“Your honour, we eat these charges for breakfast.”

Description:  Untoasted muesli drowned in rice milk. Featuring chunks of papaya and ginger, cut up peanuts, a cut-up selection from the Terrorism Suppression Act (2002) printed in Comic Sans on 100gsm, 100% recycled New Zealand made paper using non-toxic soy-based inks, fair-trade currants, shredded coconut, bran flakes, sunflower seeds and more.
These bowls of ‘art’ celebrate the afternoon when the Solicitor General’s office struck down the use of the Terrorism Suppression Act (2002) in use against those arrested on October 15, 2007. 

Richard Meros is an author best known for his On the conditions and possibilities of Helen Clark taking me as her young lover.  Besides composing gritty novellas, for the past six years he has also been churning out premium artisanal muesli to discerning Wellingtonians. Amidst the 2010/11 muesli price wars between big box brands Hubbards, Sanitarium and Pams, Meros’ staunch commitment to top quality ingredients has not fared well. For this batch Meros has had to replace the usual fair-trade gibbon-picked macadamias from Sumatra with the cheaper berry-soaked strips of the Terrorism Suppression Act (2002), a product imported from the fertile anti-terror terra of the USA.
Meros’ muesli making career has not been without its own ups and downs, including the 2007 ‘peanut-labeling debacle’ that saw Tina (Brandon’s girlfriend) need her EPI pen to combat an allergic reaction. The present batch contains NO peanuts, though it has been prepared on equipment on which peanuts, as well as dairy, may have been processed.
Info for setting up exhibition: Presented for consumption with the buyer’s choice of rice milk or dry. A small presentation on the quality of the ingredients will also sit on the table. A whiff of BS will accompany the exhibition, mirroring the subtle aromas emanating from the association with a criminal gang charges.
Description of pieces to be exhibited (any information that will give us an idea of what we'll need to do to hang/set up your work so we can start planning the layout): I will be selling bowls of muesli for $5 a pop.

Number of pieces to be exhibited eaten: Determined by demand.
Estimate of space required: table or desk 1.5m x 0.8m
Does work involve sound?: none
Any other special requirements?: access to kitchen for washing dishes, bowls and refrigerating rice milk.

Other comments: Soon there is gonna be this art exhibition at Garrett St under the title 'concerned citizens'. In that exhibition I am selling muesli with berry soaked strips of the Terrorism Suppression Act (2002) in it. People will buy these bowls for $5 apiece. The funds, minus costs, will go to helping defray expenses of people who are still being chewed up by the criminal justice system.

If I were an odd type of pun-smith I would call it the criminal just-is system. I would do that to emphasise that it seems like the procedure of these trials is as much the punishment as any additional sentencing.


If I were a liberal I would say that my muesli is to protest the erosion of civil liberties likely to occur if a judge only trial were to take place.


If I were a comedian I would focus on the berry-soaked strips coming from the fertile anti-terror terra of the USA.

If I were a realist I would focus on Tuhoe and the Urewera ranges where the alleged firearms offences took place as being part of a land that was never ceded to the crown. I would add that the crown ought to be on trial for its violations of Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe. I'd not even have to get into wider issues of Tino Rangatiratanga nor the Treaty. (Tuhoe did not sign the treaty).


If I were a pragmatic realist, with a bent for representative democracy I would say that these trials are a bad advertisement for clean, green 100% sanitised Aotearoa-if-you-say-so and will cost us in a Rugby World Cup year.


But I am all of these things. I truly am! And so I say them all. I say them all at once."