Nelson Leader : September 12th 2013
7 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 NEWS 5232952AA e: nelsonsales@A1homes.co.nz m: 022 061 1002 P: 547 7301 Show home: 98 Washbourn Drive, Richmond. CONGRATULATIONS Have you viewed Nelson's Gold Medal Winning Show Home? www.A1homes.co.nz 5556277AA advertising package in Nelson Gameplan Phone us now 03 546 2835 Peace message goes worldwide Peace vibes: Billy TK snr is a legendary New Zealand guitarist and also an international peace ambassador. Billy TK snr is best known as a guitar legend -- for decades, he s been described as the Maori Jimi Hendrix . But he s also long been bending his strings and stretching his vocal cords for peace. Billy was nominated by the Eastern tribes as a member of the Kohuiarau Maori Parliament about 10 years ago and later he was appointed by the Northern chiefs as their Peace ambassador and United Nations representative. Billy combines his music and inner peace prac- tice in his peace talk events -- and will hold three of them in the Nelson region this weekend. I have been touring internationally and recently in New Zealand, playing my music and speaking about peace. It s been amazing; all ages have been attending from the very young to the elderly. Peace is for all, regardless of age, gender, culture or religion. When he was in Amsterdam, Billy was asked to speak at a conference of a Dutch political party. This party has 12,000 to 15,000 members. They polled more than 25,000 votes at the last election. He says he wondered why he got the invitation. However, he rolled up to their party headquarters and was pleasantly surprised by the warm wel- come and the number of people in attendance. Billy says: In the welcoming address the chair- woman stressed the commitment of their party to build the foundation on peace. She stated that by doing this, she felt that the party would be in step for the coming age and be able to serve the people in the best possible way. How wonderful that you have the foresight to include peace in your manifesto , I commented, maybe our political parties back home could take the hint and follow suit ! Billy recently spoke at Blackball and Granity primary schools on the West Coast. He explains: I found myself speaking to young kids in a very simple way that they could under- stand. I explained that when you have peaceful and happy mums and dads at home, you come to school happy and ready to learn. Billy TK snr: Peace Talk, tomorrow at Riverside community, Motueka 5-8pm; Saturday, Kotinga Hall, Takaka 2-6pm; Sunday, Fairfield House, Nelson 2-6pm. Entry by koha.
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