Ded­i­cated to Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

It has been a priv­i­lege to have known and worked along­side the late Rev Setu Masina.

His death ear­lier this year brings to a close the life of a man of great in­tegrity, and love for his Pa­cific Is­land com­mu­nity and re­spect for all who live in Porirua.

From the time when he de­cided to be a min­is­ter Setu was a per­son whose val­ues and be­liefs were those he had come to know as be­ing mod­elled on Je­sus of Nazareth. He was true to his Samoan iden­tity while at the same time be­ing open to the chal­lenges of liv­ing in a vi­brant multi cul­tural city.

Setu ded­i­cated the ma­jor part of his work­ing life to the well­be­ing of the var­i­ous Pa­cific na­tions whose ci­ti­zens had elected to make Porirua their home.

From the late 1960s Setu was min­is­ter for the Pres­by­te­rian Pa­cific Is­lan­ders Church in Can­nons Creek. He knew by ex­pe­ri­ence the of­ten be­wil­der­ing chal­lenges faced by peo­ple who had moved from vil­lage life in the Pa­cific to the raw ur­ban life in the early days of Can­nons Creek.

Along­side ded­i­cated Pa­cific Is­land lead­ers he was in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing a safe, and se­cure multi­na­tional Pa­cific com­mu­nity where Pa­cific Chris­tian be­liefs could be nur­tured and peo­ple pre­pared for lead­er­ship in the city and the wider New Zealand so­ci­ety.

To­day we are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Setu’s ded­i­ca­tion to Porirua. Those of us who are palangi have the priv­i­lege of liv­ing and work­ing as part­ners with the Pa­cific com­mu­nity and their lead­ers as to­gether we build the city of Porirua for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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