Proud of her­itage

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


My name is Arthur Ho­ke­naBrightwell. I am Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahun­gunu. I also have English, Ger­man and Scot­tish an­ces­try.

One thing I am also proud of: I am Ngati Porirua. I have be­longed to this city for over 48 years and so have seen much growth. Our city is so new and full of po­ten­tial for the fu­ture, it should be seen as the leader in all as­pects be­ing a true Kiwi city. A multi-cul­tural city well known as such should be proud for the gift of brother­hood.

A Kiwi – what does that mean? To me it is all peo­ple em­brac­ing the cul­ture of New Zealand, then adding the rich­ness of their own, then blend­ing ev­ery sin­gle one in a melt­ing pot and com­ing out with the re­spect each one de­serves.

Porirua is such a city – it is true, let’s use this – let us be the leader of cities in mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. We have it, let’s go for it, let’s pro­mote it.

Let’s also make the most of our taonga, Ngati Toa and the great chief Te Rau­paraha.

With the Te Rau­paraha Arena we have al­ready done Porirua proud: this gives Porirua a true iden­tity.

The same is also said with Pataka, with its vast dis­play of arts and its con­tin­ual ex­hi­bi­tions from New Zealand and around the world.

Te Rau­paraha should be our en­sign; we have to have a begin­ning to be a true city.

There are a lot of towns and cities which have en­signs, eg a fizzy drink, car­rot, dog, etc. Some­one men­tioned

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