Proud of heritage
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