done Fiona and team.
A table top, which was not a product in its own right, could not be exported and logs with surface carving were unlikely to meet the definition, the court ruled.
Nah. It seems that Te Uru Rākau -- the Ministry for Primary Industry's forestry arm -- gets to decide what is art and what’s a just a great hunk of kauri. The same people who have been rubber stamping illegal kauri exports for years are still running the show.
Log is in the eye of the beholder.
Even the expert experts struggled...
Both experts pointed to the fluidity of definitions of art and the wide range of activity, material and outcome that can be recognised as constituting art, in a curatorial view. Neither felt it would be possible to provide a firm set of guidelines for confirming an objects status as a genuine art objects.
(p12 of the 50 page decision. )
However,credit where credit is due, Kaihu Kauri do a hell of a lot more than simply titivating big logs.....there's some really nice stuff.
A quick update to this thread, because the usual perps are involved. Not content with vandalising Northland, looting swamp kauri and rupturing fuel pipelines, they've moved on to wreaking havoc on West Coast conservation land.
Oravida. Destroying paradise, one piece at a time. It's what we do.