Dedicated to Porirua
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.