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Thursday May 31, 2018

Anne Frank exhibition comes to Wellington

From left, Dutch Ambassador Rob Zaagman, Mayor Justin Lester, Anne Frank Chairman Boyd Klap, Holocaust Centre NZ Chairman Jeremy Smith, German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann and Holocaust Centre NZ Education Director Chris Harris. PHOTO: Supplied

A new exhibition about the famous German victim of the Nazi Holocaust, Anne Frank, is now on display at the Dominion Museum. Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself was officially opened by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester last week at a presentation that included the ambassadors of Israel, Germany, Holland and Poland and several Holocaust survivors. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance and prejudice in action,” Justin says. “No one in 1933 could have predicted the horror their country would experience. No one can predict the impact of fringe voices in society.

“It’s my job and your job - our job - to give nothing to racism. We must stand up to intolerance every time we see it.” Justin urged the positive reinforcement of Wellington’s tolerant attitude must continue down the generations. “This exhibition will illuminate, insight, and teach us to never forget and to learn from the horrors we have seen.” Other speakers included Boyd Klap, who is the same age as Anne Frank would be and lived in Holland during the Nazi occupation, and Inge Woolf who escaped from the Nazis in Vienna with her family, aged three. Tawa College student Rachel

Digney gave a moving reading from Anne Frank’s diary followed by her own speech encouraging people of her generation to stand up to prejudice. Jeremy Smith, chairman of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, which has brought the exhibition to these shores, also spoke about the good work the HCNZ are doing, nationally, with schools and colleges. The exhibition was recently displayed at Auckland War Memorial Museum, where over 40,000 people experienced the story of Anne Frank, including 10,000 high school children. The Wellington exhibition runs until July 22.

Wellington tops world quality of life rankings - again Wellington shocked many when it was ranked the most liveable city in the world last year, and it has kept that number one spot in 2018 according to a list compiled by Deutsche Bank. For the second year running, Wellington has topped Deutsche Bank’s list of 50 cities with the best quality of life, beating Zurich, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Vienna. Auckland was 12th on the list. The rankings look at purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property price-to-income ratios, traffic commutes, pollution and climate. “If quality of life is your only concern, then Wellington continues to be the best place of our 50 cities to live in,” according to the Deutsche Bank report authors.

Wellington was ranked as the least polluted of the cities and was ranked fourth best for property-to-income ratio and commuting, and fifth for its climate – overall earning the top spot. “Wellington is in good company with the cities on that list, but to top it is a seriously sweet feeling,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. “On an international scale we are safe, the city is affordable, and we’ve got good transport connections. Most importantly we’ve got a city full of wonderful people, which makes everyday living here a pleasure. “Wellingtonians like to say you can’t beat the city on a good day, but looks like we’ve had two good years and we couldn’t be prouder.”

The capital also scored well for the price of a monthly transport pass, in the “cheap date index”, and the “cappuccino index” shows it is mid-table in terms of the price of a cup of coffee. WREDA Chief Executive Lance Walker says Wellington being named the most liveable city in the world vindicates what Wellingtonians already know. “Wellington’s a city that is easy to live in. It’s compact, connected, and innovative with a lifestyle that’s making the world sit up and take notice.”  Deutsche Bank’s top 10 most liveable cities: 1. Wellington 2. Zurich 3. Copenhagen 4. Edinburgh 5. Vienna 6. Helsinki 7. Melbourne 8. Sydney 9. Frankfurt 10. Amsterdam

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