Savage Memorial is the burial place and monument to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister — and one of the country’s best loved leaders. He died in office in 1940, having led the government that established our country’s welfare state — now largely dismantled by successive neo-liberal governments.
Tomorrow there will be a general election in New Zealand. Growing inequality, increasing poverty, declining child health and the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world are all issues that have come to the fore in this campaign, and there is real hope that by tomorrow evening we may have a new government. One committed to the values of compassion and justice that informed Savage’s Labour government in the 1930s.
Spring is, after all, the season of hope.
If you’d like to join in:
- choose a subject or a scene
- spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
- try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
- tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
- have fun!
One of the great revelations I’ve experienced from turning my camera lens on the natural world is how complex and multi-layered even the smallest life forms can be.
I’m still not great on the actual names of plants or their constituent parts (e.g. are these images of echinacea?), but I’m getting there.
The plum blossom has survived the rain and wind we’ve had all week, and this morning I noticed the neighbour’s clematis has sent a tendril over the fence with these two flowers attached.